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5 trades the Leafs could make that would make their roster worse

Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen are both pretty good hockey players, but the Leafs have a lot of pretty good hockey players. It would not be wise to trade these guys for worse hockey players, but NHL general managers make bad decisions all the time. Instead of pushing for some hypothetical trades that the Leafs…

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Connor McDavid and the worst-kept secret about Morgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly is bad defensively. That’s it. That’s the secret. You can stop reading now if you wish. On Monday night, the Leafs played the Edmonton Oilers at home, a fixture which had become nearly as guaranteed as two points come in the NHL. It hadn’t been since December 2, 2010 since the Oilers won…

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Mike Babcock’s dismissal shouldn’t have been time for a celebration

“You don’t get another chance, life is no Nintendo game.” — Eminem — Mike Babcock Mike Babcock’s tenure as the coach of the Maple Leafs is finished. Cooked, done, over. He’s forever etched into the first three-and-a-bit seasons of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander. But he’s all done in his opportunity to make…

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The Leafs need a jersey thrower to get back on track

The Leafs are bad right now. Six losses in a row, two regulation wins in sixteen, an inability to win unless Frederik Andersen is in net, and no home games for another ten days. Things are at the lowest point of the Mike Babcock era, and that includes a last-place finish in the NHL and…

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John Tavares returns to the Leafs lineup tonight

What a different world we lived in last time John Tavares played a game for the Leafs. Kanye West hadn’t yet released a gospel album, the Washington Nationals had never won a World Series, and there had yet to be a cat on the field during documented Monday Night Football history. But since Oct.16, all…

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Maple Leafs Pre-Game #6: 5 things to watch against Detroit

Three losses in a row! Burn the boats! Throw the jerseys! Go beat Detroit and forget about life for a while! Leafs lines LW C RW ANDREAS JOHNSSON AUSTON MATTHEWS WILLIAM NYLANDER KASPERI KAPANEN JOHN TAVARES MITCH MARNER ILYA MIKHEYEV ALEXANDER KERFOOT TREVOR MOORE DMYTRO TIMASHOV NICK SHORE FREDERIK GAUTHIER DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS MORGAN RIELLY CODY…

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5 thoughts from Blue Monday ⁠— A 3-2 loss to St. Louis

The defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues came into Toronto and steamrolled the Leafs by a 3-2 score. Wait, what? More accurately, the Leafs fell behind 1-0, scored twice in 24 seconds, and then saw a pair of unanswered goals dictate the narrative as Toronto couldn’t find enough to muster up a late tying…