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It Kicked Ass When: JVR taunted P.K. Subban and the Habs’ bench

“It kicked ass when:” is a new series that will be published whenever I feel like it. It’s pretty self-explanatory: going through Leafs moments that kicked ass. It’s not hard to look back fondly on James van Riemsdyk’s career as a Toronto Maple Leaf, at least from an individual standpoint. Though his last game in…

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What does the future hold for Ron Hainsey?

Is two seasons enough for #2? Will he make a triumphant return and win another Stanley Cup? Find out next on this edition of Ron Hainsey: Probably not a robot! In all seriousness, Hainsey’s one of the oddest cases of player evaluation we’ve seen in a uniform in recent memory. An aging vet and a…

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Leafs sign defenceman Teemu Kivihalme

Well, we’re not going to pretend we know any more than you. But the Leafs made another transaction today,  signing 23-year old lefty defenceman Teemu Kivihalme. .SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have signed defenceman Teemu Kivihalme to a one-year entry level contract. Details >> https://t.co/HFSLtfICLv#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/VE4vcudRVS — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 7, 2019 From…

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The Leafs need more from Mitch Marner in Game 7

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Mitch Marner was never supposed to be this good, if you talked to some people. It’s crazy that we’re talking about a 94-point player in his third year in the league, that came into the NHL with doubts about if he could handle the physicality. But if…

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Round 1, Game 6 Postgame: …there will be a game 7

Just as we all knew. The Leafs will be playing another game 7 in Boston. They fell apart for long stretches in the game…. and it cost them. Final score 4-2. Here’s how we got there, in the Leafs’ ugliest loss of the playoffs: First period Thing got off to a decent start, with the…

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The Time Is Now (for John Tavares to take over the series)

Let’s get one thing out of the way here: Hockey isn’t wrestling. There’s no predetermined heroes and villains and losers and winners. The storylines are fluid and weird and heartbreaking and confusing and emotional. If you want Gary Bettman to be the NHL’s Vince McMahon, it doesn’t work like that. Sure, you can talk about…

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Can the real Auston Matthews please stand up?

OKAY. OKAY OKAY OKAY. Let’s get a couple things out of the way. Auston Matthews is a saint. Best Leafs forward in, well, maybe ever. Without freaking out too much, he’s behind just Rick Vaive and Dave Andreychuk in terms of goals per game by a Leaf (min 100 games) since, well, the 1930s, in…