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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (53) / 4/29/1963

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The Maple Leafs have scored at least two power play goals in four consecutive games.
The latest victims of Toronto's deadly man-advantage was the New York Rangers, who lost 4-2 to the Leafs on Friday night. Mike Babcock's team also managed to kill off all six of their opponent's power plays in that one. "We had all four lines going (the fourth unit drawing some New York calls) and our power play and penalty killing were good," Babcock said. "It’s good to see (Frederik Andersen) back (he let in crucial goals against Montreal before the break) and we got good goaltending." Jan 14 - 11:02 AM
Source: Toronto Sun

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Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Mike Babcock couldn't disagree with having bye weeks more, as far as player safety is concerned.

"I think it’s 100 per cent wrong for player safety," Babcock declared. "You’ve got so many games in such a short period of time and you’re jamming in more. To me, the more days rest you can have by not playing back-to-backs and jamming it in the healthier you have a chance to be I believe." Heuristically, he has a point. It's also worth noting that Toronto plays a league-high 18 double dips. The 2016-17 season has been additionally condensed by the World Cup taking place during a time where players normally gather for training camp. On second thought, perhaps that tidbit ought to critique one's thoughts on bye weeks. At least for this season.
Jan 7 - 1:09 PM

The Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings has been pushed back 30 minutes due to "sunlight on the ice surface and in the interest of Player safety" by the League.

Thus the game will begin at 3:30 EST. Be sure to adjust yourselves accordingly.
Jan 1 - 12:58 PM

The Maple Leafs let another game slip away from them in the third period.

Following Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose, Toronto has ended up with less than the full two points six times this season despite carrying a lead going into the third. "We've left a lot of points out there," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think part of it is not continuing to play with your foot on the gas ... But I was pleased with our effort." Toronto is a young team that has to learn how to close games out.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 10:39:00 AM

There are six rookies who have at least 10 points so far this season and the Maple Leafs have three of them.

The three non-Toronto players are Jimmy Vesey, Patrik Laine and Zach Wereneski. Of course, the Leafs trio is William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The future sure looks bright for the Buds.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock doesn't think Toronto's late-game shortcomings are entirely a youth problem.

Toronto has held the lead going into the third period in all five of its contests so far this season, but the Maple Leafs have a 1-1-3 record despite that. To put it another way, the Maple Leafs have outscored their opponents 16-8 in the first 40 minutes of games, but they've been outscored 10-2 in the third and overtime periods. Saturday was another problematic game for the Maple Leafs as they blew a 4-2 lead in the last two and a half minutes of the third period and then eventually lost the contest in the third period. However, if you believe that collapses like that are because the Maple Leafs are young, Babcock would argue that Saturday played against that notion. "That wasn’t youth tonight at all. It wasn’t young guys that made those mistakes. It was veteran guys that made those mistakes," Babcock said.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 11:19:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a veteran backup goaltender.

Frederik Andersen will be the team's starting goaltender, but it seems that the Maple Leafs aren't content with the status quo after trading away Jonathan Bernier. "Now we have to find a good pro to come in and support him, and we'll do that," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, referring to supporting Andersen. It's not clear who the Maple Leafs will go after, but it's possible that whoever Toronto gets will be expected to compete with Garret Sparks during training camp for the number two job.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs add a few veteran forwards via trade or free agency to help mentor some of their young prospects.

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock alluded to that possibility when discussing the development of Auston Matthews, whom he wants to protect and insulate a little from the intense pressure of playing in a hockey-crazy market like Toronto. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Coach Mike Babcock said that that the Maple Leafs are going to have a "big decision" to make with regards to who to take No. 1 overall in the NHL draft.

Auston Matthews is still considered the top prospect, but Patrik Laine has closed the gap recently. "When we got in the top three I had my hands in the air," Babcock said. I thought it was unbelievable. … We’re going to have a big decision in the end. It’s exciting for us." Babcock says Matthews, Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi will definitely play in the NHL their first season, but they "probably won’t be dominant right away."
Source: Toronto Sun
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:16:00 PM

Toronto assistant GM Kyle Dubas wants to stay with the Maple Leafs.

"Very bluntly put, I don't believe I'm ready to be an NHL general manager," Dubas said after his name was mentioned for vacant positions on other teams. "I believe I have a lot to learn, and I believe Toronto is the best place for me to learn that." Dubas has served as the GM of the Marlies all year and the first-place club will begin what Toronto is hoping will be a long playoff run this weekend. It's believed that Dubas will be the next GM of the Maple Leafs after Lou Lamoriello's deal expires in 2018.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 08:26:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the best odds of landing the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Leafs have a 20 percent chance of coming away with the selection. Of course, having a 29-42-11 record will do that. American forward Auston Matthews is expected to be the top prospect in the 2016 draft. The 18-year-old had 24 goals and 46 points in 36 Swiss-League games in 2015-16.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 10:48:00 AM

For the first time since 2010-11, the Maple Leafs will have won more games on the road than at home in a season.

Of the Maple Leafs' 29 wins this season, 15 have come on the road. They can add to that total Saturday night as they visit New Jersey. Despite the fact that the Buds are tied for last in the NHL with 69 points, they did play a spirited brand of hockey this season with Mike Babcock behind the bench. The squad has a number of talented prospects. It may take a few seasons but there is light at the end of the tunnel in Toronto.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 11:14:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 first round pick now belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Penguins clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, which means that they no longer own their first round pick. The conditional pick was acquired by Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade last off-season. The Penguins will get a second-round pick in the deal, which they originally sent to the Leafs as part of the Daniel Winnik trade last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 11:12:00 AM

The Maple Leafs will likely play the Red Wings in an outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2017, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Three years after the Red Wings hosted the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, the NHL will turn to that matchup again. Friedman didn’t report on a site, though BMO Field has been rumored.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 09:04:00 PM

Even though the Maple Leafs are short talent, and have been decimated by injuries and trades, they have done a fairly good job competing this season.

In Toronto's 53 games thus far, 34 of them have been decided by one goal. That is an indication that the Buds are in most games that they play. Of course, they don't win many of them, but coach Mike Babcock has at least changed the culture in Toronto for the better.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 11:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3Tyler Bozak
4Frederik Gauthier
5Ben Smith
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Leo Komarov
3Zach Hyman
4Matt Martin
5Josh Leivo
6Joffrey Lupul
RW1Mitch Marner
2William Nylander
3Connor Brown
4Nikita Soshnikov
5Nathan Horton
D1Morgan Rielly
2Jake Gardiner
3Nikita Zaitsev
4Matt Hunwick
5Roman Polak
6Connor Carrick
7Martin Marincin
8Frank Corrado
9Stephane Robidas
G1Frederik Andersen
2Curtis McElhinney