3:23 PM EST, Wed February 24, 2021
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Canadiens fire Claude Julien: What does this mean for the Leafs?

Canadiens fire Claude Julien: What does this mean for the Leafs?

Dominique Ducharme putting the Canadiens through a drill. | Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Does this help or hurt the Leafs path through the playoffs? Today, it was announced that Claude Julien is the first Pandemic firing in coaching ranks in the NHL. #Habs have fired coach Claude Julien. Dominique Ducharme takes over on interim basis.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2021 Official news: The Canadiens have appointed Dominique Ducharme interim head coach and have added Alex Burrows to the coaching staff. Claude Julien and Kirk...
8 hours ago
Wednesdays FTB: The Maple Leafs at 20 games.

Wednesdays FTB: The Maple Leafs at 20 games.

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via It’s great right now! It’s been a lot worse. The Toronto Maple Leafs have played 20 games so far this season and have won just under three quarters of those games with a 14-4-2 record, which once again, puts them first in the North Division and second in the league (by points percentage, they’re first by points). Off games aside this is a fantastic start to the season, losses to the Ottawa Senators aside. It got me thinking about what the Leafs have been like after 20 games over the past 20 seasons, because it’s nice when numbers...
22 hours ago
Toronto Marlies full 2021 schedule announced by AHL

Toronto Marlies full 2021 schedule announced by AHL

TORONTO, ON- JULY 2 - Rumours circulate that the NHL will make Toronto a hub for the season to resume, the Canadian National Exhibition is rumoured to be part of the bubble. The site contains a hotel, Coca-Cola Coliseum, home to the AHL Marlies, and the surrounding CNE complex could also host games, practices and the players themselves. Toronto moves into phase two with the rest of Ontario as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. July 2, 2020. | Steve Russell/Toronto Star via 36 games from February to May. The Toronto Marlies will play a 36 game...
Feb 23, 2021
Maple Leafs have their first players require COVID-19 re-testing

Maple Leafs have their first players require COVID-19 re-testing

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via The openness from the team is refreshing and reassuring. Today Sheldon Keefe announced that Alex Barabanov, who was unexpectedly absent from practice, and Taxi Squad player Scott Sabourin had both returned “indeterminate” PCR tests for Coronavirus yesterday. Sheldon Keefe said Scott Sabourin and Alex Barabanov returned "indeterminate" PCR tests yesterday, and they were sent home. Subsequent tests came back negative. Will return to team upon another round of negative tests.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 23,...
Feb 23, 2021
Maple Leafs have 3 primary opponents for the next few weeks

Maple Leafs have 3 primary opponents for the next few weeks

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Forget the Canadiens, there are three other teams for the Leafs to test against. With the Montreal Canadiens losing two games out of three to the Maple Leafs in the month of February, the big rivalry in the North Division goes dark until April 7. The Leafs play mostly the middle of the division for the next six weeks. There’s only two games in the mix at the Senators and two at the Canucks. This six weeks will very likely not decide anything for the Leafs. But it may well start to set the course for the Jets, the Flames and the Oilers....
Feb 23, 2021
Tuesdays FTB: The only February 23rd trade

Tuesdays FTB: The only February 23rd trade

No, it wasn’t either of these guys | Photo by Graig Abel/ 21 years ago, nothing of significance happened. Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! Last night’s game wasn’t a masterpiece, but you can’t win them all. The Leafs are still first in the North Division and second overall in the NHL (by points percentage, they’re first in points). A 14-4-2 record after 20 games is much better than I anticipated just after a quarter of the season. When there’s a lead like this, you start experimenting with your lines and get creative like they tried last night. The...
Feb 22, 2021
Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs lose a sloppy game

Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs lose a sloppy game

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Leafs didn’t get the bounces or saves that the Flames did Right before the game we got a bombshell dropped on us about Keefe’s weird forward lineup choice, with Hutchinson in net. I give it half a period before he scraps it and goes back to normal lines. Also, I’m sending him a strongly worded letter about doing this to me on one of my recaps. Let’s see how it works out. PERIOD ONE Early on, the already injury-depleted Leafs saw Jimmy Vesey go to the dressing room after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face. Vesey took a Bennett...
Feb 22, 2021
Game Chat: Maple Leafs welcome our Calgary friends the Flames

Game Chat: Maple Leafs welcome our Calgary friends the Flames

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Tkachuk and all his wonderful teammates are in town. It’s game night again! It feels like we do this every other day or so. Preview is here: This game is on TSN4 and Sportsnet West at 7 pm. What a week for @AM34 Your @NHL First Star of the Week #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/XRXMiTbyrg— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 22, 2021 They must have sat and thought about that one for a while. Here’s a fun thing: HockeyViz Typical Matthews — lots of goals, few misses, mostly wrist shots with the...
Feb 22, 2021
Leafs v Flames Series 2 preview: Return of Tkachuk

Leafs v Flames Series 2 preview: Return of Tkachuk

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Hopefully Matty got a chest protector big enough this time. One month ago the Toronto Maple Leafs made a trip to Calgary to play the Flames. came home short a goalie, and enraged Matthew Tkachuk to the point no water bottle was safe: GET THE FUCK OFF HIM pic.twitter.com/9MwYl7jvgX— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 24, 2021 That was the end of January. Now we’re at the end of February and the Maple Leafs welcome the Calgary Flames to their home, and we kindly ask Matthew to refrain from smashing our things. Game 1 - Toronto...
Feb 22, 2021
Why Leaf Fans All Hate Each Other

Why Leaf Fans All Hate Each Other

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Aside from obvious reasons. This is going to shock you, but not everyone who comes to comment on our website loves us. Plenty of people are complimentary and kind, and I genuinely am grateful for that since it’s not like the money is enough to justify this gig by itself, but mixed in with the thoughtful feedback are some people who wish we would write this or stop writing that or just lighten the fuck up, man. These people are usually Leaf fans, and we are ourselves Leaf fans, and these people think we’re doing it wrong. You can see a...
Feb 22, 2021
Marlies vs. Moose Series Recap: Robertson scores first AHL goal, Sandin injured

Marlies vs. Moose Series Recap: Robertson scores first AHL goal, Sandin injured

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 02: Nicholas Robertson #89 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game One of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 02, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Robertson made his NHL debut in this game. | Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ Focusing on performances of this new Marlies team. The Toronto Marlies opened their season in Winnipeg (they drove there) with four games that they split against the Manitoba...
Feb 22, 2021
Monday’s FTB: The heat is turning up on the Maple Leafs

Monday’s FTB: The heat is turning up on the Maple Leafs

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via The North Division’s mushy middle teams need wins badly, and the Leafs are on their menu. The Toronto Maple Leafs will hit a milestone game at 20 tonight as the Calgary Flames come to town for a two game series. You will recall the last meeting between these teams was about four weeks ago and it resulted in Jack Campbell going off injured thanks to one Matthew Tkachuk. GET THE FUCK OFF HIM pic.twitter.com/9MwYl7jvgX— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 24, 2021 Campbell is still not back from that incident, and I am sure many...
Feb 21, 2021
Back to Excited Episode 132: Exploring a Morgan Rielly Trade

Back to Excited Episode 132: Exploring a Morgan Rielly Trade

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Does it make sense for the Leafs to trade a star defenseman? Welcome to another episode of Back to Excited. Today we discuss: The Leafs win against the Habs [1:56] The Brodie - Rielly pairing generally [8:15] How essential is Morgan Rielly and should we explore trading him, in advance of his contract expiring in 2022 [11:15] As always, you can find us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Spotify. Let us know your thoughts on re-signing Rielly or trading him, as well as anything else you’d like us to chat about in the future. Thanks...
Feb 21, 2021
Sunday FTB: Should the Leafs be interested in any Predators?

Sunday FTB: Should the Leafs be interested in any Predators?

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Elliotte Friedman reports the Predators may have a fire sale. On Saturday night’s second intermission, Elliotte Friedman talked about hearing that the Nashville Predators are in their division’s basement and not looking like they’ll make a playoff push anytime soon. So, they’re open to making a bunch of moves to maybe start a rebuild. According to Friedman, the Preds only have three “untouchables”: Roman Josi Ryan Ellis Pekka Rinne(?!?!) Now, the Preds aren’t exactly a great team for a reason, but they still have some...
Feb 20, 2021
Recap: Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens as is only right and just

Recap: Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens as is only right and just

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Leafs use their power play advantage to take this one. It’s time to play the Habs! The first and second teams (by points %) in the North face off, and the winner gets to complain even louder than the loser. I believe that’s what’s at stake. First Period What do I want to see? Maybe I’ll tell you what I don’t expect. The Canadiens are a good system team. Better than the Leafs defensively and as good offensively. They get excellent Corsi, but they have less talented shooters. Their power play is, frankly, stupid while the...