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  • Leafs' Jack Campbell (leg) expected out 'weeks'

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs' victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday proved to be a costly one. Head coach Sheldon Keefe revealed on Tuesday that goaltender Jack Campbell is expected to be out for "weeks" after incurring a leg injury during the 3-2 win. " January 26

  • Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Goalie Tandems

    Bleacher Report "A strong goaltending tandem can be a crucial part of an NHL team's success. With the 2020-21 regular season compressed into a tight 56-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having two capable goalies could be more important than ever. Every team has a starting..." January 26

  • How Jack Campbell brings irrepressibly positive attitude to Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "Leave it to a guy with the initials J.C. to always turn the other cheek. After Matthew Tkachuk accidentally on purpose drove his left knee into the back of a face-down Jack Campbell’s head during a crease scramble Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender shook..." January 25

  • Matthew Tkachuk: It's 'classic' to accuse me of purposefully falling

    The Score "Matthew Tkachuk is well-aware of his reputation around the league, but the Calgary Flames pest denied any notion he intentionally fell on netminder Jack Campbell in the dying moments of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "It was just a..." January 25

  • AHL’s Stockton Heat To Play 2020-21 Season In Calgary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising move, especially given the AHL’s return to action in less than two weeks, the Stockton Heat will not be playing in Stockton in 2021. Scott Linesburgh of The Stockton Record writes this evening that city and county officials have confirmed that the club does not..." January 25

  • Why George Armstrong was the best captain the Maple Leafs ever had

    Sportsnet "George Armstrong would stand in front of the full-length mirror in the locker room, his arms skinny like broomsticks, teeth in his hand and belly puffed out. “You’re beautiful, Chiefy-cat,” he’d say, flexing his muscles as his teammates roared with..." January 24

  • Friends, fans celebrate life of Maple Leafs icon George Armstrong

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs fans woke up Sunday morning with broken hearts after learning that long-time captain George Armstrong had passed away at the age of 90. Armstrong, who holds the record for most games played in a Maple Leafs uniform and was the last man to captain a Stanley..." January 24

  • Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews returns to lineup vs. Flames

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews returned to the lineup on Sunday against the Calgary Flames. Matthews missed Friday's win over the Edmonton Oilers after getting banged up in Wednesday's loss to the Oilers. No specific diagnosis was given by the Maple..." January 24

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • Canadian NHL teams request change to quarantine rule "Back in training camp, the standard for being cleared to participate for Canadian NHL teams was four negative COVID-19 tests in a seven-day span with players getting the green light to join on-ice activities on the eighth day.  That changed once the regular season started with the rule..." January 24

  • Maple Leafs great George Armstrong dead at 90

    Montreal Gazette "George Armstrong, who played more games than any other Maple Leaf and was captain of their last four Stanley Cup teams, died Sunday morning at age 90 the team said in a statement. “George is the part of the very fabric of the Leafs organization and will be deeply missed,”..." January 24

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Considering Additions At Forward

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs lost two-thirds of their top line when Joe Thornton and Auston Matthews were ruled out at the same time earlier this week, and now they might be looking for a little bit of a boost upfront. While Matthews isn’t expected out long with his minor..." January 24

  • Leafs' Joe Thornton out four weeks, Auston Matthews won't face Oilers

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Auston Matthews and Joe Thornton against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Head coach Sheldon Keefe announced Friday morning that Thornton will miss a minimum of four weeks with the rib fracture, while Matthews is day-to-day with upper-body..." January 22

  • 10 NHL Coaches and General Managers On The Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "The NHL began its abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 season on Jan. 13. For several coaches and general managers, this campaign could determine their ongoing employment. Some, such as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, are..." January 22

  • AHL Releases 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule

    Yardbarker "Two weeks from now, the American Hockey League will start what it is still calling the 2020-21 season. On Feb. 5, things will kick off with several games around the minor leagues even without a handful of teams that opted out. League president Scott Howson released this statement Friday,..." January 22

  • Sheldon Keefe: Joe Thornton likely to miss 'some time' after suffering injury vs. Oilers

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Joe Thornton for the foreseeable future after the veteran forward was hurt in the club's defeat to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. "It looks like he's definitely going to miss some time,"..." January 21

  • Sheldon Keefe: Auston Matthews 'wasn't feeling great'

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews skated briefly before the team's practice on Thursday, but departed the ice before the team session began. Head coach Sheldon Keefe said after practice that Matthews' status would be updated on Friday morning ahead of their..." January 21

  • Maple Leafs place Nick Robertson on long-term injured reserve

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forward Nick Robertson on their long-term injured reserve, the team announced Thursday. The move means he is expected to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. " January 21

  • Joe Thornton ruled out for Maple Leafs' next game, will 'miss some time' "Joe Thornton was ruled out by the Toronto Maple Leafs for their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN4, SNW, NHL.TV).  The forward left a 3-1 loss to the Oilers in the third period Wednesday after he was hit along the boards by..." January 21

  • 'Boring' Game Results In Solid Effort For Oilers

    The Sports Daily "The pregame crew for NBCSN in the United States spoke for most hockey fans on Wednesday night in the lead up to the Edmonton Oilers battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs. When asked if he would take over 6.5 goals in the contest, analyst Keith Jones proclaimed that he thought we’d see the..." January 21

  • Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews wasn't feeling well, left Thursday's practice early

    Sportsnet "After logging 24:14 in a physical, 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Auston Matthews wasn't feeling well and left the Toronto Maple Leafs' Thursday practice early, coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters. Keefe said further updates on Matthews' status will be..." January 21

  • Which Maple Leafs could replace Joe Thornton on the top line?

    Sportsnet "The early returns on the Joe Thornton-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner top line in Toronto were all positive in five games. Each of the three are at or above a 60 per cent corsi rating at 5-on-5. Marner is tied with John Tavares for the team points lead at six, while..." January 21

  • NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

    ESPN "The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list. The Hurricanes have five players on that list, including key forwards Jordan..." January 21

  • How the Maple Leafs landed the 'All or Nothing' series on Amazon Prime

    Sportsnet "Steve Mayer’s excitement over the early, top-secret footage of All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs is palpable through the phone. Ever alert, Mayer is careful not to spoil the goods. But the co-executive producer is confident the personalities of the Leafs’..." January 21

  • Which teams make the most sense for Pierre-Luc Dubois trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the NHL, you don’t see a lot of situations along the lines of James Harden forcing his way out of Houston in just about the least nuanced way possible. Usually, you barely hear a rumbling about a high-profile player wanting out. So, by the standards of headline-averse NHL..." January 21

  • Leafs need ‘layers of support’ to slow Connor McDavid

    TSN "While it’s Auston Matthews’ prolific offensive talent that often helps drive the Maple Leafs’ success, his defensive skill set was a major topic of discussion Wednesday ahead of Toronto’s matchup with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. “He’s..." January 20

  • 6 Players over 30 We Want to See Lift the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "It's one of the hardest sports trophies to win. And when each and every NHL playoff tournament ends, there's a particularly poignant moment when a championship team's popular first-timer has the Stanley Cup handed to him for a celebratory skate. Steven..." January 20

  • Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews ‘pumped’ NHL has reverted to non-tech pucks

    Sportsnet "What’s old is new again. And Auston Matthews is just one of several NHL players happy to see it. On Tuesday, the National Hockey League pulled its high-tech pucks loaded with tracking chips from games due to user complaint. Heading into..." January 20

  • Forged in off-season, Connor McDavid-Auston Matthews bond pushing stars to new heights

    Sportsnet "If there was a game to be played, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews played it. Golf. Tennis. Pickleball. Roller hockey. Spike ball. And of course, the one that brought them together in the first place. During an off-season unlike any other in..." January 20

  • NHL's Canadian teams are flying one-third fewer miles this season

    TSN "If only, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice mused, the NHL could have it all – an all-Canadian North Division and fans in the stands. What a bubbling cauldron that would create: endless one-anthem nights to feed frenzied fan bases with rivalries that feel like more than just..." January 20

  • The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning

    SI "On Sept. 3, just past the midway point of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL issued a 2,500-word press release cataloguing, as the headline declared, "Initiatives to Combat Racism and Accelerate its Inclusion Efforts."  It was a sensitive moment for the league. A..." January 20

  • Mike Babcock calls Mitch Marner list incident 'major mistake' but disputes facts of story

    The Score "It's been 14 months since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Mike Babcock, and the former head coach has finally opened up regarding an incident that generated headlines following his dismissal. Rumors surfaced days after the firing that Babcock made Mitch..." January 19

  • The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

    Scouting The Refs "The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project. From the NHL: The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made..." January 19

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fanless NHL Game

    Bleacher Report "Madison Square Garden is a special place. So many of these buildings are generic, dual-sport facilities that all feel the same and look the same once you're inside. But not the Garden. The Garden has a feel all its own. My first trip to the World's Most Famous Arena..." January 19

  • How the Maple Leafs spread the wealth of Zach Hyman-John Tavares-Mitch Marner line

    Sportsnet "Way back in the summer of 2018, when free agents got paid and backyard barbecues didn’t require headcounts, the Toronto Maple Leafs filmed a secret video to help lure John Tavares home. A 21-year-old Mitchell Marner was asked to buzz around a..." January 19

  • Mitch Marner was blunt when asked about his run-in with Neal Pionk/Mark Scheifele on his empty netter

    Bardown "Mitch Marner enjoyed another nice night on Monday against the Winnipeg Jets when he scored his second goal of the season, which proved to be the game winner, and then his 3rd into an empty net. The empty netter wasn’t quite as smooth as it usually would have been,..." January 19

  • Maple Leafs' Nick Robertson to miss about four weeks with knee injury

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Nick Robertson, who suffered a knee injury in his NHL regular-season debut over the weekend, will be sidelined roughly four weeks, coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Monday. " January 18

  • Why need for roster flexibility forced Maple Leafs' hand in latest moves

    Sportsnet "The price of much-needed roster flexibility was a piece of the goaltending depth Kyle Dubas amassed this off-season. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost goaltender Aaron Dell on waivers Monday before he even had a chance to play for the team. The closest Dell got was..." January 18

  • Maple Leafs' Jason Spezza clears waivers

    Pension Plan Puppets "Jason Spezza has cleared waivers while Aaron Dell was claimed by New Jersey. Spezza, whose agent assured the NHL he’d retire if claimed, isn’t necessarily going anywhere but the Leafs fourth line tonight. The exact forward lineup is not yet confirmed. He remains waivers..." January 18

  • Devils claim G Aaron Dell from Maple Leafs

    TSN "The New Jersey Devils claimed goaltender Aaron Dell off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The Devils also claimed goaltender Eric Comrie from the Winnipeg Jets last week after Corey Crawford retired. Dell has not appeared in a game for Toronto this..." January 18

  • IIHF to move world championship from Minsk due to political unrest

    The Score "The 2021 men's world championship will no longer be played in Minsk, the IIHF announced Monday. The tournament - which the IIHF awarded to Minsk and the Latvian capital of Riga in 2017 - is being relocated due to political unrest in Belarus and the ongoing pandemic...." January 18

  • Maple Leafs' top line shows first hints of greatness in win over Senators

    Sportsnet "When Joe Thornton is informed that, even at 41 years and 198 days of age, he only became the second-oldest Toronto Maple Leaf to score a goal, Jumbo wants to know about the man standing between him and history. Who? (Allan Stanley, the Hall of Fame defenceman.) And how old?..." January 17

  • Patrik Laine leaves Jets practice early, status for Maple Leafs game unclear "Patrik Laine's status for the Winnipeg Jets against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET, TVAS, SNO, TSN3, NHL.TV) is unclear after the forward left practice early Sunday. "Patty couldn't warm up right during practice," coach Paul Maurice..." January 17

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Veteran Jason Spezza will retire if claimed on waivers

    Trade Rumors "According to agent Rick Curran, veteran forward Jason Spezza will retire if another NHL team claims him off the waiver wire. The Toronto Maple Leafs put two players on waivers Sunday, which included Spezza and No. 3 goalie Aaron Dell. They had to make some roster..." January 17

  • One question facing each Canadian team after frantic North Division start

    Sportsnet "The North Division has not disappointed through four days of action. We've seen thrilling overtime, heated physicality, and the storylines we've been waiting months to talk about are beginning to unfold. We're not even a week into this experiment and the all-Canadian..." January 17

  • Toronto’s Aaron Dell, Jason Spezza Among Those On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs responded after losing rookie forward Nick Robertson to injury Saturday by placing a couple of their players on waivers Sunday. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that third-string goaltender Aaron Dell and veteran forward Jason..." January 17

  • USHL Gaining Top Players With Canadian Junior Leagues Out Of Action

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The United States Hockey League, USHL, is the top junior league in the U.S. and has been growing as a top developmental destination in recent years. Yet, they have never seen an influx of talent as they have this season. Early on, it was NCAA players whose teams (mostly Ivy League programs)..." January 17

  • Easy to point at goalie, defence, but Leafs' offence yet to find high gear

    Sportsnet "You lose like this to the presumed seventh seed inside the Group of Seven and the arrows will be pointed in familiar directions. Frederik Andersen looks like an easy target, as does a defensive program that surrendered more goals per game than all but one team invited to the..." January 16

  • Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe already facing lineup questions

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. We're just trying to stay on Jake Voracek's good side. 1. After months of sitting in our basements wearing nothing but sweatpants covered in Doritos crumbs, we..." January 16

  • Maple Leafs' Nick Robertson to make NHL regular-season debut vs. Senators

    Sportsnet "Nick Robertson will make his NHL regular-season debut Saturday in prime time for the Toronto Maple Leafs — and his coach predicts the teenager to come out flying. “He's got lots of energy and lots of confidence. He’ll be movin’ out there tonight,..." January 16