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For the Maple Leafs and many other elite athletes, lockdown doesn’t mean locked out

For the Maple Leafs and many other elite athletes, lockdown doesn’t mean locked out

As the Leafs continue to prepare for what they hope will be a January start to the NHL season, they are far from the only athletes continuing to train through Lockdown 2.0. Other Toronto-based NHLers and high-performance figure skaters are also allowed on some rinks. Canada’s Olympians and Paralympians remain eligible to train with swimmers at the national aquatic centre in Scarborough, while cyclists have access to the velodrome in Milton.
Nov 20, 2020
Leafs’ hopeful Mikko Lehtonen ends stint with Jokerit as NHL season nears

Leafs’ hopeful Mikko Lehtonen ends stint with Jokerit as NHL season nears

Lehtonen, the KHL defenceman of the year last season, will need to quarantine for two weeks before Leafs camp opens.
Nov 20, 2020
Losing, boozing and fear of flying: How Rick Vaive lost his joy for hockey with the Maple Leafs

Losing, boozing and fear of flying: How Rick Vaive lost his joy for hockey with the Maple Leafs

In his new book “Catch 22,” the former Leafs captain and 50-goal marksman dishes on life with the downtrodden Leafs in the 1980s, and how he coped with a deep fear of air travel.
Nov 11, 2020
Marner, Muzzin and Sittler answer questions from veterans in Leafs’ virtual Remembrance Day visit

Marner, Muzzin and Sittler answer questions from veterans in Leafs’ virtual Remembrance Day visit

“We can’t thank you enough for the service ...” Muzzin said during the virtual visit at Sunnybrook hospital.
Nov 9, 2020
Dave Feschuk: If the Maple Leafs try icing three defencemen at a time — oh, the outrage — they’ll have history on their side

Dave Feschuk: If the Maple Leafs try icing three defencemen at a time — oh, the outrage — they’ll have history on their side

Former Marlies assistant Jack Han, a vocal proponent of the 3D strategy, said a number of fellow coaches contacted him recently with stories of using it at various levels below the NHL. Some reported success. His advice to the (many) doubters: Don’t dismiss it until you see it in action, Dave Feschuk writes.
Nov 7, 2020
Dave Feschuk: What if the Maple Leafs experimented with three defencemen and two forwards? It’s worth a shot

Dave Feschuk: What if the Maple Leafs experimented with three defencemen and two forwards? It’s worth a shot

Not every team is built to break with tradition and ice three blueliners, but it makes a lot of sense for the retooled Leafs, says former Marlies assistant Jack Han: “They’re heavy up top, and they have a lot of Ds who are OK but need a little help. It’s a configuration that can help them.” Coach Sheldon Keefe just might try it.
Nov 6, 2020
New Maple Leafs defenceman T.J. Brodie will bring a ‘meat and potatoes’ approach

New Maple Leafs defenceman T.J. Brodie will bring a ‘meat and potatoes’ approach

There’s nothing flashy about him, analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascal says, but “he’s a team-first guy, and he’ll play to the strengths of who he’s playing with.”
Nov 2, 2020
Michael Hutchinson returns to the Maple Leafs with scars from the last time, which also took a toll on his family

Michael Hutchinson returns to the Maple Leafs with scars from the last time, which also took a toll on his family

In his decade-plus as a pro goaltender who’s nobody’s game-stealing saviour, Hutchinson has had to make peace with social media’s uglier side to survive, Dave Feschuk writes.
Nov 2, 2020
Maple Leafs boss Brendan Shanahan says coaching has crossed his mind — down the road

Maple Leafs boss Brendan Shanahan says coaching has crossed his mind — down the road

Shanahan also talked about player drama and contract squabbles on the “SmartLess” podcast.
Oct 30, 2020
Why the Maple Leafs gave Michael Hutchinson (and Joey Anderson) multi-year contracts

Why the Maple Leafs gave Michael Hutchinson (and Joey Anderson) multi-year contracts

Hutchinson returns from Colorado as no better than fourth on the goalie depth chart, but the Leafs are thinking a bit further down the road — including the expansion draft to stock the Seattle Kraken.
Oct 24, 2020
Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott will have to fight for his job, and fight for his payday

Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott will have to fight for his job, and fight for his payday

Three-year veteran knows he will have to be consistent on a blue line that appears deeper than in years past.