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Since 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been looking for answers on how to get their hands back on hockey’s holy grail. They’ve rebuilt, hired general manager after general manager and have made all kinds of trades trying to find that secret recipe to success. Some moves have worked out in their favour while others
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Roberto Luongo is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in league history and ranks among the best at the position in numerous categories. But not only has he been an elite netminder throughout his career, he has also been one of the league’s most interesting players throughout his career. Here are seven things that make
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As the NHL-equivalent to a Most Valuable Player award, the Hart Memorial Trophy is the league’s most coveted award. Often times it coincides with the league’s top goal-scorer or point producer, but sometimes a surprise winner emerges. With that, which Hart-winning season has been the most impressive in recent memory? 14. Corey Perry – Anaheim
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Similar to other sports leagues, the NHL has been lucky to have some of its greatest players and biggest names play in the same era. The 1950s had Gordie Howe and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, and Stan Mikita headlined the 1960s while Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito dominated the 1970s. Even in
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The 1980s was the golden era of the National Hockey League (or so I’m told). It was a time of dynastic teams, high-scoring games and some of the best international hockey that’s ever been played. Of course, there were also the shady owners, the constant violence, scrums after every whistle and whatever the complete opposite
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Throughout the history of the Buffalo Sabres, the organization has been fortunate with the goaltending position. They’ve had some of the biggest names that have played the position don the blue and gold, as well as the red and black at one point. Thinking back on the history of goalies that have played for the Sabres,
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long and storied history. It’s one filled with success, disappointment and a long list of players that have donned the blue and white. Some came to the franchise through the draft while others were signed or traded for over the years. Over the next little while, we’ll be looking
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As players selected at the 2011 NHL Draft reach their ninth anniversary in the NHL, it provides a perfect opportunity to look back on the top-10 players selected. Have they lived up to their franchise-defining billings, or have these players failed to meet the hype of their draft position? Note: The 2011 Entry Draft was
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Darryl Sittler, the most popular player in Toronto Maple Leafs history, captured the imagination of hockey fans everywhere. In his 15-year NHL career, he scored 484 goals, 637 assists, and 1,121 points in the regular season. And although he scored another 29 goals in the playoffs, his most famous tally came in overtime against Czechoslovakia to win the
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have their 22-year-old center and cornerstone Auston Matthews locked in for four more years on a five-year, signing bonus-laden contract for $58.17 million that comes with an average annual cap hit of $11.634 million. Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette) Being the second-highest paid NHL player, behind
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The Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin is this generation’s greatest goal-scorer, and up on the Mt. Rushmore of all-time snipers. He has 646 goals since entering the NHL in 2005-06, 210 more than Sidney Crosby, who’s next on the list. But it was an assist that earned Ovechkin his latest milestone. With a helper on T.J.
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This was originally published in August, 2015 and updated March, 2020. Over the course of the NHL’s history, there have been many records put away into the books, rarely to be broken. The class of the best to ever take the ice is fairly crystal clear. At the top would be Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and
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The Edmonton Oilers struggles at the draft table have been well documented over the years. Poor drafting and developing has been a critical factor in why the Oilers have made the playoffs just four times since the 2000-01 season. Edmonton even went through a recent string where they had four first overall picks in six
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Occasionally I will be asked for my thoughts as to whether hitting (bodychecking) should be allowed in women’s hockey. For those unfamiliar with the rules for the women’s game, while body contact is allowed and happens quite regularly, bodychecking is not. Delivering a bodycheck constitutes a two-minute minor penalty. If you really want to know
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The National Hockey League has witnessed a number of sensational rookie campaigns throughout its storied history and this trend is set to continue. With the next squad of exceptional young stars, the NHL is stronger than ever in terms of elite young talent. However, despite the incredible skills of these players, it is highly unlikely that any
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