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Matthews, Tavares, add to Leafs on Sportsnet’s top 100 players list

Yesterday, Sportsnet continued their top 100 list of players for the upcoming season, and two more players joined the three Leafs named earlier in the Leafs. Three Leafs crack Sportsnet’s Top 100 list (in the 100-50 range) Auston Matthews, #16 A transcendent Calder Trophy–winning season for Matthews gave way to somewhat of a mixed bag in…

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Three Leafs crack Sportsnet’s Top 100 list (in the 100-50 range)

Sportsnet today released the first half of its annual Top 100 NHL player rankings, which might actually not be annual but we can’t be bothered to check. Three Leafs cracked the 100-51 list, with their write ups attached below. (Full/half list available here). Morgan Rielly, #85 He has been a consistent strength on a blue…

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Remembering when John Tavares was introduced to the hockey world

If you watch him in the NHL today, there’s one thing that’s abundantly obvious: John Tavares is an exceptional player. He’s outscored everyone in his draft year by nearly 150 points, scored 30 goals four times, 80 points or more three times, and has consistently risen to the challenge of making everyone who touches the…

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Are you content with the Leafs’ D as it stands heading into the season?

Death, taxes, and getting angry about the Leafs’ defence. So we argued: are we okay with the Leafs’ D heading into next season? First, some short answers: Evan Presement Yes Hayley Hendren I’d much rather have things the way they are than give up something to change it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Megan Kim Yeah it’s fine Jon…

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WWYDW: Name your ECHL team

Yeah, we’re in that point in the offseason. It was announced yesterday that the Leafs’ newest ECHL affiliate would be called the Newfoundland Growlers and feature a big ‘ol dog on their logo. There aren’t enough hockey teams named after dogs, and honestly, dogs are fantastic. All hockey teams should be named after dogs. But the…

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WWYDW: Captain Auston?

Look, Auston Matthews is most likely the next captain of the Leafs. Look around to other recent #1 overall picks in the league: John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and they’re all rocking the “C” on their respective teams. And while Morgan Rielly (and occasionally Nazem Kadri) have been most associated…

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So, who do you want to win the Cup?

The Leafs won’t be winning the Cup this year, as we all know. And while we were banking on a deep playoff run out of the Raptors to get this city fired up, a 0-2 start at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers has made believers anything but. So we might be forced to continue focusing…

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Zaitsev, Andersen, McElhinney, Kapanen likely off to World Championships

It’s always nice for some extra hockey involving Leafs’ players, even if it comes at the end of a tiring season. Today, the intentions of two separate Leafs heading off to the World Championships were announced: Frederik Andersen tells TV2 in Denmark that he wants to play in the IIHF World Hockey Championship. It’s being…

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Our staff’s second round predictions

Apparently the NHL playoffs don’t stop just because the Leafs are out. Things get underway tonight, and our staff has predictions on how it’ll all go down. #Jon Hayley Hendren That’s Kappy Megan Kim Adam Laskaris Scott Maxwell Thomas Williams Ryan Hobart Tampa Bay/ Boston TB in 4 TB in 5 BOS in 6 TB…

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What’s your biggest gripe with the Leafs this series?

The Leafs are down 3-1. This sucks. We’re complaining about it. We asked our staff: what’s your biggest gripe with the team this series? Scott Maxwell My biggest gripe with this team was their play in the first two games in Boston. They had never played that bad all season, and to suddenly play like…

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The Leafs will play the Boston Bruins in the first round of playoffs

After their defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers on Sunday night, the Boston Bruins secured second place in the Atlantic Division, and the opportunity to play the beloved Toronto Maple Leafs in first round of the 2017-18 NHL playoffs. In the final game of the NHL regular season, a goaltending duo of James…

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LGD: C’est la finale

Well, they’ll be playing this one for hits and giggles. With Montreal well eliminated from the playoff run and Toronto just trying to avoid injuries, the most tangible result that could come out of this game would be Montreal either jumping up a few percentage points or dropping down, based on Vancouver and Arizona’s results,…