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Pension Plan Puppets Jul 21, 2017
Year One of the Matthews Era

Year One of the Matthews Era

On the anniversary of his signing, what Matthews means to the franchise. It was one year ago today that Auston Matthews signed his entry-level contract, and officially went onto Toronto’s roster. Some people (including me) worried that Lou Lamoriello was going to try to haggle AM34 out of max bonuses, according to Lou’s style in New Jersey, but this turned out to be a non-issue. The deal got done. Well, you know what happened next. Auston Matthews showed himself to be a star centre in his very first season in Toronto. He ran away with the Calder Trophy. He was second in the NHL in...
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 21, 2017
2017 Toronto Maple Leafs top 25 under 25 preview

2017 Toronto Maple Leafs top 25 under 25 preview

Who are the players up for nomination this year? Ranking the top 25 Toronto Maple Leafs players/prospects under 25 is an annual tradition here at PPP started in 2012, with a mid-season ranking. Phil Kessel dominated the #1 spot while he was with eligible, followed up by a double dose of Morgan Rielly, and now Auston Matthews looks to hold the #1 spot for seven straight seasons (if PPP lives that long, I mean, who knows what things will be like online in six years?). This year we bid farewell to a few players from last year’s list: Martin Marincin aged out of the list, he was 10th in 2015...
Toronto Sun Jul 19, 2017
Newcomer Dominic Moore says Maple Leafs' Matthews already a leader

Newcomer Dominic Moore says Maple Leafs' Matthews already a leader

From their panoramic perch at Fenway Park’s famed Green “Monstah" seats Tuesday, Auston Matthews and a handful of his Maple Leaf teammates must have felt as if they were on top of the world.
Toronto Sun Jul 12, 2017
Top pick Liljegren signs entry-level contract with Maple Leafs [Photos] [Video]

Top pick Liljegren signs entry-level contract with Maple Leafs [Photos] [Video]

TORONTO — Auston Matthews was a no-brainer promotion for the Maple Leafs last season, but Lou Lamoriello will have a tougher call deciding what to do with this year’s No. 1 pick.
Toronto Sun Jul 5, 2017
Hyman signs 4-year extension with Maple Leafs

Hyman signs 4-year extension with Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews' most common linemate isn't going anywhere.
Five For Howling Jun 29, 2017
Local Goalie Aiming to Make a Splash at Coyotes Development Camp

Local Goalie Aiming to Make a Splash at Coyotes Development Camp

Phoenix-Raised Jaxon Castor Using Camp Invitation as Next Step in Pursuit of the NHL  When the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Arizona native Auston Matthews with the #1 overall pick in last year’s NHL draft, hockey fans in two contrasting markets rejoiced. Obviously, Canada’s biggest city celebrated the acquisition of their newest star, but more than 2,000 miles to the southwest, Arizona’s hockey community rallied around its best youth prospect becoming an instant star. Matthew’s path from Phoenix travel teams to a 40-goal NHL rookie season has opened the door for fellow Arizona...
The Hockey Writers Jun 27, 2017

Maple Leafs’ Free Agent Targets

The 2017 NHL Draft has come and gone, which means the next stop on the NHL calendar is free agency. Now the Toronto Maple Leafs are in “win now” mode while Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander are still on their entry-level deals. That gives the Leafs two years in the cases of Matthews […]
Raw Charge Jun 26, 2017
2016-17 Season Breakdown: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

2016-17 Season Breakdown: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Did the Lightning kill the Leafs’ post-season hopes? Opponent: Toronto Maple Leafs View From the Other Bench: Katya Knappe, managing editor of Pension Plan Puppets, weighs in: “When two tribes go to war, it helps if they aren't wearing nearly the same shirt. It also helps if they aren't helmed by two men who loved each other like only teammates on a winner can do. But Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan aren't their teams. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner versus Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov is where it's at now. “There is no love there. “The Leafs played the Lightning...

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