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Remembering Peak Evgeni Malkin

Remembering Peak Evgeni Malkin

A couple of days ago, Vancouver writer Cam Robinson put up a very interesting poll on Twitter. It was one that was simple, but tested your memory and vulnerability to recency and fandom biases. He asked: Who would you rather have in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals – Prime Alexander Ovechkin, or Prime Evgeni Malkin? Ovechkin led the way for the vast […]

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Do you believe in this thing or not?

Do you believe in this thing or not?

The temperature in Leafs Nation is at an all-time high. Now, I haven’t been here for all 103 years, obviously, but I firmly believe this to be true. Given how social media and the internet have amplified and accelerated every conversation and allowed us to turn water coolers into global echo chambers, the recent years have an inherent advantage, and in recent years, nothing has […]

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On crediting the Nylander critics and our biased attention spans

On crediting the Nylander critics and our biased attention spans

Justin Bourne of The Athletic and Sportsnet is one of my absolute favourite reads, listens, views, whatever you want to call them, in hockey media. We don’t necessarily agree on everything, but his years of playing, strategical, and journalistic experience all kind of blend together for a perspective that’s a really intriguing blend of traditional and forward-thinking mindsets, a constant pursuit of new ideas seen […]

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Should the Leafs sell high on William Nylander?

Should the Leafs sell high on William Nylander?

William Nylander is on fire right now. In his past eight games, he has eight goals, seven assists, and fifteen points. In his past five games, he’s got six goals, five assists, and eleven points. With 19 goals on the season, he is already just three goals away from his career-high of 22, with 40 games in hand. He’s well ahead of his career-high pace […]

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What an instant classic Leafs game tells us about the team's future

What an instant classic Leafs game tells us about the team’s future

“It went exactly as planned, so not a lot to talk about” was the joke that Maple Leafs bench boss Sheldon Keefe opened his post-game media availability with on Monday afternoon, lightening the mood and showing a bit of self-awareness for what the hockey world had just witnessed – an 8-6 Toronto victory over the Carolina Hurricanes that we’ll be talking about well into the […]

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Ilya Kovalchuk is misunderstood, and might still be useful

Ilya Kovalchuk is misunderstood, and might still be useful

Let’s be honest here – If you didn’t think this post was coming, then you haven’t met me. Sure, it goes against all sorts of common sense, but it’s a potential fringe transaction and it involves Ilya Kovalchuk – a man who started his career as one of the few players a young me legitimately disliked and has blossomed into one of my all-time favourites. […]

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Auston Matthews continues historic goal-scoring rate

Auston Matthews continues historic goal-scoring rate

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 in one of the fastest-paced, most exciting games I’ve seen in the league this season. John Tavares showed his captainly strength in potting a pair of goals, Justin Holl had a multi-point effort, and Frederik Andersen was lights out. Flipping the tables, we even got to see Josh Leivo get a revenge goal on […]

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On the "vocal minority" majority, and myths about the process and the old guard

On the “vocal minority” majority, and myths about the process and the old guard

One drum that I always like to beat in these articles, in my tweets, or on pretty much any digital platform is that “we” – meaning the demographic that represents my typical audience, are not the core fanbase. We’re obsessive fans of the team and/or sports we love, swarming together in groups on these platforms, that typically start off young and forward-thinking. Especially now that […]

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On Auston Matthews' star status, the media cycle, and recency bias

On Auston Matthews’ star status, the media cycle, and recency bias

If there was a moment that managed to burn itself into my brain last night from last night’s 3-1 Leafs loss to the Colorado Avalanche, it wasn’t on the ice. That’s saying a lot, given Nazem Kadri’s return to Scotiabank Arena, Mitch Marner’s return off the injured reserve, and the stellar rebound performance of Frederik Andersen (and perhaps even better one by Philipp Grubauer across […]

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In Firing Babcock, a Rebuild Ends and a New Era Begins

In Firing Babcock, a Rebuild Ends and a New Era Begins

I really do believe that what happened yesterday was a long time coming. It’s hard to know that for certain. The messaging coming out of the Leafs organization, as every insider and beat reporter will tell you, is typically air-tight. That is to say, no one will come out and tell you that the team has been ready to move on from their superstar head […]

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