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2016-17 Leafs’ Season in Review: James van Riemsdyk

Only 3 things in life are certain: death, taxes, and JvR trade rumours. James van Riemsdyk had a great season for Toronto this year. With an AAV of $4.25 million and one year left on his contract,  his trade value has never and will never be higher.  As the expansion draft looms around the corner,…

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2016-17 Leafs’ Season in Review: Morgan Rielly

Day 2 of our TLN Year in Review series brings us to Morgan Rielly: a favourite amongst teammates, and the Leafs’ potential number one defenceman. In his 4th NHL season, Rielly tallied 6 goals and 21 points through 76  regular season games.  Rielly was 3rd amongst defenceman in terms of points this season, sitting behind…

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Leafs sign Nikita Zaitsev to a 7-year, 31.5 million dollar contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced early Tuesday afternoon that the team inked defenceman Nikita Zaitsev to a 7-year, 31.5 million dollar contract extension. .@MapleLeafs have signed D Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract extension. Annual value of the contract is $4.5M through 2023-24 #TMLtalk — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 2, 2017 The extension was announced…

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St. Pats Postgame: Hartbreaker

As the Leafs took to the ice tonight in their green, Toronto St. Pats jerseys, the storied history of the franchise bubbled to the surface in this original six matchup. Though an overtime loss was not necessarily ideal for the Leafs tonight, the team remains in a playoff spot after nabbing only 1 point in…

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LGD: Bolting out of the playoffs

After Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to win games now more than ever.  Tonight, they will be facing a divisional rival just 1 point ahead of them in the standings.  Neither the Leafs or the Lightning sit in a playoff position right now, but a win tonight would…

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Leafs Postgame: A Day At The Beach

After an embarrassing, 7-2 loss to the Florida Panthers tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs have dropped from 4th to 5th in the Atlantic division, and currently sit 1 point out of a playoff spot.  It almost seemed as though the Leafs were asleep on the ice tonight – their efforts were subpar and the Panthers…

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LGD: Marincin Returns!

Each team coming off big wins on Thursday, Toronto and Carolina will face off tonight in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup.  The Canes have gone 2-2-1 in their last 5 games, and it is unlikely that they will make the playoffs this season.  Anything can happen, though.  On the contrary, the Leafs, currently sitting 1…

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LGD: Michal No-virth

As the NHL season begins to wind down, the remaining games become of increasing significance to fringe playoff teams.  The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers happen to be facing off in a very important game tonight, with only 2 points separating them in the standings. While both teams have made some questionable lineup…

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Postgame: Perry Bad

Photo Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports I’m sure a lot of east coasters are regretting staying up to watch this game.   In what was one of their poorest efforts of the season, the Leafs lost 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on their last game of the annual California road trip.  This game was a must-win…

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LGD: Goodbye California

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Tonight’s game marks the conclusion of the Leafs’ annual California road trip, and if you have stayed up to watch Toronto’s last two losses against San Jose and Los Angeles, you’re probably exhausted.   The Leafs will face off against the Anaheim Ducks in their second game of a back-to-back.  This rare Friday…

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LGD: Battle of Ontario Pt. 2

Embed from Getty Images After what seemed like an eternity (it was only a bye week), the Leafs are back in action tonight against the Ottawa Senators in their second game of a back-to-back.  The game hasn’t even started yet and the drama has already begun; Garret Sparks was recalled by the Leafs this morning,…

Tournament in Review: How did Leafs prospects fare at the World Juniors?

Embed from Getty Images Well, folks, it’s over. The 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship came to a close last night after the USA beat Canada in the shootout to claim the tournament’s top spot. 2 Leafs prospects were awarded gold medals in Jeremy Bracco and Joseph Woll.  Carl Grundstrom and Team Sweden had a disappointing…