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Report- The Colorado Avalanche Have Interest In Kyle Dubas

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...respected Toronto-based Sportsnet and NHL Network reporter Elliotte Friedman on Tuesday said that the Avalanche had asked for and received permission to speak with Maple Leafs assistant general manger Kyle Dubas, 30, about a job with the Colorado organization. Presumably that would involve something more than a parallel move for Dubas, with Sakic moving up in the Kroenke Sports hierarchy and-or a massaging of job titles in the hockey front office.

Team president Josh Kroenke three weeks ago said of Sakic: “Joe’s leash hasn’t changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic. We’re going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I’m going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. At the end of the day, Joe wants what’s best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that’s him in his current role or something else, it doesn’t matter. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better.”

On Tuesday night, Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said, “We will not comment on rumors.”

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A Seven-Year Contract Extension For Nikita Zaitsev In Toronto

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A Step At A Time For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to keep expectations in check for next season.

The Leafs leaped from last-place in the NHL to an unlikely playoff spot and near upending of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in the first round. But the organization appears to be guarding against expectations jumping too high too fast for a young team led by 19-year-old Auston Matthews.

“It’s a step,” Lou Lamoriello, the Leafs general manager, said of the team’s surprisingly positive 2016-17 campaign. “(But) it’s going to get more difficult. Teams are going to look at you a little different — the way they approach you. Teams are going to know your tendencies as a player and how they can stop you. So there’s a lot that has to transpire. That’s why it’s just a step.”

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The Leafs posted some videos today too, you can watch them all here.

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Audio/Video- Are You Envious Of The Toronto Maple Leafs?

via Sporstnet's YouTube page,

NHL insider Glenn Healy says not only is Toronto now a desired destination for free agents, but owners and players around the league are envious of the Maple Leafs organization.

 

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Close But No Cigar For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

It was more of a beginning than an ending for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Oh, Air Canada Centre hushed when Marcus Johansson scored 6:31 into overtime Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win and eliminating the Maple Leafs in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.

But as the Maple Leafs consoled goaltender Frederik Andersen, the fans applauded. As the players looked up at the scoreboard screen for a replay of the winning goal, the fans chanted, "Go Leafs Go!"

"It gives you goose bumps, even after it ended right there, just how loud the building got for us," Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk said. "They know how far we've come and the effort we've put forth. We're proud to play for this city and for those fans. I think there's a bright future for us."

A year ago, the Maple Leafs missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. They finished 30th in the NHL standings, dead last.

And here they were as the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, facing a team that had won the Presidents' Trophy as the League's top regular-season team for the second straight season, a popular pick to win it all.

It was a matchup that would have been No. 8 vs. No. 1 in the old seeding system, a mismatch on paper and in pixels, and it wasn't a mismatch at all.

It was a classic.

The Maple Leafs and Capitals played six one-goal games. Five went to overtime, tying the NHL record for a playoff series. The Capitals scored 18 goals, the Maple Leafs 16. The Maple Leafs took 213 shots, the Capitals 211.

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Video- Marcus Johnansson Scores In OT, Capitals Advance

It will be Washington against Pittsburgh in the second round

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Now Face A Must Win Game 6

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Mike Babcock could not have been making a guarantee, if only because to guarantee a win in this series is like guaranteeing you’ll win a coin flip.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had just lost Game 5 and fallen behind Washington 3-2 in the series, and the Leafs coach said, “We’ve been in overtime four times, it’s a good competitive series, we believe we still have a chance to win, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”

But, no guarantees. This series has been a prizefight with your shadow, and the difference between these two teams is that the Washington Capitals have scored the last goal. Sixty-four seconds into OT the Capitals executed a perfect zone entry that ended with Justin Williams beating Frederik Andersen from the slot. The final score was 2-1, and can eliminate Toronto Sunday night.

“It’s a game of inches,” said Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who scored Toronto’s lone goal six minutes into the second period. “Especially at this point of the season, in the playoffs, it’s just one shot. If it’s in their net, maybe the series is 3-2 us. It’s just a game of inches.”

“Mr. Game 7,” said Ovechkin, referring to Williams. “It’s all it takes. One shot and we get the (series) lead.”

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Uphill Battle Now Facing The Toronto Maple Leafs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The playoff pressure pendulum that was stuck on the Washington Capitals for the past two games is now bearing down on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Their skate-like-crazy, throw-pucks-at-the-net, see-what-happens style made the Leafs the talk of the NHL for the first week of the playoffs.

But now that the Capitals gave them a good lesson on playoff hockey in Game 4 – yes, the Leafs made it close near the end but that was only on the scoreboard – it is time to see if the roller-coaster team really is ready to stay ahead of the rebuilding plan and finish this upset, which looked so close until the Caps tied the first-round series with that 5-4 win on Wednesday.

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The best-of-seven series is now a best-of-three, with two games in Washington. The Leafs have more than a chance to win but that means once again bouncing back against the best regular-season team in the league. Game 5 may well decide this, since the winner gets a 3-2 lead, one game from ending it in what is a battle of the psyches as much as on the ice.

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The Leafs Were Not Good Enough Last Night

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The scoreboard read 5-4 and the landmines were scattered everywhere.

About the only victory the Toronto Maple Leafs could claim on Wednesday night is that they managed to pack up and leave Air Canada Centre without stepping on any of them.

There were several different ways a Game 4 loss could have been chalked up as an aw-shucks near-miss, from the 19-3 shots advantage over Washington in the third period to the fact they came within a botched 1-on-4 clearing attempt from forcing overtime.

But the Leafs instead took a deeper level of self-reflection and thus avoided lying to themselves about what really happened here.

“For sure, it is a lost opportunity,” said head coach Mike Babcock. “It doesn’t feel like it – it is. I think Game 1 in their building you could say that, but I didn’t feel like that, I just felt that was a confidence builder for our team. You’re playing a team, they’re the best team in hockey and here you are.

“I thought today was the first time that maybe we weren't scared enough of them and it looked like it because our competition level wasn’t good enough.”

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Video- Washington/Toronto, You Make The Call

Washington did win the game 5-4 over Toronto, but what do you think of this no goal call?

 

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