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Alex Pietrangelo and the Leafs’ final form

At 4:54 on December 1st, the Leafs were a Cup contender. When they signed Nylander at 4:55, they became a better one. Still, even with one of the most loaded offensive forward groups of the cap era assembled, there are questions about how Kyle Dubas can shore up places where the team is weak. And…

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Salary cap projected to climb to $83-million next season

Unsurprisingly, the NHL’s hard cap is projected to climb again after this season, hitting $83-million. At least that’s the word from the league’s annual board of governor’s meetings, which are happening this week. BOG meeting now underway here in Sea Island, Georgia. Part of agenda today is a salary cap projection/range from the league. The…

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Auston Matthews and the NHL’s trade value rankings

With Auston Matthews finally getting back into the Leafs’ lineup tonight, it’s a perfect time to look back at what a month it’s been since he was injured. Let’s take an opportunity to remind ourselves that, while Damien Cox can’t be taken seriously as a sports analyst, since we have to respond to every outrageous…

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Why did hockey reporters waste so many years not learning about hockey?

It’s no secret that something that’s plagued hockey coverage for so long is its dull and dreary tone, something the gatekeepers of the profession to this point were glad to uphold. For so many years the extent of reporting on this game has been limited to about three main areas: Lame quotes about drive and…

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The Toronto Sports Network(s) might run Nylander out of town

I don’t have any NHL or sports media connections, but one thing that I know for sure is that professional athletes, for the most part, read all the things written about them. Tweets, articles, Instagram comments, they see all that stuff. They also watch things like Insider Trading on TSN, Sportsnet, whatever. Players like to…

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Should the NHL revamp the way it hands out penalties?

Something stuck out to me the other night when Mitch Marner was (perhaps undeservedly) awarded a penalty shot against the Senators: Instead of the one-and-done breakaway, I wanted to see the powerplay go to work. I’d rather the whole 34-91-16-43-44 show. This got me to thinking about how perhaps the league should look at allowing…

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Maybe it’s Dubas, not Nylander, that’s the nightmare negotiator

Yes, it’s another Nylander contract article. And before we get into it, let’s establish something: Darren Dreger doesn’t really know anything about the Leafs and is sad because this new management group doesn’t feed him information like Nonis did, so his “Nylander is looking for Draisatl money” claims are likely trash. It’s perhaps best to…

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Auston Matthews is like nothing we’ve ever seen

For a lot of Leafs supporters, at this point I think the most common first reaction to an Auston Matthews goal isn’t a yell, or jump-up, or fist pump. It’s laughter in disbelief. At least that’s where I find myself these days. Last night in the season opener Matthews was up to old tricks: Scoring…

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Predicting the 2018-19 NHL Season

The wait is over and hockey is back tonight. Toronto. Montreal. It’s exciting times heading into perhaps the most talked-about Leafs season in the last 30 years, Before things get rolling, it’s time for our writers to get their pre-season takes out there for us to praise or laugh at eight months. I kept things…

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Leafs have taken calls on Nylander, Canes with confirmed interest

Let’s preface this whole thing by saying the chances of William Nylander being moved due to this contract dispute are still slim-to-none. With that said, it’s still worth noting that teams are circling and perhaps making a play at prying him loose from Toronto – at least that’s the word on the street. Earlier this…

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Preseason Player Preview: Auston Matthews

In 2016, after the draft lottery but before the Leafs actually selected him, I wrote that “Auston Matthews scores goals, and plenty of them“, detailing how Toronto would be getting a center that wasn’t a prototypical distributor the fanbase may have been dreaming about. Instead, based on his numbers to that point, it was clear…