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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…

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Behind the Net Podcast Episode 35: NBA/NHL Playoff Preview

In this week’s episode, Matthew Rodrigopulle and I are joined by Blake Murphy, a Raptors reporter for The Athletic, and Joshua Kloke, a Leafs reporter for The Athletic, where we preview each respective team as both prepare for the resumption of their season. Time Stamps: (4:35) Blake Murphy 5:25 Reporting during a pandemic 7:11 Observations…

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Leafs change up the lines for their last scrimmage

The Leafs, along with the other 11 Eastern Conference teams, will soon be heading into the bubble with the play-in round near. For their final scrimmage before the move, they made some adjustments to their scrimmage lines. Team White:Nylander-Matthews-HymanEngvall-Kerfoot-KapanenAgostino-Brooks-Malgin 44-8323-9448-32 31 — Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 23, 2020 Given that Team Matthews was extremely stacked…

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What to expect from Nic Petan this summer

It has now been over a calendar year since Nic Petan was acquired by the Leafs in a trade that saw them move Par Lindholm to the Jets, and the former has yet to fully realize his potential. He is nearly halfway through a two-year deal and has played in 21 NHL games with the…