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Spott’s Secret To Development

Steve Spott is the new Marlies head coach

For Steve Spott, it will be same as it ever was.

Spott, 45, is a week into his new job as head coach of the Toronto Marlies. Spott takes over from Dallas Eakins who was hired to be the Edmonton Oilers head coach.

A host of Marlies veterans including Ryan Hamilton, Will Acton and Greg Scott will not be back.

Assuming 23-year-old Joe Colborne finds his way to the Leafs, the Marlies will be in the hands of young players such as Greg McKegg, Spencer Abbott and Jerry D’Amigo.

Spott, who came to the […]

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Kadri Hits The Links For Charity


On a cloudy and rainy Sunday in Georgetown, Ontario, Nazem Kadri hit the links with over 140 golfers for the 3rd annual Nazem Kadri Golf Classic in support of Islamic Relief and SickKids Foundation’s efforts to improve the care for children in Palestine.

Kadri  was happy to be on the course for the worthy cause.

“This is the third annual and each year it seems to get bigger and bigger,” he said. “It’s for Islamic Relief to help kids in third world countries who are less fortunate and this year we’ve teamed up the SickKids Foundation as well […]

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Lure of the Leafs a key Nonis asset.

David Clarkson's adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Make an offer.

Hold your breath.

Let the crest do the rest.

That’s the recipe Leafs GM Dave Nonis used to land the most coveted player in the free agent sweepstakes and repatriate a valued member of last year’s team.

David Clarkson’s adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Right winger David Clarkson came to Toronto because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Tyler Bozak, in Nonis’ estimation, turned down more money elsewhere because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Dave Bolland raved about the chance to be a Leaf a week […]

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Nonis’ dream summer continues with signing of David Clarkson

David Clarkson's tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.

David Clarkson’s tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.


The Maple Leafs have landed the number one target in the free agent sweepstakes in David Clarkson.

Clarkson, a 29-year-old right-winger scored 30 goals in his last full NHL season and 15 more in 48 games last season. The Toronto native agreed to a seven-year deal with the Leafs.

Originally signed by the New Jersey Devils as a free agent, Clarkson adds to a talented corps of top-six wingers that includes Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and James […]

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Flying High On Canada Day


These two photos were sent to us from the HMCS Toronto as a team signed Toronto Maple Leafs flag was raised on Canada Day.

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Joffrey Lupul’s wonderful, fantastic, amazing summer.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, model and international man about town this summer.

Here’s a sentence you never figure to read in a hockey story: “It’s nice to step out of your comfort zone whether it’s writing articles for a magazine or posing in the nude.”

Yes, it has been a wonderful summer for Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul. He has been a model for ESPN’s The Magazine Body Issue, a music correspondent at Bonnaroo, one of the world’s great music festivals and a member of the jet set at the Cannes Film Festival.

But for Lupul, fun time is over.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, […]

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Phaneuf and Kessel big part of puzzle as Leafs enter free agency

The contractural implications of signing Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel will influence the moves Leafs GM Dave Nonis will make.


What the Maple Leafs do in the next few days is directly linked to Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel.

Don’t believe me?  Okay, tag along.

Some elementary mathematics (I never went higher) should illuminate exactly where the Leafs stand entering unrestricted free agency and what kind of room they have moving forward to take on another substantial contract.

In buying him out the Leafs saved themselves four more years of a $5.5 cap hit on Mikhail Grabovski, whose play fell through the floor after the 29-goal season that earned him his rich deal.

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Leafs Use Compliance Buyout On Komisarek


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday used a compliance buyout, as allowed by the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, on defenceman Mike Komisarek’s contract which is valid until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Komisarek, 31, signed with the Leafs as a free agent in 2009 and played in 158 games over four seasons recording 19 points.

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Jonathan Bernier Takes The Questionnaire


Jonathan Bernier is nothing if not amenable.

The 24-year-old Bernier, acquired June 23 to challenge James Reimer for the Maple Leafs crease,  readily undertook elements of the famed Proust Questionnaire in a recent conversation with yours truly.

The questionnaire is about 120 years old and not hockey-specific so I modified it for the occasion. In deference to Mr. Proust, I bold-faced the hockey and sports parts.

Tell me about the first goal you gave up in junior hockey?

“My first goal against in junior was scored by my brother, Marc-Andre.  I was 16-years-old and […]

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Iaboni Recap: Leafs Make Five Picks On Draft Day


The Maple Leafs ended the 2013 NHL Draft making five selections as picked four forwards and one goaltender.

Frederik Gauthier was the Leafs first selection 21st overall. The 18-year-old native of Mascouche, Quebec was a member of Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships. He finished his first season with Rimouski in the QMJHL as a 20-goal scorer and a solid two-way player.

With the acquisition of Dave Bolland, the Leafs traded their second round pick which meant the Leafs next selection was in the third round […]

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