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Prospects To Begin Season

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The 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season is set to begin tonight with Leafs prospect Tyler Biggs playing his first game in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals against Peterborough.

“I’m really excited to get everything going,” Biggs said in an interview with the Toronto Star. “I’ve been waiting all summer just to play hockey, to be part of something and I think we can do big things here.”

Biggs was the Leafs first round pick, 22nd overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He played one season at Miami University in Ohio where he had […]

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On exclusivity, insiders and the need for agendas.

If you find this man surprising you haven’t been paying attention.

As Leaf fans await the expected announcement of the team’s new goaltending coach, here’s a thought to get you to the next news day. As an unexpected bonus I have a second thought.

First: I have no first-hand knowledge of whether Francois Allaire was a good or a bad goaltending coach, a valuable sounding board to his goalies or a tragic autocrat.

The only people who know, who really know, are players and other coaches and if you take  Burke’s word […]

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Burke Blasts Performance Of Francois Allaire

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Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke agrees there was interference with goaltending consultant Francois Allaire but said the pressure came in an attempt to spur a revamp of Allaire’s techniques.

“I regret that I have to deal with this matter publicly but I feel the need to respond. Was there interference from the staff as he said there was? Yes. But it was done reluctantly and it was done to change elements of our goaltending that was sub-par.”

Burke, who hired Allaire away from his former team in Anaheim three years ago, […]

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Finn Named Captain Of Guelph Storm

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The Ontario Hockey League is closing in on the opening of the 2012-13 season and it was announced Tuesday by the Guelph Storm that Leafs 2012 second round pick Matt Finn has been named captain for the junior club this season.

Finn took to Twitter after the announcement. Give him a follow @brotherfinner

https://twitter.com/brotherfinner/status/245728177647927297

The Toronto, Ontario native had a breakthrough season with the Storm last season recording 48 points (10 goals, 38 assists) in 61 games. He was named the Storm’s Most Valuable Player.

Finn was an alternate captain for the Storm in the 2011-12 season.

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Leafs ready to run the rapids with Reimer.

Is this the guy?

No one can predict when the Toronto Maple Leafs will begin their season.

Everyone knows what the topic of conversation will be when they do: goaltending.

The Leafs netminding scenario is perfect talk-show fodder. You see what you want to see.

“If this is the group we start with and we think it’s going to be,” Leafs GM Brian Burke said of a tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, “we’re comfortable with that.”

“James Reimer is a guy who started off great and then got hit from the side […]

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Leafs Hit The Links For Team Up Foundation

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The Maple Leafs players, coaches, management and alumni teed off in the Leafs and Legends Charity Golf  Classic at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Milton on Monday in support of the MLSE Team Up Foundation. It was a beautiful day on the links and a great time was had by all.

Funds raised during the tournament will support the refurbishment of local Greenwood outdoor rink and Camp Maple Leaf.

Below are a few of the pictures and videos from today’s event.

As part of the day, players signed pucks, jerseys and other prizes […]

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Here’s a switch: Holzer wants to prove bosses right.

Expect Korbinian Holzer to be wearing Leaf colors when the season resumes.

It’s true; you can’t teach big but there’s nothing stopping you from going out and getting it.

Two of the Leafs newer bigs, Korbinian Holzer and Tyler Biggs are summering in Toronto, scrimmaging and working with Leafs skating coach Barb Underhill.

A sidenote here: watching Barb Underhill rocket around the ice wearing hockey skates is to observe a master at work.  Her students – Holzer and several prospects are among those working with her -say they are gobsmacked by the power and […]

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Staios goes from chair to a seat in Leafs’ front office.

Steve Staios, the newest member of the Leafs’ management team, played 1001 NHL games.

Steve Staios remembers the chair.

“I was seven years old, living in Hamilton and a coach asked if I wanted to play hockey,” said the newest member of the Leafs management team.

Soccer was the sport in the Staios household. Staios was a first-generation Canadian born to Macedonian parents who lived above and operated a convenience store in Hamilton’s Westdale neighborhood.

“I had to have a cousin show me how the equipment went on,” he said.

While the other kids […]

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Three internal candidates eyeing number one centre role.

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Who will be the hub of the Leafs’ number one line?

While incumbent Tyler Bozak put together an 18-goal, 47-point campaign, Leafs GM Brian Burke is convinced Bozak is better suited to a lower spot in the lineup.

There are three internal candidates for the spot between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul: Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri of the Marles as well as newly-acquired James van Riemsdyk.

Joe Colborne’s fortunes are looking up now that he has finally stopped growing

Joe Colborne

Age: 22

Hometown: Calgary.

Height: Six-foot-five and a half.

Weight: 220 lbs.

Shoots: Left.

Strengths: Exceptional reach. […]

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#AskJVR

The Leafs biggest off-season addition, James van Riemsdyk will be in Toronto on Wednesday at the Leafs Hockey School presented by Rogers.  He will be meeting with the media at 10:45am which you can watch LIVE on mapleleafs.com.

We will also be speaking with him and we want to ask him your questions! If you are on Twitter, just send your questions by adding #askJVR

Wondering who his favourite player was? What sports did he play growing up? Submit them and we will pick the best ones.

Your question could even make it on Leafs […]

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