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SIMMONS: Leafs need to be in on Karlsson, Tavares conversations

You have to make the phone call, even if it’s just one call. If you’re Kyle Dubas, you have to at least inquire what it will cost to get Erik Karlsson, whether you have any kind of match for Ottawa, because of who he is, because of who you represent and because of the possibility […]
Jun 16, 2018

With Marlies’ championship run done, Dubas’ sole focus now on improving the Maple Leafs

Kyle Dubas had a unique perspective on the Toronto Marlies’ team photo, taken Saturday morning at the Ricoh Coliseum. “Usually, the team photo, in my experience, is not the most happy day,” the Maple Leafs general manager said. “Usually, (it’s) somewhat grumpy. And it’s much earlier than 11 (a.m.). They make you come in at […]
Jun 15, 2018

For Babcock, Marlies’ championship another step forward for Leafs organization as a whole

Mike Babcock couldn’t help but ponder the big picture as he watched the Toronto Marlies win the Calder Cup on Thursday night. “I’m a big believer that it’s really hard to win at any level, any championship, but I am also a big believer that once you learn how to win, you have a better […]
Jun 15, 2018

Ovechkin, Capitals can serve as motivation for Leafs’ Cup hopes: Babcock

As much as the Marlies’ Calder Cup win will bring positives to everyone in the Maple Leafs organization, Leafs coach Mike Babcock figured there might have been inspiration for the everyday Leafs players from another source. In short, the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, led by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin. “They were able […]
Jun 15, 2018

Maple Leafs announce 2018-19 pre-season schedule

Members of Leafs Nation, you can begin to mark your calendars. The Maple Leafs’ next chapter, with general manager Kyle Dubas in charge, will begin to take firmer shape on Sept. 18 when the club meets the Ottawa Senators in the first pre-season game of 2018. The Leafs and Sens will play at the Lucan […]
Jun 15, 2018

Dubas’ ability to see his Marlies vision through led to championship: Keefe

One can imagine that Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas hoisted a couple together well into the wee hours after the Toronto Marlies won the Calder Cup on Thursday night. Keefe, composed in a scrum with reporters during the on-ice bedlam immediately following the Marlies’ win in Game 7 at the Ricoh Coliseum, wanted to make […]
Jun 13, 2018

Grundstrom, others have put themselves on Leafs path with Game 7 of AHL final looming

Carl Grundstrom won’t know until training camp with the Maple Leafs in September whether the experience gained in the American Hockey League playoffs will help serve as a springboard to earning a job in the NHL. Grundstrom isn’t the lone Toronto Marlie in that situation. They’re not going to say it out loud, but more […]
Jun 12, 2018

Stars goaltender thwarts Marlies to force Game 7 in AHL final

No hesitation on the part of Garret Sparks late Tuesday night, no staring off into space and wondering what might have been. The Toronto Marlies are going to need their goaltender to rebound in a big way in their biggest game of the season on Thursday night, and Sparks was adamant he will do so […]
Jun 12, 2018

SIMMONS: Against all odds, Sheldon Keefe is a win away from Calder Cup

Every 50 years or so the farm team of the Maple Leafs wins an American Hockey League championship. So what if the wait this year becomes 50 years and two days long? Isn’t that what Toronto hockey is all about? Isn’t that what we are and who we are? Waiting for something good to happen. […]
Jun 11, 2018

READER SURVEY: What would you do as boss of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Despite winning a franchise-record 49 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs face a summer of questions this off-season. Longtime forwards James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak are likely gone via free agency. There have been rumours of a rift between bench boss Mike Babcock and star centre Auston Matthews. The blue line remains a hot topic. […]
Jun 11, 2018

Sparks’ determination, play has helped Marlies to get to within one win of AHL title

When Garret Sparks cleared waivers after being cut by the Maple Leafs last fall and rejoined the Toronto Marlies, Sheldon Keefe had him in for a chat. “I think every player is sort of hopeful that they’re going to get claimed on waivers and get an opportunity — they want to stay in the NHL,” […]
Jun 9, 2018

SIMMONS SAYS: Leafs confused by Auston Matthews’ change of agents

A change in player agents is normally something most teams shrug their collective shoulders about. But when it’s Auston Matthews who does it, after the way in which his playoff season ended, after two meetings with coach Mike Babcock, with a big contract coming either this summer or next, it raises both questions and concerns […]
Jun 7, 2018

Texas ties Calder Cup final with Game 4 win

The Calder Cup keeps heating up in Texas, but it will eventually end in Toronto. The Toronto Marlies recovered from a two-goal deficit, yet couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 3-2 at Cedar Park, Tex., on Thursday. That ties the best-of-seven 2-2 and the Dallas farm team has one more home game under the 2-3-2 format […]
Jun 6, 2018

Marlies down Stars to take 2-1 series lead in Calder Cup

A faded Star gave the Toronto Marlies a big goal Tuesday night in Texas. Chris Mueller, who once played in Cedar Park for the Dallas farm club — in a year they beat the Marlies en route to the Calder Cup — gave his new team a lift in Game 3 and control of the […]
Jun 5, 2018

Maple Leafs’ Matthews moves to Orr Hockey Group

It’s shaping up to be a crazy summer for Auston Matthews. A couple of months ago, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock visited the star centre at his parents’ home in Arizona amidst reports that the two were not getting along following a first-round exit in the playoffs. On Tuesday, it was Matthews who […]