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The emergence of Nikita Zaitsev

Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY SPORTS This offseason, the Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev, a KHL free agent that brought much anticipation. The Leafs were in desperate need for improvement on the right side of their defense, and Nikita Zaitsev’s play promised to bring that.  There were some that were skeptical of just how much…

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LEAFS POSTGAME: Swimming with the Fishies

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS The Sharks were visiting Toronto tonight in a contest against the Maple Leafs. The Sharks are shaping up to be one of the best teams in the league again this year, while Toronto is floating between the basement and playoff contention.

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POSTGAME: Leafs hunt down the Bruins | Leafs 4 – 1 Bruins

Embed from Getty Images The Leafs were in Boston tonight (that’s the Toronto-Dominion Arena) to take on the Bruins. The closest thing the Leafs have to a rivalry currently, this matchup shaped up to be an entertaining Saturday night. Keys for tonight’s game: Try not to get dominated by the Bergeron line Get Auston Matthews…

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Peter Holland, Ben Smith, Tyler Bozak, and the Leafs’ Penalty Kill

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS An announcement came out recently that the Leafs were going to try to trade Peter Holland due to his concerns over ice time and future with the organization. Jeff Veillette covered the announcement here, so I won’t double up on that. A common first reaction to this move was that…

William Nylander and The Beautiful Game

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday morning, Dave Feschuk and Steve Simmons met on the radio to talk hockey, and the subject of William Nylander came up. Their take below thanks to the transcribing of Platinum Seat Ghosts: Simmons: “on the nights where William Nylander has tried hard, I’ve been impressed” Feschuk: “well that’s not often”…

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LEAFS POSTGAME: Breezy Season Approaching

Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS The Florida Panthers were in town for the second time this season to play our Toronto Maple Leafs Leafs. Toronto won the first contest 3-2. Seth Griffith returns to town after his short stint in Toronto. Here’s a post I wrote the other day on him. A little bit of…

Seth Griffith is gone, and that’s probably fine

Embed from Getty Images That’s right folks, on November 12th the Seth Griffith ERA was DONE in Toronto (s/o to the SDP). The Leafs chose to waive him due to the return to health of Matt Hunwick and the recall of Nikita Soshnikov. This created an overstocked roster. The Leafs claimed him off of waivers just one…

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Ben Smith, and the Value of Penalty Kill Faceoffs

Embed from Getty Images The Maple Leafs are currently faced with a problem we knew they would have from the start of the season: they just have too many forwards. If you had told me they’d claim two more on waivers to add to that mix, I would have said you were crazy, but here…

POSTGAME: Leafs get Corsi Clubbered | Leafs 0 – 7 Kings

Embed from Getty Images The game between two of the league’s strongest possession teams went down on this Tuesday night game. Surely this would be a litmus test on whether the Leafs’ have been dominating possession by preying on weak opponents (Buffalo and Vancouver recently) or if the success has been genuine.