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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.”

Clearly, ...

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What The Leafs Lineup Could Look Like


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


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


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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Three Leafs To Battle For Gold


For the fourth straight year, Canada will not win the Gold medal at the World Junior tournament as they fell 5-1 to the United States in the first semi-final on Thursday. Canada was down 2-0 after the opening 20 and 4-0 after two periods. In the second semi-final, Sweden defeated Russia 3-2 in the shootout after blowing a 2-0 first period lead.

The Leafs will have three players in the Gold Medal game as Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks will represent the USA while Tom Nilsson is on team Sweden. The ...

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USA Routs Czech Republic To Advance To Semi-Finals

Leaf prospect Tyler Biggs is accruing a solid record of international experience.

The first semi-final at the 2013 World Junior Championships is set following the USA’s 7-0 romp over the Czech Republic. With the victory, the USA will now face Canada Thursday in the first semi-final (4am TSN) as the winner advances to the Gold Medal game.

The USA scored five power-play goals (three in the second) to easily handle the second place team from Group A. If you missed the game live, you can watch a replay at 10:30am TSN and 7:30pm on TSN.

Leafs prospect Tyler Biggs didn’t have a point in ...

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Quarter-Finals All Set At World Juniors


The 2013 World Junior Championships have moved on to the quarter-finals and all four Leafs prospects are still alive to win the Gold medal.

Morgan Rielly and Canada faced Russia with top spot in Group B on the line and Canada came out on top 4-1 thanks to two first period power play goals during a five minute man advantage.  Canada will now get a bye to the semi-finals where they will face the winner of the USA/Czech Republic game while Russia takes on Switzerland in the quarter-finals Wednesday (8am, TSN).

Rielly was held ...

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Canada Continues Perfect Record


Sunday brought the showdown between Canada and the USA and it was an intense game with Canada just hanging on for the 2-1 win. Canada was ahead 2-0 after 40 minutes and despite having several chances to increase the lead it was nail biting finish.

With the win, Canada is now 3-0-0 and leading Group B with 9 points. Russia is second with 8 points and the winner of the New Year’s Eve game between the two rivals will finish first and get a bye to the semi-final. Watch the game Monday (9am ...

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Quiet Day At World Juniors


Saturday saw just one Leafs prospect playing at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia as defenceman Tom Nilsson and Sweden defeated Latvia 5-1 to move to 2-1-0-0 giving them eight points and top spot in Group A.

The Swedes led 2-1 after two periods despite a huge shot advantage (32-11) after 40 minutes of action. Nilsson continues to look for his first point of the tournament but the stay at home blueliner had one shot and a +1 rating.

Sunday will be a huge day at the tournament as Morgan Rielly ...

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