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Toronto, ON

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Weekly Toronto Maple Leafs podcast with Canadian Press National Hockey Writer Jonas Siegel and The AthleticTO's Editor-in-Chief, James Mirtle.

Twitter:

@LeafReport

Language:

English

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299 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5V 2Z5 6472311660


Episodes

Preseason Roster Battles

9/21/2017
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As the Leafs' preseason rolls on, Jonas and James dive deep into some of the ongoing battles for roster spots. Will Mike Babcock stick with his favourites at the start of training camp, or has any player forced him to change his mind?

Duration: 00:21:36


Sophomore Season

9/13/2017
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Expectations are through the roof for a Leafs team primed to build on last season's success. But there are still plenty of question marks as the team heads into training camp. Is there room for the likes of Kaspari Kapanen on a roster littered with young stars and veterans with intangibles the Head Coach values? Which blueliner will take the next step? The boys debate where all the pieces will fall, and have lofty expectations of their own for Auston Matthews.

Duration: 00:50:41


Big Fish

7/6/2017
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Jonas and James reflect on the Maple Leafs' free agency, going more in depth on the "big fish" acquisition of Patrick Marleau, and whether or not there's more to come. The boys forecast how all the new pieces will fit in to the bigger picture, how that picture has changed with these moves, and finally actually answer your twitter questions.

Duration: 00:42:58


Offseason A-Z

6/27/2017
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It's the A-to-Z of the offseason as Jonas and James cover everything from the expansion draft to free agency. The boys answer your twitter questions, recap the Leafs draft and weigh in on some of the roster changes going on around the league.

Duration: 01:00:26


Long Term

5/4/2017
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Jonas and James jump right in, breaking down the Nikita Zaitsev contract extension by sharing thoughts on the term and cost. The boys also discuss Mike Babcock's Jack Adams chances, reflect on the 2013 Maple Leafs and take a quick look at the the Ottawa Senators playoff performance.

Duration: 00:36:16


Season Review

4/26/2017
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Jonas and James recap an exciting and record-breaking season of Maple Leafs hockey following a 4-2 series loss to the Washington Capitals in round one of the NHL Playoffs.

Duration: 00:49:34


0-1

4/14/2017
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Jonas and James recap an exciting game one between the Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, and look ahead to game 2.

Duration: 00:29:57


Clinching Scenario

4/5/2017
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With the Maple Leafs' post-season aspirations all but a reality, Jonas and James discuss what impact the team's lack of playoff experience may have. The guys take a look at some of the pros and cons of potential playoff opponents, update player award favourites, discuss Zaitsev's rumoured contract extension and share thoughts on the team's strict player policies.

Duration: 00:51:55


In the Record Books

3/30/2017
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With Auston Matthews officially in the Maple Leaf history books, Jonas and James take a closer look at just how substantial these rookie records are. They boys also make early picks on some NHL Award favourites, discuss Frederik Andersen's injury and the job Curtis McElhinney has done in relief, take a look at playoff odds and answer a twitter question!

Duration: 00:39:39


Hot and Cold

3/21/2017
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Jonas and James dive right in with the Babsocks "Babcock Quote of the Week", analyzing Babcock's recent changes on the blue line. The boys take a look at the streaky nature of certain players and the team as a whole, discuss 4th line usage with the addition of Brian Boyle and break down the playoff race. That and more!

Duration: 00:51:25


The Final Stretch

3/10/2017
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Jonas and James take a look at the remnants of the Maple Leafs team that lost round one of the 2013 playoffs, and discuss whether that losing "funk" remains in any capacity with the current team. With uncertainty surrounding the blue line, the guys take a look at Morgan Rielly's season to date and gauge what kind of impact his development in a hockey-crazy city like Toronto has had. The debate rages on over optimal line mates for Auston Matthews, and leads to potential line combos for next...

Duration: 00:46:47


Chasing Calder

2/22/2017
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As the Matthews/Laine debate rages on, Jonas and James add their two cents, and question whether or not Mitch Marner can enter that conversation. The boys discuss Marner's absence from the line up and how Josh Leivo/Nazem Kadri have stepped up. James also shares highlights and thoughts from his conversation with Lou Lamoriello.

Duration: 00:43:14


Back to Backs

2/16/2017
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With uncertainty looming over the Marner injury, Jonas and James consider the potential impact his removal from the line up would have. The boys also discuss how Toronto's goaltending will need to be better with a number of back-to-back situations forthcoming, and reflect on the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Duration: 00:37:26


Leading in the 3rd

2/8/2017
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Among the topics of the latest Leaf Report, Jonas and James discuss Toronto's inability to hold a lead, whether or not Morgan Rielly can fulfill #1 defender duties and William Nylander's sneaky-good season. The boys also take a look at Toronto's record against good teams vs. bad teams and whether or not "Marner for Team Canada 2018" is a pipe dream.

Duration: 00:45:25


A Rielly Big Problem

1/18/2017
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With the Leafs losing Morgan Rielly to injury,Jonas and James discuss how the D pairings will be affected. Should Toronto pursue the likes of Kevin Shattenkirk, one of trade deadline's "big fish", in order to offset the loss? If not, what other options are available? The boys also dive into the philosophy of a rookie-heavy team, debating the advantages of having numerous players on cap-friendly contracts.

Duration: 00:34:28


Bye Week Buzz

1/12/2017
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With the Leafs on their five-day bye, Jonas and James compare preseason expectations to mid-season realities. The boys discuss the acquisition of Curtis McElhinney on the heels of the Jhonas Enroth trade, and weigh in on Auston Matthews' All-Star nomination.

Duration: 00:42:44


Auston's Impact

1/3/2017
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Auston Matthews is officially on a tear following his OT game winner against Detroit in the Centennial Classic. But what is his ceiling? Jonas and James deliberate comparable players and potential point totals for Toronto's top centre. He's not the only Leaf turning heads, as Frederik Andersen has fully emerged as the top backstop Toronto traded for...which leads to our @LeafReport twitter question: How many Maple Leafs should be sent to the 2017 All-Star game?

Duration: 00:40:46


2016 --> 2017

12/28/2016
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In the New Years edition of the Leaf Report, Jonas and James recount their most memorable Maple Leafs stories from 2016, and reflect on some of the moments that have led to the team's turnaround. The boys also look ahead to 2017, forecasting player production and potential roster moves.

Duration: 00:42:54


A Dominant Center?

12/21/2016
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It's just about Christmas so Jonas and James discuss whether or not Auston Matthews has become the dominant center Mike Babcock predicted. What is Matthews' ceiling? Who is he comparable to? Who should his line mates be? Who should he be matched up against? The boys share their thoughts on the Byron Froese call up and weigh in on Frank Corrado.

Duration: 00:29:29


A Glaring Nee-D

11/21/2016
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It's projection time as the boys take a realistic shot at some player point totals come season's end. The Leafs' most glaring weakness comes on the blue line but what will it cost to address that need? Jonas and James also discuss the psyche of Nikita Zaitsev and break down Babcock's D-pairings.

Duration: 00:40:48

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