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WWYDW: Should the Leafs make changes to their lineup?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are ROLLING right now. Sure, it’s only three games. But besides falling behind 2-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks (and then dominating the rest of the game, and winning in overtime)… what more could you want from this team? But ALSO… we haven’t been in an argument about Josh Leivo recently. Also,…

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Future Star Friday: Kerby Rychel

Just as you asked for some content to get you ready for the weekend, we’ve got another edition of Future Star Fridays! We began this series to showcase players who were not Calder eligible and therefore no longer also eligible for our yearly summer prospect rankings, which you can read all over the site. After…

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No NHLers at the Olympics

The NHL announced this afternoon that they will not be participating in the upcoming Olympics in PyeongChang. Surprised? We probably shouldn’t be.

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A New World is Coming

Much like with any home, there comes a time when you have to throw some paint on the walls, replace broken fixtures, pull up the carpet, Febreze the place and do whatever you can to upgrade your living space. Why am I talking about renovations on a sports website? Well… Because, today, I’m here to tell…

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Stop Paying Attention to Results

During the second intermission of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the CBC panel began talking about Cody McLeod and his decision to seek retribution on Jared Boll for his hit on Harry Zolnierczyk. In the process, McLeod received an additional 2-minute instigator penalty. The Ducks scored on the ensuing powerplay, which led to…

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#BudsFeed: 13 Reasons Why The Leafs Will Beat The Caps

1. Washington’s Best Players are Euros Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Kuznetsov are Washington’s headliners. And if there is one thing that will always be true, it’s that Euros won’t win you a Cup. 2. Skill Gets You Nowhere in the Playoffs Washington has a lot of skill. Cool. When was the last time that won a…

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Future Star Friday: Garret Sparks

Our third instalment of Future Star Friday brings about a man who captured the hearts of Leafs fans by shutting out the Oilers in his NHL debut and following it up with one of the more memorable post game interviews in recent history. The question then becomes: was that Sparks’ 15 minutes or does he…

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Top 20 Prospects Ranking 2017: #9 Yegor Korshkov

Player Bio The Maple Leafs took a lot of people by surprise in last year’s NHL entry draft by selecting Yegor Korshkov, a player who had previously been passed over twice in the draft, with the first pick of the second round. The 6’4, 187 lbs winger had been ranked as low as #116 by…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects Ranking 2017: #11 Dmytro Timashov

Some of the best things in life are free. Samples at the grocery store, select Junior B hockey games and the smell of a freshly cut lawn. (Please don’t explain you have to pay for a lawnmower, and the lawn and everything else. I know.) Some of the worst things in life are free as…

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REPORT: Sens fans are stressing about Auston Matthews again

Friends, I regret to inform you that fans of the Ottawa Senators are at it again. Despite being 3-0-2, having their superstar captain Erik Kalrsson set to return to the lineup tonight, and not actually having a game against the Leafs until this weekend, they’re worrying about Auston Matthews.

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Joffrey Lupul fails league-mandated second physical, heads to LTIR

The NHL’s controversy of the summer has finally come to a head. Joffrey Lupul has officially failed his ‘second’ physical, per league deputy commissioner Bill Daly, and as a result will go on long-term injured reserve as the team had initially planned. Lupul was required to undergo this most recent physical after making multiple inflammatory…

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All Leafs waivers placements clear, eligible for AHL reassignment

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming down to the wire when it comes to getting their 23-man roster finalized. That’s left the team offering up a slew of depth players via waiver placement – but on Tuesday, it was confirmed that all six of their waiver players had cleared and are now eligible for reassignment…

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TLN Game Day Preview: Leafs wrap things up against Buffalo

The Toronto Maple Leafs made quick work of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, putting up a decisive 3-0 victory with combined shutouts for Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks and two empty-net goals. Now, the two teams will head for New York to wrap up a home and away series, kicking off game two at…

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The Nation Notebook: Roster Cuts, St. Louis Injuries, and PTOs.

‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The regular season is just a few days away. Some 2017 draftees, including Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are on track to make their NHL rosters. Jaromir Jagr…

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An Introduction To SQL Using Hockey Stats

While hockey statistics work is often done with languages like R or Python that require a reasonable amount of programming knowledge to take advantage of, there are simpler tools that can be used to accomplish many tasks.  I still use spreadsheets for a significant chunk of the stats work I do.  However, managing data in…

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6 Potentially Under-valued UFA Forwards

In the summer before the 2014-15 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs did a great job of targeting potentially under-valued free agent forwards and signing them to low-cost, short-term contracts.  Players like PA Parenteau and Brad Boyes had fallen out of favour with their old teams, but had a history of putting up solid numbers and…

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Should the Leafs bring back Cody Franson?

At the moment the Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty thin on right-shooting defencemen.  Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Carrick are the only two right-shot D in the organization who seem likely to make the opening night roster at the moment.  The team could simply run a roster that’s heavy on left-shots, perhaps with a bottom pairing…

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Game tape: Leafs vs. Habs goal breakdowns

Five games into the season the Leafs are 4-1-0 and have scored 26 goals in those five games. That is good. It’s also an extremely limited sample size, so it would be silly to draw any strong conclusions from data at this point. Due to this, I’m going to stray from my usual statistically inclined…

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The Leafs need to make some changes to their penalty kill

The Leafs’ special teams play was a huge reason they squeaked into the playoffs in ’16/17 and we should expect the powerplay to be among the league’s best again this season. The penalty kill, though, is not quite as inspiring. At first glance, the Leafs were 11th in goals against per hour on the penalty…

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Projecting Auston Matthews’ 2017-18 point totals

Recently here at TLN, Brock Seguin predicted Auston Matthews would once again hit the 40 goal mark next season (he even gave him an extra goal for good measure) while adding nine assists to last year’s total of 29. This would result in Matthews adding ten points to last year’s total of 69, which, in…

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Future Star Friday: Frederik Gauthier

You may refer to him as ‘The Goat’. Or maybe you know him as ‘Mr. Puzzle’. Whatever you call him, the once-maligned first rounder has become one of the most loveable characters in the Leafs organization. When Frederik Gauthier was chosen 21st overall back in 2013, it was understood that his ceiling was that of…

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TLN Top Prospect Rankings 2017: #6 Andrew Nielsen

Alright boys and girls, let’s wade deeper into the #elite portion of our rankings (let’s not kid ourselves, they’re all elite) with our sixth-ranked prospect, Andrew Nielsen. Nielsen is a fascinating prospect and there’s a lot to unpack here. To the votes! The Votes Megan Kim /// Evan Presement /// Ryan Fancey /// Brayden Engel /// Scott Maxwell: 5 Ryan Hobart…

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Air Canada Centre to be renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018

According to TSN’s Rick Westhead, the Air Canada Centre will have a new name come July of next year. Breaking: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment signs watershed naming-rights deal. Air Canada Centre about to get a new name. — Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) August 29, 2017 MLSE signs deal with major Canadian bank.Air Canada Centre name to change…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #6 – Timothy Liljegren

The mighty have fallen. Timothy Liljegren entered the 2016-17 season as the undisputed best 2017 NHL Entry Draft eligible defender with the chance at pushing for first overall for all skaters. Now some establishments have dropped him as far as within the 20s. What happened? Obviously from where we rank Liljegren you can already tell…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #10 – Miro Heiskanen

Yes, that is no typo. We ranked Heiskanen 10th overall — although not every individual did not rank Heiskanen specifically at 10th overall. While Heiskanen has risen up the rankings, with the infamous U18 bump, we value him slightly less, relatively speaking. We do view Heiskanen, though, as one of the best defenders available this draft.

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #16 – Juuso Välimäki

Over the past few years, Finland produced one first round NHL draft defenders: Rasmus Ristolainen, Julius Honka, Olli Juolevi. This year may produce two with Miro Heiskanen and Juuso Välimäki. Valimaki brings it all as a very complete two-way defender. The young Finn has been compared to Olli Juolevi due to his overall game, but Valimaki…

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No Matter How It Ends, Bozak Leaves Mark On Leafs’ History

Most of us have already issued a general mea culpa to not only Tyler Bozak, but his close friends and relatives also.  It couldn’t have been easy for him here, for a good chunk of his time. I rarely believe athletes when they say they’re able to tune it all out, not read the bad…

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Free Agents and the Babcock Factor – Myths and Realities

Caught up in the middle of a live-and-die Eastern Conference playoff race, what’s the fun of not having a distraction or two filled with theories, conspiracy and otherwise, about the impact of the Leafs’ larger-than-life head coach and the potential for NHL UFAs to want to or not want to play for him?  I mean,…

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Many Rivals Don’t Want The Maple Leafs To Be Patient

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SPORTS We all see that scripted warning (more a statement of fact) etched on top of the glass in a car’s rear-view mirrors: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. We notice it, probably, for the first time, as a little kid, and we think we know what it…

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Day-After Recap: Eight is great

At TLN this season, we’re going to be doing a wrap-up post after each game, and then a longer, more in-depth breakdown posted the morning after. However, last night was not a normal game. There were 13 goals, and as such, takes a little bit longer to analyze that. Plus it’s Sunday. Bloggers have lives…

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Leafs Postgame: Brownie Points

“The Leafs are not playing low event hockey.” -Ray Ferraro 1st Period So many great chances to start the game, the Leafs’ fourth line especially had some nice time in the offensive zone. 🙂 Scoring chances after 3 1/2 minutes were 6-1 Toronto, according to the broadcast. And even with a Caps PP at the…

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Morning-After Recap: A statement win

Look, the Blackhawks are not as bad as everyone kept saying they were going to be. But they also couldn’t hold a lead in the third period, and now the Leafs are 3-0. Draw your own conclusions. (We’re just here to help you draw those conclusions.) Getting through the first period only to have a…

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Postgame: Blackhawks? Downed.

So this was a little more of a nail-biter than the last two. And by a little, I mean the Leafs were down 2-0, and 3-1, and then came back and won it in overtime. But, as predicted, it was definitely fun to watch. Fluky bounces aside, I am really feeling this team. 3 games,…

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Introducing a New WAR model: Part 4 – Extras

This is the 3rd instalment of my 5-part WAR series. Here are the links to the earlier instalments: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Shot Impact Part 3: Expected Point Production We’ve talked about Shot Impact and Expected Point Production, which contributes to most of a player’s 5v5 value. Now it’s time to address the other…

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Introducing a New WAR model: Part 3 – Expected Point Production

This is the 3rd instalment of my 5-part WAR series. Here are the links to the earlier instalments: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Shot Impact We know that players can impact the total number of shots and, to an extent, the quality of shots while they’re on the ice, but what about the percentage of…

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Introducing a New WAR model: Part 2 – Shot Impact

This is the 2nd instalment of my 5-part WAR series. Here’s the link to Part 1, where I introduce the concept of WAR and provide a brief outline of #MyModel. Today we’re going to talk about everybody’s favourite stat: Shot Quantity The word “corsi” can be divisive in the hockey community, so I tend to…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #9 – Cale Makar

There likely isn’t a more dynamic offensive defenceman in this year’s draft than Cale Makar of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. In the 53 years of the AJHL’s history, only 83 players have ever heard their name called at the NHL draft. Only three of them walked the stage in the first round,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #13 – Owen Tippett

This draft might not possess a better pure goal scorer than Owen Tippett. His combination of speed, power and a deadly shot that many consider the best in his class make him a threat to score on any shift in a number of different ways. If you’re a fan of throwback hockey, you’ll love Tippett’s game. I…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #15 – Eeli Tolvanen

Players who can score at the drop of a hat are rare, and you can count Finnish sniper Eeli Tolvanen among them. You just don’t get a nickname like “The Finnish Tarasenko” without that kind of dynamism. Tolvanen caught everyone’s attention last season with an electric performance as a 17-year-old at the U18 tournament in Grand Forks,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #7 – Casey Mittelstadt

The USHL has quickly become one of the best junior hockey leagues in the world, producing more and more drafted prospects with each passing year, to the point where it has now surpassed the QMJHL in terms of player graduation. This year is no different, as a number of USHL players have been ranked in…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #8 – Nick Suzuki

Coming in at #8 on our consensus ranking is Owen Sound Attack centre Nick Suzuki. Suzuki was one of the OHL’s most prolific players this season, finishing fifth in scoring and first among first-time draft-eligible players. Despite scoring at a rate consistent with a top-five pick, Suzuki has been ranked in the late first round…

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Feature: Deciding between Major Junior and NCAA development

On May 4th, 230 of western North America’s young hockey prodigies were selected at this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. Unlike the OHL and QMJHL (which joins the WHL under the CHL umbrella), WHL teams select players that have just completed their 15-year-old season as opposed to after their 16-year-old season. It’s weird to think that…

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LGD: The start of a whole new season

With the regular season entirely in the rearview mirror, it’s a blank slate going forward for these Toronto Maple Leafs. As entertaining (and surprising) as this past season has been, it’s no time to celebrate, but rather, time to dial in. Jumping from 30th to a wild card spot in a span of one season…

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Fatherhood is a blessing

I was 27 years old. I was in my second semester of the Radio & Television Arts Program at NAIT. It was a Friday evening and my good friend Jeff and I had gone to the Oilers preseason game, and then out on the town for some fun. We met up with our regular crew…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #2 – Nico Hischier

From an under-the-radar darkhorse to a 50/50 shot at going first overall, Nico Hischier has had a meteoric rise this season. The word perhaps most commonly used to describe him: electric. Lightning quick, and oozing skill and finesse, Hischier has top line point producer written all over him. The dichotomy between Hischier and Nolan Patrick…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #3 – Cody Glass

Winnipeg native Cody Glass can do it all. He’s a smart, playmaking centre, he can score goals, he’s an excellent skater, and he plays a physical puck possession game. He’s one of the more complete players in this draft class, which is all the more impressive consideration that he was hardly on the radar at…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #4 – Gabriel Vilardi

For most of this season, Gabriel Vilardi has been viewed as a probable top five selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His position in the rankings faltered a little bit of late, though much of this had to do with excessive hype around Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar than anything Vilardi has done or…

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2016-17 Leafs’ Season in Review: James van Riemsdyk

Only 3 things in life are certain: death, taxes, and JvR trade rumours. James van Riemsdyk had a great season for Toronto this year. With an AAV of $4.25 million and one year left on his contract,  his trade value has never and will never be higher.  As the expansion draft looms around the corner,…

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2016-17 Leafs’ Season in Review: Morgan Rielly

Day 2 of our TLN Year in Review series brings us to Morgan Rielly: a favourite amongst teammates, and the Leafs’ potential number one defenceman. In his 4th NHL season, Rielly tallied 6 goals and 21 points through 76  regular season games.  Rielly was 3rd amongst defenceman in terms of points this season, sitting behind…

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Leafs sign Nikita Zaitsev to a 7-year, 31.5 million dollar contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced early Tuesday afternoon that the team inked defenceman Nikita Zaitsev to a 7-year, 31.5 million dollar contract extension. .@MapleLeafs have signed D Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract extension. Annual value of the contract is $4.5M through 2023-24 #TMLtalk — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 2, 2017 The extension was announced…

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LGD: Round One Rematch

It didn’t take long into the season for the Leafs to get a rematch against their playoff rivals and a little revenge would nice. Personally I wouldn’t mind Matt Martin getting some of that revenge on Tom Wilson’s face, but also winning a game of hockey would be nice. Alexander Ovechkin has been reminding everyone…

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LINE BLENDER!!!: 4th Liner Mitch Marner

Nothing like practice line rushes to spice up an off day. Thank Babcock for giving us something to: A) Joke about B) Analyze C) Watch people lose their marbles over As tweeted out by Kristen Shilton: So, since twitter is for joking and blogs are for #analysis, we’ll focus on why this has happened. The…

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TLN Roundtable: We Need the D

We’re four games into the season. The Leafs are 3-1-0, but hey, let’s panic about something and thing worth panicking about is probably defense. The Leafs averaged 4 goals against so far and as much fun as it is to put that all on the goaltender, we’ll spread it around a little here because the…

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Athletes didn’t drag politics into sport – it was already there

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in an untenable position this week. The 2017 Stanley Cup champions had a choice to make. They could tour the White House and meet the President of the United States, as previous winners have done, thereby enraging his many vocal detractors. Alternatively, they could skip the event, provoking the same…

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Leafs Postgame: Leafs Win, Keep Hold of WildCard Spot

With 17 (now 16) games left in the season, the Leafs are holding precariously to the final WildCard spot in the East. If they win 8 of 10 points in the next 5 games, they will definitively hold that coveted spot. These are the numbers we’re throwing around, folks. How many points and wins the…

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Furies Postgame: Clarkson Cup Semi-Final Weekend Wrap-Up

Furies’ Kelly Terry fights Inferno’s Brianne Jenner for the puck. (Photo Credit: CWHL The two semi-final matchups in the Clarkson Cup Championships took place this weekend. Les Canadiennes de Montreal laced up against the Brampton Thunder, and reigning champions the Calgary Inferno took on the Toronto Furies. Les Canadiennes swept Brampton in their three game…

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The Summer Coming Into View

The news is out, all over town. Protected lists are out and there is some shock and awe out among the stars. For the Oilers, the easy play is waiting for Vegas to make the pick (Khaira? Reinhart?) and go along your merry way. There are opportunities and options for Peter Chiarelli beyond the passive….

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Morning After: still sucks

In case you’ve forgotten, we’re doing morning-after goal-by-goal recaps here at The Leafs Nation dot com this season. Last night saw the Leafs’ first loss of the season, which stinks. If you wanted to relive all the goals though, knock yourselves out. 1-0 Leafs James van Riemsdyk, he of the perpetual “trade him or keep…

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Leafs Postgame: Cory’s Glory

Now normally, the New Jersey Devils aren’t exactly my favorite team to watch. This is nothing against the team, and everything against the systems they deploy (from a fan perspective… KILL THE TRAP WITH FIRE.) However, it’s a brave new world, and these Devils are different. These Devils are fast, they’re skilled, and they’re really aggressive…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: William Nylander Edition

It’s probably no secret how we feel about William Nylander at TLN: We think he is a wonderful, talented, beautiful boy with really spectacular hair who brings us joy on a day-to-day basis. Also, he maybe should have been drafted higher than eighth overall, but we are not complaining because we like him as a…

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Making it up to mom: Replacing a lost Maple Leafs sweater

My mother is the reason I am a Maple Leafs fan today. For as long as I can remember, she has been a steadfast supporter of the Toronto hockey club. Growing up as a youngster in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in the 1960s, however, it’s surprising that she didn’t wind up rooting for the Bruins….

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Friday Fights presented by Hockey Fights

Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week. The season…

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The Roundup

Exploring the Leafs and Oilers future cap troubles; Brock Boeser needs to play in Van; Ken Holland handled Athanasiou right; Flames break a very long curse; Canadian team power rankings and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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The Roundup

Oilers and Leafs start strong; The Flames land Jagr; Exploring the best Flames team in 10 years; Old problems remain for Jets; A few youngsters make the Canucks; Loads of pre season predictions, fatherhood and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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Winnipeg and area TLN Citizens: ASSEMBLE

On Wednesday at 7pm ET (6pm CT) our beloved Leafs are taking on the one man show of some Finnish kid who will never be as good as Auston.. and the Jets. We have caught wind of a nation party taking place in the small town of Winnipeg that night just down the road from…

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Because It’s The Cap: Detroit Red Wings Offseason Preview

The Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 season was nothing less than a disappointment. Finishing with less than 80 points for the first time since the 1990-91 season, the team ranked 25th in the league, missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century and securing themselves a top-10 draft pick. They had the sixth worst…

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Let’s get weird: Working out a hypothetical Kadri trade to the Rangers

(Editor’s note: Pat Keogh is a friend of the blog and a Rangers writer at both @BlueSeatBlogs and @BlueshirtBanter. He likes Nazem Kadri and wants him on his favourite hockey team. He does not want Nazem Kadri traded from the Leafs, unless he ends up playing at Madison Square Garden.) As we begin to gear…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #1 – Nolan Patrick

We’ve reached the end of the glorious Nation Network prospect profiles for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft with the first ranked prospect, Nolan Patrick. Coming off an injury plagued off season and regular season, there are a lot of questions and debate about whether Patrick truly is the best prospect in this draft. But there is…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: # 12 – Kailer Yamamoto

Coming in as the 13th best prospect of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is diminutive Kailer Yamamoto. He’s tore up the WHL for two years but because of his small stature falls down the draft boards. That doesn’t take away from the talent he possesses. Yamamoto is one of the most skilled and dynamic players…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #23 – Erik Brannstrom

One of the biggest risers in the last few months is Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom, who checks in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the Nation Network consolidated rankings. The left handed defender had an extremely impressive U18 tournament that vaulted him about the rest of the defenders in the same range. He can skate,…

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Can the Leafs find the elusive 300-goal season?

Teams in the NHL used to score 300 goals in a season on the regular. You probably would’ve already guessed that in the 80’s, when Gretzky was capable of putting up 200 points on his own, offense wasn’t hard to come by. All through that absurd decade and the one that preceded it, where goalies…

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TLN Predicts the 2017-18 Season

It’s been a long summer, but the day is finally here; The Leafs are set to get their season started this evening in Winnpeg, and it’s the beginning of perhaps the most hyped season I can remember in my adult life. We’ve covered every storyline in the Big Smoke during the offseason through the draft,…

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Is Connor Carrick on the bubble?

It seems almost unthinkable that the Leafs would subtract from their already-weakest pool of right-handed defenders, but heading into the regular season opener tomorrow night in Winnipeg, are we sure they aren’t? Something that’s perhaps been taken for granted in all this talk about the new faces – Dermott, Borgman, and Rosen – who could…

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LGD: Rivalry night in Canada; Leafs vs. Habs

Tonight the Leafs will face the first division rivalry of the season, and it’s one that the Leafs should be very cautious about. The game will air at 7pm on CBC, and will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Canadiens team coming into tonight has been bad. Like, incredibly bad. They have only one…

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LeBrun: JVR’s contract likely to be similar to TJ Oshie’s

Today on Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun of the TSN and The Athletic made some comments related to the Leafs’ biggest ticket pending UFA, James Van Riemsdyk. Here is what he said: There haven’t been any serious discussions, I’m told, on [JVR’s contract], but certainly some dialogue, and what I’m hearing is that I think that…

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WWYD: Is Rychel on the team, or On The Road Again?

So far we have had two entries in our What Would You Do? series. The first looked at Josh Leivo, by myself and Ian Tulloch. Most recently, Jon Steitzer and Scott Maxwell discussed Andreas Johnsson. Today, Jon and I are going to explain our viewpoints on Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old joined the Leafs’ system a…

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Report: Defenseman Timothy Liljegren staying with the Toronto Marlies

How Swede it is. It appears that defenseman Timothy Liljegren will be staying in North America, at least for now. Liljegren was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 17th selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. I’m hearing #Leafs 2017 first-rounder Timothy Liljegren will stay with the #Marlies — Dhiren Mahiban…

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Maple Leafs brass show interest in Russian defenseman Igor Ozhiganov

The Toronto Maple Leafs pipeline into Russia may continue if the team’s front office has anything to say about it. Lamorello and Babcock were in Moscow recently to talk to CSKA d-man Igor Ozhiganov. 24 years old, contract expires in April #Leafs #KHL — Andrey Osadchenko (@AOsadchenko) August 23, 2017 Maple Leafs head coach Mike…

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Will Zach Hyman ever be in Toronto’s top-six forward group?

With a wealth of young talent, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally have depth throughout their roster and a team that’s more than capable of making a return to the playoffs. And with that newfound depth comes a new, young core. Led by Auston Matthews, Toronto has plenty of young guns on their roster, including Mitch…

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Can Auston Matthews Really Command $11 Million Next Summer?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are entering a new era of promise, of course, led by their youth and mainly by 2016 first overall pick Auston Matthews. In order for a team to establish a rebuild, as well as a new wave of hockey, they have to sign the star player and centre of the franchise…

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Where Does Martin Marincin Fit In 2017-18?

The Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves entering the 2017-18 season with steady enough defence, but there are still question marks around the backend. After a busy offseason, the Leafs enter this year with seven defencemen on their NHL roster and have a number of prospects who will be coming in and gunning for a spot…

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Morning After: Double Clutch

It feels good, doesn’t it? You know, beating the Habs. It’s fun. I like this rivalry thing, especially when both teams are good. And especially when the Leafs are the better team. So, join me, as we relive last night’s victory in all of it’s awesomeness.

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Postgame: Auston Matthews, Destroyer of Streaks

The season doesn’t truly start until the Leafs play the Habs. Usually, that’s game 1, but for some reason, the NHL decided not to do that anymore, just when both teams started making the playoffs. It’s an epic matchup, especially down the middle, where we have Matthews, Kadri, & Bozak against Drouin (a winger), Danault…

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WWYDW – The Fourth Line Centre

With training camp nearing a close and the regular season opener just one week away, it’s crunch time for players to try and secure their place on the team. That may not be true for anybody more than it is for Dominic Moore, who with just three preseason games left, appears to be on the…

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What Is A Successful Season For The 2017-2018 Toronto Maple Leafs?

With training camp officially under way, the dawn of a new Leafs season is upon us. And with that comes time to carefully over-analyze every aspect of the team. Today that comes in the form of this question: what constitutes a successful season for the 2017-2018 Toronto Maple Leafs? First, we need to remember that…

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TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings 2017: #10 Eemeli Rasanen

There were mixed feelings from people when the Leafs took Eemeli Rasanen 59th overall in this year’s draft. Some felt he was a good player with a good chance of reaching his upside. Others felt it was too conventional to use a second-round pick on a 6”7’ defender. This article will provide a more in-depth…

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The Steve Dangle Podcast | Bardown with Adam Gongshow | October 12, 2017

Yak City is back! On this episode, the Leafs’ first lost of the season (00:00) Jake Gardiner’s woes (6:00) JVR’s contract situation (22:00) The Montreal Canadiens are trying to trade Mark Streit (37:00) Nail Yakupov is HOT (50:00) STEVE IS UPSET AT GARY BETTMAN (53:00) Funny headline! (1:10:00) The Dart Guy Show (1:13:00) and the…

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Leafs Postgame: Never in doubt

Holy expletive. Honestly, what the hell was that? The Leafs won a game by three goals that they blew a four goal lead in. The Leafs have given up seven goals in two games and still have +8 goal differential. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored fifteen goals in their first two games of the…

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The Road to the Outdoor Classic – Episode 4

Episode four of The Road to the Outdoor Classic is here! It was a cracking game so let’s see what the behind the scenes stuff held for us. Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go. Let Mike Babcock’s smiling face lead you to a recap and the vid…

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The Road to the Outdoor Classic – Episode 3 Review

If you didn’t know it, hockey is a connector okay? So like it is a connector of space and time and cities. It is ALSO how players score, by their passes connecting. Wasn’t that so clever of the narrator to use the word “connect” several times to bring us this valuable information? Here’s the thing,…

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The Road To The Outdoor Classic – Episode 2 Recap

We’re back at it again with a recap and rundown of episode two of the EPIX series – The Road To the Outdoor Classics. Episode one was our building of a legend episode. Part two is our human interest section of The Road To. Our gravelly narrator is back at it to remind is all…

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Report: Leafs to sign Grundstrom to ELC

Hearing the Maple Leafs will announce shortly the signing of 2nd round pick Carl Grundstrom to an entry level deal. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 9, 2017 According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the Leafs are set to sign 2016 second round pick Carl Grundstrom to an entry-level deal.