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The Toronto Maple Leafs Need To Be A Hungry Team

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The first obstacle the Maple Leafs have to overcome at training camp will be overconfidence.

Born of a strong showing in 2016-17, an unexpected playoff appearance, a raft of rookie scoring records and personal bests by others, the Leafs will enter camp in a few weeks with something of a swagger. Just don’t get too far ahead of yourself, advises village elder James van Riemsdyk.

“We had guys who played great last year,” the 28-year-old left winger conceded Tuesday as he joined the team’s summer workouts, “but when you lose in the playoffs, you have to improve. You can’t be content because things are always changing. If you get content, then you’re not looking far enough ahead about what we can do as a whole and you don’t keep taking those steps forward.”

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It’s All About Winning Now For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Look, the fierce clash between angst and excitement that squared off through Leafs Nation Sunday at the announcement that the Leafs are shelling out a cap hit of $6.25 million over each of the next three years for a player who will be 38 on opening night this coming October is understandable.

Is it a panic move a la the Brian Burke era, where plans to stay the course for a rebuild were derailed by the lure of veteran free agents? Remember Mike Komisarek?

Or is it a shrewd realization that quick actions like this must be taken before budding superstar Auston Matthews and his handlers come looking to win the lottery in his next contract, the league’s financial landscape having been altered by the reported eight-year deal worth in excess of $13 million per season that the Oilers’ Connor McDavid is on the verge of receiving?

Whichever side you take in this argument, there is no debating this point: The addition of Marleau signifies the Maple Leafs are in a win-now mode, like it or not.

Knowing that big paydays are in store for kids such as Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander in the near future, general manager Lou Lamoriello identified a narrow window for this move to be made. Matthews and Marner have two years remaining on their entry level deals and are on pace to break the bank.

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Evening Line- Patrick Marleau

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Patrick Marleau With A Three-Year Contract In Toronto

added 5:40pm,

 

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A Two-Year Contract For Ron Hainsey In Toronto

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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.”

more on the Avalanche...

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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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Game 6 highlights are below...

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