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Frazer McLaren Must Go

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The least-known players on the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster created one of the biggest issues in 2013, an issue that will continue until a resolution is found this summer.

Randy Carlyle has been criticized time and time again for the way he has distributed ice time since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as head coach. Perhaps no more than how he has utilized the abilities of Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, two players who are known for one thing and one thing only: their fists.

Dave Nonis, Maple Leafs GM, has been able to negotiate a new contract with one of the two upcoming free agents; Colton Orr re-upped with the team f...

Why Trading Phaneuf Would Be A Mistake

Darren Dreger, who is a second cousin of Dave Nonis by the way, wrote on Twitter yesterday that Dion Phaneuf may be available on the trade market.

Some may view this as good news if they're of the opinion that Phaneuf is one-dimensional and is only good for hits. Those people would be wrong, and here's why:

Phaneuf did indeed have an inconsistent 2012-13 campaign, but he also played the toughest minutes of his career, and more so than any other defenseman in the NHL. According to behindthenet.ca, Phaneuf's Corsi QoC (quality of competition) rating was a ridiculous 3.175 at even-strength. To put that in perspective, the player with the second toughest mi...

Do the Leafs Need Bernier?

Dave Nonis has made his first big splash as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs… by relinquishing assets on a non-issue.

When training camp kicks off in Toronto it will be James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier battling for the starting goaltender’s role. Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin will report to the Los Angeles Kings, who also acquired a second-round pick in either 2014 or 2015 in the deal.

The decision is an odd one from the Leafs’ perspective, as Reimer is coming off a season in which he recorded a .924 save percentage in 33 games played, with a .923 SV% in seven playoff games. The 25-year-old has a career .915 SV% in 105 games, while Bernier, who tu...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wave Goodbye to Tyler Bozak

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

In case you have been living in a cave for the last year or so, let's get you caught up on the raging debate concerning Tyler Bozak potentially leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bozak's contract is up this summer.No one is entirely sure what to think of him.The Maple Leafs seem to think they need him.Major confusion ensues.

And now we're here. Two weeks from the beginning of free agency. Bozak doesn't have a contract. Nor does Clarke MacArthur. Time is ticking.

Let's focus on the third point above. Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, who many have critiqued for his distribution of ice ...

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Jonathan Bernier

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Toronto Maple Leafs' off-season may just be about to heat up.

Jonathan Bernier, once a star in net for the Los Angeles Kings and now a well-above-average backup goaltender, is a lock to switch teams this summer. Making the Bernier situation interesting is the fact the Kings reportedly have their trading partners narrowed down to two teams: the Philadelphia Flyers and the Maple Leafs.

Both the Leafs and Flyers are teams that no one would be surprised to see Bernier join. It's no secret that Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has been looking for help between the pipes since taking over from former GM Brian Burke. T...

A Look Back at the Leafs Blueline

The Maple Leafs off season is in full swing and the action is expected to pick up with the draft and buyouts starting in two weeks. With a lot of people looking forward we wanted to take a look back at the defenseman of the 2013 season. Here is a breakdown of the Maple Leafs defense this season:

Dion Phaneuf

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

Hits

ATOI

Giveaways

Blocked Shots

48

9

19

28

-4

131

25:11

53

91

Dion Phaneuf is the workhorse on the backend, he matches up against opposing team’s top nights and is relied upon to quarterback the powerplay and the penalty kill.&nbs...

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs About to Make a Huge Mistake?

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Stanley Cup Final is underway which not only means its time to celebrate the greatest game in the world but also that the off-season is upon us and those who aren't fortunate enough to be playing hockey into late June have some important decisions to make. Having been defeated by the Final's Eastern Conference representative, the Toronto Maple Leafs are no different.

Along with Tyler Bozak's contract, the Maple Leafs' biggest decision this summer will undoubtedly be what the team should do with Clarke MacArthur, one of their most important depth players. Regardless of how you spin it, the Maple Leafs have no reason to l...

Maple Leafs Should Hold Their Heads Up High

The Toronto Maple Leafs are fresh off one of the most epic single period collapse in playoff history. With less than 11 minutes left and Toronto holding a 4-1 lead it all unravelled thanks mostly to Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron, with 2 goals in the final two minutes the Bruins tied the game and eventually won it in overtime. Despite the heartbreaking loss the Toronto Maple Leafs and the city of Toronto should hold their heads up high.

After an off season of speculation to whether the Leafs would land disgruntled Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo and not doing so, many analysts picked Toronto to finish between 12-15th in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs defied expectations and in ...

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins: Toronto Has Upper Hand in Game 7

 

Game 7 in Boston, 7pm ESTSeries Tied, 3-3 

Toronto Maple Leafs versus Boston Bruins.

Game 7.

Stanley Cup Playoffs.

And things just got a lot more interesting.

After Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced following his team's 2-1 Game 6 loss at the hands of the Maple Leafs last night that their airplane had malfunctioned forcing the team to stay an extra night in Toronto, fans in Ontario's capital city began to rejoice.

As if they hadn't already been rejoicing.

In what was an extremely entertaining contest, the Maple Leafs shocked the hockey world by defeating the Bruins in Game 6 to force their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal s...

For One Leaf It's A Familiar Position Facing Elimination

A collaboration by John Russo and Lukas Hardonk

History has a tendency to repeat itself, especially in the sports world.

Three years removed from making history, one Maple Leafs winger finds himself in a similar position, one he was in when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010 post season. 

Ironically enough, James van Riemsdyk is looking to fuel another comeback against the Boston Bruins. Though the Leafs have started their comeback being down 3-1 in the series as opposed to the steep hole the Flyers faced in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals when down 3-0 to the Bruins, the same mantra goes for Toronto: one game at ...