What Is There to Even Do: A Brief Dive Into the Toronto Maple Leafs Current Predicament

I don’t know that I can speak for everyone else, but I know that I am not having a good time watching this series. Against all odds, because of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs are going the distance against the Montreal Canadiens. A team the Maple Leafs owned during the regular season to the tune of a 6-2-1 record, then proceeded to own for four more subsequent games this postseason until they found a way to completely collapse under the weight of their own deeply ingrained ineptitude. Perhaps I’m fortunate that I’m a lot younger than many other long suffering Maple Leafs fans and don’t have much of anything in the way of pre-2005 lockout Maple Leafs memories. To be completely honest, I don’t even know what’s worse: The years of complete bumbling lunacy that defined this team between 2006 and 2013, culminating with “It Was 4-1”, or this current era of rebuilding, seeing a product that genuinely looks like it’s going to go somewhere, only to have your heart ripped out over and over and OVER again.
Perhaps the Maple Leafs win Game Seven. To be completely honest, the circumstances are there and …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Page 6ix Wednesday February 3rd: Tony DeWaived – and other stuff, I guess

Did ANYTHING else happen in the hockey world this week besides Tone DeAngelo getting waived and the subsequent rumours and reports about the behind the scenes drama with the Rangers?
I mean I guess so but who can remember it when the Tony of it all is going on?
I’ll do my best to remind you of what else is happening, but don’t we all just want to know who really punched Tony D?
Leafs Lads
As always, we begin by focusing on our boys in blue, who have had a really great start to the season. They went on a 4 game winning streak and 5 game point streak, and Frederik Andersen is looking much more solid in net. Of course, we’re still dealing with some injuries, but Joe Thornton and Nicholas Robertson are back on the ice skating, which is a good sign!

#Leafs Ice Chips from @markhmasters: With the team not playing for a few days, Joe Thornton and Nick Robertson are skating and making progress in their recovery – https://t.co/qyLbP14xOO#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/EgXj4MW1vE
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 1, 2021

Of course, it is NOT great that Alexander Kerfoot did not …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Relive Vince Carter’s iconic dunk in bobblehead form

Twenty years ago (anyone else feeling old?), Vince Carter dropped an iconic dunk in the dunk contest. So Toronto Raptors fans are going to love this bobblehead. You know what? Let’s party like it’s 2000. When Vince Carter was on the Toronto Raptors and regularly putting opposing players on posters. When he was dominating the […]
Toronto Raptors: Relive Vince Carter’s iconic dunk in bobblehead form – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Four wishes ahead of All-Star Weekend 2020

Besides Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry. who else on the Toronto Raptors is deserving of a little “stage time” at NBA All-Star Weekend? Dear Basketball Gods >> First off, thank you for naming both Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam to this year’s All-Star Game; had the two not been bestowed with this honour then you can […]
Toronto Raptors: Four wishes ahead of All-Star Weekend 2020 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #30: 5 Things to watch for as the Leafs try to hit CTRL+Z

Anyone else want to pretend that last night didn’t happen? Cool. Never did. The Leafs lost a hard fought goaltending battle and that’s the way I choose to remember it, as that is what it was when I went to go pick my wife up some Klondike Bars at Sobeys.
Tonight might not be a fun one either. Michael Hutchinson is in net and that’s the opposite of fun. Kadri is back. We love Kadri, but I kinda wish we were doing a bit better when running into an ex, especially one we wouldn’t mind getting back together with.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 74.2#41 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 80.6#6 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 75.3#22 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.68#8 FL1

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.4#38 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.3#13 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 71.7#126 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.15#8 FL2

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.1#78 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.3#140 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.5#50 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.61#10 FL3

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 74.0#44 LW

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 70.3#164 C

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 74.0#37 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.75#1 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.3#10 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.8#78 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.02#20 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.6#15 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.6#37 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.62#9 DL2

TRAVIS …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marner Watch Update: Basically the Same as the Last One

What else is there left to say on this, honestly?
While taking in some World Junior Showcase action over the weekend, as most GMs are want to do, Kyle Dubas sat down with TSN’s Tessa Bonhomme to cover a myriad of topics pertaining to the Leafs. That’s perfectly fine, right? I mean, we’re deep into the dead months of the summer, absolutely nothing of consequence is happening, and yet everyone (ourselves included) still needs that sweet, sweet content.
So, let’s just talk some puck!
It was never meant to be that simple, of course. Roughly three minutes in, the conversation quickly and inevitably shifted over to everyone’s favourite well-tread topic of Mitch Marner, focusing entirely on the 21-year-old’s ongoing contract talks with Dubas and the Maple Leafs that now appear destined to drag on continuously until the sun envelops the earth and extinguishes all human life.
On the bright side, though, at least we won’t have to talk about this nonsense anymore when that happens. We’ll all be dead.
In providing an “update” on his discussions with Mitch himself Darren Ferris and Paul Marner, Dubas managed to reaffirm more or less exactly …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Connecting the dots on a potential trade with Edmonton

So the Edmonton media is something else. That much is canon at this point. Tales of their water carrying is the stuff of legend, however, when they say stuff it’s often because someone in the organization is pushing it. There’s no real risk of them coming up with stuff on their own, that’s why when they say stuff like this it’s worth paying attention to…

Holland might not make any big deals at draft but groundwork’s been laid to trade for Leafs’ winger Connor Brown by Keith Gretzky in February. Third-line possibility. If dollars-in, dollars-out deal, might be D Matt Benning, but Benning very under-appreciated here IM0
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) June 19, 2019
That’s absolutely the deal that Edmonton wanted to do at the deadline, but the Leafs were unwilling to get it done, wanting more than Benning. It’s certainly something that is bound to be revisited, even with the regime change in Edmonton. It doesn’t change the fact that the Oilers need cheap NHL wingers for their top nine and there is a good chance they still believe Brown is a good option.
Now let’s add in some more expertly carried water…



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #21: Lowry labours on his plan alone

While everyone else plays catch-up, Lowry continues to take steps towards his ultimate goal: boosting the loot at Silverstern. While the underworld and the cops chase each other around, Lowry continues to put his plans into action elsewhere. He’s got blueprints, hardware, funds — everything he needs to carry out the Silverstern job. But now who’s this calling?
Catch up on Page 20 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram and Twitter)
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Pepperjam Verification

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ