10:45 AM EDT, Wed September 19, 2018
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Shades of Hockey Podcast - Episode #1: William Nylander, Jake Gardiner, Training Camp battles, and more!

Shades of Hockey Podcast - Episode #1: William Nylander, Jake Gardiner, Training Camp battles, and more!

Oh, hey! A new podcast! Hiya! Welcome to a brand new Toronto Maple Leafs / NHL podcast hitting the airwaves! Youtuber Matthew Henriques and I have recorded the maiden voyage of the Shades of Hockey Podcast, a show we hope you all will enjoy before or after the Back to Excited podcast, we’re not picky. On the show, we talked a little about the Erik Karlsson and Max Pacioretty trades, making sure to drag the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens sufficiently enough for a Toronto-based podcast. Matthew and I then move on to talk about potential Leafs lineups, including the surprises Mike...
1 hour ago
The wonderful world of the Atlantic Division Part 1: No Erik Karlsson or Max Pacioretty

The wonderful world of the Atlantic Division Part 1: No Erik Karlsson or Max Pacioretty

Who are contenders, who are pretenders, and who’s just there? The 2018-19 season is right around the corner as training camps around the league have already opened up. Obviously at PPP, the focus has been on what the Leafs have been doing down in Niagara Falls. Who lines with who? Will John Tavares and Mitch Marner really kill penalties? Who is going to make up the blueline? And where the heck is William Nylander?! All questions that will be answered in due time, but another one that should be in the back of our heads is how good will the Leafs be? We can look at the personnel and stat...
2 hours ago
WHW: Enter the pre-season!

WHW: Enter the pre-season!

Plus news from the already-started SDHL and WHL, an interesting interview with Rob Morgan and the UNB Reds return! Story of the week CWHL, NWHL preseason exhibition schedules - The Ice Garden Buffalo Beauts release preseason schedule - Die By The Blade Is it time for Real Hockey yet? (voices from over the Atlantic “Yes!”) Okay but like, real hockey we can watch on a regular basis and in our time zones? (It’s all about us, you see.) Not quite, but it is pre-season! Where the games don’t count but the hockey is starting to look like the real thing and we get our first looks at some...
4 hours ago
[Wednesday’s FTB] First steps

[Wednesday’s FTB] First steps

Come chat about the Leafs From the front page Why hasn’t William Nylander signed with the Maple Leafs yet?Preseason and still no Willy Ny. John Tavares with the first Leafs goal of 2018-2019I’m not sure what’s better, that John Tavares scored or that Flintor has things to gif again. Leafs Links Congratulations to Lucy and Jake Gardiner on the arrival of Henry John today !! All doing well and according to proud Grandpa John the newest Gardiner has “big mitts and light feet” Well done Minnetonka !! #tmltalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) September 18, 2018 Auston Matthews...
12 hours ago
Pre-Season Game Recap: John Tavares beat Ottawa Team 4-1

Pre-Season Game Recap: John Tavares beat Ottawa Team 4-1

John Tavares is a Leaf. John Tavares is a Leaf! JOHN TAVARES IS A LEAF! The Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off their stupidly long pre-season against the Ottawa Senators in Lucan, Ontario, which was chosen as the site for this game because they won a contest for Hockeyville (or something). We got to see John Tavares — who is a Toronto Maple Leaf — play his first sorta-real hockey game for the Leafs. I mean sure, it’s only pre-season, but... ItsHappening.gif pic.twitter.com/OdgkvrvK6r— Flintor (@TheFlintor) September 18, 2018 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JOHN...
14 hours ago
John Tavares with the first Leafs goal of 2018-2019

John Tavares with the first Leafs goal of 2018-2019

I’m not sure what’s better, that John Tavares scored or that Flintor has things to gif again. Here it is! Hockey is back, John Tavares is a Leaf and it’s all just going to be glorious. JOHN TAVARES SCORE HIS FIRST AS A LEAF pic.twitter.com/MIxsHc5tlT— Flintor (@TheFlintor) September 18, 2018
15 hours ago
GDT: Maple Leafs open the pre-season vs Ottawa

GDT: Maple Leafs open the pre-season vs Ottawa

It’s going to be a bloodbath IT’S A GAME DAY! Sure it’s a pre-season game but it’s still a Maple Leafs game! John Tavares plays as a Maple Leaf for the first time! We’re live in Lucan, Ontario for tonight’s pre-season game and at a capacity of 1,600 people, the Lucan Community Centre is one of the smallest venues the Leafs have played yet still too big for the Senators to sell out. You can catch our preview of the game here, and the Senators preview over at Silver Seven Sens. It’s the battle of the back-ups as Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks share the net. McE played...
Sep 18, 2018
Game preview: Hocley Night in Lucan

Game preview: Hocley Night in Lucan

The pre-season is finally here, and it all starts in Nazem Kadris old stomping grounds. Maple Leafs vs Senators: Pre-Season Game #1 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Lucan, Ontario Broadcast/Streaming: Sportsnet & TSN1050 Opponent SBNation Site: Silver Seven Sens It’s finally time for some actual Maple Leafs hockey. The Leafs first pre-season game is tonight, and it’s also the first official glimpse of John Tavares playing in the blue and white. Sure, it’s not a ‘real’ game, but that’s not going to stop us from pointing it out to Islanders fans all night! Tonight is also the Kraft...
Sep 18, 2018
Why hasn’t William Nylander signed yet?

Why hasn’t William Nylander signed yet?

Preseason and still no Willy Ny. Training camp opened, and there was no William Nylander. Training camp continued to the on-ice portions and scrimmage games, but still no William Nylander. And now with the regular season a little over two weeks away from starting, you have to wonder whether we’ll even see Nylander participate in any preseason action. I’ve been married to the optimistic stance that the contract will be completed at some point. Regardless of the name behind it, Nylander is an RFA and the Leafs have the control in this situation. But this assumed hold-out by Nylander’s...
Sep 18, 2018
Tuesday’s FTB: It’s hockey night in Lucan

Tuesday’s FTB: It’s hockey night in Lucan

Pre-season game one is a go Feel that? There’s something in the air. It’s something new, something fresh. A little chilly, and a wee bit smug. It’s a feeling we have not felt in many months. It’s excitement and fear. Yes. It’s Maple Leafs hockey night. Oh sure, it’s just the pre-season and many grumblebums will tell you not to get excited for it. It means nothing, it’s just fancy practice. Pish posh I say, it’s those players we (mostly) know donning the blue and white. Hell yes it’s game night. The Maple Leafs are taking on the Ottawa Senators in their first pre-season...
Sep 17, 2018
Hockey’s back week FTB: Hockey’s back!

Hockey’s back week FTB: Hockey’s back!

Get ready for a new Maple Leafs hokey season by celebrating some birthdays. The Maple Leafs training camp is ending and the pre-season games are starting up this week. The first game is tomorrow and it is the Kraft Hockeyville game which takes place in Lucan, Ontario, which is northwest of London. The game will be on one of the Sportsnet channels. While I can’t get perfect clarity on this from Rogers support—they’re still as uncertain of their own products as ever—it appears you will not be able to watch this game live on Roger NHL Gamecentre Live (it has been rebranded again, I...
Sep 16, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs Make First Training Camp Cuts

Toronto Maple Leafs Make First Training Camp Cuts

Mostly expected names getting sent home as the Leafs start thinning the herd. The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced their first cuts to the training camp roster. Leafs announce first round of training camp cuts: pic.twitter.com/F8PkVGYgH1— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) September 16, 2018 Not a lot of surprises on this list, as you would expect at this early date. Finnish D Jesper Lindgren going back to the Liiga is not a huge shock given the Marlies’ abundance of defenders. It’s worth noting that for players who can be loaned back to junior (e.g. Sean Durzi) that are going to the...
Sep 16, 2018
Mike Babcock wants to put Tavares and Marner on the PK

Mike Babcock wants to put Tavares and Marner on the PK

That and more as the Niagara Falls training camp wraps up. Mike Babcock on Saturday There’s not a lot here that’s earthshaking. Babcock talks a lot about how the exhibition games will do more to determine the lineup that this camp. He again talks about Par Lindholm in glowing terms. He also confirms that Kasperi Kapanen is absolutely an NHL player, which isn’t news. The very long pause when a reporter asks if anything took him by surprise, took me by surprise. Babcock says that he’s not sure about some things now he’d like to be. He hints that there’s some players who are...
Sep 16, 2018
Back to Excited - Episode 30: Karlsson trade, Leafs training camp

Back to Excited - Episode 30: Karlsson trade, Leafs training camp

What did Ottawa do wrong? Welcome back to another episode of Back to Excited. On this edition, Fulemin and I discuss: 2:41 - Ottawa’s bad decisions 4:29 - Is Hossa better than Alfredsson 6:28 - The Karlsson trade and the many, many mistakes Ottawa made throughout this process 19:19 - Fulemin disrespects Nikolai Kulemin 23:30 - The Melnyk video 28:00 - other assorted bad decisions 34:31 - should the Sens learn from the Jets 37:20 - Should we be worried about the Nylander deal 42:20 - Why using just Ehlers deal in arguing for Nylander’s contract is incomplete 49:58 - Leafs training...
Sep 16, 2018
European Report: Injuries arrive early this year

European Report: Injuries arrive early this year

The KHL is starting to settle down in the second week of the season, and Eemeli Räsänen plays his second game. Yegor Korshkov RW - 22 years old - shoots left - fourth full KHL season Lokomotiv officially listed Yegor Korshkov as injured this past week, and an unofficial Russian report says he’ll be out at least until the end of September. He was being examined in Germany, which seems to be a thing this club does which is to use foreign sports medicine facilities for their players. Eemeli Räsänen D - 19 years old - shoots right - first year in the KHL Jokerit are leading their...