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John Tortorella Defends Sheldon Keefe Following Leafs’ Elimination

John Tortorella is a coach who always finds a way to make his media availability interesting, and today’s session following the Blue Jackets ousting the Leafs from playoff contention was no different. Full quote from #CBJ coach John Tortorella, who felt the need to come to #LeafsForever coach Sheldon Keefe today at the start of…

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Now is not the time to move on from Mitch Marner

Another year, another first round elimination for the Toronto Maple Leafs, technically. Every season, this team surprises us. This year, it was the highs of a three-goal comeback against the Columbus Blue Jackets to the lows of losing to David Ayres, who practices with the Maple Leafs and was also a zamboni driver — it…

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Goal Analysis – Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Play-In Game #5

Welcome to the beginning of the end! Post-game highlights can be found here. Blue Jackets 1st Goal – Zach Werenski (Unassisted) Zach Werenski is the 5th @BlueJacketsNHL defenseman to score a goal with the team facing elimination. The others: Kris Russell: Game 4 of 2009 CQFFedor Tyutin: Game 6 of 2014 R1Markus Nutivaara: Game 4…

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We got our hopes up, and the Leafs got shut out.

In a win or go home game five the Leafs kinda blew it, and that’s putting it nicely. After the epic comeback of game four spirits were high among Leafs fans! Going into the final game of the series, it made sense that this feeling carried over for most. We had Saturday to process and…

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It’s time to move on from Frederik Andersen

Eight. That is the number of consecutive times Frederik Andersen has lost a series-deciding game in his NHL career. We saw the latest example last night, which might have been one of the most frustrating ones yet. Truth be told, he played well for the most part and did his darnedest to keep the Leafs…

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Ranking the best possible draft lottery outcomes

Last night never happened. Last week never happened. The Leafs have always been a draft lottery team, that’s how I’ll choose to look at it. So here we are, banking on the Leafs 12.5% chance at the first overall pick paying off better than it will for the Rangers, Penguins, Panthers, Jets, Oilers, Predators, or…

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Eurotrip: Jesper Lindgren to MODO

It probably goes without saying that the Leafs are now looking at any and all options for finding European clubs for their players, and yesterday they found a landing spot for Jesper Lindgren with MODO. From the MODO team site: MODO Hockey can today announce that defender Jesper Lindgren has been contracted as a loan…

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Finding some positives in the Leafs brief return to play

What a weird week it was. We got the briefest taste of meaningful hockey. It was playoff shareware. And going beyond the qualifying round would have been nice, but honestly when we look back on a season that included a coaching change, numerous injuries, a loss to their own employee serving as an Emergency Backup…