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The biggest surprises (good and bad) for the Leafs this season

With the NHL currently on pause for COVID and the holidays, now’s as good of a time as ever to take a look at some of the Leafs that have surprised fans so far this season. Some people came in with low expectations and have far surpassed them, some came with high expectations and haven’t…

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The TLN Festivus Airing of Leafs Grievances

Happy Festivus everyone! I realize that we’ve reached the point where 95% of the people on the internet are too young to care about specific Seinfeld episodes, but here we are, beating the Festivus schtick into the ground anyway with the traditional airing of grievances. The things we do for content. The rules this year…

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The North Division needs to be a last resort for NHL

As the NHL looks inward on decisions for postponed games, I thought I’d look into the idea of whether or not they should bring back the North Division. The Leafs have ten games remaining against Canadian teams. Three vs. Montreal and two against Ottawa and Vancouver. Only one against each of Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary….

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The TLN crew names Jack Campbell the Leafs’ MVP for calendar 2021

When we were coming up with roundtable questions for our year end series, one of the suggestions was that we each provide our MVP for the year. The immediate follow up was did anyone anticipate selecting someone other than Jack Campbell. While there were assurances that cases could be made for a number of other…

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Leafs add more players and staff to NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

The Leafs have added more players and staff to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, just a day after two members of the Leafs’ support staff were added. The Maple Leafs have placed forward David Kämpf, forward Ilya Mikheyev, goaltender Petr Mrázek, defenceman Rasmus Sandin, goaltending coach Steve Briere and an additional member of the team’s…

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5 European Free Agent Forwards the Leafs should sign in 2022

Okay, no team is signing five European free agents in one offseason. There are still at least five forwards worthy of signing in my opinion, defence is a story for another day. I follow six European leagues, the Russian KHL, Swedish SHL, Finnish Liiga, Swiss NLA, German DEL, and Czech Extraliga. I look at u27…

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TLN Radio EP 15: Leafs COVID break, World Juniors, and the Olympics

Episode 15 of TLN Radio is available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube! This week, Caroline Szwed, Kyle Cushman, Nick Barden, and Scott Maxwell discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs COVID pause, the upcoming World Juniors, and the status of NHLers at the Olympics. We also dive into Spider-Man: No Way Home so *major* spoiler warnings once we get…