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Leafs need to consider JVR in the middle.

James van Riemsdyk is inexperienced in the face-off circle but his installation at centre between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul would have a healthy impact on the Leafs.

James van Riemsdyk is inexperienced in the face-off circle but his installation at centre between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul would help the Leafs.

Joffrey Lupul is midway through his projected six-week recovery from a broken arm. That means the question of who will man the Leafs top line will only grow in importance.

Those conversations need to centre on James van Riemsdyk, specifically moving him to the middle of the number-one unit upon Lupul’s return.

Aside from the excellent play of James Reimer the dominant conclusion of the early season is […]

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Win Tickets To The Marlies Game This Sunday

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With the Maple Leafs back home tonight against the Buffalo Sabres (7pm, Sportsnet and Sportsnet FAN590).  We will be once again looking for the Toronto Marlies #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night!

The winner of tonight’s Toronto Marlies #TMLtalk TOTN will take home four tickets to the Toronto Marlies game against the St. John’s Ice Caps this Sunday at 3pm at Ricoh Coliseum!

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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Leafs Look Ahead To Senators

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The Maple Leafs were back at practice Friday as they get set to face the Ottawa Senators Saturday at the ACC.

A day after not skating in Carolina, Carl Gunnarsson practiced with the Leafs as he continues to recover from a hip ailment.

Head coach Randy Carlyle shuffled two of the lines as he reunited Jay McClement with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. That shifted Leo Komarov to a line with Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri.

Here is how the rest of the lines looked:

van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel
McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin
MacArthur-Kadri-Komarov
Orr-Steckel-Brown/McLaren

Check out all the practice video below:

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Win Tickets To Saturday’s Game!

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With the Maple Leafs back on the road tonight in Carolina to face the Hurricanes (7pm, Leafs TV and TSN1050 Radio).  We will be once again looking for the #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night!

The winner of tonight’s #TMLtalk TOTN will take home  two tickets to Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators!

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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Rynnas Recalled, Frattin To Undergo Knee Procedure

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The Leafs announced Wednesday that goalie Jussi Rynnas has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

This season, Rynnas has played 17 games and has a record of 8-8-1 with three shutouts and a 2.57 GAA and .913 SV%.

“He’s a goaltender of the future for our hockey club, he’s a big guy,” Randy Carlyle said. “This goes to the strength of the organization when you have people perform in the American Hockey League level  and earn the opportunity to being recalled, we’re not afraid to use him.”

Following Wednesday’s practice, Carlyle told […]

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What the Reimer injury says about the Leafs

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It’s true. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

 Even if it’s gone short-term.

 Which brings us back to James Reimer, out for at least a week with a knee sprained in the Leafs 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

 “Ah,” you say. “What if it’s longer?”

Even if Reimer’s injury keeps him out for months instead of weeks the Leafs will likely still sit on their hands.

 That would mean no deal for Roberto Luongo, no attempt to coax Tim Thomas out of his unfathomable retirement.

 Reimer’s knee provides a fine benchmark to examine how […]

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Phaneuf Honoured As Leafs January Community MVP

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Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was named the January Community MVP prior to Monday’s game. The award is given out by Citizen to the Leafs player that has made the biggest impact that month in the community.

Phaneuf has a ticket program called Phaneuf’s Friends which he started in 2010 and has donated $250,000 to bring in 1,000 patients from SickKids to watch every home game from his customized suite – Captain’s Corner.

The Leafs’ captain was recognized for his work with young patients in today’s Toronto Sun. Check out the full story from Joe Warmington […]

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The ethical wasteland that is the facewash.

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If you think this is okay, you can’t really talk about facewashing protocol.

Okay, this is not an anti-fighting tirade.

This is a what happens when you allow fighting tirade.

This is about the code and by association the scrum that swept up Mikhail Grabovski and the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty.

In case you haven’t heard, the league declined to suspend Grabovski for what Pacioretty said was a bite in a scrum Saturday night.

The facewash in hockey is as old as shin pads. Sometimes it’s penalized, sometimes it’s not but if you ticketed every […]

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Kessel Jersey Up For Grabs Tonight

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With the Maple Leafs returning home  tonight to face the Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, Sportsnet and Sportsnet FAN590).  We will be once again looking for the Real Sports #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night!

The winner of tonight’s Real Sports #TMLtalk TOTN winner will take home a  Phil Kessel jersey!

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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Light Practice In Winnipeg Before Departing For Montreal

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The Maple Leafs were in a great mood Friday as they practiced at the MTS Centre following the teams 3-2 win over Winnipeg before flying to Montreal for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.

The lines and defencemen pairings all remained the same as in the win over the Jets.

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Kulemin-Grabovski-McClement
MacArthur-Kadri-Frattin
Orr-Komarov-McLaren
Steckel-Brown

Holzer-Phaneuf
Liles-Kostka
Franson-Fraser
Gunnarsson-Komisarek

Defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and Mike Brown also took part in the hour-long skate.

Gunnarsson said that he is day-to-day at this point with his hip injury.

“Today was a good skate and  I tried to push myself not too far,” Gunnarsson said. “We’ll see how […]

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