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Continue Rally In Raleigh

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The Leafs will play nine of their next 10 games on the road beginning with tonight’s encounter in Carolina against the Hurricanes.
For the Leafs who’ve gone 10-1-1 since that momentous loss to Nashville, this contest can surely be described as the proverbial trap game.

The Hurricanes have lost six straight, not scored more than a goal in either of those six losses, and currently are the top contender for Connor McDavid with an NHL worst 19 points.

That said however games in Carolina are never a given for the Leafs. They’ve not […]

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Motor City Preview

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The Leafs and Red Wings renew acquaintances tonight in Detroit.

It’s the 652nd meeting between these storied rivals and the 6th contest already this season if you include two preseason games.

Both teams will wrap up the season series Saturday night in Toronto.

These clubs know each other well and David Booth knows this rivalry especially well.

The Livonia, Michigan native grew up watching the Wings thanks to season tickets his parents had when he was a kid and still have.

Booth will make his first appearance as a Leaf against his childhood team tonight.

He […]

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Prospect Update

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Christmas is less than three weeks away and its onset means the arrival of the World Junior Championships and the possibility of three Leaf prospects participating in the event.

From a Canadian perspective 2013 Leaf 1st rounder Frederik Gauthier is hoping to make the roster for a second straight year. The 6-4, 220 pound centre is looked upon for his defensive prowess in a shutdown role as well a penchant for killing penalties.

Gauthier suffered broken ribs at the Leaf rookie tournament in London in early September and subsequently missed the start […]

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The Man From Van

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Mike Santorelli hails from Vancouver following in the path of another West coaster in Morgan Rielly.

Vancouver’s contributions to the Leafs over time has seen Glenn Anderson figure prominently.

But B.C’s largest city has produced few with the ability to make an impact as Leafs since then.

Santorelli is hoping to change all that yet recognizing the best of a hometown that gave him his start in life and hockey.

The son of an Italian immigrant from Naples, Santorelli’s father Vince loved soccer but saw merits to playing that other game when it came […]

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Never Give Up

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As a young man growing up in Munich where soccer dominated his sporting environment Korbinian Holzer’s goal was always to play in the NHL someday.

And while most German youngsters idolized soccer greats like Jurgen Klinsmann and Franz Beckenbauer, Holzer’s hero was Scott Stevens of the New Jersey Devils.

The lanky right handed shot progressed rapidly in the German hockey system making his professional debut as a 17 year old.

He’d play in two World Junior tournaments and represent his country at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

That same year saw Holzer play before […]

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Dion’s Early Memories

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The business side of hockey and the responsibilities that go with being captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs can certainly weigh on the broad shoulders of Dion Phaneuf.

But as challenging as they may be, Phaneuf has never lost his love of simply playing the game, a passion that found its beginnings growing up in Edmonton.

Phaneuf is in his 10th NHL season and is knocking on the door of 30, but he remains a kid at heart.

He was a major contributor to the Alberta Children’s Hospital while playing in Calgary and […]

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Nazem Kadri’s Evolution

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Nazem Kadri might not be having the offensive year expected of him with 5 goals and 5 assists through 22 games.

After all the 3rd year Maple Leaf scored 18 goals in his rookie season in 48 games in 2012-13 and totaled 17 points in the opening 22 games a year ago.

But Kadri has stepped up in other areas. He’s playing a 200 foot game, his faceoff percentage is up at 50 percent from the low to mid 40’s and he’s physical.

His development isn’t lost on the man who coached him […]

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Class of 2014 is Spread Far and Wide

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The Maple Leafs’ draft class of 2014 is spread far and wide on both sides of the Atlantic with most of the attention centred upon 1st round pick William Nylander.

The 8th overall selection last June has had an impressive start to his Swedish pro season with 14 points in 13 games played for Modo. Friday night however Nylander was forced to leave the game after taking a teammate’s skate to his head off a draw. Nylander sustained a neck injury and will miss tonight’s game with Modo but expects to […]

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Prospect Update

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It may not have been a terrific weekend for either the Maple Leafs or the Marlies but the organization’s prospects can certainly say otherwise.
Both the Leafs and their AHL affiliate lost a pair of games but in Sweden William Nylander and Andreas Johnson continue to impress.

Nylander, the organization’s top pick in June scored once and assisted on another Sunday as his Modo team lost 5-4 to Leksands.

Johnson’s Frolunda squad also lost as they were shutout by Brynas with former Marlie Greg Scott scoring the game winner in that contest on […]

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Always Tough In Buff

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The Toronto Maple Leafs come to Buffalo tonight as obvious favourites against a Sabre team that can’t score, is dead last on the penalty kill and possessors of just one home victory this season.

But all those dreadful factors mean nothing from a historical perspective when the Leafs visit Buffalo.

The Sabres are 13-1-1 in their last 15 games at First Niagara Center against Toronto.

So how do the Leafs prepare emotionally for a Buffalo team after going toe to toe with the conference’s best club from Pittsburgh 24 hours earler.

“I think you’ve […]

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