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If the Leafs trade Kadri, what happens next?

There’s a funny thing that happens every time a Leafs player is mentioned in trade rumours: People scramble to say “Well how do we replace him?” with an implication that the front office seemingly overlooked this important question. This is especially applicable in the cases of two Toronto players who’ve had their names in the…

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Zaitsev reportedly garnering interest from the Canucks

As far as likely destinations for Nikita Zaitsev go, we probably should have penciled the Canucks in from the very beginning due to their puzzling attempt at a rebuild on the fly. If you’ve kept up on trade rumours over the last few years, it seems Jim Benning has been in on just about every…

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The most likely trade destinations for Zaitsev

We’ve already established that, outside of the cap flexibility, it’s unlikely the Leafs will get much of value in a deal for Nikita Zaitsev, who recently made it clear he wants out of Toronto. So it follows that any general manager looking to bring him on will be looking to do one or more of…

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Don’t expect much in the Zaitsev trade

Yesterday it was made known that the Leafs and Nikita Zaitsev were looking to make a clean split. After back-to-back nightmare seasons (especially offensively) for Zaitsev, and with a limited no-trade clause set to kick in a month from now, the timing of this isn’t all that surprising. I mean, the Leafs don’t let much…

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This Jim Hiller situation is a bit strange

In a long-talked-about move, on Thursday the Leafs and assistant coach D.J. Smith parted ways, as he took the vacant head job in Ottawa. I say they “parted ways” instead of him being poached because it was unclear, and perhaps unlikely, that he was ever coming back with Toronto beyond this season anyway. Much has…

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TSN’s trade bait board presents plenty of Leafs scenarios

In the first offseason trade bait board presented by Frank Seravalli of TSN, there are just fifteen names listed as the most likely players to be dealt this summer. Former Leaf and two-time Cup champion Phil Kessel heads up the list, which isn’t surprising considering most hockey media are bracing for the Penguins to do…

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Mitch Marner is putting on a masterclass in negotiating through the media

No matter what’s going on behind the scenes, it appears the next couple months are going to be a tumultuous time for the Leafs as far as media coverage goes. With questions about Babcock’s return and the pending restricted free agents that will have an enormous impact on the team’s cap situation, it’s no wonder…

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Mike Babcock has to let the stars be stars in game seven

This isn’t going to be a long post so let’s just get into it. If you’re reading this from a Leafs-centric perspective you already know all about what’s upon us in the next 24-hours. Toronto and Boston, game seven at TD Garden, serious stress, doubts, thoughts of blown third period leads. You likely already have…