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For Toronto, is it a hurdle or a roadblock?

For Toronto, is it a hurdle or a roadblock?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in one of their biggest slumps since the start of this 2021/22 season. Over the past two weeks, following a six-game win streak, the team has now lost five of it’s last seven, going 2-4-1 in that stretch. If that record sounds familiar to you, it’s the same record that the team started the season with, creating initial concerns about […]

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Who are the NHL's collapsers and ralliers?

Who are the NHL’s collapsers and ralliers?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ supposed problem with blowing big leads, as it had happened several times in the span of about ten days and caused major concern among the hockey world. It wasn’t, however, spoken of under the context of a team having a bad ten-day run, but as a marking point for a chronic […]

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It's time to hand more reps to Petr Mrazek

It’s time to hand more reps to Petr Mrazek

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs concluded a six-game road trip at UBS Arena, the new facility of the New York Islanders. While this had all the markings of a “trap game” – narratives flowing, a non-playoff team on a hot-streak with motivation attached to the night, the end of a grueling two weeks – the Maple Leafs gained a 3-1 lead yet again, and […]

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The Lead-Collapse Fallacy

The Lead-Collapse Fallacy

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a rough night last night. Let’s not take away from that – yes, they won on the Expected Goals, and the Deserve-to-Win-o-meter, but even as an analytics-inclined person, I can tell you that those are just a couple pathways to weighting your coin, not the only ones. Toronto got outbattled on several key plays, Jack Campbell wasn’t his start-of-season self, […]

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Good for Leon Draisaitl

Good for Leon Draisaitl

If you’ve spent any time on social media this afternoon, you’ve probably already seen the clip of Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl getting into it with Edmonton Journal writer and frequent Hockey Twitter main character Jim Matheson at today’s team media availability. If you haven’t, here’s the clip: I will note that this clip has one Matheson question than the viral tweet, and there’s even one […]

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Kent Hughes hiring a sensible one for Montreal

Kent Hughes hiring a sensible one for Montreal

I’m going to defer the more serious deep dive on this to people more plugged into the Habs beat, but I did want to get a few words in on it. On Tuesday morning, the Montreal Canadiens announced Kent Hughes as their 18th general manager in franchise history. Hughes’ name had been in the mix since the team fired Marc Bergevin in late November, occasionally […]

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Let Pete Deke and good things will come

Let Pete Deke and good things will come

On Sunday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks snapped a three-game losing streak – their first in the Bruce Boudreau era – with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. To me, it felt like most games have for them in January. There were positives, negatives, and a sense that the post-regime change burst set the bar a little too high, but enough effort to be satisfied […]

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Leafs do risky, but mostly-tidy work with Rielly extension

Leafs do risky, but mostly-tidy work with Rielly extension

Out of nowhere, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making big news this afternoon. The team announced on Friday that they’ve signed their longest-tenured player, defenceman Morgan Rielly, to an eight-year contract extension that will pay him an Annual Average Value of $7.5 million per season. TSN & The Athletic insider Pierre Lebrun has passed along the contract details, which break down as follows: 2022/23: $4 […]

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Do the Leafs really get "Goalied" more than other teams?

Do the Leafs really get “Goalied” more than other teams?

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost a very close, and at the end, extremely exciting 2-1 game to the New York Rangers. The “Big Four” were all engaged, including a returning Auston Matthews. Michael Bunting put up his second goal in as many games. Everything was generally great, except for that dastardly Igor Shesterkin. The 25-year-old, entering his third NHL season, stole the show […]

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