9:21 AM EST, Wed January 26, 2022
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Auston Matthews is not leading the NHL in ice time

Auston Matthews is not leading the NHL in ice time

Matthews and the grinder. | Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Will Sheldon Keefe’s balanced lineup see him play even less? Nothing has enthralled the masses of Leafs fans over the years since 2016 more than the ice time of Auston Matthews. When he was young, you could stir people up by noting if he didn’t play more than John Tavares every game — even if it was only by a few seconds. When he got older, and Boston became the playoff opponent, it was harder to find cases that persisted for a full game, but the idea had stuck that he was underplayed. The...
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Wednesday FTB: Jake Muzzin takes full practice with Leafs

Wednesday FTB: Jake Muzzin takes full practice with Leafs

Getty And thoughts about the second pair Jake Muzzin has been the Man of the Month in Toronto. He’s become a focal point of the Maple Leafs trade deadline planning, with fans in three camps: 1. bring in a better partner for Muzzin, 2. he may or may not play well next to Liljegren, that is still up for debate, and 3. trade him now because he’s old relative to 12th century European standards. Beyond the whole Wall St. trading frenzy, Muzzin has also been out indefinitely while dealing with a concussion. At the time of the injury, there was no telling how long Muzzin...
Jan 25, 2022
Tuesday’s FTB: Will you watch this Team Canada?

Tuesday’s FTB: Will you watch this Team Canada?

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via At 2AM? No. Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! There wasn’t any huge Maple Leafs news yesterday, but we did get some stuff to talk about. First up, is the IIHF accidentally leaking Team Canada? Mistimed IIHF Tweet leads to Canada's men's Olympic roster being revealed a day early pic.twitter.com/W5q0EocAp1— Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) January 24, 2022 If you can’t read that tweet because of how stupid the font is, here the players are (Current & Former Leafs/Marlies are in bold) Forwards Daniel Carr...
Jan 24, 2022
FTB: One last light workload week for the Leafs

FTB: One last light workload week for the Leafs

Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Only two games for the Leafs this week before the February schedule kicks in with a game every other day. The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their first home game in three weeks on Wednesday as they wrap up the lightened January schedule which eliminated some most games due to the Scotiabank Arena having an crowd capacity cap in place which meant fans could not attend and spend millions of dollars that would go into the famous “hockey-related revenue” pool which is of course divided 50-50 between the players and owners of...
Jan 23, 2022
Back to Excited Episode 165: Around the Atlantic Contenders

Back to Excited Episode 165: Around the Atlantic Contenders

Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via We review the other top teams in the Atlantic, and how the Leafs match up Welcome to another episode of Back to Excited. Today we go in depth on the top teams in the Atlantic, and discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses, along with how they match up to the Leafs. Timestamps: Tampa Bay Lightning [5:09] Florida Panthers [43:55] Boston Bruins [1:05:12] As always, you can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Spotify, along with just about anywhere else pods are distributed. Let us know your thoughts on the top...
Jan 23, 2022
Sunday FTB: It has been 0 days since the last racist incident

Sunday FTB: It has been 0 days since the last racist incident

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Jordan Subban speaks out about an opponent making racist gestures in a game last night. Yesterday. It was literally god damned yesterday’s FTB where Hardev described the racist incident in the AHL where Boko Imama — who has been the target of now three racist incidents in his professional career — was the victim of a racist gesture by an opponent, who was suspended for 30 games. Hockey just can’t stop being racist. I almost photoshopped a meme with the “it’s been 0 days since the last racist incident in hockey” but didn’t want...
Jan 22, 2022
Leafs with a convincing win against the grinding Islanders

Leafs with a convincing win against the grinding Islanders

Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/ They held the most dangerous lead the Leafs can have. It’s time to play the Islanders in front of the most dedicated boo birds in hockey. First Period The coaches duel with their “energy” players, and then the game actually starts with the Matthews line on the ice. Some offence ensues, but Auston Matthews does not draws a penalty for the action on him. Bunting gets it done, however. PP for the Leafs. PK for the Islanders. Strength against strength. As expected the Leafs have trouble setting up, and the kill is aggressive in a...
Jan 22, 2022
Gameday: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Long Island Islanders

Gameday: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Long Island Islanders

Photo by Graig Abel/ There are too many teams named New York. I’m taking a stand. Before we start the preview, I would like to express our condolences to the New York Islanders, their community, and friend of the blog Justin Bourne over the passing of New York Islanders legend, and Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member, Clark Gillies. Gillies was an essential part of the Islanders dynasty that won four Stanley Cups in a row, and went on to captain the team for two seasons. I hope everyone is doing as best they can through this time. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS @ LONG ISLAND...
Jan 22, 2022
Leafs Trade Targets: the Jake Muzzin Support Group

Leafs Trade Targets: the Jake Muzzin Support Group

Give the Toronto Maple Leafs some credit, playoff results notwithstanding, every year since 2016 the team has found ways to improve themselves and come back a better, more complete team. This season, Kyle Dubas has surrounded his Big Four with a forward cast that would make Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl pissy; Michael Bunting has been a revelation (that a lot of smart people saw coming) and Alex Kerfoot has been a very good winger for the team. Ondřej Kaše has been excellent on the third line, and Ilya Mikheyev has been hotter than the Sun to start 2022....
Jan 22, 2022
Saturday FTB: AHL suspends Krystof Hrabik 30 games for racist gesture

Saturday FTB: AHL suspends Krystof Hrabik 30 games for racist gesture

LAVAL, QC - OCTOBER 15: A close-up detail of the AHL logo seen on a referee jersey during the third period between the Belleville Senators and the Laval Rocket at Place Bell on October 15, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Laval Rocket defeated the Belleville Senators 6-2. | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The suspension is a six times stronger punishment than the last racist action Boko Imama faced in the AHL. The AHL announced yesterday that they have suspended San Jose Barracuda player Krystof Hrabik 30 games for using a racist gesture at Tucson Roadrunners forward Boko...
Jan 21, 2022
Who is leading the NHL in Goals?

Who is leading the NHL in Goals?

Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Plus I make up some awards to hand out in addition to the Richard. On Thursday Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in goals and points. This bit of trivia has to, by its nature, ignore how many games each team has played at a time when the gap between top and bottom is 10 games. If it’s only plausible to look at the standings via points percentage, then some kind of rating for goals and points is in order to play this trivia game fairly. If you really want to know who is putting up points better than anyone else you use P60, but for this sort of...
Jan 21, 2022
Fridays FTB: Maple Leafs at the Olympic, PHWPA tickets sales, and stuff

Fridays FTB: Maple Leafs at the Olympic, PHWPA tickets sales, and stuff

Olympics, hellooooo! | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via You like stuff right? Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! It's Friday, the end of the week, and one day closer to another Leafs game. Tomorrow night they head to Long Island (I assume there's a town or something on the Island but no one knows what it's called) to take on the Long Island Islanders. Hutch won't be on that road trip, as he's back with the Toronto Marlies, sent down from the taxi squad. While there wasn't any big Maple Leafs news yesterday aside from some "is Jake Muzzin okay" ...
Jan 20, 2022
Thursday FTB: are the kids alright?

Thursday FTB: are the kids alright?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 19: Jack Campbell #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gives up a third period goal to Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2022 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs 6-3. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ It’s always okay to ask for help With Jake Muzzin suffering from a concussion and Justin Holl in COVID protocol, Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren have become the Maple Leafs defacto second pair. Both have played up in the past, but each always had a babysitter in Muzzin or TJ Brodie....
Jan 19, 2022
Recap: Maple Leafs fizzle to a 6-3 loss

Recap: Maple Leafs fizzle to a 6-3 loss

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Leafs had a dominant first period then farted the rest of the way Hey it took about 20 minutes past 7:30 to start the game, and there wasn’t even a Canadiens-esque pre-game ceremony! PERIOD ONE Okay... so the game started, I saw Brodie wait with the puck for about 10 seconds before shooting it into someone’s shin pads. Then I went to the bathroom and when I came back the Leafs had a 2-0 lead. What the hell? ANYWAYS WOOOOOOOOOOOO ILYA MIKHEYEV CANNOT BE STOPPED AND HE MAKES IT 1-0 LEAFS! ILYA MIKHEYEV CANNOT STOP. WILL. NOT. STOP. COBRA...
Jan 19, 2022
Maple Leafs @ Rangers: it’s Sandin and Liljegren time!

Maple Leafs @ Rangers: it’s Sandin and Liljegren time!

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 2: Timothy Liljegren #37 and Rasmus Sandin #38 of the Toronto Maple Leafs take the ice during player introductions before playing the Vegas Golden Knights at the Scotiabank Arena on November 2, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Igor Shesterkin is also back. Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Rangers: Game #37 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square GardenTV/Streaming: SN, TNTOpponent’s Site: Blueshirt Banter Jake Muzzin has a concussion after a hit he took in Saturday’s game against St. Louis. We have a post delving into...