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Introducing The Leafs Nation Return to Play Lineup

Back at the beginning of March I was handed the reins to this site as the managing editor. I was thrilled. I had big plans. I couldn’t wait to put my own stamp on a site that has hosted Hockey Operations folks like Cam Charron and many of the top hockey writers we read every…

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Behind the Net Podcast Episode 35: NBA/NHL Playoff Preview

In this week’s episode, Matthew Rodrigopulle and I are joined by Blake Murphy, a Raptors reporter for The Athletic, and Joshua Kloke, a Leafs reporter for The Athletic, where we preview each respective team as both prepare for the resumption of their season. Time Stamps: (4:35) Blake Murphy 5:25 Reporting during a pandemic 7:11 Observations…

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What to expect from the field this summer

We’ve finally come to the end of our What to expect this summer series. This final post will cover the remaining players we haven’t touched on, some of who still have the potential to find their way onto the Leafs expanded roster. This series has also given us the opportunity to introduce you to a…

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What to expect from John Tavares this summer

John Tavares came to the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2018 fully knowing the weight of the franchise was going to be placed on his shoulders the moment he signed a 7-year, $77 million contract to come home. Giddiness was in abundance in Leafs Land as the team had added, for nothing more than…

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What to expect from Andreas Johnsson this summer

What can you say about Andreas Johnsson’s 2019/2020 campaign other than “Well, he was there.” #Leafs have recalled Nic Petan, Martin Marincin and Pontus Aberg from the Marlies. Andreas Johnsson going on LTIR with a leg injury that will be reevaluated after Christmas. He didn't return for the third period of Wednesday's loss after blocking…

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A Walk-Around Tour of the NHL bubble in Toronto

“I’ve never seen any fencing up in Toronto with the words ‘Stanley Cup Playoffs’.” I said to my naive self before remembering that the Maple Leafs have been in the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Yes, it’s been that long. As the return of NHL hockey inches closer and closer, there’s more…