Which Leafs roster would have been the greatest of all time if every player were in their prime?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most historic franchises in all of sports. While team success may have eluded them for the past half-century, it hasn’t always been due to a lack of talent. Some of the NHL’s all-time greatest players have donned the blue and white, and currently, 58 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have at one point called themselves Maple Leafs, with a number of others (Joe Thornton, Alex Mogilny) expected to be inducted in the coming years.
However, anyone who has followed this team closely knows that many of those Hall of Famers aren’t exactly known for their career as Maple Leafs. While some of the greatest players in NHL history such as Eric Lindros, Joe Thornton, and Pierre Pilote may have played for the blue and white, it was often near the end of their careers, with their best years long behind them.
That said, it’s time to ask a very important question. What if the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired these players in their prime? In fact, what if everyone who ever played for Toronto was in their prime, including the guys who were great for a season or …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Leafs prospects Matthew Knies, Ryan Tverberg named to World Juniors camp rosters

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Well, not quite yet, but for two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects, their World Junior Hockey Championship dreams are a lot closer to coming true. American Matthew Knies, Toronto’s 2021 2nd round pick, and Canadian Ryan Tverberg, Toronto’s 2020 7th round pick, were both named to their respective nation’s World Juniors preliminary camp rosters.
For Matthew Knies, this was not a surprise whatsoever. While he has yet to play for the United States at a major international tournament, Knies is expected to be a major contributor in the USA’s top six. He starred for the United States at the World Junior Summer Showcase in August, scoring four goals and seven points in five games. Factor in his excellent play so far at the University of Minnesota, where he has 15 points in 16 games as a freshman, and Knies was a no-brainer pick for this roster.

Always follow your shot for the rebound, right @GopherMBB ?@Matthew_Knies pic.twitter.com/MN8KB6nxlc
— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 20, 2021

The question for Knies is who he will play with, rather than will he make the final roster. With his combination of size ( …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Is it worth revisiting Pascal Siakam-Warriors trade package?

Raptors: Is it worth revisiting Pascal Siakam-Warriors trade package?

Pascal Siakam may be the most decorated star on the Toronto Raptors, but the further we get from the heights of the 2019 title run, questions about his ability to be the unquestioned No. 1 option on a title-winning team continue to sprout up. While there have been moments of success for both the player […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

4 best quotes from Raptors star Fred VanVleet on “All The Smoke”

4 best quotes from Raptors star Fred VanVleet on “All The Smoke”

The Toronto Raptors are extremely lucky to have one of the most promising point guards in the league in Fred VanVleet. Toronto’s recent regular-season success combined with a story that comes straight out of a Hollywood screenwriter’s room has helped endear VanVleet to the larger NBA media landscape. Very few 6-0 points guards make it […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Dion Phaneuf deserves respect for his time as a Leaf

January 31, 2010, was one of the most exciting moments of the early 2010s for Maple Leafs fans. On the heels of a six-game losing streak and with the 29th-place Leafs in jeopardy of relinquishing a lottery pick to Boston from the Phil Kessel trade, Brian Burke pulled off two blockbuster moves in a single day that generated a lot of hope in Leafs Nation.
The Leafs, who were last place in goals-against-per-game at the time of the trade, needed defence and goaltending, badly. Burke first acquired the goaltender who delivered him a Stanley Cup in Anaheim three seasons prior, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, in exchange for two John Ferguson Jr. oopsies: Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala.
Burke then followed it up with an even bigger deal. Darren Dreger with the call:

phaneuf to the Leafs
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2010

The Internet was set afire with gossip about who could be going back the other way. Kessel and a first? Kaberle and Kadri? Getzlaf in a three-way deal? I truly encourage you to read through at least the first 15 pages of this Calgary Flames message boards thread, which catalogues the initial moments of panic in the aftermath of Dreger’s tweet, the (horribly wrong) …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 55: Free agent predictions and the ideal off-season for the Blue Jays

This is the most important off-season for the Blue Jays in a long time.

The team enjoyed a breakout 91-win season in 2021, but it wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. Two key members of the team, Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien, are free agents and the Blue Jays will need to either bring them back or replace them.
On this episode of BJN Radio, me and BK took a look at this winter’s free-agent market and made some predictions as to where players are going to end up. We talked about Corey Seager being the team’s ideal fit and whether that’s realistic, starting pitchers who might be safer bets than Ray, and some under-the-radar names such as Kyle Schwarber and Collin McHugh who could plug some major holes that existed on the roster last season.
We also went ahead and talked about what our ideal off-season would look like, through the lens of spending big dollars on either an impact bat or starting pitching.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs look for a win with revamped blueline

Tonight, we find ourselves a matchup between two of the most surprising teams in the league, for completely different reasons. The Toronto Maple Leafs, as we know, have been underperforming despite the already low expectations of fans, with a 3-4-1 record and only just putting an end to a four game losing streak to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. On the other hand, the Detroit Red Wings have been surprising many, being a somewhat competitive team in the early going, giving a lot of good teams a scare every night. A 4-2-2 record is nothing special, but the fact that this team is doing well and maintaining good expected goals numbers is a good sign for them.
That’s what makes this a trap game of sorts. The Leafs might go into this thinking it’s the Red Wings teams of the last few years, and if they’re surprised, what we know about this team so far this year means it could get ugly for the Leafs.
That said, the Wings only loss that wasn’t a close one was their 6-1 loss to Montreal, which saw them without their leading scorer Tyler Bertuzzi, due to his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: MLSE executive tried to force Masai Ujiri out in Toronto

Raptors: MLSE executive tried to force Masai Ujiri out in Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the most well-run organizations in the NBA, and having a force like Masai Ujiri in the front office is one of the main reasons why. Unfortunately, some greedy executives like Edward Rogers wanted to shake things up this offseason. While Ujiri’s contract expired after last season, he not […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down after first 3 games

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down after first 3 games

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the most volatile teams in the league to start the season, as the likes of Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa will lead the team to a dominant win one night while a depleted bench and unusually shooting-deficient roster will let them down in the next game. Friday and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The TLN Three Stars: We pretty well saw that coming, didn’t we?

After the Penguins announced that most of their players were missing, it seemed inevitable that our beloved Maple Leafs would lose this game. But to lose in such spectacular, disastrous fashion, I don’t think even the most pessimistic Leafs fan could have called that.
To lose by 6 goals was depressing, to say the least. It was a completely disheartening performance.
What a disaster.
3rd star: Michael Bunting I guess?
He looked alright on a play or two I think. There wasn’t really much to praise in this game, especially with the penalites late on into the game, but his grittiness and passion at least made him watchable in this tire fire.
2nd star: Do I have to? Maybe TJ Brodie?
He broke up a 2-on-1 that was pretty impressive. I think he played well overall. Not many others did.
1st star: Jason Spezza
Where would we be without Jason Spezza? The man who for whatever reason has tied his boat to this team, an impossibly heavy anchor, we should be eternally grateful. Scoring that goal in the 1st period was the only real bright spot in this game.
40th star: Kasperi Kapanen
Somehow, despite all of the madness …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation