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Afternoon Line- Frederik Andersen

“I’m not quite 100 per cent confident yet, I think the league is very adamant about working towards that [return]. I think once we get to the hub cities, everyone has to be confident [in those] and that the league will have a good setup. So once we get there we'll be good, but I think it's a matter of getting there first. It looks like there’s some more things that need to be ironed out first.”

“I don't think I have just one [concern], there's a few things that need to be figured out, and players have to vote on it, and I think we still have a little bit of a ways to go. The whole thing in general has got to make sense. Just with future CBA stuff [the league’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022], and obviously safety is very important. I'm confident that we'll have something to vote on. I want to play; I don't want to just sit and waste the summer or a season.”

-Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Kristen Shelton of TSN has more.

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Report- Auston Matthews Tested Positive For Covid

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, two National Hockey League sources outside Toronto have confirmed to the Toronto Sun.

Matthews, 22, has apparently gone into quarantine at his home in Arizona, hoping to be healthy enough and eligible to travel to Toronto and participate in the opening of Leafs camp on July 10.

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Video- That Time When A Flyers Fan Found Himself In The Penalty Box With Tie Domi

via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs-Flyers rivalry has had some very heated moments over the years, including the most bizarre fight you might ever see. We take a look back when Tie Domi fought a fan who fell into the penalty box in Philadelphia.

 

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Video- All Brendan Shanahan

via the YouTube page of TSN,

Brendan Shanahan joins James Duthie to discuss how he's coping with the 'new normal' nowadays, how his players are handling the self-isolation, what the impact may be on the game of hockey when the COVID-19 pandemic is said and done, reflect on the Maple Leafs' roller coaster season and much more.

 

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Fans Still Talking About The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On a radio talk show I happened to guest on Sunday morning I was asked about the coming salary cap and asked if they will be able to maintain their four big names – Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner and William Nylander – and the question almost seemed silly to me.

Like why does that matter right now? And now not knowing much – will there be hockey this year, will there be anything resembling playoffs, what happens to the salary cap next season, what happens to our lives, it’s also a question without anything but supposition as its answer.

But it hit me later, after I hung up the phone. When businesses are closing, investment portfolios are crumbling, when medical practices aren’t taking face-to-face appointments, when your local gym is closing, when people are told to work from home, this is the power of the Leafs. They make us think about them when there is nothing to think about. They stay fresh in our minds when our world is changing every day and we have no idea what is coming tomorrow.

It took a Pandemic, a world crisis, to shut down so much of our lives. For us, this is just the first few days of what seems to be a long haul of some kind. There’s nothing wrong with talking sports occasionally as a diversion from another long day. The unusual power of the Maple Leafs – even on our worst days they still seem to matter.

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Hockey Notes On The Leafs Plus Other Hockey Topics

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Brendan Shanahan can’t possibly believe his own words — being quoted as saying he has faith in the current construction of the Maple Leafs and get this, truly believes they can still contend for the Stanley Cup this season.

Now that’s a concern.

Maybe Shanahan, who doesn’t often speak publicly, chose his words intentionally, or carefully, the other day in Los Angeles. This isn’t like the days when MLSE boss Richard Peddie would say something about the Maple Leafs and Pat Quinn would roll his eyes in disgust. There can be power in Shanahan’s words. He’s a Hall of Famer, who has won more and accomplished more on the ice than anyone who plays for him. When he speaks, it matters, players listen, coaches listen, but the recent message is externally disturbing.

This Leafs team isn’t working. The construction isn’t right. The thought process, to put so much money into four players and so little into the rest of the team, is failing....

- Jack Eichel is having a Mats Sundin-like season in Buffalo. He leads the Sabres in scoring. He’s 27 and 37 points better than his nearest teammates.

- It’s bad enough that the Ottawa Senators traded five-goal man Mika Zibanejad to New York in 2016 for Derick Brassard. They also sent a second round draft pick to the Rangers in the deal … Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin are the best two-man show in the Eastern Conference. Since Jan. 1, Zibanejad leads the NHL in goals and Panarin leads in points.

- Alain Vigneault is not just sneaking in to the coach of the year talk in the NHL. He may be the clubhouse leader. John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan, Bruce Cassidy and Dave Tippett are all possible finalists for the Jack Adams.

more on the first topic, more on the Leafs and other hockey too plus Babcock/Keene comparison...

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Time To Avoid Social Media For The Leafs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

There is no way to sugar-coat an oh-for-California road trip.

Not at this critical stage of the season. Not with a journey formerly known as the Valley of Death now taking you through cities featuring three of the NHL’s five-worst teams.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were left grasping for some positive talking points following Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks because, at this stage in the process, what else could they reasonably do?

They’re still holding a playoff spot and still holding out hope that things will start to fall in place with some key players soon set to return from injury. However, they also recognize the need to retreat into the safety of the team environment with the heat being dialled up around them.

“As a team, we’re trying to stay calm,” said Mitch Marner. “I know media’s a big part in this city that we play in. I think for our team it’s just about staying off that — the social media, people are just going to start getting on us and we’re a unit in here, we’re a team.

“We know what to say to each other to get ourselves going.”

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An Injured Jake Muzzin Is A Big Loss For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

To understand how quickly Jake Muzzin became part of the Toronto Maple Leafs fabric, it’s instructive to reflect on his uneasy beginning with the team.

"There’s no question about it: It’s not perfect, it’s what we got," former coach Mike Babcock said, infamously, on Muzzin’s first day with the Leafs a little more than a year ago. He was referencing the imbalance of left- and right-handed shots among the defence corps, but he just as easily could have been talking about how the defenceman felt amid the shock of his first NHL trade.

Those early days in Toronto were tough.

"I was living in a hotel with three dogs and a pregnant wife," Muzzin said recently. "Yeah, there was a lot of s––t going on."

Fast forward to the dark feeling hovering over the team after Wednesday’s announcement that the 31-year-old will be out approximately four weeks with a broken right hand.

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Video- If You Took A Night Off From Hockey Tonight Carolina/Toronto

This is what you missed.

A 42 year-old emergency goalie, David Ayres, became the oldest goalie to win a game in his debut.

 

 

added 10:50pm, Watch from in the Canes room below.

added 11:05pm, Below, watch Craig Button on the Leafs.

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Perhaps The Leafs Aren’t Very Good

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t poorly coached, under-motivated or not yet fully “processed.”

Maybe the Leafs are just bad.

Because once you strip away the stats and expectations, they look bad. For short bursts – for instance, giving up a Keystone Kops goal immediately after blowing a 5-on-3 advantage – they look like they’ve pooled their money and bet against themselves.

If you didn’t come into Leafs games knowing who is supposed to be good and who isn’t, you might think 36-year-old journeyman Jason Spezza is the star of the roster. Because he’s often the only one who looks like he is a) trying and b) also using his brain while doing so.

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