What’s Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have now lost 9 straight games, and before their current losing streak, they were an abysmal 3-8-0. Adding up to a grand total of 3-16-1 in their last 20 games. The only humour in the otherwise bleak situation might be that before this current 3-16-1 stretch they went on a 10-1-1 streak. The Leafs recent record has many scratching their heads. Not many people thought the Leafs were a cup contender, but many had them at least battling for a playoff spot. Currently, the only thrills Maple Leaf fans can hope for after the regular season will be possessing a draft lottery pick. The struggling Maple Leafs have not technically been eliminated from the playoff race. However, it would take something like a 22-8-1 record in their remaining 31 games to get them to 93 points, which was how many it took to get into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference last season.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Leo ‘The Lion’ Komarov

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Leo Komarov is off to a great start in his second stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27 year old Finnish forward was born in Estonia and speaks 5 languages, he can also play classical piano despite having no formal training. While all that is interesting food for thought, the most fascinating thing about Leo Komarov is how he plays the game of hockey. It would not be an easy task to compile a list of players who possess more grit than Komarov. Komarov  has put up 9 assists and 1 goal in 15 games so far this season. Although eclipsing his point total from his first  NHL season (42 games) after just 15 games is impressive, what this Finnish missile brings to the team extends far beyond offense. He finishes virtually all of his checks, is great defensively and seems to have the character of a great leader.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Is Tyler Bozak Batman?

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Tyler Bozak is the 28 year old 6’1″, 195 lb center who has received his fair share of criticism since becoming a Leaf in 2009. Number 42 for the Maple Leafs was never drafted, but was still a sought after free agent during the 2008-2009 off-season. Bozak played college hockey instead of junior, which is one reason he may not have been drafted as college players are more likely to be overlooked. Regardless, after signing his first ever pro contract with the Maple Leafs, a 23 year old Bozak came to camp as a rookie with high expectations.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Why Have the Leafs Sucked for 47 Years?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the most financially successful team in the NHL. The Leafs are more valuable than the 5 least rich teams in the league. They are worth an estimated 1.15 billion dollars, and are the only NHL team worth more than a billion. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup in 47 years. The irony of the Leafs having such monetary success with so little on the ice is staggering. An organization which virtually sells out every game and has the financial power to make itself one of the most well equipped elite franchises in all of sports. Even in a salary cap based system. A team who has just has failed to achieve hockey’s ultimate goal for so long. Why have the Leafs failed like they have? Why are they on the end of so many jokes? ESPN recently ranked them to be the worst franchise in North America of all of the major 4 sports leagues, are they?

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Is the NHL Responsible for Brain Damage?

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With as many as 10 000 litigants, the NHL is facing serious consequences for the concussions of their players and former players. The players are attempting to prosecute the league for not making them aware of the dangers of concussions. Did the NHL withhold information about the dangers of concussions in order to keep the league profitable? Or is this situation one where the league could not have possibly known about the affects of concussions because the research did not yet exist?

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Reinforcements for the Maple Leafs

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The Maple Leafs will have a lot of new faces around the rink this year. The Leafs have done an overhaul of their bottom six forwards and have also changed several defenders. All of the new players will be looking to make an impact this season in their own ways. The newly signed players who are hoping to make the team this season are: David Booth, Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Roman Polak, Stephane Robidas, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. This is a summary of what each player brings to the table.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: As the Leafs Begin to Change

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The last two seasons have seen two monumental collapses for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They seemed like locks to make the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the last month of the season. They looked as though they had the Boston Bruins exactly where they wanted them the year prior. So what happened? Was it Coaching? Leadership? Or was the pressure of the biggest market in hockey just too much for the young group of players to handle? It was impossible to say for sure what has happened the last two years, the only guarantee was that something had to change. This “culture change” as it was called by the management was put forth so that the events of the last two seasons would not be in vain, they had to be learned from. New players were brought in, managers and the coaching staff were changed and a new president was hired.  However, what it all boils down to is, will the changes be enough?

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