Toronto Turning Over a New Leaf

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“I’m a big believer in if you do good things, good things happen.” Karma is something Mike Babcock carried with him under his first season as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. If you ask any Leafs fan, karma hasn’t been kind to Toronto through recent years. Even when the rebuild started, Babcock made it clear that pain was on […] READ MORE


Toronto Maple Leafs Rebuild is Backwards, But Thats Okay

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But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Toronto Maple Leafs Rebuild is Backwards Conventional hockey wisdom says that you build a hockey team down the “middle”, solidifying the goaltending, defense, and center positions before anything else. Particular emphasis is given to the back end, where elite-level defencemen and goalies aren’t exactly found growing on trees. […] READ MORE


Phil Kessel Making His Mark in Pittsburgh

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Did the Maple Leafs drop the ball on Phil Kessel? Phil Kessel is certainly making his mark in Pittsburgh during the NHL playoffs this year, and some Leaf fans are sort of pissed. Did Leafs management pull the trigger too soon? He arrived in Toronto amidst a tumultuous retool attempt led by Brian Burke, and found […] READ MORE


Maple Leafs Look to Sell at Trade Deadline

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As the 2016 NHL trade deadline approaches, hockey’s thirty teams are beginning to feed the hockey rumor mill with an excess of trade talk. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of these teams. Toronto, due to the fact that they are going through a rebuild, have opened up shop to their fellow competitors. Unlike other […] READ MORE


Nylander & Brown: Leafs Prospect Growth Will Have Ups and Downs

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When the off-season give-away of your star player is the key ‘addition’ to your team, and his apparent hot-dog addiction is the key storyline, you know you’ve got an NHL team with problems. Of course, you’ve also got no goal-scoring on that team. Prior to the beginning of last summer, it was evident that development […] READ MORE


Puck Drop Preview: 2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs

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Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2015-16, where our hockey department gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Makes sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings […] READ MORE


Leafs Rookie Camp: Nylander Difficult to Send Down

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Through three games at the NHL Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario, the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects have given Mike Babcock and the front office staff a lot to think about when it comes to picking an NHL roster for October. The team went 1-1-1, losing despite dominating large stretches of both their first games against […] READ MORE


Are the Toronto Maple Leafs Back on Track?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs look like they are on to something after decades of losing and endless promises. The 18-wheeler went off the cliff and crashed and burned last season to the point where less people were coming to games and jerseys were tossed onto the ice. Team President Brendan Shanahan had seen enough and […] READ MORE


Call to the Hall: Detroit Red Wings

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Welcome to LWOS Hockey’s summer series, Call to the Hall, where we take a look at the next great player from each NHL franchise to get called to the Hockey Hall of Fame. There are a few caveats, the player must be active, and must have played 300 games (or 150 for goaltenders) with the […] READ MORE


Maple Leafs Wisely Abandoning the “Truculence” Model

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In 2008, when Brian Burke was introduced as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he made it very clear what kind of team he wanted to build. “We require, as a team, proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. That’s how our teams play,” he said. To much of the old-school, “Dougie Gilmour […] READ MORE