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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #14 Nick Ritchie

Flashback to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — mercifully Dave Nonis’ last one at the helm of the Leafs’ draft table. The Leafs are up at pick number eight with an assortment of options on hand. There was Nikolaj Ehlers; a 6-foot-0 skilled Scandinavian winger. There was William Nylander; a 5-foot-11 skilled Scandinavian winger. Lastly,…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #2 Nick Robertson

Coming second on this year’s Top 20 Leafs Prospects list is last year’s #1, Nicholas Robertson. Robertson, who torched the Ontario Hockey League for more than a goal-per-game in 2019-20, came into the 2020-21 season with a lot of hype and excitement surrounding him. Leafs fans were encouraged to see him keep his head above…

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Milestone watch: Leafs 2021-22 Edition

Leafs fans may roll their eyes at the idea of celebrating individual accomplishments next season, and perhaps rightly so considering the team’s annual struggles come playoff time, but there are some notable milestones on the horizon for some Leafs that justify keeping an eye on. In this article we’ll focus on upcoming games played, goals,…

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Civil Discourse: What has your patience running thin about the Maple Leafs?

Welcome to Civil Discourse, a new article series where two TLN writers discuss a topic of interest rationally without resorting to personal insults. So basically the anti-Twitter. Mark Norman We’ll get into discussing our own anxieties about this franchise in short order, but Dylan you saw the All or Nothing trailer, which depicted a clearly-upset Kyle…

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The Leafs might have a harder time scoring next season

The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the 2020-21 season with the NHL’s sixth-best offence, scoring 186 goals in 56 games for an impressive 3.32 goals per game. The bulk of that goal scoring was done by the team’s Big Four of Auston Matthews (41), Mitch Marner (20), John Tavares (19), and William Nylander (17), whose 97 goals…

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Civil Discourse: The Maple Leafs’ new goaltending tandem

Welcome to Civil Discourse, a new article series where two TLN writers discuss a topic of interest rationally without resorting to personal insults. So basically the anti-Twitter. Mark Norman I know we’re here to talk about the Leafs goaltending going into this season, but I just wanted to briefly look back on Jack Campbell’s play…

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Leafs sign Michael Bunting to a 2 year deal

The Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that they had agreed to a 2-year, $1.9M deal with 25-year-old winger Michael Bunting, for an annual cap hit of $950k Michael Bunting’s deal in TOR is two years, with an AAV of $950K. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 28, 2021 Bunting has been rumoured to the Leafs all summer,…

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John Tavares looks good to go

Not sure if you missed the 635 replays that Sportsnet showed of John Tavares getting almost decapitated in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens, but it was a shocking thing to watch. The incident, which resulted in Tavares being knocked unconscious and stretchered off the ice, left many fans questioning…

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For better or worse, Kyle Dubas is all-in on the Leafs’ core

Another offseason media availability, another time where Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has laid down to block shots headed for the Maple Leafs’ core. Dubas held a press conference today to discuss the team’s expansion draft decisions and the upcoming free agency period, as summarized here by our Jori Negin-Shecter. Dubas dropped what is sure…

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Trade Bait Debate: “Should The Leafs Be Interested?” Edition

The NHL offseason is about to hit turbo mode with the expansion draft, entry draft, and unrestricted free agency all set to occur before the end of July. For the Maple Leafs, after yet another disappointing and premature playoff exit, change is on the horizon. Not only do the Leafs have a couple of long-term…

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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,…