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Leafs Offseason: A Quick Look Through the Free Agent Pool – Part One

Under the leadership of Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster is likely to always remain a work in progress. There will always be a market inefficiency to tap into; a weakness to address; a missing piece to acquire. It’s the natural path for a forward-thinking team. Operating within a league that requires constant ascension,…

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The NHL Needs its Own Kawhi Saga, Badly

The date on this glorious Tuesday afternoon is July 9th, 2019. We’ve officially reached the dog days of the North American sports calendar, my friends; the MLB regular season won’t return from its annual All-Star break for another three days, NFL rookies won’t report to training camps until, at the earliest, July 17th, and the…

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Grading Every Leafs Move on a Busy July 1st

The Leafs certainly didn’t keep quiet yesterday. Between clearing the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP off of their cap, diving headfirst into the bargain bin, and trading one of the franchise’s longest-standing and deeply-rooted players in recent memory, Kyle Dubas came out swinging for the Canada Day festivities, leaving a trail of carnage in…

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Dave Hakstol is a Questionable Addition to the Maple Leafs’ Bench

Facts are facts, my friends. Heading into a sure-to-be hectic offseason, the Leafs needed a coach to round out their staff. And Dave Hakstol certainly is one, I guess. It’s probably a safe bet that precisely zero people outside of the Leafs organization foresaw this hiring. Hakstol’s announcement came decidedly out of left field –…

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We’re On To You, Darren Ferris

I’ll try to keep this brief, as Twitter has seemingly beaten this dead horse of a topic for so long it’s since turned into a foul-tasting jerky. Mitch Marner is planning to meet with other NHL teams this week, the first of his reported rendezvous set to take place as early as tomorrow afternoon. And…

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How Does This Affect the Leafs?: Draft Day Trade Thread

Like it or not, everything relates back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They’re like the NHL’s Kevin Bacon if, you know, Kevin Bacon had actually made a watchable movie or two in the past five-to-ten years. Kevin Bacon’s declining film career aside, we’re in for a treat today, my friends. After an excruciatingly boring first…

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BREAKING: Stuff is Possibly About to Go Down

Things are happening. Finally. For the love of god, finally. It’s amazing how quickly things can change in the hockey world. Twitter seemed to be a relatively tranquil place earlier this afternoon, with the conversation being primarily dominated by people taking turns in laughing at the Tampa Bay Rays for the borderline Nathan For You business…

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The Pros and Cons of Picking Your Spots

A long time ago, in the heydays of the great Analytics War, Dimitri Filipovich posed what is still perhaps the most simplistic and yet most illuminating blueprint for success as an NHL General Manager: Identify the dumb GMs and call them every day. It’s the type of quote that is so confoundingly accurate, it leads…

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects 2018: #10 Trevor Moore

Let’s set the clock back to roughly 12 months ago. What do you remember? It was a different time. Patrick Marleau was the Leafs’ biggest free agent signing. The Oilers were flying high upon clouds of postseason dreams and sink urination. And the Habs were doubling down in their steadfast belief that a then-nearing-free agency…

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LGD: Turtleneck Reunion

The prodigal son returns. Well, in this case, I guess the family will return to the prodigal son. When the Habs visit town tonight for an Atlantic Division showdown, Tomas Plekanec will face the Montreal Canadiens, the team for which he played 981 games across 15 seasons, for the first time since being dealt. You…