Why the Maple Leafs should keep the core-four intact heading into next season

Keeping the core four together — some like the idea, others don’t.
After another first-round playoff exit by the Maple Leafs, I can understand both sides of the argument. If Toronto keeps losing, it doesn’t make sense to keep going with the same players over and over again. However, there’s always the possibility that these four have success in a Maple Leafs uniform.
It just might take some time and patience.
Do you want to keep going down one hallway until you find the magic door that takes you to the promise land or do you want to open a door halfway down with the possibility of inching forwards or backwards?
If you want to test the door halfway, you’re likely someone who wouldn’t be opposed to trading a player like William Nylander. If you’d like to wait, well, your perspective aligns with those of Maple Leafs’ management.
There were two sayings said by GM Kyle Dubas and President Brendan Shanahan that stood out to me during their final media availability of the season. They’re not trading someone for the sake of it and that they’re core is bigger than just the four players.
We classify Nylander, Auston …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Are the Maple Leafs too OK with running it back next season?

Are the Maple Leafs too OK with running it back next season?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are keeping things more or less the same. And that’s their choice to do so.
But following another opening-round exit, the team stressed confidence and belief in their group, even if that comes at the cost of hubris.
Following a bitter upset against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was a strong sentiment among those who follow the club that anything less than getting past the first round was be deemed unacceptable and that changes would likely occur.
Well, it happened again, albeit with a better effort against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
But it still happened.
Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan stood on the stage for his season-ending media availability on Tuesday sitting alongside general manager Kyle Dubas. He quickly endorsed his GM, the man he first hired to be an assistant GM back in the summer of 2014, and head coach Sheldon Keefe.
”We’re not going to make changes simply for the sake of making changes,” Shanahan said.
He continued to express his disappointment for his team failing to win a round in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. While Dubas talked about the stri …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker trade takes 2 center targets off the market

Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker trade takes 2 center targets off the market

The Toronto Raptors had been keeping a very sharp eye on their neighbors in Massachusetts, as the Boston Celtics looked ready to make some big moves this offseason after the Danny Ainge ouster, and a Kemba Walker trade was clearly high on the priority list after last season. Walker remains one of the better offensive […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby shows why starting Khem Birch makes sense

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby shows why starting Khem Birch makes sense

The arrivals to the Toronto Raptors have been keeping their playoff hopes alive, as the additions of Gary Trent Jr., Freddie Gillespie, and Khem Birch have boosted the team’s energy and have helped the squad in the win column. The Raptors are currently on a four-game win streak, and OG Anunoby found out that starting […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Scott’s Thoughts: Midseason Awards

Keeping in the spirit of last week’s report cards, I figured right now would be a great time to look back on the first half of the season and appreciate the performances we’ve gotten from players this year.
But, this one isn’t going to be solely Leafs focused. In fact, there’s a good chance there won’t be any Leafs mentioned in this article, but it’s not the worst idea to see what is happening elsewhere in the league too, especially as playoff time gets closer.
I’ll be focusing on the major individual awards (I don’t really want to pick the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award if I’m being honest), and I’m only going to give my winner as opposed to a full ballot, although I may mention a few other names in there who were close.
Anyways, let’s get started.
Hart Trophy Winner: Connor McDavid
Auston Matthews made it a slightly interesting conversation to start the season, and Patrick Kane will probably get some votes because he got a lot of points on a bad team, but McDavid is the only obvious winner here. He’s on …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Taking a look at the trades you want the Leafs to make

Here at TLN we’re all about keeping it fresh, and that’s why we thought we’d mix things up a little and rather than look for questions, we decided to ask for some trade proposals for us to evaluate this week. We received so many trade proposals that we’ll likely be splitting the mailbag in two, and addressing some more of the trade proposals later this week.
The lesson that should have been evident even before this exercise is that trade proposals are inherently bad. We go into them addressing the Leafs needs, the Leafs cap situation, and with our own ideas for what comes next. So naturally we are as harsh on your proposals as you are on ours when we post our speculation articles. So without further adieu, here’s what we received…

Nylander for McAvoy
— Rose (@StUziRoRo) August 30, 2020

Brian: This honestly feels like a move that makes sense for both teams that neither team would do. Value doesn’t feel too far off, but I don’t think the Leafs are eager to trade a 30 goal scorer to their closest division rival (who are …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Could Ken Holland make a move to reunite with Mike Babcock in Edmonton?

The Edmonton Oilers are back to their old ways — keeping it all within the Old Boys Club family. Hiring Ken Holland to be their next general manager comes with big plans for the struggling club, is reuniting with Mike Babcock one of them?
The two know each other fondly, obviously from their glory days in the Detroit Red Wings organization. But is there any realistic scenario that sees Babcock heading to Edmonton and taking over that cursed position?
Rumours are swirling about what Holland might want in a coach, but it makes logical sense that in his new position he would like a familiar face working for him. Reconnecting and establishing that old trust that was in Detroit is probably the most secure decision he could make.
According to David Staples — I know, I know — Dave Tippett, who was seen as a major candidate for the Oilers job, is now out of the running according to his trusted sources. As of now, there are no coaches that have been confirmed by anyone that are being considered for the job, so we should just speculate.
All of this lines up with what is currently going on with the Leafs.

“I always …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation