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Decision looming on the 24 team playoff format

It seems like the NHL is very close to finalizing what the format for a return to play on 2019-20 season would look like. Things continue to inch closer on a Return to Play format. Still not done, however. My sense is the league now waiting to hear back from the NHLPA on latest 24-team…

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Tyson Barrie is preparing to hit free agency

It may seem painfully clear already by looking at the Leafs salary cap situation, but also by looking at the season that Barrie has had in Toronto this year, he’s not going to stick around. The Leafs defenseman did an interview with Chris Johnston of Sportsnet hammering home that point repeatedly… “It’s a weird time…

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Toronto’s NWHL Team Has A Name, and It’s The Six!

Toronto officially has a new professional women’s hockey franchise, with a name and everything (official announcement). As the much-awaited answer to the question of “what franchise will replace the Toronto Furies?”: today, we have The Six. On April 22 of this year, the National Women’s Hockey League announced that it would be expanding into Toronto…

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Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2013 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games. One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them…

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Let’s cool it on LTIR as a solution for “cap hell”

Thursday morning started off with an article by Frank Seravalli of TSN suggesting the Leafs could again be pursuing long term injured players as a solution to their cap situation. It’s almost time for Toronto Maple Leafs salary cap wizard Brandon Pridham to work his magic again. Every penny will count for the Leafs, who…

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Report: The NHL and NHLPA nearing agreement on the Asterisk Bowl

Whether you agree with it or not, whether you think it’s good for the players or not, whether you think they’ll get a week into playing again before shutting down again or not, the NHL is hellbent on giving you hockey this summer and coincidentally recouping as much money as possible. Pierre LeBrun is reporting…

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Introducing “Minnesota Mediocrity” for NHL Playoff Participation

The idea of a 22 or 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs to round out the 2019-20 season has been floated by numerous hockey insiders on social media and radio shows over the last few weeks, as the NHL continues its “no idea is too crazy” approach to continuing play sometime this year. It’s easy to understand…

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Kyle Clifford: “We like our chances”

As I’m sure is the case for many of us, Kyle Clifford wants the Leafs to be back in action. In a conference call interview on May 14, Clifford made his case for getting back to playing for the Stanley Cup. “Just speaking with the guys on our team, there’s a real strong appetite to…

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Alex Kerfoot is starting to become a trade candidate

Alex Kerfoot had an inconsistent first year as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Even he’s not afraid to admit that. That said, he had big shoes to fill. Being part of the Nazem Kadri trade, he was replacing someone who had become rooted in what it meant to be a Maple Leaf, but also saw his…