Toronto Maple Leafs

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James van Riemsdyk wouldn’t be the first player to crumble under the pressure of a contract year, especially the first one of a career. But, JVR, who has been with the Leafs since being acquired in the Luke Schenn trade back in 2012, has done everything but succumb to the uncertainty the final year of
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For you pop culture nuts, there’s no need to explain who Mighty Mouse is. But for those of you who don’t know about this flying rodent, he was created by Paul Terry and first appeared in an animated short – entitled Mouse of Tomorrow – in 1942. Now, some of you might be wondering what
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are continuing to toy with the lineup as the season progresses, filling holes where they need it and plucking some players off the roster and either scratching them or loaning them to their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. Kasperi Kapanen and Frederik Gauthier have been up and down, while Matt Martin has
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For the first time in a while, it seems like the Toronto Maple Leafs have too many defencemen. Not necessarily too many distinguished, All-Star defencemen, but too many defencemen who are worthy of a roster spot. Add on that the trade deadline is quickly approaching and it makes for a very interesting situation on the
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of another playoff season with some still questioning the level to which they are contenders in an Eastern Conference that boasts some strong talent. Still, with the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, the team’s management will have some tough decisions to make. Do they move pending unrestricted
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Josh Leivo has done everything that’s been asked of him by the Toronto Maple Leafs. There’s a logjam of wingers in front of him so he’s had to wait for an injury to get into the lineup. He’s done conditioning stints in the AHL while spending weeks sitting in the press box. And when he’s
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You can’t help but feel for Josh Leivo. After growing up just outside of Toronto he was drafted by his hometown Maple Leafs in a feel-good story that few players get to experience. Since then, however, his hockey career has been rocky, to say the least. He’s too good to play in the AHL and too
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There is always something interesting about looking back on earlier NHL draft years. Seeing where players started their careers to see where they ended up later on. And there is an enjoyment in looking back with hindsight. When thinking about NHL draft busts there are always two names that first come to mind. Alexandre Daigle,
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Forget the mini-slump the Toronto Maple Leafs may have gone through leading up to the holiday break in the NHL’s schedule, especially if their Next Century game was any indication of what this team can do offensively. Still, the Leafs have lacked consistency in the first half of the season – with Frederik Andersen being
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By now, you should know that the world has lost yet another legend – both for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the game of hockey – in Johnny Bower when the 93-year-old passed on December 26. For some, the mourning process has just begun, while others are still finding the words to describe just what
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Records are made to be broken. But, more than 40 years after Darryl Sittler set the record for most points scored in a single game, it has yet to be matched, much less broken. Sittler’s name literally covered the scoresheet as he piled up six goals and four assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 11-4