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20 Takes heading into the trade deadline

We’re at the 3rd quarter mark, and as was done at the first quarter, and halfway point of the season, I’m taking this as an opportunity to rid my mind of the excess number of Leafs takes I have floating around my head. Given that it’s trade deadline weekend, I’m sure there will be more…

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PWHPA and PHF asked to talk by the NHL over potential merger

A year and a half ago, when I started covering women’s hockey, the rift between the then NWHL and the recently formed PWHPA was fresh, and wide. I was intimidated by it, frankly. The politics seemed so deep and divided that I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to confidently talk about it. I’m still…

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Riley McCourt’s versatility a secret weapon for Newfoundland Growlers

It was December 11, 2021, when Newfoundland Growlers defenceman Riley McCourt got an opportunity to do something even he couldn’t have anticipated doing during his first full year as a pro. Instead of patrolling the blue line, he’d be standing just to the left of the face-off dot as a winger. About 12 minutes into…

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Breaking down the Leafs depth chart heading into the trade deadline

We’ve nearly arrived at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline, and with the Toronto Maple Leafs still yet to make any moves this week as of the writing of this article, what better time to check in with an organizational depth chart update. The Maple Leafs are, for the most part, in a good spot organizationally….