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Since 2011, Anthony Petrielli has been providing his weekly long-form breakdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs' games.

Leafs Notebook – Observations at the All-Star Break, Early returns on lineup changes, Jake...

With All-Star weekend complete, the start of the stretch drive now begins. The trade deadline is under a month away. From there, it’s a...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils

Leafs Notebook – Depth line issues, Travis Dermott settling in, Power Play struggles –...

Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs stormed into the playoff scene with a historic rookie class leading their high-flying offense. The team has looked and...
Lou Lamoriello, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks trade

Leafs Notebook – Buy, Sell or Hold at the Trade Deadline? – January 16

The season is over halfway complete, the bye week is about to end, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are firmly a playoff team at...

Leafs Notebook – Auston Matthews’ ice time, breakout struggles, Travis Dermott’s debut – January...

Since he broke into the league in 2016-17, Auston Matthews is tied for second in goals for with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin despite...

Leafs Notebook – New Year’s Resolutions – January 2

With the NHL season about halfway done and 2018 now upon us, it's time for some New Year’s Resolutions, Toronto Maple Leafs edition. Before we...

Leafs Notebook – First bout of adversity & the numbers and video behind why...

For the first time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing some real adversity. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten, are currently...
William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Jake Gardiner and Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – William Nylander at center, power play struggles, shots against – December...

It's an extended notes edition of Leafs Notebook this week. Seems fitting to do it during a week in which the Leafs don’t play...
Mike Babcock on the Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook – Mike Babcock’s line shuffles & an adjustment for the power play...

One of the constants throughout the 2016-17 season was Mike Babcock's line combinations. At one point in the middle of the campaign, he noted that,...
Auston Matthews and William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Taking stock at the quarter pole, line shuffles & breakouts –...

“You’re never as good as you think you are when you win, and you’re never as bad as you feel when you lose.” The Toronto...

Leafs Notebook – The Nikita Zaitsev contract, Morgan Rielly’s hot start & recent adjustments...

This past Spring, before he became a restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. The $4.5...
Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook – Adjustments needed after 2-6 stretch – November 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the first team to eat some humble pie on a west coast road trip, nor will they be the...
Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Dissecting Frederik Andersen’s slow start – October 30

Maybe October just isn’t Frederik Andersen’s month. Last season, he was the new goalie in town and had the type of slow start that gave...

Leafs Notebook – Defence pairs, the Roman Polak signing, “trapping” the Leafs & more...

There has been a common refrain from the Toronto Maple Leafs' opponents so far this season that has gone something along the lines of:...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – An early look at ice time distribution – October 18

Six games into the season, pretty well everything is coming up roses for the 5-1-0 Toronto Maple Leafs. They lead the league in goals per...
Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – A Scintillating Start – October 10

Three games into the Toronto Maple Leafs season, Joel Quenneville has summed it up best so far: "They're good. They're really good. They've got...

Leafs Notebook – Opening Day Edition – October 4

As the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to kick-off the 2017-2018 season in Winnipeg, the team and its fan base are full of hope. They...

Leafs Notebook – Roster battles and the Zach Hyman/Auston Matthews debate – September 25

When Patrick Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer, many thought it would come with an...

Leafs Offseason Notebook: JVR Watch, Sophomore Slumps, Defence Planning

As summer enters the dog days and the Toronto Maple Leafs' offseason looks more or less complete, I can’t help but think of a...

2017 Draft Notebook: Trends, analysis and thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ strategy

When Brendan Shanahan cleaned house and began building his management team in 2015, there was a clear connection to the OHL. Kyle Dubas was the...

Playoff Notebook – Pushed to the Brink – April 22

One big reason the Leafs were successful in making the playoffs this season was their special teams. It went under the radar, but they...

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