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Behind the Net Podcast Episode 39: Is That Loud Enough? (ft. Vivek Jacob)

In this week’s episode, Matthew Rodrigopulle and I react to the NBA player’s boycotting their games, why it is important that happened, and what they hope follows it. They are later joined by Vivek Jacob, a freelance writer for Complex Canada and Raptors Republic, to discuss the significance of the boycott, why it occurred, and…

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NHL 20 predicts the rest of Mitch Marner’s career

Mitch Marner has had quite the rough start to the 2020 offseason when it comes to speculation regarding his future. There’s quite a lot of differing opinions circulating around, referring back to his contract negotiations, the subsequent season that followed, and what lies ahead for him in Toronto. In fact, two of my TLN colleagues…

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What should the Leafs do with Ilya Mikheyev?

To say that Ilya Mikheyev‘s rookie season was eventful would be putting it lightly. He began the season by taking a selfie with Mike Babcock near a gas station, scored in his debut game, and then expressed confusion over why Canadians didn’t like soup. His role and value to the Leafs grew as the year…

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It’s time to move on from Frederik Andersen

Eight. That is the number of consecutive times Frederik Andersen has lost a series-deciding game in his NHL career. We saw the latest example last night, which might have been one of the most frustrating ones yet. Truth be told, he played well for the most part and did his darnedest to keep the Leafs…

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Muzzin is out for the rest of the play-in series

Following hours of uncertainty regarding the status of Jake Muzzin’s health, the Leafs confirmed that he is back at the Fairmount Royal York but will not play for the rest of the series. An update on MapleLeafs defenceman Jake Muzzin: pic.twitter.com/33WWtAJOD5 — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 5, 2020 This is a good outcome to what…

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How the lines could look following Muzzin’s injury

While the Leafs did enjoy a bounce-back win on Tuesday evening, it came at the expense of Jake Muzzin who left the game early. Late in the third period, Muzzin was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and as he fell to the ice, his head and neck were knocked back after colliding with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg….

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It’s time for the Leafs to score a goal

Forty-eight hours removed from what proved to be a defensive slugfest that saw the Leafs finish the night with a goose-egg, Toronto gets a shot at redemption this afternoon as they look to even the series against the Blue Jackets. Unlike a regular playoff series where there is little reason to panic after going down…

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Nick Robertson will play in exhibition game vs. Montreal

During an appearance on TSN OverDrive, Sheldon Keefe dropped a bombshell that Leafs fans have been longing to hear. Sheldon Keefe on OverDrive now on Nick Robertson's lineup status for their exhibition game versus the Canadiens: "He'll be playing tomorrow" — OverDrive (@OverDrive1050) July 27, 2020 With this announcement, Nick Robertson is now one step…

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Early impressions of life inside the NHL bubble

An NHL game is going to be played this week, something a lot of us weren’t sure would occur again in 2020 back in March. We know this because the 24 teams have made their into their respective bubbles in both Toronto and Edmonton, with the last teams arriving on Sunday night. Along with the…

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Pierre Engvall replaces Frederik Gauthier on the fourth line

Saturday afternoon’s practice was the Leafs’ final tune-up before heading into the bubble to begin their quarantine at the Royal York Hotel. Sheldon Keefe only made one change to the lineup, and that was on the fourth line. #Leafs lines at practice: Nylander-Matthews-HymanMikheyev-Tavares-Marner Robertson-Kerfoot-KapanenClifford-Engvall-Spezza Gauthier Rielly-CeciMuzzin-HollDermott-Barrie Sandin-Marincin AndersenCampbell — Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 25, 2020…