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How Mitch Marner’s Contract Makes the Marlies Even Scarier

The Mitch Marner saga is over. And with that, we can finally focus on hockey again. Hallelujah. Upon learning of Marner’s extension, I’m going to guess that you didn’t immediately begin to pine over its potential impact on the Toronto Marlies. Some of you might have done this, of course. Just, not the majority. Regardless,…

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Preseason Post-Game #1: Five Takeaways vs Ottawa

Hockey is back, folks! And we here at The Leafs Nation couldn’t be more excited about it, which is why we’re changing some things up before the action truly kicks off. Be honest; do you really need a standard pre-game preview? How much does a by-the-numbers post-game recap really tell you about what you just spent the last three hours watching…

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Preseason Pre-Game #1: Five Things to Watch vs Ottawa

Hockey is back, folks! And we here at The Leafs Nation couldn’t be more excited about it, which is why we’re changing some things up before the action truly kicks off. Be honest; do you really need a standard pre-game preview? How much does a by-the-numbers post-game recap really tell you about what you just…

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Mitch Marner is Not (and Has Never Been) Disrespected

Throughout his first three seasons as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Mitch Marner accrued a level of goodwill amongst the fanbase that has rarely ever been seen. This Marner praise was practically universal in its scope, too. And why wouldn’t it be? The kid was so easy to love. Within a city so acutely well-versed on…

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Chris Johnston Gives Us the Offseason’s First Reasonable Marner Take

Well, this feels different, doesn’t it? Especially given what the past six months have brought forth. Fresh off a summer in which countless “reports” of the contract demands of one Mitch Marner blacked out the sky and snuffed out the sun, being treated to what is an otherwise level-headed breakdown of the situation is like…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Maybes: Jeremy Bracco

Jeremy Bracco Position: RW Physical: 5’9″, 181 pounds 2018 TLN Prospect Ranking: #5 Draft Information: 2nd round, 61st overall in 2015 Here’s the thing about Jeremy Bracco: no matter what you think of him, no matter how high or how low you are on his future in the NHL, there are at least three people…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Maybes: Pierre Engvall

Pierre Engvall Position: C/LW Physical: 6’4″, 192 pounds Age: 23 2018 TLN Prospect Ranking: #9 Draft Info: 7th round, 188th overall in 2014 When it comes to career ceilings, Pierre Engvall‘s will more or less be defined by what goes down this coming season. His future basically depends on it. In fact, a strong performance…

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The Darren Ferris Playbook is Evolving

On this, the first day of school, I’d like to welcome each and every one of you fine students back from what I hope was a wonderful and fulfilling summer break. It sure wasn’t a break for me, though. I mean, yeah, nothing actually got done. But you know what they say! Money (and Twitter)…

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When Will an NHLer Do What Andrew Luck Just Did?

To say that Andrew Luck shocked the entire sports world on Saturday night would be a gross understatement. Despite standing at the top of his profession while just days away from an NFL season in which early projections had pegged the Indianapolis Colts as potential Super Bowl contenders, Luck’s seemingly never-ending cycle of injuries and…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Longest Shots: Part Two

Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s 2019 Prospect Rankings! As I’m sure you all know by now, we’ve changed things up this year and will be rolling out these little guys in tiers that aim to encapsulate each prospect’s projection as an NHLer. Crazy stuff! Try to keep up. For brevity’s sake, though, we’ll be tackling the lowest tier…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Longest Shots: Part One

Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s 2019 Prospect Rankings! As I’m sure you all know by now, we’ve changed things up this year and will be rolling out these little guys in tiers that aim to encapsulate each prospect’s respective projection as an NHLer. Crazy stuff! Try to keep up. For brevity’s sake, though, we’ll be…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings: Explaining the Tiers

The moment is finally here, folks. Welcome to The Leafs Nation‘s 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs prospect rankings! As we announced last week to uproarious (read: non-existent) fanfare, TLN has decided to change up the way we roll out our rankings in 2019, adopting a more streamlined “tier by tier” approach for this edition instead of…