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Maple Leafs confident in defence corps despite doubters

In the hours after his stunning move to the Toronto Maple Leafs, an unprompted John Tavares went out of his way to praise the team’s most maligned group — its defencemen. Part of a response to a general question about style of play, the brief exchange showed that while the meticulous star centre was new to town, he was also ...

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Babcock tinkers with lines as Leafs get 1st look at Tavares-Matthews duo

John Tavares had his shot thwarted in close before a speedy solo effort at the other end of the rink seconds later from Auston Matthews was also turned aside. While neither of Toronto’s star centres connected during the sequence, it was a brief glimpse of the firepower down the middle the Maple Leafs intend to unleash on the rest of ...

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Leafs GM Dubas says team in no rush to name captain

The Toronto Maple Leafs approach training camp with one of their deepest rosters in years — but no team captain. That fact likely will not change anytime soon, Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas told TSN on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs have not had a team captain since trading Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 9, 2016, and they ...

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Leafs defence prospect Timothy Liljegren eager to take next step

Despite some early struggles, Timothy Liljegren never doubted his move to North America. Now the slick Swedish defenceman is hoping to take another big step at Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp next month. The 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, Liljegren decided to suit up with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2017-18 rather than return home to hone ...

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Hayley Wickenheiser joins Maple Leafs as player development assistant director

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wasn’t specifically looking to add a woman to Toronto’s front office. Hayley Wickenheiser was simply the best fit. One of the top players in women’s hockey history, Wickenheiser was named the club’s new assistant director of player development Thursday. The four-time Olympic gold medallist will monitor Leafs prospects in the WHL, and is expected ...

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William Nylander wants long-term deal from Maple Leafs

William Nylander made it clear he wants to stay in Toronto for the long haul. Now it’s up to the restricted free agent’s representatives and Maple leafs general manager Kyle Dubas to make it happen. On hand Wednesday night to lend his support to the Smashfest ping-pong tournament, Nylander said his preference is to sign long-term with Toronto — a ...

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Auston Matthews, Leafs talking contract extension: report

​The Toronto Maple Leafs put up a franchise-best 49 wins last season, eventually losing in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but with a second star lining up at centre next season, they’re hoping to shed the title of “talented up-and-comers” in favour of Stanley Cup contenders. Auston Matthews says the addition of John Tavares, ...

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