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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: April 28, 2014

The Toronto Marlies opened the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs with aplomb over the weekend, winning both games they played in Milwaukee against the Admirals. The Marlies can sweep the Nashville Predators affiliate with a win at home on Thursday. Jeff Veillette recaps the latest win for The LeafsNation.

James Onusko put together a ranking of players he thinks the Toronto Maple Leafs should draft with the eighth overall pick in June. There are a lot of big, skilled North American wingers on Onusko’s list, but no mention of Nikolaj Ehlers or Kasperi Kapanen.

Two of the Leafs’ biggest rivals, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, are getting set to face-off in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins are a team that can be exploited to some degree, as we saw last year with the Leafs nearly upsetting them in Game 7 of round one. But as James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail writes, these Bruins have adapted to become the East’s favourite to make it to the Final once again.

The Washington Capitals and owner Ted Leonsis cleaned house over the weekend, relieving general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates of their duties. Leonsis decided to make the changes after his round of exit interviews with the players. How much power do players have when it comes to hiring and firing coaches and front office members? Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports examines the question and the potential problems it can create in his 30 Thoughts.

A couple of teams were eliminated from the postseason over the weekend, and both teams will have to figure out what to do next. Ryan Lambert of Yahoo! Puck Daddy examines that question with the Detroit Red Wings who just barely squeaked into the playoffs to continue their impressive streak of consecutive postseason appearances. But is it finally time to embrace a rebuild in the Motor City?

Patrick Helper of Too Many Men On The Site looks at the St. Louis Blues’ situation, but specifically their decision with upcoming unrestricted free agent goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller struggled in the playoffs and couldn’t provide that elite-level goaltending the Blues needed to get past the Chicago Blackhawks. Will they be willing to roll the dice with Miller as their starter next year at age 33?

The Calgary Flames hired former Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving as GM today. The story is from the Canadian Press. 

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