Leafs send Tyler Gaudet back to the AHL

Let’s not make this into more than it is. Gaudet was recalled by the Leafs to be on the roster when the team went on the road to Nashville, where he played last season. This is what we’ll come to recognize as the “Reverse Babcock” where the team actually treats players decently. With the team…

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Should the Leafs consider trading Morgan Rielly?

If this post is going to make you upset, please keep reading. If it isn’t, please keep reading and then send me a note of agreement when you’re finished. I’ll appreciate it. Yes, I’ll say it: The Leafs should consider trading Morgan Rielly. I’d go a bit further and speculate they’ve already talked about it….

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How confident should you be in the Leafs making the playoffs?

We’re back at it. The second half (actually around 40%) of the season is in swing, and in case you haven’t noticed, the Leafs are trying to fight their way into a playoff spot – not exactly a place we would’ve thought they’d be hanging out when things got started in October. But it is…

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Found money makes the Leafs an incredibly boring trade deadline team

With the holiday season now fully in the rear-view and a bit of an auto-pilot portion of the season upcoming, naturally it’s time to take a very early look at the trade deadline. I mean, the next best off-ice thing to look forward to in the coming weeks will be all-star selections, so what else…

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The Babcock situation must have been a lot worse than we thought

“Source: ~90% of the Leafs were relieved to see Mike Babcock go” is what James Mirtle of The Athletic tweeted out on Thursday morning before the Leafs got ready for their first game under new coach Sheldon Keefe. If that doesn’t tell you that things were much worse under the hood of this team than…

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So, how long are these assistant coaches going to last?

The Leafs (in this case meaning Shanahan and Dubas) sort of wanted to fire Mike Babcock last spring when the Bruins put them away in game seven. They didn’t, and instead did the most common next thing: replacing the assistants around him. But it’s hard to parse out who pulled the strings most in this…

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Only Shanahan can fire Babcock, and maybe that’s okay

If the Leafs continue to sputter over the next month or so (they’re currently 12th in the conference standings by points-percentage), Mike Babcock is going to be fired. Before Christmas, after, it doesn’t really matter; If this Toronto team just claws along with two wins here, two losses there, Babcock is going to be replaced by…

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Embracing the ambiguity in hockey analysis

Person 1: “Cody Ceci is bad. He shouldn’t even be in the NHL.” Person 2: “I don’t know. I mean, maybe you’re right. He has been on some really poor Sens teams though.” Person 1: “Nope, he’s terrible. The numbers say he’s always been getting crushed in shot-attempt share, and he’s 26 now. He is…

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We don’t need to write off Liljegren to write in Sandin

In case you haven’t heard, Rasmus Sandin is a Toronto Maple Leaf. In what became easily the biggest story of camp these last two weeks and stretching back over the last year, the 2018 first-rounder shot up the organization like a rocket to nab a NHL roster spot and will make his debut a couple…