A guide to what the Leafs could do before the trade deadline

Trying to get a handle on just how good the Leafs are this season has proven tricky to this point, as we sit just over a week from the trade deadline. Sure, they’re likely a contender as far as any team in that next tier under Tampa Bay can be, but you could argue that…


What could a deadline trade between the Leafs and Hurricanes look like?

According to a variety of sources, the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes have apparently been circling each other for nearly a full calendar year, potentially talking trade. That talk has ramped up again more recently with the two teams having their scouts and front office personnel attend each other’s games plenty over the last couple weeks….


The Leafs can’t let Mitch Marner put them in salary cap hell

Mitch Marner wants to get paid. And what’s becoming more apparent by the day is that he wants to get paid as much as Auston Matthews, who just yesterday inked a $58.1-million deal stretched over the next five years – a cap hit of $11.634-million AAV. In the simplest terms possible, the Leafs cannot and…


Leafs waive Marincin, Ennis getting closer to return

With Jake Muzzin now in the fold and Ron Hainsey presumably pushed to the third pairing, the Leafs’ logjam of fringe defencemen finally shook loose a little today, as the team decided to place Martin Marincin on waivers. Marincin only suited up for ten games with the big club this season, but there was plenty…


Sources say GMs are lining up to dismantle their franchise for Mitch Marner

With an absurd crop of players hitting restricted free agency this summer, it’s probably no surprise that the words “offer sheet” are being thrown around by media outlets who are in the business of speculation. However, considering what will be out there in terms of options, it seems a little weird that this narrative is…


Muzzin deal turns Leafs defence around in a hurry

If you’ve seen Jake Muzzin’s name pop up a lot around the online Leafs community in the last number of years, it’s because he’s been constantly linked to hockey’s recent analytics movement and Toronto has had their own renaissance in that area over the same timeline. Muzzin, usually compared alongside his more name-recognized teammate Drew…


Zaitsev’s name is out there as a trade candidate, and for good reason

We’ve documented the Leafs’ need for help at defence more times than I can count, so let’s just cut the preamble and I’ll share a quote from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet about whether the team can change the way that group is deployed, if they can improve internally, or if they’ll have to look elsewhere….