Another Contribution From The Sault


Sault Ste Marie’s contributions to hockey have been legendary.

Phil and Tony Esposito headline a long list of players who’ve made their mark over time. The management side has produced true builders of the game in Lou Nanne, Gene Ubriaco and Angelo Bumbacco.

The Leafs hiring of the Sault’s Kyle Dubas is an extension of that managerial lineage.

At age 28 the new assistant general manager maybe young but he’s been around the game his entire life.

His late grandfather Walter Dubas was head coach of the Greyhounds in the 1960’s.

A proverbial rink rat, ...

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Leafs Add Speed, Move Carefully


In selecting William Nylander with the eighth overall pick in this weekend’s entry draft, the Leafs chose speed, skill and pedigree over size.

But there is speed and there is haste and while the Leafs moved to acquire the first they are clearly leery of the second.

The draft produced an encouraging pick in Nylander and a reshuffling of the defence with Czech Roman Polak acquired from St. Louis for Carl Gunnarsson.

But seismic change to a team that finished out of the playoffs doesn’t seem especially likely.

For one thing, the Leafs have ...

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Infographic: Breaking Down The 2014-15 Schedule


Check out this handy infographic as we take a closer look at the Leafs 2014-15 regular season schedule.

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Prospects Take In The Sights Of Philly


Six of the NHL’s top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft were given a tour of Philadelphia on Wednesday. The players included Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart, Michael Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl and Anthony D’Angelo.

They made stops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art along with the Rocky Statue before making visits to LOVE Park, Geno’s Cheesesteaks, Betsy Ross house and the final stop on the journey was to Philadelphia Phillies batting practice.

Take a look at the video as we were on the journey for a few of the stops.

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Eight Assumptions For The Leafs’ Eighth Pick In The Entry Draft



The NHL entry draft is Friday in Philadelphia. The Leafs hold the eighth choice. Perhaps you’ve heard.

With that in mind, let’s go into this with eight assumptions.

Assumption number one: Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad isn’t a slam dunk for first overall.

Ekblad is not projected as the stand alone prospect in the draft and if he was, the Panthers would not consider moving the first pick. That they are open for business speaks to that fact. That’s why it seems highly unlikely the Leafs will airlift their young core in a ...

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Bolland Reaffirms Desire To Remain With Leafs


Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland was the honourary drawmaster on Tuesday for the 31st annual North America Cup which takes place Saturday at Mohawk. It was a chance for the Toronto native to get to the track and bring some exposure to the event.

After taking a few weeks off following the conclusion of his first season with the Leafs, Bolland has been working out and preparing himself for the year ahead where he hopes to be wearing the Blue and White.

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The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day


Seventy years ago, the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Europe began. Conn Smythe’s 30th Battery (pictured here) saw action at the battle of Caen, part of the push inward after the initial landing at Juno Beach.

Conn Smythe pictured (first row centre), was wounded at the battle, taking a chuck of shrapnel from the German Luftwaffe, which nearly cost him his life.


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Marlies Run Ends In Game Seven Loss


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Twitter Reacts To Game 6 Win


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Fans React To Marlies Win Over Stars


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