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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.

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






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Twitter Mailbag

Leaf Land is loaded with questions following Toronto's four-game win streak sans Auston Matthews. Jonas and James do their best to answer them all in the "Twitter mailbag" edition of the Leaf Report.

Duration: 00:40:51

Ups and Downs

It's been an up and down season to this point for the Leafs, and the guys are having trouble gauging where they stand. With Toronto on pace to match its point total from last season, Jonas and James try to pin point what has prevented growth through the first month of the season.

Duration: 00:42:10

Line Shufflez

A visibly agitated Head Coach Mike Babcock has given his lines a substantial shuffle. Jonas and James break down the moves, sharing thoughts on the return of Connor Carrick and Josh Leivo to the lineup.

Duration: 00:30:49

Statistically Speaking

The Leafs refuse to lose any momentum, and have continued their hot start out of the gate. But just how much improvement has the team made? With not much of a sample size to analyze, Jonas and James compare stats from this season to last. The boys continue their diagnosis on what's buggin' Marner, evaluate how Babcock has divvied up the ice time by line and answer your twitter questions. Brought to you by @Babsocks!

Duration: 00:44:58

Strong Start

Following an impressive start, but on the heels of a humbling loss to the Devils, Jonas and James have lots of ground to cover: Matthews goes beast-mode on the Blackhawks, what to make of Marner and Andersen, the impact of a visible increase in penalties, question marks on the third D-pairing...the list goes on in this in-depth breakdown of a heck of a first four games of the season. Brought to you by @Babsocks!

Duration: 00:51:01

2017/2018 Season Preview

It's the eve of puck drop! The 2017/2018 season is finally here and Jonas and James cover all you need to know.

Duration: 00:46:52

Preseason Roster Battles

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Hot and Cold

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

Chasing Calder

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

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

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

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

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

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