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TLN’s Top 16 Leafs Moments of 2016

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS The end of 2016 is upon us; ten hours away, in fact, if you live in the centre of the universe. It’s been a roller-coaster year in a lot of ways, and if you’re a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, that coaster was amplified. Tanks, trades, kids, legends,…

Freddie Andersen is putting in work, but can he keep it up?

Embed from Getty Images Not taking anything away from a solid effort by Antoine Bibeau for his first career win on Thursday night, it’s no secret the Leafs have some major question marks in net beyond Freddie Andersen. And while Andersen has been other-worldly over the last couple months, vaulting himself to a place among the…

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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,…

What Happened To Nazem Kadri’s Penalty Drawing Ability?

Embed from Getty Images Over the past few years, Nazem Kadri has been one of the best players in the NHL at drawing penalties.  This was widely talked about among hockey’s analytics community for a while, but last year the idea really seemed to break through, as it became a topic of conversation in far…

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How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 5 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Though only two games were played today, Day 5 proved to be the single most eventful day of the World Juniors so far. Without getting too deep into the details, essentially here’s a brief summary of what happened: Finland fired their entire coaching staff mid-game, and Latvia will take on the Finns…

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Pair of quick goals delivers another Marlies loss

From repeating forces, to division leaders, to still above 0.500, to starting to run out of rope before this becomes a disaster… the Toronto Marlies are in bad shape right now. Once again, the team succumbed to defeat on Friday night, falling 4-2 to the Albany Devils.

Maple Leafs Face Reality With Centennial Classic Marketplace

Embed from Getty Images “Supply and demand” is a pretty simple concept that teachers in secondary school economics classes tried to instil upon us.  It’s one of the most important things we should actually take away from our schooling as opposed to when to recognize an isosceles triangle or where Canada’s 6th Prime Minister was…

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The Roundup

Leafs Christmas wish list, should the Canucks have taken Matthew Tkachuk, Jets bracing for expansion, could the Flames have a Calder winner, are people worried about McDavid in Edmonton, prospect rankings, the World Junior tournament, skill over heart, the best scraps of 2016 and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 4 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 4 of the World Junior Hockey Championship was jam-packed with action, as yet again, 3 Leafs prospects took to the ice in 3 separate games.  Joseph Woll did not start in net for the Americans, and despite a solid performance, Jeremy Bracco did not put up any points today against…

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Leafs Postgame: Papi New Year

Embed from Getty Images If Mike Babcock wants the Leafs to get six points every five games, you could say the team was sort of playing with house money tonight, going into their 35th game riding a three game win streak. Still, with their climb up the standings reliant on putting points in the bank against divisional…