Siegel: Leafs duo hope to fulfill NHL dream together

They were three years old at the time, sitting in the dressing room of a West Toronto rink, about to learn to skate. Best buddies and teammates for the better part of the last seventeen years, Connor Brown and Matt Finn have seen their paths converge once more. As Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 writes, both are competing for jobs with the Toronto Maple Leafs. ...more

Siegel: Leafs prospect pool deepest on defence

Tomas Kaberle was the 204th selection at the 1996 draft in St. Louis, the second to last player the Maple Leafs would draft on a day that saw the Senators pick Chris Phillips first overall. Kaberle, who could reportedly try out for the New Jersey Devils later this fall, stands as the only homegrown defenceman Toronto has sent to an All-Star game in more than 20 years, a fact that highlights the organization's difficulties drafting and developing talent of its own on the blue line. ...more

Siegel: Nylander dazzles in Leafs rookie debut

As far as first impressions go William Nylander performed about as well as one could expect. The Maple Leafs top prospect dazzled in his first game action in blue and white, speedy and dangerous throughout a 4-2 opening night victory from the club's annual rookie tournament in London. ...more

Siegel: Leafs' Nylander sets sights on first NHL training camp

As TSN Radio 1050's Jonas Siegel writes, the Maple Leafs' rookie tournament in London this weekend is simply the test run before William Nylander's first NHL training camp gets underway next week. A long-shot to make the leap as a teenager, the slyly confident Nylander doesn't intend to temper his expectations. ...more

Siegel: Gardiner feeling newfound security with Leafs

Jake Gardiner has heard his name bandied about in trade chatter and figured that one day he might follow his former defence partner Luke Schenn out the door of Toronto. He was on tentative footing with the organization or so he figured in light of the incessant discussion of his name in trade talks. However, as TSN's Jonas Siegel writes, the speculation and uncertainty ended with Gardiner's new five-year contract. ...more

Siegel: Shanahan adds 'intriguing' new voice to front office

Change was on the mind, but Brendan Shanahan wasn't looking explicitly for a new assistant general manager. The Maple Leafs president was combing the hockey world, trying to pick out the innovative thinkers, the rising stars, the great minds. One name kept coming up: Kyle Dubas, formerly the 28-year-old general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and now assistant general manager to Dave Nonis in Toronto. TSN 1050 Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel has more. ...more

Siegel: Franson, Leafs come down to the wire yet again

For the third time in three years, the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson went down to the wire and begrudgingly agreed to a one-year deal. As Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 writes, Franson's camp believes his value is evident in production while the Leafs have been frustrated with his defensive limitations. Hence, the ongoing divide. ...more

Siegel: Leafs look to change 'atmosphere' with coaching hires

Two months ago, the Maple Leafs management team deemed that Randy Carlyle was the "right person" to continue lead their team, but felt the need for change somewhere in light of another late season spiral. On Friday Steve Spott and Peter Horachek were hired in a bid to further alter the atmosphere of a team deemed to be requiring "culture change" by MLSE president Tim Leiweke. TSN 1050 Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel has more. ...more

Siegel: Shanahan says jobs there to be had for Leaf youth

The Maple Leafs intend to fill what remaining holes they have on their roster through internal competition. That was the pledge, at least, of team president Brendan Shanahan from the club's annual prospect camp. "We want our young players to have job opportunities," Shanahan said. TSN 1050's Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel has more. ...more

Siegel: Leafs target character, but Carlyle still X-factor

Two times in the past three seasons, the hockey team from Toronto has collapsed under city-rattling circumstances, including a rapid descent from near-certain playoff entry last season. In between was a valiant stab at the first Leaf post-season series win in years from a feisty, competitive group. Looking to recapture some of that magic, Leafs management made character, attitude, leadership and qualities of mental fortitude high priorities in their bid at roster reconstruction on July 1st. TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel explains. ...more

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