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Dismal season takes toll on Maple Leafs' brand

TORONTO (AP) The blue-chip Toronto Maple Leafs brand survived bad seasons in the past. But this season took its toll. ''I'll tell you there's a bunch of us down here that are losing sleep about it,'' said Dave Hopkinson, chief commercial officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Toronto finished 27th in the league with a 30-44-8 record, losing 34 of its last 43 games and...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto prospect's dad full of praise for Maple Leafs' slow approach

The Maple Leafs have been protective of top prospect William Nylander this year. Instead of rushing Nylander up to help with the big club, Toronto let Nylander develop more slowly in the AHL. The approach might not be one an eager prospect hopes for, but Nylander's father said he is very pleased with the way Toronto managed his son's development. "I think they’ve done a good job...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Decision looms for Leafs on Jonathan Bernier's contract

One of the key decisions the Leafs need to make this summer is whether to stick with Jonathan Bernier in goal. Toronto fan website Pension Plan Puppets acknowledged that, if a great trade comes along, Toronto should consider trading Bernier, but Pension Plan Puppets focused instead on what type of contract the Leafs could offer the embattled goaltender.Bernier played well at times...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former GM Dave Nonis: 'I could have traded Dion Phaneuf'

There was a lot of speculation before the trade deadline that the Maple Leafs would trade captain Dion Phaneuf and/or beleaguered forward Phil Kessel, but no trade ever materialized.Or, as former Toronto general manager Dave Nonis corrected Thursday, no trade was ever finalized. Nonis revealed to the Toronto Sun that there was a deal in place involving Dion Phaneuf at the deadline...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kessel-to-Devils speculation debunked

Don't believe any rumors saying the Devils are interested in trading their first-round pick to Toronto for beleaguered forward Phil Kessel. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello shut down those rumors when he told NJ Advance that he hasn't seen a trade proposal that would convince him to surrender the coveted draft pick. "You never say no because somebody could come up with something...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Matt Frattin leading AHL charge in final attempt to earn NHL spot

When Matt Frattin left North Dakota in 2011, he was a can't-miss NHL prospect and a Hobey Baker finalist -- college hockey's Heisman Trophy.But it's never easy to make it in the NHL, and it's even harder when a player suffers a knee injury the way Frattin did in his first pro season. The once-heralded prospect became a trade piece, and over the course of 14 months, he was sent to...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Nazem Kadri's new contract should look like

The two players the Leafs need to focus on re-signing this offseason are forward Nazem Kadri and goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Kadri, however, has been a controversial player in Toronto who has both on-ice and off-ice issues that could devalue his contract. So what should Kadri's new contract look like? Maple Leafs fan website Editor in Leaf had a pair of writers try their hand at...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Playoffs trigger talk about nature of Toronto fanbase

Maple Leafs fans are, yet again, watching the playoffs from the sidelines, but that doesn't mean there is no way to relate the playoffs back to the team. SportsNet writer Gord Stellick identified multiple series in this year's playoffs that serve as reminders of Leafs teams of past, but it is his conclusion from watching the Raptors that seems most applicable to the Maple Leafs moving...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rob Ford tweets plan to fix Maple Leafs

You haven't heard the last of Rob Ford. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Hockey Hall of Fame and continuing to work on the city council, Rob Ford spent his Tuesday afternoon offering up his plan to fix the Maple Leafs.   Mike Babcock currently coaches the Detroit Red Wings, but many expect Babcock will leave Detroit after the season once his contract expires...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

At one point in NHL Draft lottery, Leafs had best odds to land Connor McDavid

Maple Leafs fans may cringe when they realize how close they were to winning the NHL Draft Lottery and, in turn, drafting Connor McDavid. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the Edmonton Oilers won the lottery with the ball combination of 5-14-6-1. There were only 12 combinations starting with 5-14-6 and the Maple Leafs held four […] The post At one point in NHL Draft lottery...
Via Along the Boards
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Police: Stanley Cup ring from 1947-48 stolen in Toronto

  Toronto police are asking for help to recover a Stanley Cup ring that was stolen last month. Police say the 1947-1948 Toronto Maple Leafs championship ring belongs to former Leafs defenseman Philip Samis. Police say the ring was among jewelry and property taken from a home in northern Toronto on March 5. Samis, who is from Edmonton, played five games for the Leafs in the 1947...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Police: Thieves steal 1947-48 Stanley Cup ring in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Toronto police are asking for help to recover a Stanley Cup ring that was stolen last month. Police say the 1947-1948 Toronto Maple Leafs championship ring belongs to former Leafs defenseman Philip Samis. Police say the ring was among jewelry and property taken from a home in northern Toronto on March 5. Samis, who is from Edmonton, played five games for the Leafs in...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

“Yesterday was just the beginning” for Toronto Maple Leafs

A devastating campaign for the Toronto Maple Leafs officially ended on Monday, and emotions were running high as most players vacated their lockers for the final time this season. After missing the playoffs for a second straight season, drastic changes are expected in order to bring respectability back to a franchise that was once one […] The post “Yesterday was just the beginning”...
Via Along the Boards
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs firings a long time coming

It’s hard to imagine anyone being too surprised to see both general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horacheck fired. Both men are now former employees of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste anytime cleaning out the offices with the news coming less than 24 hours after the team’s season finale against […] The post Toronto Maple...
Via Along the Boards
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs fire GM, interim head coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Sunday that general manager David Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek have been relieved of their duties. The club announced that coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix (goaltending) have also been relieved of their duties while Steve Staios will resume his duties as M\manager of player development. Nonis was named senior...
Via Sports-Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs clean house, firing GM, interim coach, staff

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Dave Nonis, interim coach Peter Horachek and his staff after the team's worst season in almost 20 years. Nonis was dismissed Sunday with three years left on his contract. The Leafs went 30-44-8 with 68 points, the fewest in an 82-game season since 1996-97. Toronto was in a playoff position in early January when club...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs fire GM Dave Nonis, interim coach Peter Horachek

Toronto staged a significant housecleaning Sunday, firing GM David Nonis and the entire coaching staff, including interim coach Peter Horachek. Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas and Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter will share Nonis' duties on an interim basis. Horacheck assumed his role on Jan. 7 when the team fired Randy Carlyle. That jolt couldn't get the Leafs to the...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs fire GM Dave Nonis, head coach Peter Horachek

Sweeping changes were expected for the Toronto Maple Leafs after an abysmal season, and the club is wasting little time. General manager Dave Nonis was and head coach Peter Horachek were fired Sunday, the team announced. Most of the coaching staff was also let go as part of the ongoing efforts to clean house in one of the NHL’s most passionate markets. One person who won’t...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Colton Orr call-up a farewell to a good soldier and a mindset

With the team lacing up the skates for the final time tonight, the trainwreck that has been the 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs will finally be coming to an end. At this point, the fans couldn’t be more excited, and the players are looking forward to hitting the links and getting away from the media for the next […] The post Colton Orr call-up a farewell to a good soldier and a...
Via Along the Boards
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf Asks Reporter “Have You Ever Played Sports Before?”

The Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf got very testy with a reporter after their latest loss (5-0 to Columbus). He was asked if he was embarrassed at all and Phaneuf thought for a moment before saying “have you ever played sports before?” Then he went on to say that it was embarrassing. The Leafs are […] The post Dion Phaneuf Asks Reporter “Have You Ever Played Sports Before...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Amica Coverage Play Of The Week: Maple Leafs’ Quality Chances Or B’s Pressure On Panthers?

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday at 10 a.m. ET and conclude Monday. Vote for the Coverage Play of the Week and you will be entered for a chance to win a team jersey courtesy of the Pro Shop at TD Garden. First read the official rules, then...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leaf Dion Phaneuf to reporter, "Have you played sports before?"

Dion Phaneuf speaks with media following the Leafs 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Asked if he was embarrassed by his 2015 Toronto team, Phaneuf asked, "Have you played sports before?"Get the feel Dion was going to go at the reporter for asking and then just let the question clarify a, "Of course we are" type response.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs’ Phaneuf wanted to be traded to Detroit at the deadline

Dion Phaneuf did his best to beat around the bush after a 5-0 Maple Leaf loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday night. The Toronto captain wasn’t answering questions about his career low 3 goals in 69 games this season or his future in Toronto which more than likely will come to an end Saturday […]
Via The Majors National
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf to reporter: “Have you played sports before?”

Dion Phaneuf was interviewed following his team’s 5-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and he provided an interesting response when asked about whether or not he was embarrassed by the Maple Leafs’ most recent loss. Phaneuf thought carefully before responding, but his answer shed some light on what the captain thinks about his current situation. “Have you played sports before...
Via Bloguin Best
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf to reporter: 'Have you played sports before?'

Dion Phaneuf was interviewed following his team’s 5-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and he provided an interesting response when asked about whether or not he was embarrassed by the Maple Leafs’ most recent loss. Phaneuf thought carefully before responding, but his answer shed some light on what the captain thinks about his current situation. “Have you played sports...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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