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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (54) / 4/29/1963
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The Maple Leafs have gone six straight games without scoring in the first period.
Obviously, that's not a good thing. In fact, it is amongst one of the longer streaks in the NHL in that regard this season. If the Leafs are going to ascend to be one of the elite teams in the league, they are going to have to figure out how to start stronger on a game-by-game basis. Nov 26 - 1:12 PM
Source: Toronto Sun

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The Toronto Maple Leafs don't really care that they're now the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Toronto opened the season with 14/1 odds of winning it all, but that numbers has gone to 8/1, per Bodog. "All that stuff is fluff," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I have coached lots of good teams that were (No. 1) in the ranking, that won the Presidents’ Trophy, that tied for the Presidents’ Trophy and didn't win the Cup. It’s hard to win the Cup. It’s darn near impossible. Let’s not worry about that, let’s try to get in the playoffs. Let’s do that by winning the game in Ottawa (on Saturday night against the Senators)."
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 21 - 10:53 AM

Toronto's 4-3 overtime win over Montreal was the 600th of Mike Babcock's career as a head coach.

Babcock is the 16th coach to ever reach that record with Jets coach Paul Maurice just behind him at 599 victories. Babcock's career record is 600-355-19-145 and his career .609 PTS% is the seventh highest among coaches who oversaw at least 500 games. Babcock is in his third season with Toronto and his young team has the potential to have a great campaign after finishing with a 40-27-15 record last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 15 - 6:37 AM

Mike Babcock is still bothered by his team's loss to New Jersey earlier this week.

It was Toronto's first loss of the season, but it definitely rubbed Babcock the wrong way. "You look at the last game for sure and if it’s still bugging you two days later, something’s wrong," The Leafs head coach said. "That’s on me, I didn’t have the team prepared. We were no good in the morning skate and I could have zipped them. No matter what we said, they weren’t prepared to get engaged at a high enough level and we were outchanced 7-3 in the first period. We didn’t battle and that’s unacceptable. We’re four games into the season and that can’t happen." The Maple Leafs will try to get back to their winning ways against Montreal on Saturday night.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 14 - 10:08 AM

Despite the acquistion of Ron Hainsey, the Maple Leafs will likely be looking to upgrade their defense corps.

Hainsey essentially replaced Matt Hunwick, who signed with the Penguins. However, the Buds still need a top-four rearguard to improve and will likely be looking to get one through a trade once the season starts.
Jul 2 - 10:58 AM

Like many NHL teams, the Maple Leafs are exploring opportunities to acquire a veteran NHL defenseman this off-season.

Whether it comes by trade (Coliin Miller or Marco Scandella) or via free agency (Karl Alzner) the Buds will be looking at all available options to bolster their blueline. Stay tuned for further updates.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 25 - 9:31 AM

There were no real surprises on the Maple Leafs' protected list.

The Buds were expected to expose veterans Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Roman Polak and Brian Boyle and they did. Toronto did protect the following players: Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Josh Leivo, Matt Martin, James van Riemsdyk, Connor Carrick, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Andersen. Toronto did not have to protect many of their young stars as they were exempt from the draft. As a result, the Leafs were able to retain marginal players such as Matt Martin and Josh Leivo. There is not much for Vegas to choose from the Leafs.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:33 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might not have a captain (again) in 2017-18.

The Leafs haven't had a player wear the "C" since Dion Phaneuf was traded to Ottawa last season and it doesn't sound like that's going to change. "I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year," GM Lou Lamoriello told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. "Right now, that isn’t something in the forefront. I think we had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of young players and that’s not something being considered at this point." Auston Matthews will likely be the team's next captain, but they probably don't want to add anymore more pressure on the 19-year-old's shoulders this soon.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 3 - 9:54 AM

Mike Babcock has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

The Maple Leafs surprised the hockey world by making it to the playoffs with a 40-27-15 record after having the worst record in the NHL last season (29-42-11). Babcock has never won the award before. Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the other two finalists for the award.
Apr 26 - 7:28 PM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was optimistic about the future after the Leafs were eliminated by Washington in Game 6.

"The reality is, it was a great year for our team. It would have been great to play in Game 7," said Babcock. "If you’re not from Toronto, you don’t know how spectacular it is," he said. "This is the best place you can ever play. I’ve never seen anything like this. Now you need a team to match that opportunity." The Leafs are getting there. Toronto had seven rookies participate in over 50 games this season, so the fact that the squad was not only able to make the playoffs, but then hold their own against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in every game of the series is a good sign of things to come. The first round series saw five of six games go to overtime and every contest be decided by just a goal. It will be very interesting to see what Toronto does in 2017-18.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 24 - 11:03 AM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is upbeat about where his team is at as they face the possibility elimination in Game 6 against Washington on Sunday.

"To tell you the truth. I think it’s a great opportunity for our team," Babcock said. "We’re playing against a good team and we’re playing well and having fun doing it. I think it’s just relish in the moment. Relish (Saturday), take all the atmosphere in, get energized and get ready to go again (Sunday). It’s a lot of fun for our group and you should enjoy it." The Maple Leafs were led by rookies and youngsters this season and for them this playoff series has been a great learning experience. It's also been encouraging as Toronto has defied expectations by consistently staying in games against the President Trophy winning Washington Capitals. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Maple Leafs can be happy with how much progress they've made in 2016-17, but they'll certainly be trying to force a Game 7 regardless.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

Despite trailing 3-2 in the series, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock believes his team can still win their series against Washington.

The Leafs dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime on Friday night, which puts them on the brink of elimination. "You can’t have any more fun than this," Babcock said. "We believe we still have a chance to win. That’s what we’re going to do. The bottom line is we’ve got to go home and win a game now because we want to be right here in overtime in Game 7." Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Sunday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 22 - 10:42 AM

The Maple Leafs are showing they can play with the President Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

In fact, there is a strong argument that the Leafs could have been up 2-0 in this series. The Buds have been tied or ahead in both games except for 3:19 in total. That is a real confidence building stat for a young and upcoming Toronto squad.
Apr 16 - 11:43 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a good chance of making the 2017 playoffs, but they've got to take care of business this weekend.

The Maple Leafs are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they have a game in hand. If the Maple Leafs win just one of their games against Pittsburgh or Columbus, they'd be in the post-season. If they lose both and the Lightning beat the Sabres on Sunday, they'd be out. "What I like about this opportunity is we have to earn our way in," head coach Mike Babcock said. "No one is giving it to you. And that’s what it is all about, is having these opportunities to grow your game in moments that matter. They have all had these opportunities at different levels, just not at this level. So let’s look after business."
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 8 - 10:48 AM

Mike Babcock has his sights set on making the playoffs.

"I don’t care when you peak or any of that stuff, I just want to get in the playoffs to give ourselves a chance," Babcock said. "We’re playing better right now and finding a way to win games and that’s what we have to continue to do. Last year, I didn’t look at the standings one time (when the Leafs finished 30th overall in the National Hockey League) and now I look at it every single day. Obviously, there must be a reason to look at them." Through 73 games, the Leafs find themselves in third place in the Atlantic Division. If the playoffs started today, they'd face the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 25 - 10:05 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3Tyler Bozak
4Dominic Moore
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Patrick Marleau
3Zach Hyman
4Matt Martin
5Josh Leivo
6Kasperi Kapanen
7Joffrey Lupul
RW1William Nylander
2Mitch Marner
3Connor Brown
4Leo Komarov
5Nikita Soshnikov
6Nathan Horton
D1Morgan Rielly
2Jake Gardiner
3Nikita Zaitsev
4Ron Hainsey
5Connor Carrick
6Andreas Borgman
7Martin Marincin
8Roman Polak
G1Frederik Andersen
2Curtis McElhinney