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What if James Reimer actually is the real deal?

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Leaf fans, you don’t need another goalie.

Maybe not ever. Certainly not now.

The Maple Leafs have 74 days between Saturday’s debut in Montreal and the April 3 trade deadline to find out whether they need to replace James Reimer.

I’m pretty sure they don’t.

When healthy, James Reimer had a 24-10-6 record. That’s not bad.

What you have in Reimer is a goalie who excelled when he was healthy but sank while he was hurt. If James Reimer had never returned to the ice after being smacked in the crease by Brian Gionta ...

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Wrap Up From Day One Of Camp

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The Maple Leafs hit the ice Sunday on the first day of training camp with 31 players in camp but just 23 who can make the opening night roster in Montreal next Saturday.

Prior to the start of training camp, the Leafs announced that Keith Aucoin, Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly, Mark Fraser, Leo Komarov, Ryan Hamilton, Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka and Korbinian Holzer were added from the Toronto Marlies or junior in Rielly’s case.

The Leafs will also be signing restricted free-agent defenceman Cody Franson and free agent ...

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Brian Burke and his brutal relationship with change

Brian Burke, shown in an earlier press conference, said Saturday he was never going to change his personality.

Brian Burke, shown in an earlier press conference, said he was never going to change his personality.

Brian Burke said goodbye the way he said hello.

He did not offer excuses and then pointed out that he wasn’t offering excuses. He would, however, like to work for a team that isn’t sold. Both times that happened, in Vancouver and in Toronto,  he lost his job soon after.

“The people that hired me hired Brian Burke,” he said. “Maybe the new guys don’t like that brand. Maybe they want someone who is a ...

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A day Leaf fans might want to keep open…

Joffrey Lupul is the only significant Leaf players whose contract is up this season.

July 5, 2013. That’s less than six months from now.

You can make a reasoned argument that anything that happens this season won’t influence the long term future of the franchise as much as what happens in early July.

Here’s why.

Everyone needs to add new players. The salary cap for 2013-2014 is $64.3 million.  Most teams will need deep cuts to comply.

Joffrey Lupul is the only significant Leaf players whose contract is up this season.

Each team has two potential buyouts. They must be used this summer or next.

Sour faces will abound ...

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Leafs Continue To Skate Ahead Of Camp

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A full complement of Maple Leafs players skated at MasterCard Centre Friday as they continue to prepare for the start of camp. A few players hit the ice at 10 am for skill drills while the entire team joined them at 11 am.

Leafs TV was able to speak with three players following the informal skate. Check out the interviews with Carl Gunnarsson, James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul.

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Burke’s surprising dismissal is all about style.

Brian Burke has given way to Dave Nonis as the GM of the Maple Leafs.

Brian Burke has given way to Dave Nonis as the GM of the Maple Leafs.

 

About the only thing that came out of Tuesday’s press conference on Brian Burke’s firing was the consistent reference to style.

“It was more about leadership style and fit, without getting into specifics,” said MLSE Chief Operating Officer Tom Anselmi.

“Did the four years of missing the playoffs factor into the conversation with the shareholders? For sure it did. At the end of the day we were really looking to a different voice, a different leadership approach.”

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What The Leafs Lineup Could Look Like

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Here’s a look at the potential lines and defensive pairings. They were determined through a rigorous process that included looking for names in my Alpha Bits.

Until further notice, Tyler Bozak is the Leafs number one centre. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are the only combination coach Randy Carlyle has committed to. Bozak has been mentioned frequently in trade talks but with James van Riemsdyk scheduled to start the season at left wing on the second line the job is Bozak’s to lose.

MacArthur and Grabovski have longstanding chemistry and van Riemsdyk ...

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Carlyle promises more accountability, defence and fitness.

Coach Randy Carlyle said his 18 games behind the bench will be instrumental in his decision-making.

Coach Randy Carlyle said his 18 games behind the bench will be instrumental in his decision-making.

Get ready.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle delivered that message before a packed house of quote-starved  journos outside the team’s dressing room, Monday.

This edition of the team will be fitter and more defensively astute. Player roles will be more defined.

“There’s not going to be a lot of changes to the system,” Carlyle said. “Our expectations were we would play to a higher level through better conditioning (and) have a better and more responsible defensive attitude. Accountability ...

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What Lies Ahead For Carlyle & The Leafs

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The NHL lockout is over.

Now comes the hard part.

The clock has been restarted with a new CBA and the Leafs, with familiar question marks in goal and in the middle of the number one line have been handed another start.

So what are their chances?

Absolutely no idea.

Anyone who says they know is lying. The new landscape ushered in with a fresh CBA has yet to be surveyed, let alone understood.  The roster could be reshaped overnight.

So let’s go over the first 10 things we know and the first 10 things we ...

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USA Wins Gold At World Juniors

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The United States is on top of the hockey world following a 3-1 win over Sweden to win the Gold medal at the 2013 World Junior tournament. It is the second gold medal for the USA in three years as they won the 2010 tournament over Canada.

Leafs prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks won gold medals while Swedish prospect Tom Nilsson took home a silver medal. Biggs was on the ice for all three USA goals on the day. He finished the tournament with one point and a +6 rating. ...

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