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NHL Announces Changes to Leafs Schedule

Another day, another tweet notification from the Leafs Twitter account that quickly turns anticipation into disappointment. Certainly not a feeling us Leafs fans can identify with. The NHL announced updates to their 2020-21 schedule on Sunday, presumably to shoehorn this week’s postponed Canadiens games back into the schedule: The @NHL has announced updates to the…

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Frederik Andersen has been okay, and that’s probably not okay

Ahh, how I did not miss this: the Leafs’ first extended losing streak of a season. Let’s all sit around Leafs Twitter and keep our hands warm on the flaming hot takes being thrown about in the immediate aftermath of this 18-7-2 team’s third-straight loss. There was a considerable amount of criticism being thrown Frederik…

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Introducing the TLN Maple Leafs Stat Pack

We’re happy to announce the roll-out of a valuable stats resource for Maple Leafs fans, the TLN Maple Leafs Stat Pack (MLSP). This expansive Tableau dashboard, which will be updated the day after each Maple Leafs game, is designed to give fans a one-stop shop for deeper insights into their beloved Buds. Aiming to fill…

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Maybe Nick Robertson CAN play in the American Hockey League?

We recently wrote about the Leafs’ options for Nick Robertson in the aftermath of controversial comments from provincial government officials regarding the OHL’s return being contingent upon the elimination of body contact. The comments stirred up a firestorm on social media but eventually died down when Premier Ford contradicted his minister and said the hope…

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Opinion: Let’s dial back the hostility

On Thursday night, Mitch Marner made the following comments to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox regarding the possibility of the Leafs playing all their games in the United States this season: Or at least, based on the backlash Marner faced in the comments, that’s what you could have sworn he said. Instead, he actually said this: The…

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A non-contact OHL cannot be Plan B for Nick Robertson

A stir was created Friday night when the Canadian Press put an article out over the wire saying no bodychecking will be allowed in upcoming OHL season. The article confirmed these plans with current Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sports (and former Minister of Abandoning Autistic Children) Lisa MacLeod, who said that ‘removing purposeful physical…

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Maple Leafs have a strong case against Ilya Mikheyev in arbitration

One thing that may have been lost in the shuffle of a busy Day 2 of free agency for the Leafs is that winger Ilya Mikheyev filed for salary arbitration after being unable to come to terms with the Leafs on a new contract prior to the arbitration filing deadline. The Leafs had qualified Mikheyev…

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A Twitter User’s Guide to NHL Rumours

The Stanley Cup will be presented no later than Wednesday, September 30th which means the NHL’s silly season (a.k.a Free Agency) will soon be upon us come October 9th. With that comes increased chatter and rumour-mongering on social media as the intrigue of “where will they go?” builds into a fury of speculation. Free Agency…

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Should the Leafs explore a sign-and-trade for Alex Pietrangelo?

Welcome to Pietrangeloctober If you haven’t heard, there’s a top-pairing right-handed defenceman with Stanley Cup-winning pedigree from just north of Toronto who seems destined to hit the open market 15 days from now. His name is Alex Pietrangelo, and he’s a wanted man around these parts. Make no mistakes about it, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas…

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2020 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft has been scheduled for October 6th and 7th, which means it’s finally that time of the season where we can all pretend we watched hundreds of hours of Saginaw Spirit games and are acutely aware of their third-pairing defender’s strengths and weaknesses. Don’t have the time to research this year’s…

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Should the Leafs Ditch Marner?

It felt like a match made in heaven. The Leafs then-Assistant GM Mark Hunter walked up to the podium at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and clumsily said “I’m proud to announce, from the London Knights, Mitch Marner.” To many the pick was no surprise, both due to Hunter’s familiarity with Marner from his time…

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It’s time for the Maple Leafs to show us who they are

Leafs fans found themselves repeatedly asking the same question after many games this season: who are these guys? On paper the Leafs have an immensely talented roster, which made the results we saw this season all the more alarming and bewildering. It is one thing to be able to chalk up your struggles to a…