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Why things didn’t go as planned for Stuart Percy

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com The deadline for pending restricted free agents (RFAs) was Monday, June 27th at 5 p.m. The clock moved its hands past the 5 and still, Percy had received no qualifying offer (QO) to return to the Maple Leafs. It must have stung for the former first-round pick of the Leafs, to be indirectly…

#AfterAuston: Samuel Girard

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday, I talked about a defenseman the Leafs might target in Logan Stanley. Today we’re going to shift to basically the exact opposite player in Samuel Girard. #AfterAuston today features shifty offensive defenseman Girard, who plays for the QMJHL-championship-finalist Shawinigan Cataractes. Girard very well could be that kind of high-ceiling talent the…

#AfterAuston: Logan Stanley

Embed from Getty Images We all know that if you were to evaluate the prospect pool of the Maple Leafs, one of the biggest concerns you’d have is the lack of top end talent on the blueline. There’s quite a bit of depth there, but there is a lack of “blue-chip” talent coming up the ranks. Which is a…

Hiring Randy Carlyle is a hilariously bad move for the Ducks

Embed from Getty Images Above we can see where Randy Carlyle strikes a deal with Trevor Linden to help him succeed in the Pacific, by tanking the Ducks all over again. Somehow, yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks decided to hire Randy Carlyle, as announced by John Buccigross: I’m hearing candidates for the @AnaheimDucks head coaching job are…

Leafs in Pronman’s top 30 prospects in the last five years

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday, Corey Pronman released his Top 30 Draft Prospects of the Past Five Years (ESPN Insider Paywall). I thought it would be good to show you where potential Leafs ended up on this list.  Technically, everyone who is draft eligible is a potential Maple Leaf so I’ve included them all in here. Before…

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#AfterAuston: Alex DeBrincat

Embed from Getty Images In today’s #AfterAuston session, we’re going to talk about highly debated prospect Alex DeBrincat. For most of the season, DeBrincat was a hot topic among draft enthusiasts. He ranged everywhere from out of the 1st round to top 5, and everyone was assertive that that was where he belonged. Nowadays, the…

#AfterAuston: Rasmus Asplund

Embed from Getty Images One of the top prospects coming out of Sweden this year, Rasmus Asplund is a significant contender for a pick by the Leafs once they’ve nabbed Matthews. Asplund is a centerman for Farjestad in the SHL. He will certainly be someone the Leafs take a look at for their late 1st…

#AfterAuston: Analyzing the 2016 Entry Draft Goalie Class

Embed from Getty Images This draft season brings a lot of questions for the Maple Leafs. With 12 draft selections at their disposal currently, and the potential to add more, there are a plethora of options for them at this draft. It’s widely noted that one of the organization’s biggest areas of weakness is goaltending,…

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TLN presents Extreme Couponing: Stamkos Savings

Embed from Getty Images On my latest trip to Metro on Front Street, I noticed they added a new section! Just last week they decided to add an aisle for NHL UFAs! How very convenient. I went back home and started couponing for my dear life, collecting as many Steven Stamkos coupons as I could….

#AfterAuston: Tyler Benson

Embed from Getty Images Most Leafs fans remember Brian Burke saying that Morgan Rielly was at the top of his draft board for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Many were concerned about the pick, as Rielly had only played 18 games in his draft year. A lot was up in the air. Would he develop…

Why staying the course is Toronto’s wisest choice

Embed from Getty Images To many, when looking at the Maple Leafs’ projected roster for the 2016-17 season, many glaring holes appear. One on right defense (in addition to the one filled by Zaitsev), one at second line left wing, one at first line right wing, one at starting goaltender… the list goes on. What…