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Since when could the Leafs grow a backbone?

Toronto Maple Leafs v Winnipeg Jets
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 22: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his first period goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammates at the bench at the Bell MTS Place on April 22, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Despite Brian Burke’s attempt to make the Leafs “truculent,” this franchise has been getting pushed around for decades. A lot of people have it in their heads that it takes a team that punches hardest gets the last laugh, but the reality is no one gets respect unless you win. This year, the Leafs are winning a lot — the most in Canada at my last count — and the other teams are finally starting to feel that pain.

“Poor” was a, heh, unfortunate choice of words.

I gotta say, thank you Paul Maurice for the highest compliment this franchise has had in decades. We’re tough enough and hard enough to play against that you have to consider us dirty in order to lick the wounds of yet another loss to the Leafs, one where your Vezina goalie was chased after three goals on six shots.

What a great feeling, to be feared, I could get used to it.

Wayne Simmonds for Premier.


Various Leafs and Branches

Zach Bogosian out four weeks with a shoulder injury | by: Omar

Joe Thornton fined for interference on Mathieu Perreault | by: Katya

How did Nick Foligno do in his first game for the Leafs? | by: Katya

Power plays, penalty kills, and the art of presenting video to a team | by: Sportsnet

NHL’s Kraken sued by Seattle’s Kraken Lounge over planned Northgate restaurant name | by: The Seattle Times

We sure love speeches.

A pretty good excuse to give some money to the Black Girl Hockey Club!

The IIHF is adding that extra 30% of effort towards organizing a Women’s World Hockey Championship this summer after Nova Scotia shut down the original plan due to COVID.

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