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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: May 24, 2014

The Toronto Marlies just keep winning hockey games. They improved to 8-0 in the postseason by winning the opening game of the Western Conference Final 5-1 on the road against the Texas Stars. The Marlies were outshot 50-19 but once again goaltender Drew MacIntyre was a brick wall. Here is the Game In Six:

Game 2 is Monday night in Texas.

James Onusko of Bleacher Report takes a stab at predicting the Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward lines for 2014-15. As you can tell from Onusko’s projections, there are still a ton of question marks for the Leafs to figure out with many of their forwards from last season headed to free agency.

Remember Mark Fraser? The big, bruising Edmonton Oilers defenseman’s contract is up on July 1, and as Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal writes, he probably isn’t good enough to be retained. Maybe another team will take a chance on the former Toronto Maple Leafs d-man, but I wouldn’t count on it.

I’m late on this, but lamborghinib0y wrote a great FanPost for Pension Plan Puppets about how the Leafs should spend their analytics budget. The Leafs, given their seemingly endless supply of revenue and resources, should be on the leading edge of developing their own metrics.

Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation emptied his mailbox and answered a variety of questions on a variety of hockey-related topics.

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