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TORONTO (AP) The blue-chip Toronto Maple Leafs brand survived bad seasons in the past. But this season took its toll. ''I'll tell you there's a bunch of us down here that are losing sleep about it,'' said Dave Hopkinson, chief commercial officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Toronto finished 27th in the league with a 30-44-8 record, losing 34 of its last 43 games and finishing with the NHL's worst road record (8-27-6). It took just two games for a disgusted fan to toss a Leaf jersey onto the ice during a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh. More followed as the season went south. ''If there was a tipping point on fan frustration, I think we saw it this year,'' Hopkinson told The Canadian Press. ''Just the overall mood about this team around this city, I've never seen it that bad.'' A March loss to Minnesota drew a less-than-capacity announced crowd of 18,366, believed to be the Leafs' lowest attendance ever at the Air Canada Centre. That same month, Toronto was shifted from ''Hocke...

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''I'll tell you there's a bunch of us down here that are losing sleep about it,'' said Dave Hopkinson, chief commercial officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Toronto finished 27th in the league with a 30-44-8 record, losing 34 of its last 43 games and finishing with the NHL's worst road record (8-27-6). ''If there was a tipping point on fan frustration, I think we saw it this year,'' Hopkinson told The Canadian Press. ''Just the overall mood about this team around this city, I've never seen it that bad.'' A March loss to Minnesota drew a less-than-capacity announced crowd of 18,366, believed to be the Leafs' lowest attendance ever at the Air Canada Centre.

Posted by Yardbarker: Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


The Maple Leafs have been protective of top prospect William Nylander this year. Instead of rushing Nylander up to help with the big club, Toronto let Nylander develop more slowly in the AHL. The approach might not be one an eager prospect hopes for, but Nylander's father said he is very pleased with the way Toronto managed his son's development. "I think they’ve done a good job here ever since he came," the elder Nylander told the National Post. "I think it was a good decision."The Nylander situation is a stark departure from the way other young Leafs such as Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner were treated. Kadri was called up repeatedly only to suffer blows to his confidence when he was sent back down frequently. Gardiner's agent was not a fan of the slow-but-steady approach, as he attempted to sway the Leafs by tweeting #FreeJakeGardiner.As Nylander and his Toronto Marlies teammates see it, however, playing in the AHL was more competitive than playing for the Leafs this season."[The L...

Posted by Yardbarker: Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


One of the key decisions the Leafs need to make this summer is whether to stick with Jonathan Bernier in goal. Toronto fan website Pension Plan Puppets acknowledged that, if a great trade comes along, Toronto should consider trading Bernier, but Pension Plan Puppets focused instead on what type of contract the Leafs could offer the embattled goaltender.Bernier played well at times for the Leafs this season, but he struggled greatly at other times. Despite the terrible team in front of him, however, Bernier finished the season with a .912 save percentage, and at 26 years old, Bernier's best days could still be ahead of him. But Pension Plan Puppets acknowledged that Toronto's strategy regarding Bernier's contract is difficult to determine.  "The Leafs are obviously a better team with Bernier than without him, and a big part of determining the goalie's future will hinge on their rebuild strategy," wrote Pension Plan Puppet's JP Nikota. "Are they going to 'not not tank'? In that case, ...

Posted by Yardbarker: Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


There was a lot of speculation before the trade deadline that the Maple Leafs would trade captain Dion Phaneuf and/or beleaguered forward Phil Kessel, but no trade ever materialized.Or, as former Toronto general manager Dave Nonis corrected Thursday, no trade was ever finalized. Nonis revealed to the Toronto Sun that there was a deal in place involving Dion Phaneuf at the deadline, but Nonis did not end up pulling the trigger."I could have traded Dion at the deadline," Nonis told the Sun. "We had a deal. It wasn’t a great one, but it was a deal. I look at Phil and Dion and I still think they’re elite, upper-end players. They both could be traded, but it’s not like the Leafs are stuck with them if they’re back."Nonis told the Sun that at least five teams expressed interest in Phaneuf, meaning there is hope if the new Leafs GM wants to trade Phaneuf over the summer. Nonis also debunked the idea that fan and media pressure make Toronto an impossible place both to play and to win champi...

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Don't believe any rumors saying the Devils are interested in trading their first-round pick to Toronto for beleaguered forward Phil Kessel. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello shut down those rumors when he told NJ Advance that he hasn't seen a trade proposal that would convince him to surrender the coveted draft pick. "You never say no because somebody could come up with something you can't say no to, or you have a situation like we had a couple of years ago [to acquire goalie Cory Schneider]," Lamoriello told NJ Advance Media. "Something like that just presents itself. Is there anything imminent? Absolutely not. Trading the pick is unlikely." New Jersey will have the sixth overall pick in this year's NHL Draft, one Lamoriello called "one of the better drafts" according to NJ.com. Toronto will pick fourth overall barring an unlikely trade of its top pick. (h/t NJ.com)Photo by John E. Sokolowski - USA Today

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When Matt Frattin left North Dakota in 2011, he was a can't-miss NHL prospect and a Hobey Baker finalist -- college hockey's Heisman Trophy.But it's never easy to make it in the NHL, and it's even harder when a player suffers a knee injury the way Frattin did in his first pro season. The once-heralded prospect became a trade piece, and over the course of 14 months, he was sent to LA and then Columbus before landing back in Toronto, where he was assigned to the AHL Marlies. This season, Frattin had to prove himself if he wanted to break out of a funk which threatened to derail his hopes of an NHL career. And prove himself he did -- at least at the AHL level, where Frattin tallied 26 goals in 59 games while playing on a line with top prospect William Nylander and Byron Froese. Frattin will be expected to serve as one of the team's leaders when the Marlies begin their AHL playoff run on April 25, but it will all be a prelude to what he hopes will eventually be a playoff run with the NH...


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