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It’s time to admit the Islanders are a better TEAM than the Leafs

The decision by John Tavares in Summer 2018 to leave the New York Islanders and join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs ignited a war between fan bases that had not been seen since when Darcy Tucker blew out Mike Peca’s knee in the 2002 playoffs. The move ensured the two teams would be compared against…

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Remember whose fault this really is: The Leafs

Remember when New York City put red stockings on the Statue of Liberty after the Red Sox snapped their 86-year championship drought in 2004? Did you know that earlier that summer the city of Chicago put a Detroit Pistons jersey on the Michael Jordan statue outside United Center after the three-headed monster of Ben Wallace,…

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Playoff Preview: The Leafs Special Teams

The two biggest questions for the Toronto Maple Leafs going into their first round matchup against the Montreal Canadiens are (1) how will Jack Campbell perform as their playoff starter?, and (2) can the Leafs sort out their struggling special teams? We’ve touched the first question already, so let’s focus on the latter. You may…

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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…