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Maple Leafs better off -- in the long run -- without Steven Stamkos

Stamkos in the Leafs lineup would have changed expectations and accelerated the plan
Via Breakaway Blog
6 hours ago

Five potential targets for Maple Leafs in NHL free agency

Aside from Steven Stamkos, Toronto could be looking for an experienced defenceman, bonafide scorer.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Percy, Biggs victims of hockey's business side

The Maple Leafs two first-round picks in 2011 face an uncertain hockey future.
Via Breakaway Blog
1 day ago

Rebuilding Through the Draft: Two Rebuilds. Two Philosophies.

Rebuilding through the Draft is a trend we’re seeing a lot of these days and this strategy is being used not just by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Carolina Hurricanes as well. Taking a look back to the beginning of the Leafs’ rebuild, you’ll see that they are currently a couple months into their third year. Toronto’s ‘Shana-plan’ may be the most publicized rebuild...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Taking older players at the NHL draft a new trend

The Maple Leafs drafted five players who could have been drafted last year. It looks like the right strategy.
Via Breakaway Blog
2 days ago

Maple Leafs News: 2016 Draft, Trades and Free Agency

The Toronto Maple Leafs have done some excellent work over the past few of weeks. They made a couple of key trades, had a very successful draft and have started talks potential free agents. Maple Leafs News has been off for much of June, and the reason is because I moved to a different province for broadcasting work. Now that I have some time to play with, I’ll be recapping the...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Bernier 'a little suprised' at length of Andersen deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs made some noise heading into the 2016 NHL Draft by trading for goaltender Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks. Shortly after landing Andersen, the Leafs wasted little time locking him up to a five-year contract. The move caught some off-guard, but one of the least surprised was Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier. The one thing that did surprise Bernier was...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs silence Andy Frost as public address announcer

Frost is just the third public address announcer in the team’s history, and the only one the team has had this century; he took over the job at the start of the 1999-2000 season.
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

WATCH: Marek: Interesting 2016 draft strategy for Maple Leafs

NHL insider Jeff Marek delves deep into an interesting Maple Leafs 2016 draft strategy after taking Auston Matthews first overall, also touches on the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs preach patience, and that’s exactly what they should do: Cox

The objective in Toronto is that once the team does make the post-season, it’s to stay, and ultimately take a shot at the Stanley Cup.
Via Toronto Star
4 days ago

Reviewing Rounds 2-7 of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2016 NHL Draft

Maple Leafs’ brass spent Saturday filling out the rest of their 2016 NHL Draft. (Pension Plan Puppets) By Hunter Crowther (@HunterCrowther) After a historic night which saw the Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews with the No. 1 overall pick, team executives spent Saturday using the remaining 10 draft selections between the second and seventh rounds. The blue and white...
Via The Hockey Guys
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs Finally Get Their #1 Center in Matthews

The one thing Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans have wanted since the days of Mats Sundin is a number one center. That demand was finally answered Friday night in Buffalo after the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews with their 2016 1st overall NHL draft pick. There was a lot of talk leading up to the draft about whether the Leafs would instead choose Patrik Laine. Laine is going...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 days ago

WATCH: Babcock going to look after Matthews like he’s family

Mike Babcock talks with the media about the Toronto Maple Leafs drafting Auston Matthews.
Via SportsNetCanada
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matthews ready for Babcock, Toronto microscope & first hockey card

Auston Matthews took to the podium to answer questions about playing for Mike Babcock, the pressure of playing in Toronto, and his plans for his first hockey card.
Via SportsNetCanada
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs are pinning their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews.Amid chants of "Go Leafs, Go!" the 18-year-old from Scottsdale was selected by Toronto with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. Though the Maple Leafs had kept their decision under wraps since winning the draft lottery...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs select Arizona-born Matthews No. 1 in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Arizona-born center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. The 18-year-old from Scottsdale became the seventh American selected at No. 1, and first since the Chicago Blackhawks chose Patrick Kane with the top pick in 2007. Matthews grew up a Coyotes fan and spent last season playing professionally in...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs' overhaul continues with 1st pick in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hiring coach Mike Babcock and general manager Lou Lamoriello last offseason was the Toronto Maple Leafs' first major step in their high-priced bid to restore relevance to one the NHL's most recognized franchises. The next significant piece in the Maple Leafs' rebuilding plan will be added Friday night, when Toronto has the first pick in the NHL draft. Though...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs looking to upgrade everywhere, including in goal

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is keen on improving his squad. The 63-year-old talked with ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, where he was asked about improving the Leafs’ mediocre goaltending. While Lamoriello responded with a standard, “everything can be upgraded” answer, he mentioned that he’s not going to rush making a move, but that everything, goaltending...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Toronto winning the first pick in the NHL draft is so important

As the NHL playoffs move through the second round, the absence of the seven Canadian teams has been palpable. Sure, it’s exciting to watch Ovi and Sid the Kid square off against each other, and seeing John Tavares carry the New York Islanders to their first playoff series victory in 23 years was nothing short of astounding. But, in the background, there are 14 general managers...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

With NHL Draft Lottery win, Toronto Maple Leafs’ smart moves continue to be rewarded

Fans across Toronto lost their collective minds when NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flipped around a card revealing a Maple Leafs logo, showing the club had won the 2016 draft lottery. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan stood on the lottery floor in shock with a childlike grin on his face. It was hard to blame him. He was the architect of a bold plan of being bad, but smart...
Via The Comeback
May 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Lou Lamoriello hopes the Leafs never get the first pick again

The Toronto Maple Leafs got the best news in a long time when it was revealed they won the draft lottery and will select first overall in the upcoming NHL draft. The pick means the Leafs will likely get franchise player Auston Matthews and start on an upward trend in their rebuild. While getting the first pick was a franchise-changing event, Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the 62 players of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Hockey Hall of Fame

62 players of the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. How many of these honored NHL stars can you name? Clue: Position/Years active with team
April 25, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the members on all 3 Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs teams from 1961-64

19 members of the Toronto Maple Leafs were on all three Stanley Cup winning teams from 1961-64. How many of these NHL players can you name? Clue: Number/Position
April 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Dachshunds don Maple Leafs, Habs gear, play some hockey (vid)

A video taking the Internet by storm — to put it mildly, it has already garnered over 19 million views on Facebook — features a pair of adorable dachshunds regaled in Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens gear playing a little bit of ball hockey. The video stars Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his brother Oakley. And suffice to say, these pups have some mad hockey skills...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 07, 2016  |  Discuss
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