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19:15  20 june  2019
19:15  20 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Leafs coach Randy Carlyle isn't exactly a fan of the recent realigment, saying it 'll be a big tougher to make the playoffs . However, he says his He took a year off but seemed ageless when he left. If his acrobatic style holds up, his goaltending could be enough in itself to turn the Panthers into a darkhorse.

Leafs playoff fever leapt into full gear with a gathering in Maple Leaf Square Monday to unveil Beginning Tuesday at 1 p.m., interested fans can enter a presale opportunity, based on gaining a code via Those ticket holders were to have their playoff orders processed over the next day or two, and

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Is there a scenario in which the Maple Leafs don’t make the playoffs next season?

There certainly is.

As GM Kyle Dubas descends on Vancouver for the draft, the Leafs focus is on Mitch Marner and what kind of contract offer the right winger will get.

And while the draft sets the course for the future of so many teams, it’s July 1 that matters the most: Free agency.

This is the time of year to dream about next year, when the “What ifs” rule. And the rumblings around the league is that of big movement, lots of change of address cards.

So how does this affect the Maple Leafs and their playoff chances next year? The Maple Leafs are in a position now to start losing free agents, while the teams chasing them are in a position to add. Two teams to keep your eye on: Florida and Montreal.

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Noel said there is a possibility Antropov could play Monday. "I haven't determined who is going to go where," Noel said Sunday of his lineup changes. They finish up against the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils, whom they eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday.

Toronto Maple Leafs . Last New Year ’s Day, the Rose Bowl celebrated its 100th anniversary with a traditional clash of Big Ten champion Michigan State and Pac-12 champion Stanford. Two years ago, for example, Stanford sold nearly 40,000 seats for its first Rose Bowl appearance in 13 years thanks

The Habs finished four points behind the third-place Leafs in Eastern Conference and seem poised only to get better. Their young players will have a year under their belts. Carey Price is still Carey Price. They have a ton of cap space. And if GM Marc Bergevin can attract some top talent – Matt Duchene comes to mind – then perhaps Montreal can find a way to get five more points.

The Panthers finished 14 points behind the Maple Leafs and – yes – have been the “up and coming” team for so long they may as well copyright the phrase and it to their logo. But they added coach Joel Quennville and are the leading candidates to land Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovski as free agents. They’ll be better.

Meanwhile the Leafs would do well simply to hold on to what they have, and won’t likely do that. They’re going to lose players. Most likely Jake Gardiner, but if not him, then some other multi-million player, like Nazem Kadri, for cap space purposes. Nikita Zaitsev wants to leave. Patrick Marleau’s departure could be a blessing that would help staunch the bleeding.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have a playoff spot wrapped up, and Saturday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets showed that head coach Mike Babcock may have some tough decisions to make That said, had the Leafs not played the night before in Long Island, and weren’t playing their fifth game in eight nights

This Leafs team, healthy, could absolutely have beaten Ottawa and then faced Montreal, and that wouldn’t have been a guaranteed loss, either. The Leafs lost their goalie and Phil Kessel scored and Sidney Crosby scored in a game he didn’t have to play , but he played because he’s Sidney fricking

And then if those offer sheets come for the Marner or Kasperi Kapanen, then all bets are off.

The Leafs could head into the season with five or six players in key roles who lack significant NHL experience from among this group: Trevor Moore, Calle Rosen, Timothy Liljegren, Ilya Mikheyev, Yegor Korshkov, Rasmus Sandin, Jeremy Bracco and Teemu Kivihalme.

That kind of injection of youth is okay for a team that is starting to turn the corner, but not one that has visions of toppling either Boston or Tampa at the high end of the Atlantic Division.

I know it’s early in the whole summer of building – or rebuilding – a team. But it’s worth keeping an eye on as signing season – and trade season – heat up during the draft.

The playoffs, at least as far as the Leafs are concerned, could look like less of a sure thing next season.

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