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Two More Years For Mark Giordano In Toronto

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Mark Giordano to a two-year contract extension. The average annual value of the contract is $800,000.

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Mitch Marner Okay After Carjacking

from Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday morning.

"We can confirm Mitch Marner was the unfortunate victim of a carjacking in Etobicoke on Monday evening. He was unharmed in the incident and the Club & Mitch are thankful for Toronto Police Services’ support. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Toronto Police Services," the statement reads. "TPS has asked that neither Mitch or the Club comment any further on the details of the incident as this is an ongoing investigation."

Toronto Police tweeted about a man being robbed of his Range Rover on Monday at 7:46 p.m. ET in the southwest portion of the city.

more, 2 guns and a knife were involved...

Marner was not made available to the media today, but Auston Matthews was.

 

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All Don Cherry

from Joe Warmngton o the Toronto Sun,

Grapes on a comeback to Hockey Night in Canada?

While “I do miss Coach’s Corner and going down there on Saturday nights,” it’s unlikely because “the truth is people are afraid of me.” He said with today’s TV, “you have to get along with people, and you say the right thing,” and “I don’t.”

That’s why so many people watched. What Cherry brought has not been replaced. People in sports bars don’t turn up the volume anymore during the first intermission.

Grapes on possibility of he and Ron MacLean patching things up?

Cherry said while he doesn’t harbour any animosity, “I don’t think I could ever forget, though. I don’t think we will ever be friends again.”

more, including the state of the Leafs...

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Now What Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is eight seasons for Shanahan on the job, with his hand-picked general manager Kyle Dubas and the GM’s hand-picked coach Sheldon Keefe. In sports, that’s a lifetime on the job. In those eight seasons, six of them in the playoffs, one of them bottoming out which brought them, Auston Matthews, they are one of just five teams in the NHL to not have won a playoff series in that time.

Toronto. New Jersey, Detroit. Los Angeles. Seattle. This is the company the Leafs now find themselves among. New Jersey won a bunch of Stanley Cups years ago. The Red Wings had an amazing run of championships and near championships. The Kings won two just before Shanahan was hired. As also-ran go, the Leafs are in their own territory....

A team with an owner would be firing somebody this week because that’s what owners tend to do. They act emotionally. They hear fans. They don’t always do the right thing.

And sometimes an owner says to his president, you have to fire your general manager, and the president says no. And the owner counters with, okay, then I’m firing you.

And maybe the owner is firing the GM. And maybe that means the coach is going too.

The difficulty in all this is that Shanahan has positioned the Leafs to succeed, except when it matters most. Dubas has done some fine work, only the teams he has built haven’t won a thing. Keefe has an amazing regular-season record as coach, but a .421 record in the post-season.

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Afternoon Line- Sheldon Keefe

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The Aftermath After Another First Round Loss By The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Better team.

Tougher opponent.

Same devastating finish.

The best version of these Toronto Maple Leafs lost a 2-1 heartbreaker on home ice to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday and once again saw their post-season end in seven games or less.

The difference between this version, this defeat, is that they showed up and gave the two-time champions everything they could muster, never trailing the series until it was all over.

“The Leafs have a helluva team,” said Tampa’s Jon Cooper, who coaches a helluva team himself. “And they’ve been knocking at the door for so long. That's why such a big deal has been made about them not advancing in a series — because they are a really good team.

“I think they've grown as a group. I think their stars are stars. And they've got a really good team game and coach does a helluva job.”

Indeed, heads should be held high.

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from Michel Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

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Desperate Time In Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Overtime goals are rarely acts of beauty.

They are often shots of desperation, pucks banged at, not aimed, with bodies piled up around the net.

That kind of desperate play is why the Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 6 in overtime. It may be the real difference between the Maple Leafs and the Stanley Cup-champion Lightning through six games of a highly competitive back-and-forth first-round playoff series.

The Leafs may have dominated overtime up until the point of Brayden Point’s bang-bang winning goal.

Just as they dominated overtime in Game 6 a year ago against a lesser team from Montreal, then turned the puck over once and lost the game and, eventually, the series.

With all of their goal-scoring skill, what the Leafs can lack at big moments is the kind of desperation the Lightning has shown in this series and in the previous two playoff runs as champions of the National Hockey League. It may sound cliche, but it isn’t. It’s the difference between winning a series and losing it. There is nowhere to mark ‘desperation’ on the game sheet, but you can see it and coach Jon Cooper demands it from his players — pucks to the net, go to the net.

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We Have A Game 7 Between Toronto And Tampa

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Don’t go exorcising those playoff ghosts just yet.

The Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning will decide their best-of-seven first-round series in Game 7 in Toronto on Saturday night.

The Leafs’ elimination-game frustration continued on Thursday night at Amalie Arena, as Toronto failed to put away the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion and lost 4-3 in overtime.

Brayden Point scored the winning goal at 18:04 of the extra period, sliding a rebound past Leafs goalie Jack Campbell. 

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made nine saves in overtime, including tough stops on Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev.

Since 2018, the Leafs are 0-8 in elimination games. A ninth consecutive loss on Saturday would make a short memory of the best regular season in Leafs history, when the team set franchise records with 54 wins and 115 points.

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The game highlight package is below.

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Time For Auston Matthews To Shine

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is the time the best players come out and play. The way Kirill Kaprizov has emerged during the season and now in the post-season in Minnesota. The best players flex their muscles. They do what others can’t do. They take over games and, if they can, they take over series. This is the Leafs’ eighth series-clinching game of Matthews’ time in Toronto.

The scorecard on this is not a good one: They are 0-and-7 in possible elimination games. In those seven games, Matthews has one goal and two assists. In four of those games, he had no points at all. Now it’s his turn to grab his piece of the Hart and show it off Thursday night. At loud and louder Amalie Arena, a modern-day Chicago Stadium without the grunge. Where he’ll likely be playing against the defensive wizards Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli. Where not everything is set up in his favour.

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Afternoon Line- Jon Cooper

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