Building A Champion Part 1: Establishing A Core

Embed from Getty Images As Pittsburgh and San Jose battle to take home the Stanley Cup, I’m sure there’s one thought thought that’s crossing every Leafs fans’ mind while watching: how long until we see the Leafs here? It’s a valid question, but considering it’s steeped deeply in years of futility, the question is much…

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Kessel’s Cup Run is Karma For Those Who Doubted Him

Photo Credit: Charles LeClarie/USA TODAY SPORTS With last night’s thrilling overtime victory over the Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins inched closer to hockey’s ultimate prize, while the Leafs reward for helping them get there diminished. It’s turning into a very cruel punishment for Leafs fans. The value of the first round draft pick they obtained in…

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LGD: #BellLetsTalk About Maybe Winning A Game?

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been 19 days since the last Leafs win. It’s been 28 days since the last Leafs win against a real team (one that’s playoff-bound). It’s been 43 days since the last Leafs regulation win against a real team. To put it simply, it’s been a tough couple of weeks here…

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Leafs Mid-Season Report Card

The Leafs have played 41 games OK fine, 42 games this season… (this post is a bit late because every TLN staff member is still hungover from Tuesday) which means we’re at the midway point of the season. That makes a perfect time to evaluate how the Leafs have performed so far this season. To do that,…

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Goodbye Randy

View image | gettyimages.com Today, Randy Carlyle was relieved of his coaching duties with the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing an end to his 195 game tenure behind the Leafs bench. Carlyle’s tactics have long been a sticking point for many fans causing a pretty big divide between the compete and calculus crowd, but as the losses piled…

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Estimating the Leafs PDO

View image | gettyimages.com It’s the same story, different year it seems. Night after night, the Leafs get out-shot, out-played, out-possessed, but almost never outscored. The Leafs are currently on a 10-1-1 streak right now playing some very good teams in the process and beating them handily to boot. But they haven’t played all that…

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LGD: Squashing the Flying V

It’s the marquee Tuesday match-up that everyone’s been waiting patiently for as the Leafs take on their longtime rivals: the Anaheim “no longer mighty” Ducks. The stakes are high tonight as the winner gets to keep their magic beans capable of powering their sky-high PDO’s, while the loser’s will get nothing except the mumps. The last time these two played…

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Leafs Projections: Playoffs?

#459046370 / gettyimages.com Playoffs? This team?  Yes, this team. They’re in the position right now and some people don’t seem to believe it or even understand how. The Leafs are not as bad as most people make them out to be after every loss and is better than last year’s version. In the summer I…

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LGD: March of the Penguins

The Leafs play the Penguins tonight (pictured above) and I spent an alarming amount of time looking for the right penguin photo to start this off. What can I say, penguins are cute as hell and you can get lost in the internet easily if you’re looking at penguins, which is actually an analogy for…

LGD: Leafs Look To Stay Hot Against Bruins

#457864640 / gettyimages.com The Leafs face the Bruins tonight at home and for some reason the game starts at 8pm. You’ve been warned, so find something else to do between 7 and 8. Spend time with your girlfriend or your dog, maybe watch some Brooklyn Nine-Nine re-runs, I don’t know. Seriously, why is the game…

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Leafs Postgame: Huge Win on Long Island

#457624834 / gettyimages.com About 10 minutes into this game I thought it would be one of those nights for the boys in blue. The Leafs were completely out-chanced and out-played in every zone and every facet of play. It looked like a typical Leafs period. But hockey’s a funny game. Things change quickly.

LGD: Looking For A Win

#476893521 / gettyimages.com The Leafs lost last night, bad. Jerseys were tossed in disgust. It was just ugly. I happened to be there last night, and the crowd was either completely dead or not even remotely pleased with what was happening on the ice. The Leafs were just completely out-classed by a much better Penguins team…