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Maple Leafs Missing Fraser's Stay at Home Presence

It was the trade deadline 2012 and for another year it was looking like a big disappointment for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In what had become an annual trade deadline mantra the Leafs were retooling for next season. It was on February 27th 2012 that then GM Brian Burke traded Dale Mitchell for Mark Fraser. If you dismissed this deal as a no meaning minor league swap you weren’t alone, the trade was dismissed by fans almost as quickly as it was announced. For Mark Fraser it represented another shot at proving he was an NHL calibre defenseman.

Fraser had made the New Jersey Devils in 2009 after 3 solid seasons in the AHL and got into 61 games of action that season. After being tr...

Toronto Maple Leafs Missing Their Grit

If you looked at the Toronto Maple Leafs record you would think they have little to worry about, the team has compiled a 6-3-0 record. Dave Nonis was one of the busiest GM’s in the league this offseason re-signing key players like Kadri, Franson and Kessel while also pursuing players through free agency and trade. All of Nonis’ moves have looked good early on, especially the 1 year $1 M contract given to Mason Raymond. So with all these moves going the Leafs way why are some fans starting to get concerned?

The Maple Leafs are a team that has begun to stray from their identity, and it has begun to be noticeable across the league. Last season Randy Carlyle force fed the re...

Hawks find their game as they down the Maple Leafs 3-1

On an emotional night for several reasons, the Blackhawks finally found the game that they have been looking for so far this young season.  They played a solid two-way game, got their offense going, utilized their team speed, and dictated the game.

The game was a Hockey Fights Cancer night, and could not have opened more emotionally when the Blackhawks took five local area children who are all battling cancer on the blue line with them during the national anthems. 

There was also an honorary puck drop with one of the children between Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane, with both gentlemen giving their sticks to the nine-year old and reminding us all that there are continu...

Blackhawks welcome the Maple Leafs for Saturday night's showdown

The Chicago Blackhawks will be welcoming back one of their own on Saturday night - sort of.

Dave Bolland, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of this year's Stanley Cup Final for the Blackhawks, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer. Bolland had a lengthy tenure in the Blackhawks system - seven seasons, most of which was spent at the NHL level. He was a favorite for many fans due to his ability to get under the skin of opponents, a skill which earned him the nickname of "the Rat".

The Mimico, Ontario, native has found excellent chemistry and an increased offensive touch on the Leafs, and has started off his season with 3 goals and 3 a...

Gardiner On The Trade Block? Show Me The Centre

Before you flick the switch and let yourself spin around the ceiling fan, let’s consider that a Jake Gardiner trade might not be as bad as you think.

If you haven’t read the report, Elliotte Friedman wrote the following in his always enlightening 30 Thoughts piece:

“14. There is definitely some level of conversation going on between other teams and Toronto involving Jake Gardiner. I despise the word "shopped," as it's more like a feeling-out process. If the Maple Leafs do decide to do it, it's going to be for a young asset or assets. So, you have to look at teams with talented young players. This is PURELY my speculation, but if te...

Opportunity Knocks for Leafs Rielly

The Toronto Maple Leafs have opened up the season winning back-to-back games on the road, spoiling the home opener of rival Montreal as well as Philadelphia.

As the Leafs get set to return home and get their home opener under way against provincial rivals the Ottawa Senators, one player may be more anxious than the others. Saturday’s home opener in Toronto could be top prospects Morgan Rielly’s first taste of NHL action.

Playing in Philadelphia last night, Mark Fraser was checked awkwardly into the boards by former Leafs tough guy Jay Rosehill, Fraser left the game and did not return. Leafs beat reporter Jonas Siegel reported after the game Fraser was seen leaving ...

Kessel Inks 8yr Extension With Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to kick off the NHL regular season as they meet rival Montreal in an opening day showdown that should be memorable. Before all the action starts the Leafs were busy with some memorable news of their own, the club has re-signed star sniper Phil Kessel to an 8-year $64 M agreement. The deal came together rather quickly as Kessel had made it clear he did not want to negotiate during the season, leaving GM Nonis with a limited window to get the deal done.

Kessel and the Leafs were mutually excited about the deal that keeps one of the premier NHL forwards in Toronto until 2022. Kessel is a player under the microscope in Toronto more than others thanks to t...

Cody Franson Inks 1yr Deal With Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs fans awoke to some great news Thursday as it was announced that Cody Franson and the team had come to terms on a new deal. Franson missed training camp and majority of the pre-season negotiating a new deal, a 1 year $2M contract. Franson developed into a rock solid top 4 defenseman for the club and proved his above average offensive abilities last season.

Franson skated in 45 games collecting 4 goals and 25 assists for 29 points (tied for 4th in scoring by a defenseman). Cody Franson’s career in Toronto started out on a rough patch as he made a constant healthy scratch by former Toronto coach Ron Wilson. After inking a last minute deal to begin the 2013 loc...

Top 10 games to look forward to on the Blackhawks' calendar

The Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.

Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Free Agency in Review

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

As the most intense part of NHL free agency winds down and hockey fans return to their every day routine, it is safe to say that most teams have their rosters set for the upcoming season. That is no different for the Toronto Maple Leafs barring a surprise from GM Dave Nonis or few minor deals.

The Maple Leafs certainly weren't quiet during the days leading up to and including the first few moments of free agency. While not all of their moves were free agent related, each one of them had a major impact on the team's roster and make up for the upcoming season.

Now it's time to reflect...