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Report: Leafs Expected To Hire Paul McFarland As Assistant Coach

Not long after it was announced that former Leafs assistant coach DJ Smith would be taking over the bench in Ottawa, Elliotte Friedman had another interesting tidbit of information to share: With DJ Smith’s move to OTT and expectation that Jim Hiller will be going elsewhere too, there are openings on the TOR bench. One…

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John Tavares Sustains Oblique Injury Prior To World Championships

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that centre John Tavares has sustained an oblique injury: Leafs centre John Tavares sustained an oblique injury in preparation for the World Championships. Tavares will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Leafs medical staff and a further update will follow in the coming days. — Leafs PR…

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Rewriting The Script

Here we go again. The exasperated sighs rang out across Leafs Nation yesterday afternoon, as the Leafs ultimately fell 4-2 to the Boston Bruins, in a game that saw them squander an early lead to a miserable penalty kill that allowed the Bruins to score twice on their first two attempts in the game. With…

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Game 5 Thoughts: Clutch and Complete Leafs Win In Boston

Going back to Boston after dropping Wednesday’s Game 4 at home could have gone one of two ways for the Leafs. They could have walked out of Boston down 3-2 in their first-round series, staring down elimination and hoping to force a 7th game, or they could have left the Boston Bruins on the brink…

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Why Nazem Kadri Is A Game-Changer In This Series

In the weeks leading up to the Leafs’ first-round tilt with the Boston Bruins, the question of whether or not they could handle the boogeyman Bruins after last season’s seven-game loss boiled down to how far their depth could take them. At the time, many argued last year that the Leafs were already a deep…

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Postgame: 2 Playoff Teams

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, who are a playoff team. 1st Period Are the playoffs starting yet? Jake Muzzin and Andreas Johnsson were out for the Leafs, which means Trevor Moore stays in and Martin Marincin returns to the lineup beside Calle Rosen. The first period started off with an…

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LGD: Hurry, Canes!

Good morning! Fresh off of their playoff-clinching victory in Brooklyn last night, the Leafs are back at it tonight, hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Arena. The Canes are coming off of a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that’s left their playoff hopes still uncertain. With the Canadiens and Blue Jackets both in action tonight…

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LGD: Cleanup On Isle Two

It’s a Game Day! Game 79 of the regular season takes the Leafs to Brooklyn as they continue their quest to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders clinched a berth two days ago, while the Leafs – in a tougher division with a tough run of late – are still awaiting…

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Taking Inventory: Making The Most Of The Leafs’ Imperfect Situation

There’s a saying about March – in like a lion, out like a lamb.  For the Leafs, the saying should probably be something closer to “in like a slightly wounded and underperforming lion, out like a lamb that should hopefully have its D-core back together soon”. Then again, that doesn’t exactly have the same ring to…

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LGD: Restless

Good Morning, It’s A Game Day! The Leafs are back in action in Philadelphia tonight, where they have a date with the Flyers. Philly, while not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, would need a miracle (i.e. winning out while the Habs and Blue Jackets both lose out) to qualify at this point. The Leafs, meanwhile,…

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LGD: Down To Business

Good morning!  It’s a Game Day. The Leafs are back in action tonight against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs have put together three consecutive strong games, but have only mustered a 1-1-1 record over that span, for reasons only the Hockey Gods can likely explain. The Panthers, meanwhile, may not be mathematically…