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Leafs sign Wayne Simmonds to two-year contract extension

UPDATE: The Maple Leafs made the extension official on Tuesday morning, signing Simmonds to a two-year deal with an AAV of $900,000. According to multiple reports, it seems all but certain that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be bringing back Wayne Simmonds for the 2021/22. The first indication came from Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman earlier…

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The NHL is at a rule enforcement crossroads

The NHL’s issues with “passive officiating”, “game management”, whatever you want to call it, aren’t anything new. Earlier in the season, I wrote about how this style of rule enforcement subconsciously punishes skilled teams like – but not solely including – the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2019, I noted many of the same patterns and…

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Creating a custom NHL 2004 Arcade Machine

So a few weeks ago, perhaps a little sooner in the process than I expected, my new NHL 2004 custom arcade cabinet made some waves on social media. The fact that people couldn’t even wait for the air bubbles to settle on the graphics wrap before giving it some love was very heartwarming. I’ve always…

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The Maple Leafs got too cute, and paid the price

The Toronto Maple Leafs could have won their series against the Montreal Canadiens. In fact, when one pulls apart the numbers, they probably should have won the series. Besides being the heavy statistical favourites going in, they got a shockingly strong share of the results across the seven games. They out-attempted, out-shot, and out-chanced their…

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The Maple Leafs had a Comfort Food Trade Deadline

On Monday afternoon, the final buzzer sounded for playoff-eligible trades to be made, and the Toronto Maple Leafs walked out of it with a deeper roster than when they entered. They made acquisitions up front, on defence, and in goal, and confidence in the team in the public eye is sky-high; about as united in…