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Auston Matthews named NHL’s first star of opening week

Leafs bias, much? Today, the NHL announced that Auston Matthews was named the league’s first star of the week, after coming out on the scene with five goals and three assists in the Leafs’ first three games of the season. Auston Matthews (@MapleLeafs), Jonathan Toews (@NHLBlackhawks) and Ben Bishop (@DallasStars) named the NHL’s “Three Stars”…

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What can Josh Thole teach the Leafs about their backup goalie situation?

The Leafs had a great backup goalie situation in 2017-18. They had a surprisingly successful Curtis McElhinney, a recently acquired Calvin Pickard, who’d shown success at the NHL level, and Garret Sparks, who was absolutely on a tear in the AHL. Now, they’ve managed to keep just one of three, with Curtis McElhinney and Calvin…

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Preseason Player Preview: Ron Hainsey

Bio Ron Hainsey came to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 offseason, as a fairly “meh” signing. Coming off playing big minutes in Pittsburgh’s top four (and winning a Stanley Cup), Hainsey’s acquisition wasn’t  exactly met with waves of excitement. With the Leafs seemingly never quite having a great option on the right side…

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What if each Leaf was a Shawn Mendes song?

If you’re angry about the title of this article, I’d suggest listening to his latest album before reserving judgement. Shawn Mendes is the definition of a Good Ontario Boy. Raised in Pickering, Ontario, Mendes has gone on to write and record three award-winning albums. Mendes was listed among Time’s The 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014, Time’s…

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Remembering THAT Leafs moment: Drafting Nazem Kadri

The Brian Burke Leafs era was not a great one, all things considered. 0 playoff series wins, 0 appearances, few memorable moments, and a lot of heartbreak. But it’s been almost 10 years since Burke’s best decision as the head of the Leafs: drafting future 30-goal scorer and contributor to matchup nightmare: Nazem Kadri. Picking…

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WWYDW: Trade for a pending UFA

There’s one year left on a fair amount of deals around the league, as teams are more and more fearing that Pajama Boy John Tavares has set the wheels in motion for a free agency unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Many of these players are on bad teams, and realize they could be on…

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Remembering THAT Leafs moment: Waffles

How far we’ve come. While the Leafs have now become the team of choice in Toronto, it wasn’t that long ago where we had fans throwing all sorts of things on the ice. In the 2010-11 season, for whatever reason, the projectile of choice became something your grandmother (or at least my grandmother) didn’t believe: waffles. …

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects 2018: #6 Sean Durzi

Sean Durzi enters the foray at #6 this go-around, his first year as a Leafs prospect. The mobile, high-scoring right-handed defenceman, Durzi was an exciting acquisition and immediately shoots up the depth chart of available defensive talent within the Leafs system, although that’s sort of by default as it’s been pretty thin the last few…