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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: April 17, 2014

James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail and Jonas Siegel of TSN got together to produce another Leaf Report podcast. They covered various topics including the Brendan Shanahan hire, Randy Carlyle’s job security, potential free agent signings and more. Listen to it here.

Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on Carlyle’s methods, and how, if he wants to be able to coach successfully in today’s NHL, he needs to change them.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports has his latest 30 Thoughts column in which he reveals his end-of-season awards ballot. He also muses on the Shanahan hire, and wonders if former Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper could join him in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office.

The playoffs began last night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks all won their opening games by only one goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets (specifically Brandon Dubinsky) made a concerted effort to get Penguins star Sidney Crosby off his game by engaging him after whistles. As Justin Bourne of theScore writes, the best way for Crosby to make the Blue Jackets pay is to simply ignore them and focus on the actual game.

Gary Bettman said in an interview with Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he is waiting for the NHL Players’ Association to “sign off” on an agreement to bring back the World Cup of Hockey. Is this the writing on the wall that the NHL’s participation in the Olympics is coming to an end? Mike Halford of ProHockeyTalk discusses.

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