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The Extremist Approach to the Leafs Trade Deadline

The Extremist Approach to the Leafs Trade Deadline

As those who follow me on Twitter know, I was named General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs at some point this week. My first move was to take away Mike Babcock’s toys and replace them with skilled players, effectively ruining the team forever. Okay, not quite. The wean of Matt Martin out of the lineup has looked inevitable to those paying attention for a […]

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Are the Leafs moving towards life after Matt Martin?

Are the Leafs moving towards life after Matt Martin?

If you are someone who reads this blog, there’s a very good chance that you’ll agree that the key storyline for the Toronto Maple Leafs this year has been player usage. Specifically, the fact that there appears to be preferential treatment given to the veteran, “good pro” type players, even when they don’t have success. Roman Polak hasn’t had a night off since December, and […]

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An age-based look at how NHL teams use their AHL affiliates

An age-based look at how NHL teams use their AHL affiliates

Yesterday, Sportsnet analyst Corey Hirsch wrote a piece about the Vancouver Canucks that turned a lot of heads. In it, he suggested that the NHL’s 28th-seeded team were in the midst of a “model rebuild“. His evidence of this was the presence of Brock Boeser, Elias Petterson, Jonathan Dahlen, Adam Gaudette, Olli Juolevi, and Jonah Gadjovich, along with the fact that a few of Vancouver’s […]

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Why we should give the Host City their own NHL All Star Team

Why we should give the Host City their own NHL All Star Team

The Tampa Bay Lightning are sending too many players to the All-StarĀ Game and it’s impossible to blame them. The National Hockey League announced the rosters for this year’s late-January event, and what jumped out at me at first was the Atlantic Division. Needless to say, there’s a bit of weight given to one team:

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How Travis Dermott earned his call-up to the Maple Leafs

How Travis Dermott earned his call-up to the Maple Leafs

In the world of call-up hype, you often need a perfect storm to capture the everyone’s eyes. A supposed, gaping hole at the NHL level, and an immense run of form by the player looking to make their leap. Travis Dermott had that perfect storm going for him. The Toronto Maple Leafs are struggling on the point at the moment, and with Nikita Zaitsev out […]

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On the World Juniors, Sportsmanship, and Player Pressure in the Digital Age

On the World Juniors, Sportsmanship, and Player Pressure in the Digital Age

As we approach the end of the calendar year, one of Canada’s most beloved hockey traditions is about to get underway. The 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, best known as the World Juniors for short, will be held in Buffalo, New York this year and as always, will feature many of the world’s best Under-20 hockey players as they compete for their countries over […]

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Conspiracy: Did Owen Nolan Really Call The Shot in 1997?

Conspiracy: Did Owen Nolan Really Call The Shot in 1997?

It’s a little before 7 PM on Christmas Day in Toronto, and as such, I’m doing what any normal person would do. By that, I mean I’m reading random message boards and watching old hockey videos on YouTube. More specifically, I was scrolling through a Reddit thread about hockey players that are money on breakaways (which was part interesting, part people who don’t know the […]

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On wanting more than humble and unselfish

On wanting more than humble and unselfish

A couple of nights ago, Hockey Writer Jack Todd sent himself to Twitter Ratio Hell with a tweet that was to the effect of “Auston Matthews has a personality of Boiled Cauliflower, yet the Toronto Media are already comparing him to Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky”. I’d just link it to you, but he’s since deleted it (of course, if you want more Auston Salt, […]

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How the Toronto Maple Leafs take and draw penalties, and why that matters

How the Toronto Maple Leafs take and draw penalties, and why that matters

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been dominant at even strength to start the season. Through five games, they’re at the top of the league in Score-Adjusted Corsi For Percentage, and top five in Shots, Expected Goals, and Actual Goals For Percentage. Or, in less nerdy terms, they’ve got control of the puck. They’re shooting much more than other teams, and from more dangerous areas. They’re […]

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Why Igor Ozhiganov would be a good add to the Leafs organization

Why Igor Ozhiganov would be a good add to the Leafs organization

[See the 2018 update to this piece by clicking here] Just a few days after the Toronto Maple Leafs lost defenceman Alexey Marchenko to CKSA Moscow, it appears that there’s a non-zero chance of them taking one right back from the KHL juggernaut in a few months. This morning, this little nugget of information eked out of the Russian media about 24-year-old Igor Ozhiganov:

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