5:45 AM EDT, Tue July 14, 2020
16 hours ago
Maple Leafs lines from the day 1 scrimmage

Maple Leafs lines from the day 1 scrimmage

Auston Matthews confirms COVID-19. The Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice today for the first day of training camp, and they split into two groups for fairly brief workouts. From Kevin McGran on Twiiter: There was big news from the practice: For the subsection of Leafs fans who seem to love to keep tabs on Nylanders hair, this is for you. pic.twitter.com/DnIUqoJ1aI— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) July 13, 2020 And in short order a scrimmage got underway with the first group: #Leafs lines in scrimmage one:Nylander-Matthews-HymanEngvall-Kerfoot-Kapanen...
19 hours ago
Are You Okay With The NHL Coming Back?

Are You Okay With The NHL Coming Back?

Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Working through some moral dilemmas here. The NHL looks to be firmly on track to restart play, or at least to make one hell of an effort at it. The CBA extension is signed and sealed, the Return To Play protocol is apparently on track, and hotels in Toronto and Edmonton are preparing to host the twenty-four qualifier teams. Schedules have been drawn up. It looks like this is happening. Plenty of hockey fans are naturally excited for the game to come back. So am I. Life in the age of COVID is dullness with a backdrop of horrifying news, and that’s if...
20 hours ago
Top 25 Under 25: Nick Robertson bursts onto the scene at #5

Top 25 Under 25: Nick Robertson bursts onto the scene at #5

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 22: Nicholas Robertson poses after being selected 53rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. | Photo by Kevin Light/ Warning: contains a large number of highlights of Nick Robertson. Viewer discretion is advised. Who could’ve predicted the season Nick Robertson had. After a mediocre 27 goals in 54 games for the Peterborough Petes in his draft year, Robertson dominated the OHL en route to 55 goals in 46 games, the most in the league that season. He made the first OHL All-Star...
21 hours ago
NHL Hub Playoff Format FAQ

NHL Hub Playoff Format FAQ

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Who plays whom, when and where Everything about the coming playoffs has been doled out in dribs and drabs over the last weeks, as rumours and leaked ideas, and finally the games are really about to start in a few week’s time. What actually is the format, anyway? Here’s all the answers we have so far for gameplay that is set to begin on August 1 after an arrival at each hub by July 26. This important change from normal practice begins Monday, July 13: Update on injury reporting for 2020 Return to Play. pic.twitter.com/d1lmNMMTbH— NHL Public...
23 hours ago
Monday’s FTB: Summer camp has officially begun

Monday’s FTB: Summer camp has officially begun

Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/ Ready for the weirdest playoff yet? (If it happens) Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! The time has come and the NHL has reached Phase Three of the Return to Play plan and the players are gathering and reporting to their second training camp of the season. Yesterday morning, bright and early, the Maple Leafs announced their roster for the phase three training camp, and there were few surprises in there - aside from a quick swap of Nic Petan for Mac Hollowell, and young Nick Robertson suiting up for play. There will be lots of health testing...
Jul 12, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs announce Return to Play roster

Toronto Maple Leafs announce Return to Play roster

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 10: Pierre Engvall #47, William Nylander #88 and Rasmus Sandin #38 of the Toronto Maple Leafs walk out of the dressing room to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Scotiabank Arena on March 10, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via The Leafs have two cuts to make in the next two weeks. As the NHL prepares to begin Phase 3 of their Return to Play Protocol, also known as pre-playoffs training camp, teams are announcing their rosters that will begin training camp. Here is the Leafs roster, a total of 18 forwards, 12 defensemen, and...
Jul 12, 2020
Contract signing timeline for the 2020 playoffs

Contract signing timeline for the 2020 playoffs

Yes, I chose this picture to mess with you. | Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via New rules are in place for signing players to contracts under the new CBA With a new CBA extension in place, and the 2019-2020 NHL season about to resume, there are special rules for contracts. Extensions June 30 is the normal expiration for NHL contracts and July 1 is when they roll into the new year. Players due to receive signing bonuses on July 1 got them because the NHL and NHLPA couldn’t get this deal done in time to prevent that. But now all contacts set to expire on June 30 are extended until the day...
Jul 11, 2020
NHL CBA Facts and Figures

NHL CBA Facts and Figures

Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Just the dollar figures and basic facts of what’s new. The 2020 CBA extension was ratified on Friday, July 10 in the form of a Memo of Understanding. This isn’t the final text of the CBA itself, which will take a great deal of time to produce. The new CBA will run from next season (although the document contains things that apply to this season’s playoffs and offseason) through to 2025-2026. There is a mechanism to extend it for one year. Since this is an extension of the existing document, most of the changes just involve erasing a paragraph and...
Jul 11, 2020
NHL accounting in a pandemic season: divvying up debt instead of dollars

NHL accounting in a pandemic season: divvying up debt instead of dollars

Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Escrow used to be a way to buy time to get the books balanced, now it’s more about sharing out deferred debt. Ever since the lockout in 2012, the NHL has been pushing hard for growth. They set a record in Canada for the rights deal to Rogers for Canadian national TV coverage, but they won’t do that in America when the NBC deal is renewed in 2021. However, they do want that deal to be a lot larger than it is now. Expansion teams have fuelled growth, and ticket sales in some of the worst markets have risen. The NHL has been projecting...
Jul 11, 2020
T25U25: Week 4 Community Vote and Recap

T25U25: Week 4 Community Vote and Recap

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Our two different paths through the T25 meet up this week. The theme of this year’s Top 25 Under 25 continues. For all of us, this ranking has been about comparing sets of very young prospects with established players nearly ready to age off. Our Week 4 Recap #10: 2020 2nd-round pick It’s actually surprising how consistently the PPP voters ranked it in two different clusters. Eight of the voters had it between 8 and 10, then the rest had it between 16 and 19. It received a rank from all voters. It makes me wonder how much of this ranking is due to the...
Jul 11, 2020
Weekend FTB: Ready to play

Weekend FTB: Ready to play

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ It’s official. The NHL and the NHLPA have a date to start playing. The NHL and the NHL Player’s Association gave official confirmation yesterday they will return this summer to complete the 2019-20 season with the Stanley Cup Playoffs happening in Toronto and Edmonton. That means the Maple Leafs are back! Or they will be, playing their first official game on Sunday August 2 against the Blue Jackets. Summer hockey #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/aVEJjrU9ys— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 11, 2020 We expect the Leafs to announce their roster today,...
Jul 10, 2020
NHL Board of Governors, players approve CBA extension

NHL Board of Governors, players approve CBA extension

The 2017 diverse group. | Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via They gave the green light to the return to play formats and protocols along with a six-year extension to the current CBA that starts next season. The NHL and NHLPA negotiated a package including the Phase 3 and Phase 4 protocols for the NHL training camp and playoffs as well as a six-year CBA extension. That bundle of complex documents has been ratified by the NHL Board of Governors in a vote today, as well as a vote of the full player membership. NHL-NHLPA have ratified RTP/CBA.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July...
Jul 10, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: Kasperi Kapanen drops to #6

Top 25 Under 25: Kasperi Kapanen drops to #6

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports A tough year and the emergence of others contributes to a tumble. Kasperi Kapanen is a good player. I think we should say that from the start, because by necessity, a lot of this piece will be focused on his flaws, and a relative down year for him where we learned more about what he couldn’t be than what he could. So let’s reinforce; Kasperi Kapanen is a good player. At 22, he put up a 20 goal, 40 point season without much power play time, and strong play driving impacts, while also contributing on the penalty kill. His speed created issues for...
Jul 10, 2020
Friday’s FTB: You know who is super hot?

Friday’s FTB: You know who is super hot?

Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via You’ll never guess which Maple Leafs player it is. William Nylander is hot. That’s assuming he’s already here in Toronto, and I’m not sure about that. But, if he is, he’s hot because the air temperature is something like 3000 degrees outside, and it has been all week. We’re all hot! And it’s annoyingly humid too. The central air in my relatively new apartment building struggles to keep up by late afternoon. Even when I set it to high and leave it on all day long the thermostat shows the temperature still starts creeping up after...
Jul 9, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: Timothy Liljegren is ready for the NHL at #7

Top 25 Under 25: Timothy Liljegren is ready for the NHL at #7

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25: Timothy Liljegren #37 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots the puck during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on February 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ After working hard on defense, Liljegren has put it all together and is ready for the NHL. Approximately a year ago, we asked whether Timothy Liljegren could take the same step forward offensively in his age-20 season as he did defensively during his age-19 season. After 30 points in 40 games with the Toronto Marlies and 11 games under his belt with the Toronto Maple...