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Orlando Solar Bears Eliminated From ECHL Playoffs

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-04-28

For many young players in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, this season is just getting started. The Toronto Marlies, for example, are flying high and within striking distance of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Tonight, however, their friends on the Orlando Solar Bears bowed out of the ECHL playoffs, falling 1-0 to the Florida Everblades in Game 6 of the opening around.

Which NHL teams need the biggest overhaul?

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

It can be a rebuild or you can miss the playoffs by a few points, either way several teams this offseason need to make adjustments to compete in the near future. These are the teams with the most pressing needs. Toronto Maple Leafs TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 8: The current Toronto Maple Leafs team take in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Leafs 64′ Stancley Cup before action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre February 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images) You probably saw this coming from a mile away. The Leafs are in the biggest need of an overhaul out of anyone on this

Which NHL teams need the biggest overhaul?

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

It can be a rebuild or you can miss the playoffs by a few points, either way several teams this offseason need to make adjustments to compete in the near future. These are the teams with the most pressing needs. Toronto Maple Leafs TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 8: The current Toronto Maple Leafs team take in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Leafs 64′ Stancley Cup before action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre February 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images) You probably saw this coming from a mile away. The Leafs are in the biggest need of an overhaul out of anyone on this

The Case for Drafting Noah Hanifin

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-04-27

View image | gettyimages.com Ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs were locked in with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the debate over who they should target has focused on a handful of players - Erie's Dylan Strome, London's Mitch Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. Also, there were a few who mentioned Lawson Crouse's name but they've since been silenced. Permanently.This week, we'll be taking a closer look at each of these three players (plus a couple surprise dark horses that are not named Lawson Crouse). Today, we'll start with Hanifin, and focus on the three key reasons why he'd be a good fit for the Leafs.More past the jump...

Leafs Net: Bernier, Reimer or Someone New?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-27

(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The Leafs fan-base has a hilarious rivalry: Bernier fans vs. Reimer fans.  And while both goalies are OK and each have things to recommend them, not too much is more meaningless than a knives-out Twitter showdown over who the 27th best team in the NHL should employ as it’s starting goalie. (Not to mention with Edmonton and Buffalo adding McDavid and Eichel, the Leaf are pretty much 29th, at best, now.) That being said, the Leafs do have to make a decision about which goalie to choose going forward. Reimer has one more years at $2.3 million and Bernier is a RFA, meaning the Leafs can sign him or trade  him, but he can’t sign with another team wi

Marcel Pronovost passes away at 84

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2015-04-27

It is with great sadness the Toronto Maple Leafs learned on Sunday of the passing of Marcel Pronovost. He was 84 years old. Pronovost was born on June 15, 1930 in Lac la Tortue, Que. His family then moved to Shawinigan Falls, Que., where he be...

Toronto's draft stock improves thanks to Chicago win

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

Maple Leafs fans did have a rooting interest in these playoffs -- they had to hope the Blackhawks would beat the Predators in order to improve Toronto's standing in this year's draft. Although the first half of the NHL draft order was determined on April 18, the remaining spots are determined by how the playoff teams do in the postseason.Toronto acquired a first-round draft pick from Nashville in a Feb. 15 trade with the Predators. Because Nashville lost in the first round of the playoffs, their draft pick will fall somewhere in the high teens or low 20s instead of later in the draft's first round.As Kenneth Lam of The Hockey Writers pointed out, this makes some highly touted prospects more

Maple Leafs could look to cash in from Kessel trade on restricted free agent market

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

The Leafs are in rebuild mode with very limited cap space available, so one place where they could find some valuable players could be on the restricted free agent market. Bleacher Report recently compiled a list of three RFAs for the Leafs to target, and one name could be of high interest to Maple Leafs fans.That name is Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins defenseman whom Boston selected in the 2011 NHL Draft thanks to a first-round pick from the Phil Kessel trade. Hamilton will be a restricted free agent over the summer, and while Hamilton's potential is high, the Bruins might not be able to keep him due to salary cap issues of their own. Meanwhile, Hamilton's defensive skills could be a great as

Marlies look to win Maple Leafs jobs in AHL playoffs

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

The Toronto Marlies aren't just in a hunt for the Calder Cup this spring; the players are also trying to prove they're worthy of NHL jobs for a team in a full rebuild next season."They’re building up currency for next year," said Marlies coach Gord Dineen to the Toronto Star. "The longer we go, the more they do, the more people will take notice. It will be fresh in people’s mind when they’re coming off a positive feeling going into next year."One of the lines for the Marlies -- featuring Brendan Leipsic, Ryan Rupert and Connor Brown -- could be of special interest to the Maple Leafs, according to the Toronto Star. All three players are 20-year-old rookies in the AHL, and they possess g

Maple Leafs executives look to boost brand with 'high-profile stake-holders'

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-04-27

Toronto fans are not the only ones upset over the way this season went. According to the Toronto Star, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment chief commercial officer Dave Hopkinson said many people in the Toronto front office are losing sleep over the season. "If there was a tipping point on fan frustration, I think we saw it this year,” Hopkinson told the Toronto Star. "Just the overall mood about this team around this city, I've never seen it that bad." Hopkinson seems mostly concerned about the financial impact of the Leafs' poor performance over the year. In March, Toronto saw its lowest-ever attendance for a game at the Air Canada Centre, and a Maple Leafs game was bumped from Hockey

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