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Jake Gardiner says he is up for spring hockey


Jake Gardiner isn’t quite done yet.

The 21-year-old defenceman has settled in with the Toronto Marlies as they finish their regular season with games in Abbotsford B.C. against the Heat, Friday and Sunday.

Leaf rookies Gardiner, Carter Ashton and Matt Frattin will contest their first pro playoff next week. writer Mike Ulmer caught up with Gardiner to get his view on his season with the Leafs and his upcoming playoff with the Marlies.

Mike Ulmer: You led all rookie defencemen with 30 points and were third in ice time for first-year defencemen. Now ...

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Some Leafs News & Notes


A couple of Maple Leafs will be taking part in the World Hockey Championships in Finland/Sweden starting May4th. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be representing Canada at the Worlds while Joey Crabb has been named to the USA roster. Both John-Michael Liles and Phil Kessel have said they will not take part while Carl Gunnarsson was injured the last week of the season and his status for the tournament was in doubt.

Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon has been named head coach for Team USA. This is the third straight year that ...

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Leafs draft fifth…who that may be…

Ryan Murray might be the wild card of the 2012 NHL entry draft

We now know the Leafs are scheduled to draft fifth in the June entry draft.

The next question is who will be available.

The Oilers are long shots to trade their first overall. There isn’t the depth of quality in the draft that would prompt the Oilers to trade down.  Sarnia Sting winger Nail Yakupov (42 games, 31 goals, 38 assists, 69 points, 30 PIMs) is the stand-alone choice in the draft.

To get the skinny on this year’s player ...

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What you don’t know about life on this side of the curtain.

What does the organization owe this man?

To The Citizens of Leafs Nation:

Your ardour has sometimes moved me past words.  You help pay my mortgage. When you cheer so earnestly as your team beats Tampa in the last home date of the season there isn’t much good in human nature I would not ascribe to you.

I love the fact that the parking lot attendant and the guys in the dressing room for Sunday night hockey have pithy jabs and exasperated complaints at the ready.

Sometimes I wonder if you are a ...

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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


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


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


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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