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The Leafs aren’t for sale or at least not yet

Last Saturday during the 32 Thoughts segment (which enough with the 32 thoughts brand already, but I digress) Elliotte Friedman introduced us to the idea that before the Fenway Sports Group was actively engaged in negotiations to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins, they were sniffing around the opportunity to merge with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment,…

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21 Takes on the first quarter of the Leafs season

It’s the quarter mark of the season. Or technically half a game past the quarter mark. Sometime between Tavares’ 9th goal of the season and Auston Matthews’ 8th of the year, we hit the quarter mark, and after a sluggish start to the year, the Leafs have easily been one of the hottest teams in…

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Should the Leafs become a slower team?

As much as Mike Babcock was criticized in his time in Toronto, one thing we can all agree on is when the team finally took off after the Matthews lottery, they were a team that played with a ton of pace. Hell, even in the year they finished in dead last, they were at least…

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How important are faceoffs in hockey?

Aside from the standard team stats like wins, losses, and goals, and the standard players stats like goals, assists, and points, faceoffs might be one of the most talked about stats in the game of hockey. You can’t go five minutes in a hockey game without the broadcasters talking about how the teams and players…

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Leafs look for quick rebound against Islanders

The Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Leafs their second loss in the month of November, and thankfully for Leafs Nation, we won’t have much time to get mad at it, as the Leafs get right back into action again tonight. It’s not going to be an easy one though, as they’ll be flying in to visit…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #3 Rodion Amirov

On August 25th, 2020, the Toronto Maple Leafs sent Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg, and Jesper Lindgren to the Penguins for three players, and the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Those players have all come and gone, but with that pick the Leafs selected LW Rodion Amirov. It’s the highest Toronto has…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #6 Roni Hirvonen

After trading down from pick 44 to picks 59 and 64 in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Roni Hirvonen 59th overall. He was ranked 37th on TLN’s consolidated draft rankings at the time, touted for his tireless work ethic combined with high-end offensive vision. In my opinion, Toronto managed to…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #20 Kristians Rubins

I’m calling it now, Kristians Rubins will be the first ever Toronto Maple Leaf from Latvia. The large, smooth skating defenseman was under the radar until the Leafs signed Rubins to his 2 year ELC in April 2020. Toronto may not have even noticed him in the first place if he weren’t WJC teammates with…

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It’s Leafs vs Blackhawks and really what else is there to say?

The Leafs play the Blackhawks tonight and frankly, it’s a little bit difficult to decide what the focus is here. Sure, yes, the Leafs are in a tailspin and things seem pretty dire and if they lose tonight there might be some big changes coming. But on the flip side – the Blackhawks organization as…

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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #6 TJ Brodie

The Leafs signing TJ Brodie was heralded by many as the biggest achievement of that off-season. In signing him, Dubas addressed a major need on the blue-line, brought in a defenseman seemingly well-matched with Morgan Rielly, and made the team’s roster look immediately stronger. And believe it or not, Brodie mostly lived up to those…