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The Leaf Report: A show about the Toronto Maple Leafs

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A weekly look at the Toronto Maple Leafs with The Athletic's Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle, featuring in-depth coverage of the Blue and White throughout the NHL season.

A weekly look at the Toronto Maple Leafs with The Athletic's Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle, featuring in-depth coverage of the Blue and White throughout the NHL season.


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A weekly look at the Toronto Maple Leafs with The Athletic's Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle, featuring in-depth coverage of the Blue and White throughout the NHL season.




If it's not Jack Campbell, then who is it?

Jonas and James tackle the Maple Leafs most pressing off-season need: goaltending. The guys discuss what it would take to bring Jack Campbell back to the fold, and if not Soup, then who are the most realistic goaltending options for the Maple Leafs. The guys discuss the challenges of re-signing RFA's Pierre Engvall and Ondrej Kase and if the Leafs will end up unloading Petr Mrazek, with Chicago and Buffalo being the prime candidates to take on that contract and how Kyle Dubas will be hunting...


The Giordano discount

Jonas and James look back on Brendan Shanahan, Kyle Dubas and Sheldon Keefe's press conference after the Leafs were eliminated in seven games to Tampa Bay and take a look at some of the pressing concerns for the team this off-season including possibly moving John Tavares to the wing, re-signing Ilya Mikheyev, finding a right handed shot defender to play with Morgan Rielly, strengthening the fourth line, shoring up the goaltending and gaining much needed cap space. Plus the guys stick tap the...


Effort was there, a different year, but the same result, Maple Leafs eliminated in game seven

Jonas and James take a look back on the Maple Leafs 2-1, game seven loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night and the first round series with the defending Stanley Cup champions overall. The guys discuss the failure of the power-play which ultimately may have cost the Leafs the series, the officiating, which players the team needs to bring back, and which ones they might have to turn the page on, and why it isn't yet, time to blow up the core of this team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Future of Sports Pt. 2

In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Future of Sports Pt. 1

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Maple Leafs on a mission to exorcise their demons in game 7 vs Tampa Bay

On the nine year anniversary of the Maple Leafs collapse in Boston in game 7, Jonas and James look back on the game 6 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The guys praise Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander and Jack Campbell and the overall effort by the team. They discuss the glaring errors by Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev and the penalty trouble that the team got into in the third, ahead of another playoff edition of the Maple Leafs pod-bag. Learn more about your ad...


Core four and Jack Campbell lead the Maple Leafs to victory in game 5

Jonas and James praise the work of John Tavares, William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews as the Maple Leafs win the pivotal game 5 vs the Lighting, setting up an elimination game 6 on Thursday night in Tampa Bay. The guys look at Jack Campbell's bounce back game, the positive contributions from Justin Holl and Mark Giordano and that inspirational intermission speech from Jason Spezza ahead of another edition of the playoff pod-bag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Maple Leafs fail to show up in game 4 loss to Tampa Bay

Jonas and James sift through a listless effort by the Maple Leafs in the game four, 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The guys dissect the play of Captain John Tavares and his line, Auston Matthews line, Jack Campbell's effort and the guys try to figure out defensive pairings that might work for coach Sheldon Keefe, ahead of game five. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Jack Campbell shines as the Maple Leafs take a 2 games to 1 lead over Tampa Bay

Jonas and James breakdown the game three win by the Maple Leafs on a special Saturday playoff edition of the Leaf Report. The guys praise the play of Jack Campbell and David Kampf and the evolution of Pierre Engvall and Ilya Mikheyev and discuss the changes that Sheldoin Keefe made to the Leafs lineup in game three. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Bad penalties and special team struggles even the series between the Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay

Jonas and James recap a disappointing game two for the Maple Leafs which sees their series with Tampa Bay tied at a game a piece. The guys discuss too many penalties, special team struggles, a cold John Tavares and a fourth line that continues to hamper Toronto. Jonas and Mirtle praise the work of Matthews and Marner and look ahead to what changes the Leafs should make to the lineup for game three on Friday, May 6th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Maple Leafs dominate Tampa Bay in game one of playoffs as Mitch Marner has a playoff game to remember

Jonas and James break apart the Maple Leafs 5-0 win over defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay on night one of the NHL playoffs. The guys discuss the penalty kill on the five minute major to Kyle Clifford, the crowd factor, Mitch Marner's overall performance, David Kampf's contributions and Auston Matthews and Jack Campbell playing huge rolls in the Leafs win. Plus the guys look ahead to game two and what the Leafs can expect from a motivated Tampa lineup and they take your questions in a...


Live Maple Leafs Q&A ahead of the playoffs

Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle host a live Leaf Report and welcome you to the show, taking your questions ahead of the playoffs for the Maple Leafs. Originally recorded at 3pm ET on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Jack Campbell shines on, in an otherwise uninspiring three game road trip for the Maple Leafs

Jonas and James dissect the Maple Leafs three game road swing which included the beat down in Tampa Bay, the bounce back loss in OT to Florida and an ordinary performance in a shootout win vs Washington on Sunday night. The guys talk about Jack Campbell's resurgence, load management for John Tavares and Timothy Liljegren, Jake Muzzin's injury, Ilya Mikheyev fantastic season which will have him ringing the bell in free agency and how the injuries to Ondrej Kase and Michael Bunting are...


Is Auston Matthews injury a concern, Power-play production has stalled and Pierre Engvall has turned into a legitimate top nine forward

Jonas and James return with a new Leaf Report on the heels of the Leafs win over Philadelphia on Tuesday Night. The guys discuss who the 2nd place Maple Leafs match up against best, the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Jonas and Mirtle play a Siegel copyrighted game, 'Concerned or Not Concerned', where we discuss Auston Matthews mysterious injury, the recent power-play struggles, and injuries to Muzzin, Kase, Sandin and Mrazek. Plus the guys look...


Playoff bound Maple Leafs a complete no show in latest loss to Buffalo

Jonas and James look back on what went wrong in the loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night and try to figure out why the team has struggled in all games played against the Sabres this season. The guys take a look at Auston Matthews scoring pace, and what number he might end up with by seasons end, they provide an update on unsigned Leafs prospect Matthew Knies, how veteran Mark Giordano has strengthened the Leafs blue line, the ongoing ineffective 4th line, Ondrej Kase's potential season ending...


Chris Johnston on the work ahead for the Maple Leafs ahead of the playoffs

Chris Johnston from NorthStar Bets, TSN and The Chris Johnston Show podcast at the Athletic joins Jonas and Mirtle to discuss the Maple Leafs win over Tampa Bay and their OT loss in Florida which included the return of Jake Muzzin on defence, Jack Campbell having to play back to backs because of an in game injury to Erik Källgren and Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner's torrid scoring pace. We take a look at Michael Bunting's calder calibre season, how Ilya Mikheyev's play has priced him out...


Auston Matthews closing in on 50 as Maple Leaf injuries pile up

Jonas and James look back on the Maple Leafs injury riddled win in Boston which saw the team lose goalie Petr Mrazek and defenders Justin Holl and Ilya Lyubushkin. The guys discuss Auston Matthews quest for 50 goals, and the path that the Leafs centre is on to becoming one of his generations best players. Plus the Leaf Report critique the play of Mark Giordano and how the veteran has solidified the Maple Leafs blue line, and we touch on Wayne Simmonds struggle to stay in the lineup and...


New Leafs Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell prepare for their debut on Wednesday, Did Kyle Dubas do enough on deadline day?

Jonas and James reconvene after their emergency Leaf Report on Sunday and Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell's first practice with the Maple Leafs ahead of the leafs hosting New Jersey on Wednesday evening. The guys discuss the new additions, where they might suit up in the lineup and if GM Kyle Dubas did enough leading up to the deadline, especially with the Maple Leafs shaky goaltending. The guys also look into Dubas's harsh words for Chicago GM Kyle Davidson after news about trade...


Mark Giordano & Colin Blackwell join Maple Leafs, Mrazek waived, Dermott dealt to Vancouver

Jonas and James provide Leaf nation with an emergency Sunday podcast, the day before the NHL trade deadline. The boys dissect the Leafs deal with the Seattle Kraken for Toronto native Mark Giordano, and right hand shooting bottom six centre Colin Blackwell with Toronto surrendering two 2nd round picks and a third rounder to the Kraken in the deal. Plus, the guys discuss the surprising decision by Leaf management to waive goalie Petr Mrazek, the signing of free agent goalie Harri Sateri and...


Is Erik Källgren the answer to the Maple Leafs goaltending woes, or can we just enjoy his shutout win for what it was?

Jonas and James stick tap Erik Källgren who recorded his first NHL win and shutout in the Leafs 4-0 win over Dallas on Tuesday, but urge the fanbase to hit the brakes on anointing the young puck stopper the next great Maple Leaf goalie. The guys discuss possible Maple Leaf moves with the trade deadline now 5 days out, and which defenders and forwards fit best with the team including Justin Braun, Rickard Rakell, Andrew Copp, John Klingberg and Tyler Motte, and, can the team add a much needed...