5:19 AM EST, Tue November 24, 2020
20 hours ago
Winter T25: Community Vote

Winter T25: Community Vote

Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via The community vote is bigger, better, and more animated than every before. Vote now! Vote only once, though. It’s time once again for you to vote! You get to rank your top 25 Maple Leafs prospects under 25, and as we reveal our list in the coming weeks, we’ll compare your votes to our official ranking. This year, the survey site has moved well into the 21st century and should be visible for most users embedded below. If it’s not, use this link: Take me to the Survey This survey should work on most mobile...
21 hours ago
Winter T25U25: New to the list

Winter T25U25: New to the list

Joey has no idea how this happened. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Kyle Dubas made some deals and did some magic multiplication on the draft picks, giving us a lot of new names on the list. For the Winter T25U25 list, we were expecting to have some new names since the Leafs had a lot of draft picks. By the time the draft arrived, those picks just started to multiply. By the end of the draft, they’d all turned into actual people, not ideas of people, which should make everyone happy. The Summer list had three draft picks ranked, the second rounder was tenth, and the two...
23 hours ago
Monday’s FTB: Rodion Amirov. That’s it. That’s the post.

Monday’s FTB: Rodion Amirov. That’s it. That’s the post.

Photo by VESA MOILANEN/Lehtikuva/AFP via Let’s fast forward to when 27 - er - 72? is in a Leafs uniform I don’t know about you, but the NHL Draft has become one of my personal favourite time of the year. Not because it’s a two-day stretch where the next “Ones” are brought into your respective organization, but because of all the outrage on Twitter that arises from it (Leafs Twitter, I’m looking at you). Kyle Dubas gave Leafs fans something to talk about that October evening. Many appear to forget the only reason Leafs nation was even able to participate...
Nov 22, 2020
Back to Excited Episode 123 - Around the NHL (Part 2)

Back to Excited Episode 123 - Around the NHL (Part 2)

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports From Montreal to Winnipeg, we wrap up our leaguewide discussion Welcome to another episode of Back to Excited. Today we discuss the second half of the league in our Around the NHL series. Timestamps are: Montreal Canadiens [1:30] Nashville Predators [18:00] New Jersey Devils [29:46] New York Islanders [35:58] New York Rangers [47:13] Ottawa Senators [51:41] Philadelphia Flyers [59:54] Pittsburgh Penguins [1:05:24] San Jose Sharks [1:10:44] St. Louis Blues [1:13:19] Tampa Bay Lightning [1:19:47] Vancouver Canucks [1:27:29] Vegas Golden...
Nov 22, 2020
Sunday’s FTB: Negative positives

Sunday’s FTB: Negative positives

Playing all their games outside would probably be safer right now. | Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ More junior and college hockey games are being canceled because of positive covid-19 tests. It didn’t take long for Hockey East to have its first covid-19 postponement; the season opener on Friday between Boston College and the University of New Hampshire was postponed due to an inconclusive test. There was some hope that they’d play Saturday’s game as scheduled, but then today after a second test, “inconclusive” became “positive” and the whole...
Nov 21, 2020
Saturday FTB: NHL’s return to play plan to include mutant turtles?

Saturday FTB: NHL’s return to play plan to include mutant turtles?

Photo by Codie McLachlan/ A tragic accident with Braden Holtby’s pets in Toronto gave Gary Bettman an idea A series of bizarre but seemingly isolated incidents involving hockey players and turtles has led to tragedy. But the NHL has reportedly seen an opportunity to play a full season without risking the health of their players — using mutant turtle men that are immune to COVID-19. But let’s go back to the beginning. It all starts with Braden Holtby and his new contract with the Vancouver Canucks. After signing the new deal, Holtby and his family began the...
Nov 20, 2020
It’s beginning to look a lot like WJC season

It’s beginning to look a lot like WJC season

Get up! You’re on the list. | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Russia announces their long list for their WJC camp. Today the Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced their long list for their World Junior Championship camp which is set to open on November 29 in Novogorsk. Штаб сборной определил расширенный состав команды для участия в сборе перед молодёжным чемпионатом мира.Уже 29 ноября команда соберётся в Новогорске, где после...
Nov 20, 2020
Mikko Lehtonen released from Jokerit loan

Mikko Lehtonen released from Jokerit loan

Antti Niemi checks in on Lehtonen’s defending in a KHL game from last season. | Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via The Leafs defender is now free to come to Toronto (after all, Russia already gave him COVID-19 as a parting gift). #Jokerit and Mikko Lehtonen have mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract. Next stop for him is Toronto.Thank you Mikko and all the best in North America!#KHL pic.twitter.com/OgrrJVMuVV— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) November 20, 2020 Mikko Lehtonen, signed by Toronto in the offseason and loaned back to Jokerit when this...
Nov 20, 2020
Friday's FTB: Games are being cancelled to no ones surprise

Friday's FTB: Games are being cancelled to no ones surprise

Photo by Mike Dembeck/ Also: Joe Thornton is in Switzerland? Good morning fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs and associated hockey programs. After being the only good hockey division in North America this season, the QMJHLs Maritime Conference is catching up to the rest of the world and cancelling games: Our upcoming games tomorrow & Saturday have been postponed now that Moncton has moved into the orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Our games against Cape Breton have been postponed. We will have more info on re-scheduled games in the coming days....
Nov 19, 2020
Thursday’s FTB: Show me the money!

Thursday’s FTB: Show me the money!

Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via NHL Players want some assurances on pay that the NHL isn’t going to give them. Time is short to get a new NHL season underway in January and both sides are squabbling about money. Because of course that’s what it’s about! Or is it? We all know that actual paid salary in the NHL (and many other sports) has for years been derived by revenue sharing agreements that mean players don’t actually get what their contract says they will. The contract values are really more about an individuals share of the player’s pie, which is...
Nov 18, 2020
Newfoundland Growlers to sit out the 2020-2021 season

Newfoundland Growlers to sit out the 2020-2021 season

Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via They give up the chance to defend their championship to preserve the safety of their players. Today we expect the Newfoundland Growlers to announce they will sit out the 2020-2021 ECHL season. More on the ECHL situation - Expect the entire North Division to cease operations for the season. That's Adirondack, Brampton, Maine, Newfoundland, Reading and Worcester. Official announcement expected around 2ET.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 18, 2020 The defending Kelly Cup champions cannot now defend their title,...
Nov 18, 2020
Winter T25U25: Gone but not forgotten

Winter T25U25: Gone but not forgotten

Not after you read this list, at least. Today, as we gear up slowly for our second Top 25 Under 25 vote, it’s a chance to pay homage to the names gone off this list. We used to love them, but now they’re on another team, and if history is anything to go by, we’ll forget they existed until they show up when they’re 35 for one season on the bottom six. Max Veronneau One of the oldest players on our summer list, he turns 25 in about a month. He’s also gone, technically, but he’s one of many NHL-contracted AHL players of some ability without a contract in this weird...
Nov 18, 2020
Wednesday FTB: Planning for the next season continues

Wednesday FTB: Planning for the next season continues

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via We got some small updates again, but next season’s start remains unclear Yesterday, we had some new little tidbits on the discussions between the NHL and the Player’s Association representatives. Discussions, it seems, that are more negotiations currently. First came some tweets from Pierre LeBrun: NHL/NHLPA continue to hammer away in daily calls, trying to put together a plan for the '21 season. The 16-player RTP committee has convened nearly every day over the past week, but internally, not with the NHL. The NHL/NHLPA...
Nov 17, 2020
FTB: Should the Raptors play in an all-Canadian division?

FTB: Should the Raptors play in an all-Canadian division?

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via First Tampa came for the Leafs colours, now they are coming for our basketball team! If the Raptors can't play in Toronto, sources tell @michaelgrange that Amalie Arena – home of the Tampa Bay Lightning – is the team's most likely landing spot.But for players and staff, what's wanted most right now is certainty one way or the other.https://t.co/o7toKvsNYA— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 17, 2020 The Toronto Raptors, who are due to start playing soon, have a problem. They want to play in Canada, and for some reson the NBA thinks they might not...
Nov 16, 2020
The Hater’s Guide To The NHL’s Reverse Retro Jerseys

The Hater’s Guide To The NHL’s Reverse Retro Jerseys

Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via It’s November. Let’s get mad! The NHL, in conjunction with Adidas, has released a new line of jerseys. The ideal person to review these jerseys would be someone with an in-depth understanding of visual design, and who genuinely likes and values jerseys. However, instead we have me. I don’t like almost anything. Let’s do this! Anaheim Ducks The moment you've been waiting for! Check out these beautiful #ReverseRetro jerseys by @adidashockey ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/V9RBDOxM6C— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2020 Let’s start off with something oh Jesus...