Top 25 Under 25: Timothy Liljegren is ready for the NHL at #7

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2020-07-09

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25: Timothy Liljegren #37 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots the puck during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on February 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images After working hard on defense, Liljegren has put it all together and is ready for the NHL. Approximately a year ago, we asked whether Timothy Liljegren could take the same step forward offensively in his age-20 season as he did defensively during his age-19 seas

What to expect from Zach Hyman this summer

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2020-07-09

Zach Hyman has created an interesting legacy in his Toronto Maple Leafs career. He went from being a “who the heck is that guy?” when he was acquired from Florida for Greg McKegg, to a scapegoat for being the odd man out on some dominant lines in the Leafs first few seasons, and has now gotten praise from just about everyone, being looked at as someone who belongs and thrives in a top six role. Hyman missed the first month of the 2019-20 season due to an ACL injury he acquired midway throug

Thursday’s FTB: the NHL has escrow debt now

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2020-07-09

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 10: Mitch Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates off the ice after recieving one of the games stars against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Scotiabank Arena on March 10, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images Is it too late to re-negotiate Mitch’s contract? I didn’t even know this was a thing. In fact, the NHL probably made it up while the COVID-19 pandemic did a number and a half on the league’s revenue for the year. Th

Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Be Playing In The 2022 Olympics?

Source: Editor in Leaf
Date: 2020-07-09

The NHL announced that their players will be returning to play in the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2014. Although injuries are a risk, this will be a joyous occasion for many Toronto Maple Leafs players who will get to represent their country for the first time at the Olympics. The Olympics are […] Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Be Playing In The 2022 Olympics? - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New CBA details and how they affect the Leafs

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2020-07-09

If you’re a fan of hockey, collective agreements, or both, it’s been an interesting few days. The NHLPA Executive Committee has approved the CBA and now it has been put to a general vote from their membership requiring a simple majority to pass. That won’t be finalized until Friday and in the meantime we are learning more about the document itself. Here are some of the key pieces of information… Tentative dates listed in #NHL and #NHLPA Memorandum of Understanding: Later of Oct. 9 or 7

Report: Next season might start this year

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2020-07-08

We might see this guy sooner than we thought. | Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images A new, tighter timeline has been leaked from the new CBA. With the new CBA and Return to Play plan working through the voting process, new details on the timing for next season have been discovered. It sounds like the summary of the CBA the players are using to vote on has been leaked. The #FreeAgentFrenzy interview period has now been eliminated under new CBA. Back to old school, scramble on the p

Maple Leafs’ Health & Experience Key to Beating Blue Jackets

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-07-08

As we inch closer to the qualifying rounds, teams are preparing for Aug. 1. While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto offer reassurance that the players will be in a safe environment where cases are on the decline. With everyone’s safety in mind, fans are hoping that the NHL’s Return to Play plan will work out and that they’ll get to see hockey for the first time since the season was suspended in March. Related: Maple Leafs’ Draft Picks

What to expect from Pierre Engvall this summer

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2020-07-08

Pierre Engvall has travelled a long road to get to the NHL as a 7th round draft pick unearthed by Swedish super scout, Thommie Bergman, in the 2014 draft. Always a long shot, he would spend four more seasons playing in Sweden before joining the Marlies to finish the 2017-2018 season. After a full season and a bit in the AHL, Engvall finally made his Maple Leafs debut in November of 2019 in what would be Mike Babcock’s final game behind the Leafs bench. And while it may have taken him a while

Phase 3 Training Camp Preview: Can Frederik Andersen go the distance?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2020-07-08

So… where were we? Ah, yes: Auston Matthews scored his 47th goal of the campaign early in the third period and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as Toronto picked up a crucial 2-1 victory over Tampa to snap an ugly three-game slide… That was back on March 10, about four years months ago, in a game that brought a little hope to Maple Leafs fans who were beginning to fret about the lack of offensive power down the stretch and the fate of the banged-up blue line. Little did we all know at the ti

What to expect from Morgan Rielly this summer?

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2020-07-08

Morgan Rielly entered the 2019-20 season at an all-time high. Fresh off a career high 20-goal, 72-point season that saw Rielly finish fifth in Norris Trophy voting, I for one was very excited to see what kind of encore performance Rielly would give us this year. Unfortunately, Rielly failed to improve upon or even replicate his performance from last season. Injuries to himself and others on the team, ice-time allocation, a coaching change and more all contributed to Rielly have a down year. For

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