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Why the Cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

November 2nd, 2012
After much speculation and numerous conflicting media reports, the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic was finally made official Friday afternoon by the NHL through an announcement on its website.This is certainly a blow not only to fans of Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the teams that ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Media Manufactures Scandal Involving Nazem Kadri

September 28th, 2012
Training camp for the Toronto Marlies opened on Thursday, September 27 and as per Maple Leafs tradition, everything was heavily scrutinized.Ah, Toronto—where good isn't good enough, average is terrible and bad is disastrous.Top prospect Nazem Kadri, as you probably know, trained with fitness guru Gary Roberts over the summer.Gary Roberts ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: What the Departure of Goalie Coach Francois Allaire Means

September 17th, 2012
On Monday morning, Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweeted that goaltending guru Francois Allaire would be leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs after three years of service.Allaire was lured to Toronto from the Anaheim Ducks in June 2009 by Leafs GM Brian Burke, who had himself left the Ducks seven months prior.According ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Silver Linings to a Potential Lockout

August 17th, 2012
If the NHL and the NHLPA don't start speaking the same language by September 15, the 2012-13 season will not start on time.Once that deadline comes and goes, fans and players alike (even some coaches) will have to prepare for the possibility of an entire year without NHL hockey.But fret ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: 7 Players Who Should Be Considered Untouchable

August 6th, 2012
Every NHL team has its untouchable players.Think Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks or Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes.One mention of an untouchable's name during trade talks and the phone call is over.Leafs GM Brian Burke has his own mental list of Leaf untouchables, but, full disclosure, he ...

Maple Leafs Trade Luke Schenn to Philadelphia Flyers for James Van Riemsdyk

June 23rd, 2012
According to NHL.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have just traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward James van Riemsdyk.This a major head-scratcher for a variety of reasons that shall be touched upon in this article.I will gladly eat a generous portion of crow if this turns out ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Predicting the Leafs’ Opening Day Lineup for 2012-13

June 8th, 2012
The following slideshow features predictions for the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup at the start of the 2012-13 NHL season.Keep in mind these are predictions, not recommendations, so don't be upset if the contents of this slideshow don't match your ideal vision for the lineup.We'll begin with the goalies, followed by ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikhail Grabovski Re-Signed to Pricey, Long-Term Deal

March 6th, 2012
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed centreman Mikhail Grabovski to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension.Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press tweeted the following about the new contract:  Mikhail Grabovski's deal with #leafs includes a modified no-trade clause. He can choose 10 teams each year.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 6, 2012  A ...