Friedman breaks down the Leafs

Tomorrow we’re treated to the end of year press conference from Dubas, Keefe, and Shanahan. As a bit of an appetizer, tonight we have Elliotte Friedman breaking down the Leafs heading into their extended off season. Of course we have some thoughts on his thoughts too. You can find Friedman’s full article here.
I’m going to start this week’s blog with a personal belief: I think GM Kyle Dubas’s plan was to give Toronto’s “Big Four” (

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What should the Leafs do with Tyson Barrie?

It seems as if the Leafs have been treated to three Tyson Barries so far this season.
First, we had the Babcock Tyson Barrie. He was the one who was horribly miscast on a shutdown pairing with Jake Muzzin, saw too many defensive zone starts against tough competition and successfully dragged down Muzzin rather than seeing Muzzin prop him up. He was robbed of his power play time, and was just generally an unhappy dude looking to be traded. It wasn’t fun.
Secondly, we had the offensive dynamo Tyson Barrie, who with the exception of maybe Mike Commodore, seemed to be happiest to see that Mike Babcock wasn’t coaching the Leafs any more. He put up 3 goals and 5 points in the first three games post Babcock, and we thought it would be smooth sailing after that. Ignoring the fact that after those first three games without Babcock, Barrie didn’t put up a point in his next six games, he’s become more a stable contributor with 17 points in the 25 games without Babcock. He’s doing what he’s been asked to do.
Finally we have the third Tyson Barrie. This Tyson …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Leafs complete wild comeback

Leafs fans were treated to Christmas early on Monday night in Toronto as the team pulled off a wild comeback against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. The win gave the Leafs a five-game winning streak and put the team in second place heading into the NHL’s holiday break. Here’s some news and notes heading into the break.

In case you somehow missed it, here’s the Leafs scoring three goals in under a minute, turning a two-goal deficit into a one-goal lead in the third period:

59 seconds 3 gorgeous goals Enjoy #LeafsForever #NextGenGame pic.twitter.com/2AUth7A53S
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 24, 2019

A key cog in last night’s comeback was the Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and Zach Hyman line. Marner scored the first of three goals in the minute span off of a great pass from Matthews, Hyman fed Tyson Barrie for the second, and Marner then scored the third off of the face-off. All told, those three combined to put up 10 points last night. Since becoming a line during the game against the Red Wings a couple of days ago, they have 18 points over two games.
Auston Matthews spoke after the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation