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For the Leafs, success will keep the Auston Matthews clock from ticking

In just over 13 months, the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise will cross a threshold. Earlier this week, at the season-ending media availabilities, Brendan Shanahan said on Matthews “We’d like to make him a Leaf forever.” And despite ever-present anxiety in the fanbase, it’s not hard to imagine a world where Shanahan’s wish comes true. In…

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How the Maple Leafs can move on from another first round exit

Well, they did it again. Another first round exit. Often when the Maple Leafs get eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, there’s plenty of people who like to put on their General Manager hat. They’ll start by saying “Trade this player!” And usually end with “Someone needs to be fired for this mess!”…

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Another Maple Leafs Game 7: See you on the other side

Here we are. We’ve made it. Game Seven between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. How are you feeling? Tonight can either be spent hugging your loved ones and people on the street as the seconds tick down to a Maple Leafs win, or it can end like the last nine elimination games…

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Game #6 Recap: Leafs face elimination in seven once again

It was never going to be this easy. It was always going seven. And it was always going to be heartbreaking as the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way (though legitimately or not- don’t worry, we’ll get to that,) to stave off elimination and force yet another Game 7 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Much…

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Breaking down the Maple Leafs lineup changes for Game 3

The lineup blender is officially out for Sheldon Keefe and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the series shifts to Tampa Bay. Out of the lineup are Wayne Simmonds and Timothy Liljegren. In comes Jason Spezza and Justin Holl. #Leafs lines during morning skate May 6/22 Bunting-Matthews-Marner Nylander-Tavares-Anderson*Mikheyev-Kampf-KerfootEngvall-Blackwell-SpezzaExtra: Clifford, *Filling in for Kase Rielly-LyubushkinMuzzin-BrodieGiordano-HollSandin-Liljegren Campbell (starter)Kallgren…