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Instant Analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2021-22 Schedule

The NHL regular season schedules were released tonight, so let’s crack into it and see what the next 9 months have in store for the Toronto Maple Leafs. As previously announced, the schedule that has been currently made public has both an All-Star Week break and a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics, if the…

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The Final TLN Consolidated Draft Rankings

The Bob McKenzie draft rankings seem to be widely regarded as the definitive rankings, given the high success rate of identifying first round selections. They also have the benefit of being based on NHL scouting staff sources, which isn’t to say they are better, or more accurate, but will be more predictive for those wanting…

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Report from the Rock: Drama in St. John’s

While the entire hockey world locks its eyes on the looming Seattle Kraken expansion draft, a situation is brewing in St. John’s, Newfoundland that could have serious repercussions on the Toronto Maple Leafs minor league development system if it boils over. But first, since is the first Report from the Rock in several weeks, we…

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2022 Stanley Cup odds: Maple Leafs among contenders

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post In spite of their early playoff exit, the Toronto Maple Leafs possess decent value on the 2022 Stanley Cup futures board. The Maple Leafs have opened at +1400 odds to win the Stanley Cup next season at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto is the top Canadian-based team on the…

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Contract trends to watch in NHL Free Agency

Every year I spend countless hours collecting data, identifying changes, and making spreadsheets for NHL contracts. Without giving too much away, these spreadsheets are my window into the gradual, large-scale change in the NHL landscape. Last year it helped me understand why so many talented depth players headed for Europe, and why RFAs who went…

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Thanks Ken Holland, the Leafs can now afford to re-sign Zach Hyman

Last week, the Edmonton Oilers locked up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a contract extension worth $5.125 million per year over a max-term of eight years with a full no-movement clause. Most members of the Edmonton media and the team’s loyal fanbase see the deal as a win-win. A former 1st-overall draft pick and core member of…

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Jason Spezza deserves so much better

The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t deserve Jason Spezza. In the final episode of TLN’s Year In Review coverage, we look at a living legend who, despite watching this team utterly and completely crumple under pressure not once, but twice now, and is still willing to come back for more at way less than market value….

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In Jack Campbell, the Leafs finally have consistent goaltending

Coming into the season, Jack Campbell’s role with the Toronto Maple Leafs was clear- be the best and most reliable backup Frederik Andersen has had since Curtis McElhinney. The amazing story that played out couldn’t have been more different than what had been drawn up, in the best way possible, because Jack Campbell finally hit…

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The Leafs will find a way to make the entry draft interesting

3 picks. That’s it. No first. Only 1 pick in the first four rounds. 3 picks. That’s pretty underwhelming for a team that has been at its best when developing its own players, and especially disappointing when you consider that the draft is one of the areas that Kyle Dubas has excelled during his time…

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Justin Holl is an underwhelming enigma

The Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans have suffered more than their fair share of enigmatic stars: from Tomas Kaberle to Jake Gardiner to Morgan Rielly; from Jason Blake to Phil Kessel to Mitch Marner; it can be a rollercoaster here in Toronto. Typically, the branding of “enigma” is given to those previously listed high-skill…

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TLN Three Stars: Stars Missing

I hate this team. I truly, deeply hate this team. The Toronto Maple Leafs, once again, show no killer instinct in an elimination game and come up completely flat. The regular-season kings of the North Division, the Rocket Richard winner, a top-3 points producer. The amazing story of a late-blooming starting goaltender. All for what?…