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2018-18 Leafs Season In Review: Patrick Marleau

2017-18 saw Paddy Daddy Marleau donning a non-San Jose Sharks jersey for the first time in his 20-year NHL career. Last summer, Marleau inked a huge 3-year contract with the Leafs at $6.25 million per season. Despite that contract being a massive cap pill to swallow for a player who will turn 39 before next…

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2017-18 Leafs Season in Review: Tomas Plekanec

It still feels weird to be writing a piece about noted Toronto Maple Leaf Tomas Plekanec, but here we are. Plekanec’s stint in the blue and white was a brief one, having come over in a deadline deal which saw a second round pick and a couple of log-jammed prospects head the other way. Given…

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2017-18 Leafs Season In Review: Kasperi Kapanen

Next up on our list for this year’s Season In Review pieces is none other than Kasperi Kapanen. In other words: That’s Kappy! Let’s take a look at Kasperi Kapanen’s biggest single-season chunk of NHL time, in which he appeared to finally transition off of the Toronto Marlies to become a full-time NHLer: GP GOALS…

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This Isn’t Pain: My Toronto Maple Leafs Fandom

“If you think there’s no pain coming, there’s pain coming” Like many of you, I’ve given a lot of thought to these words, spoken by Mike Babcock in the summer of 2015, shortly after he shocked the hockey world by leaving his post with the Detroit Red Wings to ink a massive deal in Toronto.

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Five Times I Personally Found Brad Marchand Eating Trash

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs head to Boston to kick off their first-round series against the Boston Bruins. In case you didn’t know, the Boston Bruins employ a human man named Brad Machand. At least, he allegedly claims that he’s a human man, and definitely not a rat who eats out of Boston’s finest trash…

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LGD: The Devil’s Rejects

It’s game day! The Leafs continue their regular season farewell tour tonight in New Jersey. For the Leafs (48-25-7), a 50-win season is still realistically in sight, and is probably one of the only things worth playing for at this point. For the Devils, their playoff spot is all but secure, but a win tonight…

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LGD: Smelly Cats

Good morning, and welcome back to yet another installment of the “How Many Days Until The Playoffs?” show. Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs (45-24-7) play yet another essentially meaningless game as they pay visit to the Florida Panthers (39-28-7). When I say meaningless, I mean for the Leafs, who have all but punched their ticket…

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LGD: Magic Number Countdown

Good morning! Maple Leafs’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four wins. Five to claim third in Atlantic. Getting closer. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 22, 2018 Isn’t this nice? The Leafs (43-23-7) look to bounce back from a craptastic finish on Tuesday night against the best team in the east as they…

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Postgame: Thunderstruck

Well, that sucked. The Leafs dropped a game that appeared to be completely in their control through most of the first two frames, coughing up a 3-0 lead to fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in regulation. Corsis The Leafs were in control of this game, which makes the loss particularly frustrating. As frustrating…

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LGD: Anders-in

Good morning, friends! Are you ready for some playoff hockey? I know, I am too, but let’s slow things down a little here. The Leafs (43-22-7) enter their final ten games of the regular season tonight as they pay visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning (49-19-4). While technically not a playoff game, it’ll be the…

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Who’s Afraid Of The Florida Panthers?

I didn’t want to admit it, but I have a confession to make: there’s a part of me that’s beginning to take the occasional peek in the standings rearview mirror. While we were all sitting pretty and laughing a couple of weeks ago, even daring to look upwards at the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston…