Giordano sees Maple Leafs as the perfect fit professionally, personally

TORONTO – Mark Giordano prioritized a chance to win the Stanley Cup above all else. That he feels his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, gives him that chance is an added bonus. “It came down to, I’m at the stage in my career where I want to take as many last cracks at having … Read more

Maple Leafs coach Keefe, GM Dubas to return next season

They received a vote of confidence despite Toronto losing its first Stanley Cup Playoff series for a sixth consecutive season. Shanahan also said he doesn’t expect significant changes to the roster in the offseason. “I think it’s important to state that I see both of them (Keefe and Dubas) as being extremely important in getting … Read more

NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

The second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is here, with the Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche series opening Tuesday, and the New York Rangers – Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – Calgary Flames series opening Wednesday. What do we expect to happen when the games … Read more

Maple Leafs ‘sick and tired’ of coming up short in playoffs

In some ways, that makes it worse. The Maple Leafs have not won a playoff series since 2004. They’ve been eliminated in the opening round the past six seasons, including losing a deciding game in each of the past five. This time, they went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, losing to the … Read more

Lightning to play Panthers in Eastern Second Round

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa Bay advanced with a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 on Saturday. Florida eliminated the Washington Capitals with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 of the first round at … Read more