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 free agent profile: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic

Toronto Raptors free agent profile: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic

The Toronto Raptors‘ fanbase clamored for more interior rebounding all season long, as their inability to match up against more physical and tall lineups handicapped them against elite teams. If the Portland Trail Blazers start to tear it down, Jusuf Nurkic would make a ton of sense. Nurkic has spent the last 5.5 seasons as […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Kressler’s Game 7 heroics, Marlies end of season recap

One more, folks! With most leagues around the world wrapped up or in the midst of their playoffs, just about every Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has finished their 2021/22 season. As such, rather than give you the same update every Monday morning on the three Maple Leafs prospects that are playing in their respective playoffs, this will be the last prospect roundup for the season.
Don’t worry, though, as we’ll still have lots of prospect coverage here at TLN as we look back on various prospects’ seasons in the coming weeks and look ahead to the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
But before we get to all of that, I’ve got one more prospect roundup in store for you! And we’ve got quite a bit to get to.
Braeden Kressler | C | Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Undrafted free agent signing Braeden Kressler had a tough 2021/22 campaign, interrupted with injury and a move down the Flint Firebirds’ lineup after a strong development camp and rookie tournament performance with the Maple Leafs that saw him earn a contract.
A huge showing that helped Flint prevail in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Owen Sound Attack made that disappointment and frustration go away.
Lining up as the fourth line centre, Kressler was instrumental in Flint surviving a fi …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

3 keys for the Raptors in order to pull off insane 76ers upset

3 keys for the Raptors in order to pull off insane 76ers upset

The Toronto Raptors staved off elimination for at least one more game when they pulled off a home victory against the Philadelphia 76ers with their backs against the wall. In order to win this series and become the first playoff team to advance after being down 3-0, Toronto will need to win two more games […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

WATCH: Auston Matthews ties the Leafs franchise record for goals in a season

What more can we really say about Matthews goal scoring abilities? If you are regularly debating if he he’s the greatest Leaf you haven’t been paying close attention. He certainly seems to be the most talented player to ever wear the blue and white, and with players like Sundin, Sittler, Bower, and others in the team’s history, that’s not a light statement.
Anyways, here’s a quick look at his historic hat trick.

FIFTY. TWO. pic.twitter.com/OreaRaW6q7
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 5, 2022

FIFTY. THREE. pic.twitter.com/2Pr3l3kKlD
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 5, 2022

FIFTY. FOUR. pic.twitter.com/ersYqZFc5M
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 5, 2022

There’s plenty of time left in the season to keep on counting, and suddenly it looks very realistic that the Leafs will have their first 60 goal scorer by the end of the year.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Apr. 3

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Apr. 3

This is more than just a garden variety Toronto Raptors home game. This represents Kyle Lowry’s first game in Toronto as a member of the visiting team. The most recent Raptors odds have them to pull off their sixth straight win against one of their most iconic players ever. This game is as important for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

WATCH: Analyzing the Maple Leafs trade deadline

Monday was more of a slow day for the Maple Leafs only because Kyle Dubas made his trades earlier on.
In today’s video, I break down each of the three main trades, and why it made sense that Toronto did what they did. Plus, I discuss why the Maple Leafs are still a really good team heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Know Your Enemy: How the Maple Leafs match up against a youthful Ducks team

The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the more captivating stories in hockey this season, as a young team full of promising superstars has been getting win after win, and it just keeps looking more likely that they might make a surprise run to the playoffs. It reminds me a lot of the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs team when Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander first joined the team. No expectations, just a lot of fun.
This team is similar in many ways as well. While they don’t have a player as talented as Matthews, Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale have loads of skill and will only get better, while the slightly older Troy Terry and Sonny Milano are having breakout years for the Ducks as well. They don’t have dominant possession numbers, but it’s far from terrible, and definitely sustainable, especially in a terrible division like the Pacific. And much like that Leafs team had Frederik Andersen to bail them out when they needed it, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Jerami Grant is a trade scenario Toronto Raptors should avoid

Jerami Grant is a trade scenario Toronto Raptors should avoid

Players with the potential to average 20 or more points a game are talents that the Toronto Raptors normally should pursue to make their roster more potent. However, with the trade deadline approximately one month away, should Toronto consider making a move for Jerami Grant? The Detroit Pistons are 14th out of 15 teams in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

News from the Rink: Nylander, Rielly, and Muzzin return to Maple Leafs practice

The Maple Leafs gain a few more players ahead of their final practice before the New Years Day game against the Ottawa Senators.
Coming out of COVID protocols today for Toronto is William Nylander, Jake Muzzin, and Morgan Rielly. All three players are taking advantage of the new five-day isolation rules, allowing each of them to return earlier than expected.

Players practicing Dec. 31:
Forwards: Bunting, Engvall, Kämpf, Kaše, Kerfoot, Marner, Matthews, Mikheyev, Nylander, Ritchie, Simmonds, Spezza, Tavares
Defencemen: Biega, Brodie, Dermott, Holl, Kivihalme, Muzzin, Rielly, Sandin
Goalies: Campbell, Hutchinson, Mrázek
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 31, 2021

Remaining in protocols for the Maple Leafs is Timothy Liljegren, who was placed there on December 29th. He’s the only player left on the COVID list. Finally, with the three of Nylander, Rielly, and Muzzin returning, the Maple Leafs have sent Chad Krys back to the Toronto Marlies.
And if you’re wondering what Nylander did while stuck in his apartment, he played video games.

William Nylander said he played a lot of video games during quarantine. Had no symptoms. Call of Duty was the game of choice.
— David Alter (@dalter) December 31, 2021

That’s something I would’ve done, too, honestly. I probably …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation