A night spent bouncing from hockey game to hockey game, watching whatever matchup looks the most appealing or tuning into a contest that's going down to the wire, is a night well-spent. More specifically, I have always been a ride-or-die fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It means I'm not afraid of commitment or a stranger to disappointment, attributes which have steeled me for modern living. The 2016 season was a fun time to get into things, with the Leafs adding Auston Matthews and suddenly looking like they might go somewhere, eventually. I could talk all day about the Leafs if you'd like even though they only exist to make me sad. Maybe next year is the year. Or maybe the year after that, or the one after that. Or maybe it'll never be the year, but I still would never walk away.

To put it simply: there's no doubt about it, I'm ready to be hurt again.

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Remember, my time as a certified Hockey Writer was back in 2016, so this archive is a bit of a time capsule. These were the days when people thought Nikita Zaitsev might be good. A fun experiment in Remembering Some Guys, the names here are sure to tug at the heartstrings of hardcore fans. Nikita Soshnikov! Stuart Percy! Connor Carrick! Sam Carrick! Colin Greening! Jhonas Enroth! Justin Fontaine! Notable Restricted Free Agents like Petr Mrazek and Jack Campbell! The Orlando Solar Bears! The World Cup! All your favorites are here, from Team North America to Roman Polak's second stint in Toronto.

Most importantly: I was right about Trevor Moore.

Nazem Kadri Emerging As Unsung Hero For Leafs

Obviously all eyes are on Toronto’s crop of promising youngsters this season. It’s an honor that’s clearly deserved if the early returns on Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander are signs of things to come. The sheer offensive talent that those three boast is tantalizing and they’ve already exhibited flashes of brilliance in the season’s early days.

But it’s the contributions of Nazem Kadri, now one of the team’s veterans, that have helped Toronto’s youth flourish.

For one reason

Three Things Maple Leafs Fans Should Look For At World Cup

For the first time since 2004, we have a World Cup of Hockey on our hands. Aside from the posturing concerning the NHL’s future Olympic participation and the notion of the tournament as a quick cash grab, it’ll be nice to get high quality hockey back in our lives a month earlier than usual.

There’s quite a bit out there for Maple Leafs fans to keep an eye on in the World Cup thanks to their strong international representation. Team USA has James van Riemsdyk, Team Czech Republic has Milan Micha

Maple Leafs Take Good Gamble With Trevor Moore - Today's Slapshot

The Maple Leafs dipped back into the NCAA free agent pool last week by signing Trevor Moore out of the University of Denver. College free agents have emerged as a cost effective way of filling out organizational depth charts across the league, as most lack the cachet to command guaranteed roles and don’t necessarily require as many developmental resources as a typical draft pick.

It’s a route the Leafs have pursued before, signing the likes of Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson, Brady Irwin, Casey B

Breaking Down Maple Leafs' Qualified And Non-Qualified RFAs - TSS

The deadline to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents (RFAs) passed on Monday. While many teams formally announced their offers, the Toronto Maple Leafs operated under the radar.

The team extended qualifying offers to six players while allowing three others to potentially hit the market as unrestricted free agents (UFAs) on July 1.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the team qualified forwards Peter Holland and Josh Leivo, defensemen Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado and Martin

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