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Toronto Marlies announce four forward signings

This morning, the Toronto Marlies announced the signings of forwards Zach O’Brien, Brett Budgell, Jack Badini, and Zach Solow to one-year AHL contracts. All four players, curiously, have some pre-existing links, (some of them coincidental,) to the greater Toronto organization. O’Brien, 30, has been a mainstay on the Newfoundland Growlers’ top line since the team’s…

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How can the Leafs get the most out of Nick Robertson?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Leafs have a problem at left wing. This was the story running rampant last summer and early in the 2021-22 season following the departure of Zach Hyman and the failed Nick Ritchie experiment. Michael Bunting was a revelation once he finally carved out his spot but…

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2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #16 Curtis Douglas

There aren’t many Maple Leafs prospects that fascinate me more than Curtis Douglas. When the 22-year-old signed with the Toronto Marlies last year, there were a lot of question marks. Could he use his height to his advantage? Could he become a better skater? What could he be in the Maple Leafs organization? Well, after…

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2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #17 Filip Král

Král got his first taste of AHL action in 2020-21 after spending the majority of the season playing for Kometa Brno in the top Czech professional league, notching a respectable 21 points in 48 games before his 10 game audition with the Marlies. This past season was his first full campaign in the AHL and…

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2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #18 Veeti Miettinen

This time last year, Veeti Miettinen was on an upward trajectory following a strong freshman season in the NCAA. Less than a year removed from being a sixth-round pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Miettinen tied for the most points on St. Cloud State, won Rookie of the Year and landed on the Second All-Star…

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The time is now for hockey culture to change

Trigger Warning/Content Warning: Sexual Violence I can appreciate that in many ways the last thing that is needed in the hockey culture discussion is the voice of a middle-aged straight white man from Canada, but as the need for a swift change in hockey culture becomes more apparent, I feel like more of us in…

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2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #19 William Villeneuve

The pandemic NHL Draft was one of the most interesting — the Maple Leafs and every other team in their own war room drafting players in October rather than June. Toronto had 12 picks back in 2020, the most they’ve had in a draft since 1996. A number of good players were picked but the…

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