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Absolutely, the Leafs Madness Bracket

Round one is over, and now we will quickly work through the second round in the next couple of days. We’ll have our Final Four established by the end of the week and have the ultimate playoff next week. Here’s where we are at today… So far no real upsets to speak out. Red Kelly…

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It’s decision time on Zach Bouthillier

Last week I started the slow death march towards June 1st, the date when 2018 NHL draftees will need to be signed by otherwise they will re-enter the draft. The case for Riley Stotts was largely built off of the lack of center depth in the Leafs system, but goaltending depth is becoming something where the…

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Takeaways from Dubas’ guest mailbag spot with The Star

I’d like to start off by extending the opportunity to any and all Maple Leafs Hockey Ops people to take over our mailbag for a week as well. You are more than welcome to weigh-in on the hard hitting questions about which Leafs belong in a boy band and/or proper ways to slay a Minotaur….

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To sign or not to sign: Clifford, the big red question mark

It seems like a month ago, but it was actually only five days ago that we started discussing whether or not bringing back Denis Malgin next season would be a good idea for the Leafs. Since that time he’s been rumoured to be returning to Switzerland next season, and I wonder if that will be…

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Absolutely, the Leafs Madness: Final first round matchups

It’s the end of week one and we’ll close out the final two regions of our first round today. We’ve got Your Grandpa’s Leafs (the Leafs that won cups) and the False Hope Leafs (the Leafs that regularly lost in the Conference Finals). Arguably this makes up the best 75% of the franchise’s history. Here’s…

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Absolutely, the Leafs Madness: Recency Bias Region

So, the first region is down, and we’re on to the region that probably has the most interest attached to it. At the end of all this you might not care about who the greatest Leaf is, but you might care more strongly about who the greatest Leaf in recent history is. Or you might…

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It’s decision time on Riley Stotts

While there isn’t a whole lot that is going on in the world of hockey, and likely won’t be for the foreseeable future, there are still decisions to be made at the bottom of the depth chart that will be coming up in the near future with three of Toronto’s draftees. Riley Stotts, Filip Kral,…

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Absolutely, The Leafs Madness: The Darkest Timeline Region

Welcome to day two of voting. The play-ins are done, you can find the results below, and we’re now onto our first region, that fun time known as the Ballard era. For our purposes, we’ll just call it The Darkest Timeline Region. There are some truly great Leafs in this region, and a lot of…

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Absolutely, The Leaf’s Madness Bracket Play-ins

Welcome to day one of our tournament to determine the greatest Leaf in the eyes of extremely online Leafs fans. Today we’re starting off with our long shots, the play-ins. Your Grandpa’s Leafs Regional Play-in: — The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 17, 2020 Frank Mahovlich is awaiting his first round rival, and he’ll be facing…

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Absolutely, The Leaf’s Madness Bracket is live

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey over the weekend to help build out our bracket for Absolutely, The Leaf’s Madness. I think I’ve learned a lot about Leafs Nation in the process, but the main thing is that crowd sourcing led to a pretty solid looking bracket. The main regional matchups will get…

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The NHL is allowing players to return home

Okay, so this seems like something that falls into the least a league can do, but it’s probably more of a sign that sports won’t be returning any time soon. The NHL has issued new directives to players: They are permitted to go home, to any country, and must stay in self-quarantine until the end…

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To Re-Sign or Not to Re-Sign: Denis Malgin

So the season isn’t officially over, and we might still see hockey this year, but that doesn’t change that following the trade deadline is generally around when we start playing the “should the Leafs bring them back” game regarding free agents. Keeping that grand tradition alive, we’ll start today with the one of the newest…