It all goes back to goaltending

A few moments after this picture was taken James Reimer's season would be knocked into freefall.

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t in the playoffs because their goaltending wasn’t very good.

It isn’t a whole lot more complicated than that.

Now, there are contributing factors by the boatload but what you need to know is that when the club went into the abyss in February they surrendered the opening two goals in five straight loses. In the sixth they blew a 3-1 lead and fell 5-4 to Chicago, February 29.

The players who ambled ...

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Your complete calendar to the Leafs off-season

Remember the happy times…

In horseracing they call it going dark but of course, dark speaks to so much more than not playing when discussing the layoff facing the Maple Leafs.

The kick-off to the Leafs off-season, if there can be such a thing, comes Monday when players clean out their lockers and take one final sift through the rubble of the campaign.

The gap between the clear-out and the June 22 entry draft is 69 sleeps. This is when most of the healing happens. A week after the playoff puck-drop only ...

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Carl Out, Others Could Be Back

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The Maple Leafs took to the ice Wednesday morning minus defenceman Carl Gunnarsson. After being hit hard early in the first period during the 6-5 overtime loss to the Sabres on Tuesday, Gunnarsson will miss the final two games of the season with a separated shoulder.

 “It is a four to six week rehabilitation time frame before he is back to 100 per cent,” head coach Randy Carlyle said.

While the Leafs will be without Gunnarsson, there is a good chance that David Steckel could make a return Thursday against Tampa Bay. The ...

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How to fix the Maple Leafs in five not-so-easy steps.

You'd best get used to seeing Ben Scrivens in goal. Finding a netminder looms as the Leafs biggest off-season challenge.

The distance between the Maple Leafs and genuine contenders is clear enough.

They are in the bottom half dozen or so in the league. I get that.

What is harder to articulate is a plan to make things better.

Not to worry.  Nobody asked but here is a recipe to get the team into the playoffs next year and set them up, in the words of the estimable Brian Burke, to bloody someone’s ...

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Marlies Tickets On The Line

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Tonight during #TMLtalk we will once again be looking for the Tweet Of The Night. The winner of tonight’s #TMLtalk TOTN takes home four tickets to the Toronto Marlies final home game of the season on April 8th against Hamilton.

It will be another busy week ahead for the Marlies who play a three-game in three days. Friday they are in Grand Rapids, Saturday the two teams meet in Toronto before the weekend ends against Hamilton.

The Marlies are in second place in the Western Conference just four points behind Oklahoma City ...

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Prospects Advancing In Playoffs

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Four of the Maple Leafs prospects in the OHL have advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Stuart Percy and the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors are facing elimination against Barrie tonight while goaltender Garret Sparks and the Guelph Storm were eliminated by the Plymouth Whalers in six games.

Here is a quick round up of how the Leafs prospects in the OHL have done to this point.

Greg McKegg and the London Knights swept the Windsor Spitfires. McKegg recorded four points in four games. The Knights will now face the Saginaw Spirit ...

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Why Tank Nation is a Fool’s Paradise

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As always, the smartest guy in the room.

Draft Schmaft – An essay.

I was about five feet away from Cliff Fletcher when he broached an idea so radical it damn near sucked the oxygen out of Maple Leaf Gardens.

“Draft Schmaft.”

It was 1996. The notion that tying a team’s fortunes exclusively to the entry draft might be a questionable strategy propelled Cliff’s musing into the realm of legend. That, more than any argument I can muster, speaks to the orthodoxy that positions the draft as vital to individual teams and the ...

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Abbott A Hobey Baker Finalist

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The Leafs latest signing, Spencer Abbott is one of three finalists for the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award honouring college hockey’s top player.

Abbott signed with Toronto on Wednesday after a four-year career with the Main Black Bears finishing his career with 146 points (54 goals, 92 assists) in 151 games . He led the NCAA in scoring this past season with 62 points (21 goals, 41 assists).

The Hamilton, Ontario native was named the Hockey East player of the year and was also named a First Team All-Star. Abbott has joined the ...

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Take Home Marlies Tickets Tonight

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Despite the Maple Leafs being out of playoff contention, we will continue doing #TMLtalk right to the end of the season. Tonight during #TMLtalk, the Tweet Of The Night winner will take home four tickets to the Marlies game April 7th against the Grand Rapids Griffins the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Marlies currently sit in second place in the Western Conference, eight points behind the Oklahoma City Barons for top spot in the Conference.

As of now, the Marlies would take on their North Division rival Rochester Americans who sit ...

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Paul Henderson: On Living, Dying And Wearing The Maple Leaf

Paul Henderson found the purpose of his life after reaching the Summit.

“Do not go gentle into that good night,” wrote the poet Dylan Thomas. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Sitting in a medical centre with an intravenous line in his arm and cellphone in hand, Paul Henderson is doing just that.

With pockets of cancer all over his body and infecting his blood, the hero of the 1972 Summit Series sees his life with a new immediacy and clarity. Over the next month or so he will begin ...

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