Jake Gardiner Is An Elite Defenseman

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When we think of an elite defenseman we look towards those who are effective on both ends of the rink. The best defensemen in the world are capable of disrupting the opposition’s attack and immediately turn that play into a scoring chance for his team. These types of plays don’t occur regularly, but superior defenders […] READ MORE


The Possibility of A Jacob Trouba Trade to the Leafs

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From Last Word On Hockey – By Matthew Rodrigopulle According to multiple sources Saturday, Jacob Trouba, the highly-touted young defenceman for the Winnipeg Jets, has requested a trade. Following the trend of trade requests, the blue-liner suggests that his reasoning is not due to the team, or the city, or the money, but more-so the fact that the […] READ MORE




Examining Randy Carlyle's Broken Breakout System

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Now that the after-glow that comes from an eight-game winning streak has worn off, having lost five of their last six games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have left their fans questioning their faith in coach Randy Carlyle once again. The Leafs have a very difficult January coming up, when they’ll visit Los Angeles, Anaheim, San […] READ MORE


Is Scratching Jake Gardiner Justified?

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In the leadup to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ game Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche, it was announced that young defenceman Jake Gardiner would be a healthy scratch for the second night in a row. Gardiner, 24, was recently signed to a brand new 5-year, $20 million contract. The news that Gardiner would sit sent Leaf […] READ MORE


Puck Drop Preview: 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs

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Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2014-15, 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 in […] READ MORE


Leafs Culture Shift: Abandoning the "Boston Model"

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The Boston Bruins ruin everything. Ever since their climb to the top of hockey’s elite, teams around the league have fallen into their trap. It happened to the Buffalo Sabres after Milan Lucic ran Ryan Miller in 2011. It happened to the Vancouver Canucks, after they lost to the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup […] READ MORE


Toronto Maple Leafs Extend Jake Gardiner for Five Years

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a contract extension with defenseman Jake Gardiner for five years worth $20.25 million. Gardiner ranked first on the team in goals (10) and second in assists (21) among Leafs blueliners while participating in 80 games this season. With an average annual value of $4.05, captain Dion Phaneuf is […] READ MORE


What to do with Randy Carlyle?

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It is official. With the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, combined with a Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 overtime victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Leafs have collapsed, and are out of playoff contention. As it has been since about the midway point of the eight game losing […] READ MORE