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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (55) / 4/29/1963

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With the Toronto Maple Leafs going forward with Kyle Dubas as the team's general manager, it will be interesting to see what happens with Mark Hunter.
Hunter is the director of player personnel with the Maple Leafs and he wanted the general manager job. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan had to chose between Hunter and Dubas and ultimately went with the latter. The Maple Leafs still want Hunter to remain with the franchise, but if Hunter finds an opportunity for advancement elsewhere, he might jump on it. Elliotte Friedman noted that if the Maple Leafs end up with an opening that needs filling, former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might be a natural fit given that he and Dubas have a good relationship. May 11 - 4:27 PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Kyle Dubas to serve as the team's new general manager.

Dubas is succeeding Lou Lamoriello, whose contract was not renewed. Dubas has ascended to the general manager's position at the age of 32. He's the former GM of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has been serving as an assistant general manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2014. Among other things, Dubas is known for his knowledge of analytics and as an extension of that, he figures to bring a lot of modern ideas to the GM job.
May 11 - 11:47 AM

Toronto won its season finale and set a new franchise record for points as a result.

The Maple Leafs finished the season with a 49-26-7 record and those 105 points topped the franchise's previous high of 103 points set in 2003-04. They had already broken their franchise record in wins, which used to be 45. Unfortunately for the Maple Leafs, the Atlantic Division was stacked this year. They finished third in the division and thus won't have the home ice advantage in the first round. Toronto is waiting to see if its first round opponent will be Tampa Bay or Boston.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 8 - 7:41 AM

Toronto set new franchise records on Wednesday for wins in a single-season and home wins in a single-season.

The Maple Leafs have 46 victories in 2017-18 and 27 have come at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto has racked up 99 points this campaign, so there's a chance the club could surpass the 103 total it had in 2001-02. That would establish another franchise record.
Mar 29 - 10:47 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs tied their franchise record with their 45th victory on Saturday.

This is the fourth time in Toronto's franchise history that the Maple Leafs have gotten 45 wins. The other times occurred in 1998-99, 1999-00, and 2003-04. The next win would set a new franchise-high. Toronto has 97 points, which is still a bit away from its franchise-high in that regard of 103 points, which was set in 2003-04.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 25 - 10:52 AM

Toronto will play six straight games on home ice to open the month of January.

The Leafs have three more contests to play in December on the road first, though. After a heavy road scheduled to start, Toronto will be playing at the Air Canada Centre for the bulk of the remaining 2017-18 season. Only 17 of the team's next 45 games are on the road. The Leafs have an impressive 11-5-0 record at home so far.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 01:12:00 PM

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
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 10:53:00 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
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 06:37:00 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
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:08:00 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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 10:58:00 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
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 09:31:00 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.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:33:00 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
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 09:54:00 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.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

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