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Is Marner The Leafs’ True No. 1?

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“During the second half of last season, Mitchell Marner was the best player in the world not yet in the NHL — including Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.” — Western Conference amateur scout TORONTO (July 25) — In my normal… Read More

Much Ado About Nothing

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TORONTO (July 21) — As it turns out, Auston Matthews was “signed” all along. Both Matthews’ agent, Pat Brisson, and Leafs’ tight–lipped general manager, Lou Lamoriello, said today that an agreement with the National Hockey League’s No. 1 draft pick… Read More

Kessel Fooled Leafs Nation

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TORONTO (July 20) — When Phil Kessel told Sportsnet–590 on June 15 that he would likely bring the Stanley Cup to our city, many figured his incentive was to stick it up the old wahzoo of Leafs Nation. The multitudes… Read More

Don’t Fret Over Matthews Contract

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TORONTO (July 15) — In professional sport, as elsewhere in commerce, meaningful negotiation requires perseverance. Under the current Toronto Maple Leafs administration, that may skew more decidedly. No one involved, however, in the Auston Matthews entry–level talks are astonished, or… Read More

Andy Frost: Always a Pro

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TORONTO (July 13) — I had a good phone–chat on Tuesday with my long–time radio pal, Andy Frost. Many of you know Andy as the public–address announcer for Toronto Maple Leafs games at the Air Canada Centre — a position… Read More

Devellano a Proponent of Leafs

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TORONTO (July 11) — With the typical summer lull between mid–July and mid–August now underway in the National Hockey League, the guessing game is in full swing. Every year at this time, general managers, coaches, fans and media pause to… Read More

This Is The Blue Jays Year

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TORONTO (July 9) — What better time than the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Major League All–Star Game at SkyDome to make a proclamation about the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays? Here it is (mark it down and remember the date):… Read More

Feeding The Beast

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TORONTO (July 6) — We know this much about Auston Matthews: He is “honored.” “Honored” to be ranked as the top prospect for the 2016 National Hockey League draft. “Honored” to be part of the annual prospects media tour at… Read More

Tyson Barrie a Superb Option

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TORONTO (July 4) — In their quest to obtain a legitimate No. 1 defenseman, the Toronto Maple Leafs may not find a better candidate than 24–year–old Tyson Barrie. But, the question remains: Why would the Colorado Avalanche not move heaven… Read More

Return of the Roman Empire

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[Lou] Lamoriello will surely add a defenceman at some point — [Mike] Babcock would be a candidate for a nervous breakdown with a top four of Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Matt Hunwick and Martin Marincin. — From my Saturday Read More

Tank You, Lou

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TORONTO (July 2) — As most anticipated, the Maple Leafs stepped back Friday and observed the insanity of the National Hockey League’s 2016 free agent frenzy. At least, the initial three hours or so. At which point Lou Lamoriello chose… Read More

Stamkos A Loss For Now… Not Later

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TORONTO (June 30) — Conventional wisdom might suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost a big opportunity one–half decade down the line now that Steven Stamkos has re–upped in Tampa. The notion of Stamkos, at 31 years of age and… Read More

Healy Left Mark On Hockey Night

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TORONTO (June 29) — Depending on which faction you are most drawn to, there is either unvarnished glee or abject disappointment over Glenn Healy’s departure this week from Hockey Night In Canada. Typically, there is no ambivalence. And, that is… Read More

“Shanaplan” Changes With Stamkos

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TORONTO (June 27) — Through decades of failure, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been brilliant at selling Kool Aid to their followers. Year after year, gallons of the sugary liquid are consumed by the National Hockey League’s most dehydrated market.… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

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TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More

Auston Will Need to Find Balance

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TORONTO (June 25) — It was no surprise that Auston Matthews wiped Britain’s exit from the European Union off the front page of one local newspaper today, while liberally sharing space with another. During the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th anniversary… Read More

Leafs At Another Crossroad

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TORONTO (June 24) — In the course of 99 years, there have been myriad turning points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Three, in particular, stand out to this day… with Auston Matthews in the on–deck circle. The most significant factors… Read More
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