PODCAST

Ladies Talkin’ Leafs

Christine Dimoff and Sylvia Hargittay

The definitive Toronto Maple Leafs Podcast created by women for womxn. Join Chris and Syl twice a month, as they passionately discuss the latest Blue and White buzz, and share their unique insights on hockey and everything else rockin' Leafs Nation. Go Leafs Go!Thank you to Katarina Steiger for the Pod Cover Art Illustration.Intro Music "Parasail" by Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library)

Talkin' Playoffs - Series Ups and Downs, Depth Coming Up Big and NHL '22 Playoff Views!
It’s a big week for the Leafs with their series vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning becoming a best 2 out of 3! So far the series has been up and down and special teams have played a big role.In this playoff episode we are introducing a new segment to go along with the ups and downs of the playoffs. We are calling it “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”! We're reviewing our keys to the series and giving each of them a thumbs up or thumbs down. To this point, let’s just say the Leafs have some work to do!One area that the Leafs do have going for them, is the play of our bottom-6 forwards. Depth scoring plays a big role in the playoffs and there have been a few highlight reel moments that have made a difference for the Leafs in this series. Tune in to find out who impressed us and made the LTL Playoff Highlight Reel!Also in this episode, we check out a couple of the other series that are going on and give some thoughts on who’s making a difference for their team! We even give some praise to a player that we aren’t a fan of at all! We think he's pretty hard to love, unless he plays for your team. Listen to the show to find out who that player is!It all comes down to this week! We will either be celebrating the first playoff series victory for the Leafs in 17 years, or the drought of not winning a playoff series will continue. Either way we are sticking with our team and we know all of LeafsNation is with us in their BeLeaf! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751http://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/https://nhltradetalk.com/maple-leafs-four-things-working-well/https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2022/05/10/the-leafs-lightning-playoff-series-through-four-games/https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/thoughts-on-maple-leafs-game-4-the-worst-case-scenario/https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/opinion/2022/05/08/leafs-happy-to-have-an-ultimate-team-player-in-their-kmpf.html?rfhttps://www.nhl.com/news/david-kampf-unsung-hero-for-maple-leafs/c-333866800https://thehockeynews.com/news/the-maple-leafs-need-john-tavares-now-more-than-everhttps://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Mike-Augello/Toronto-faces-show-me-moment---Leafs-vs-Lightning---Game-5/120/117367Support the show
1w ago
46 mins
Talkin' Playoffs - Keys to the Series Success, A Call To LeafsNation and Every Night is Hockey Night!
The Leafs quest for the Stanley Cup has begun anew! Chris and Syl are excited and ready to bring you more of Ladies Talkin’ Leafs on a weekly basis! Be sure to follow and listen  to our show and we will have you ready for all that is to come in this series vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning and beyond!We kick off our 2022 playoff edition of the show with some keys to the series! Special Teams have already played a factor and that will continue as the games are played. No doubt Game 1 was one of the best games the Leafs have played recently, but we know adversity will come. How will the Leafs face the adversity? Tune in to get our thoughts  on this and other keys to the series!Game 1 is in the books and it gave us a quite a few highlight reel moments! We are rolling the Ladies Talkin’ Leafs Playoff Highlight Reel, and for one of our selections we're taking a cue from Leafs Head Coach Sheldon Keefe. Can you guess what that is? Listen to the show to see if you are right!For the first instalment of our playoff edition Third Period segment, we take a look at a couple of the other series that are of interest to us! In this episode we're discussing the Kings / Oilers and the Blues / Wild series. The first round is always the best for hockey fans because every night is hockey night!The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs are just beginning and it’s been 3 years since fans have been in the building to watch a playoff game! We can feel the energy of LeafsNation and are excited to be going on what we hope will be a long playoff ride with our Leafs! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751          http://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/ET   https://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafs         https://www.capfriendly.com/          https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917        https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-season         https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2022/04/29/its-all-about-the-playoffs-but-the-leafs-best-regular-season-was-also-packed-with-personal-highs.html https://theleafsnation.com/2022/05/02/getting-jack-campbell-ready-for-the-playoffs-was-top-priority-for-maple-leafs-now-he-has-to-deliver/ https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2022/05/02/toronto-maple-leafs-tampa-bay-lightning-key-matchups/ https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-win-keefes-best-coaching-performance/https://theleafsnation.com/2022/05/02/maple-leafs-vs-lightning-who-has-the-advantage-on-special-teams/ https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-3-takeaways-game-1-vs-lightning/ Support the show
May 4 2022
33 mins
Talkin' the 2 Ilyas, Milestone Moments and Playoff Expectations
A couple weeks left in the NHL season and the Leafs are in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, which would give them home ice for the first round of the playoffs! There have been so many regular season milestone moments for the players and the team, but the focus remains on  what can be achieved in the post season. In this episode's segment of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, we give some love to Pierre Engvall, who has been in our doghouse and Sheldon Keefe’s for much of this season! We also explore the connection between the  2  Ilya’s and, while Justin Holl has been trying his best to make our LTL Highlight Reel, unfortunately the Ladies haven't been impressed!Our Highlight Reel includes a couple of players who have recently picked up their offensive production, and the milestone moments continue to add up for Auston Matthews! It’s been an incredible season for #34, and while there  is no doubt that he's proud of his accomplishments, he says he is focused on even bigger things! Leafs Nation is happy to hear that Auston!For The Third Period,  the Ladies are focusing on bigger things too. Namely Game 1 of the playoffs and the defence! Chris notes a few analytic stats to support her choice of defence pairings. She also puts Syl on the spot with a question about which former Leafs defenceman from the early 2000’s reminds her of Ilya Lyubushkin. Take your guess and tune in to find out if you are right! With the defence covered,  we swing over to the offence as Syl wonders what fans may be expecting from the team. Is it all about the core-4 or could Sheldon Keefe’s line tinkering come into play?It’s an exciting time of year and we are excited to announce that we will be going weekly for the playoffs! Be sure to subscribe to our podcast and join us for what we hope will be a long playoff run for our Leafs!https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751         https://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/https://nhltradetalk.com/matt-knies-informs-maple-leafs-going-back-to-college/https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2022/04/15/sheldon-keefe-on-pierre-engvall-and-william-nylander/https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-commentary-rielly-bunting-mikheyev-boosh/https://theleafsnation.com/2022/04/11/maple-leafs-muzzin-and-campbell-less-than-100-per-cent-kallgren-to-start-vs-sabres/https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-under-the-radar-playoffs-2022/https://dailyhive.com/toronto/7-stats-auston-matthews-leafs-record-seasonhttps://theleafsnation.com/2022/04/14/determining-the-optimal-leafs-defensive-pairings-using-wowys/Support the show
Apr 20 2022
49 mins
Talkin' The Giordano Effect, Questionable Reffing and Prepping for the Playoffs
We are in the final month of the NHL’s regular season and it’s hard to believe we are closing in on the completion of our first full 82-game season of the podcast and the best is yet to come!The Leafs are on a bit of a roll coming out of the trade deadline and the additions of Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell have been positive! In this episode we talk about the Giordano effect on the Leafs blueline. We are also blowing the whistle on the referees, and agree with Darcy Tucker that former Leaf coach Pat Quinn would not be happy at all with the refs! On a positive, the Leafs are leading the league in shorthanded goals and the player who leads the team in scoring shorty’s has made our LTL Highlight Reel! Tune in to find out who that player is!Over the past few weeks there have also been a lot of impressive stats, including the obvious one of Auston Matthews joining the 50-goal club. Mitch Marner hit a career high in goals and now has 30 goals and counting. The Ladies talk about the Leafs dynamic duo and we also have a few thoughts on their best bud Justin Bieber!We wrap up the show with some pre-playoff talk. What concerns the Ladies going into the playoffs? What team do we hope the Leafs face in the first round of the playoffs? Listen to the show to get our thoughts on these questions and a lot more!The Atlantic Division standings are really tight and with just over 10 games remaining we are hoping the Leafs can get home ice in the playoffs. This final month of the regular season is going to be fun and for Leafs Nation the playoffs are what we’ve all been waiting for! The Ladies are excited to get you ready for the stretch drive. Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751          www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/ET         https://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafs         https://www.capfriendly.com/          https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917        https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-season         https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com https://torontosun.com/entertainment/celebrity/justin-bieber-taunts-montreal-canadiens-fans-hows-that-playoff-spot https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/why-mark-giordano-represents-the-new-reason-maple-leafs-can-sell-hope/           https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/historical-statistical-significance-of-auston-matthews-scoring-prowess/ https://theleafsnation.com/2022/04/01/maple-leafs-milestone-watch-april-2022-edition/https://theleafsnation.com/2022/03/28/ilya-mikheyev-deserving-of-an-extended-look-on-maple-leafs-second-line-despite-demotion-creating-the-opportunity/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Apr 6 2022
57 mins
Talkin' Trade Deadline, Auston Matthews and Celebrating our 50th Episode!
The Ladies are celebrating 50 episodes of the podcast and it’s been quite the ride since our first in September 2019!  We’ve been diehard Leaf fans since the late '70s/early ’80s and for this special episode, we give you some background on who we are and how the show came to life.  As long-time Leaf fans there has rarely been a dull moment in Leaf Land and the ups and downs of this regular season are definitely testing the stress levels of Leafs Nation!  In this instalment, we get the show started with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!  Auston Matthews is taking over the segment coming up in a couple of categories.  Let’s just say the past couple of weeks haven’t been great for the Leafs and we break it all down for you with a discussion about bad reffing, blown leads, and the goaltending woes that nobody expected.It’s not all doom and gloom though, and there have been some bright spots in the Leafs' play.  We celebrate a couple of milestone moments in our Highlight Reel segment!  The focus of our Third Period segment is the trade deadline.  We put our GM hat on and give our thoughts on where the Leafs need an upgrade. Is it the defence, goaltending, or a top-6 forward?  What player(s) would we like to see in a Leafs uniform?  Will Kyle Dubas make a move or will he stand pat?  We get into the nitty-gritty of all trade deadline possibilities pertaining to the Leafs.It’s that time in the season when we are keeping an eye on the NHL standings.  The last stretch of games against non-playoff teams hasn’t helped the Leafs!  The next group of games are going to be against tougher opponents.  As we said earlier there is never a dull moment and it will be interesting to see the Leafs' response heading towards the final month of the regular season. https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/ET         https://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafs         https://www.capfriendly.com/                 https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-season         https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/  https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2022/01/31/toronto-maple-leafs-notebook-david-kampf-michael-bunting/https://thehockeynews.com/news/auston-matthews-through-the-eyes-of-the-maple-leafshttps://youtu.be/-tRp2p_WPWIhttps://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/analyzing-the-nhl-goalie-trade-market-from-starters-to-wild-cards/  https://theleafsnation.com/2022/03/11/assessing-the-leafs-trade-chips-ahead-of-the-deadline/  https://editorinleaf.com/2022/02/17/defensemen-toronto-maple-leafs-trade-2/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Mar 16 2022
1 hr 1 min
Talkin' Leafs Top Line Buzz, Celebrating Black Players in the NHL, and the "Golden" Canadian Women's Hockey Team
The NHL standings are tight and heading into March the games always get more intense! The Leafs went 7-4-1 in February and while the top line of Matthews-Marner-Bunting is one of the best right now in the NHL, the goaltending has been less than ordinary. These are a few topics we discuss in our segment the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.Despite some of the ugliness, we actually found a bright spot! We also had flashbacks to a Leaf great, who used to take the puck end to end! Who was that Leaf great? Tune in to find out and to hear who made our LTL Highlight Reel!Another exciting moment that all of Canada celebrated was the Gold medal win for the Canadian Olympic Women’s hockey team! The Gold medal game was the most watched event of the Beijing games in Canada. We talk about the big victory over the United States and what many people are saying was the best Team Canada ever to represent the women’s game.We conclude the show by celebrating Black History Month, which is highlighted every year during the month of February. It is so important to bring awareness to, and improve on, growing the grassroots of the game throughout the year. Former Leafs defenceman Mark Fraser works with MLSE in Player Development – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and we discuss his involvement with the team and also talk about a personal Scarborough hockey connection that we didn’t know about!The funnest part of the season is just around the corner! The trade deadline is a couple weeks away and we are one month closer to the playoffs. Our show is also approaching a significant milestone as we are closing in on our 50th episode! So much to be excited about and we are so grateful to be sharing it with all of you! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751          www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafs         https://www.capfriendly.com/          https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917        https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-season         https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/   https://www.thestar.com/sports/breakaway_blog/2022/02/25/leafs-mailbag-enjoying-auston-matthews-talking-trade-and-blocking-out-the-noise.html      https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs/with-muzzin-on-ltir-speculation-in-lead-up-to-trade-deadline-will-heat-up https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2022/2/22/22945478/everything-i-know-about-ilya-lyubushkin-toronto-maple-leafs-defence-is-optional-again https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/auston-matthews-60-goals-steven-stamkos-toronto-maple-leafs-quick-shifts/ https://www.tsn.ca/canada-beats-usa-women-s-hockey-gold-medal-marie-philip-poulin-1.1760825 https://facesmag.ca/mark-fraser-on-driving-change-and-inclusion-in-the-nhl/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Mar 2 2022
56 mins
Talkin' Memories of MLG and the ACC, the Plus side of the Leafs' Stat Column, and the Habs in the Hole
As this latest game segment comes to a close, we're starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel with restrictions beginning to lift just in time for the hockey schedule to heat up. After a spotty few months, games will be coming fast and furious, and we can hardly wait!Before we get into Leaf Talk, we take a trip down memory lane to the close of Maple Leaf Gardens and the opening of the ACC in 1999. We share some of our favourite memories from MLG and the early days in the Leafs' current rink. In The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, we explore the decidedly positive trajectory the Leafs' stats are taking, and a couple of line mates that may not be showing up on the plus side of the column, but at least one player is finding other ways to have a positive impact on the game. Can you guess who?We have a couple of familiar faces in the LTL Highlight Reel this time around, and we've also honoured a couple of players for showing up when it counts, which we hope will set a standard for their teammates.In The Third Period, we discuss the lowly Habs, as they have landed with a thud at the bottom of the NHL standings, as well as the Leafs' so called goalie controversy. This week will end with our team finally being able to play at home in front of their fans again. It will be a welcome sight and we, along with the rest of Leafs Nation, cannot wait to cheer them on. Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/http://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://editorinleaf.com/2022/02/11/toronto-maple-leafs-quietly-league/https://theleafsnation.com/2022/02/10/adding-a-player-with-team-means-its-time-to-revisit-the-maple-leafs-offseason-cap-situation/https://editorinleaf.com/2022/02/10/toronto-maple-leafs-tavares-great/https://editorinleaf.com/2022/02/12/toronto-maple-leafs-rest-campbell/https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/confidence-driven-mitch-marners-eight-game-goal-scoring-streak/https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2022/02/11/jack-campbells-rising-numbers-could-be-creating-a-goaltending-controversy-with-the-leafs.htmlhttps://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-confounding-questions-that-need-answered/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Feb 16 2022
46 mins
Talkin' Leafs Goaltending, Special Teams, and Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey
January felt like an odd month for the Maple Leafs and their fan base. No fans at Scotiabank Arena, only 1 Saturday night game at home, and like most NHL teams, the Leafs had to deal with Covid. We got through it and it’s going to be busier, and hopefully a lot more exciting in February!It’s also the halfway point of the season for us, and the Leafs! We are in our first full, 82-game season covering the Leafs and we are loving it! In this episode we start off the show with our segment “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and we talk about the goaltending and where we think Petr Mrazek fits in with the team. We discuss the return of the real Mitch Marner and we have some advice for Islander fans! Tune in to find out what that is.And we have a couple of firsts for the LTL Highlight Reel ! Two highlight reel moments from the same game, and  a tie for our top Highlight from the past couple of weeks!Lastly, in “The 3 rd Period”, we talk Olympic hockey--specifically the women’s game! Team Canada’s first game is February 3rd and we give our thoughts on the players to watch! Of course, the Olympics are more than hockey and we talk about some of the other events that we love to watch!Enjoy the All Stars Leafs Nation! When you're done we'll see you on the other side and get you set for what's sure to be a hectic, and very exciting second half of the season. Go Leafs Go!https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751http://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://nhltradetalk.com/maple-leafs-hope-mrazek-can-rescue-slipping-campbell/https://theleafsnation.com/2022/01/27/nick-robertson-returns-to-marlies-practice-for-first-time-sincehttps://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2022/01/25/the-rest-is-history-for-jason-spezza-and-the-leafs-the-schedule-is-heating-up-and-crowds-cant-return-soon-enough.htmlhttps://www.tsn.ca/marner-s-mind-is-clear-and-his-shots-are-finally-falling-1.1752341https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/olympic-women-hockey-fans-1.6327213Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Feb 2 2022
42 mins
The Never-ending Leafs Road Trip and the Quest for Killer Instinct
What better day for Leaf talk than a blustery snow day in January! It's an all out blizzard here in the heart of Leaf Land, but it would take a lot more than an epic snow storm to keep us from our favourite pastime—talkin’ Leafs! We are approaching the halfway point of the season and the Leafs are in 3rd spot in the Atlantic Division, with games in hand on both Tampa and Florida. The schedule has been pretty light and the Buds continue to be on what seems like a never-ending road trip!In the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, William Nylander, Nick Ritchie and Petr Mrazek are a few players discussed, as we cover the highs and the lows.With 3 games vs some stellar competition, we had lots of fun deciding on this show's LTL Highlight Reel moments. There has been a lot of goal scoring, which gave the Ladies a lot of options.  Hint – one highlight reel moment involves a Leaf record 9-game goal scoring streak on the road!To wrap we take a deeper dive into the idea of “Killer Instinct”. Who has it, who doesn’t, and can the organization develop it? We talk about Sheldon Keefe’s part in changing the team’s mentality. The Ladies also discuss how the Marlies are focusing on players developing a more complete game.Lastly, we have a winner in our latest LTL Holiday Giveaway! This lucky listener is taking home $50 in Summer Fresh coupons and a copy of Damien Cox’s latest book, “A League of Our Own: The Story of the NHL’s First All Canadian Division”.  A heartfelt thank you goes out to our partners for helping us spread some Holiday joy! For a fan base that has been focused solely on the playoffs, this feels like the longest season in history!  With half the season to go and a lot of uncertainty still ahead, we promise with a little patience we’ll get there. In the meantime, there’s no better time to hunker down, grab a hot beverage and talk Leafs! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://theleafsnation.com/2022/01/15/its-taken-both-michael-bunting-and-ondrej-kase-to-replace-zach-hymans-for-the-leafs/https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-need-decision-on-petr-mrazek/https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/7-maple-leafs-takeaways-keefe-questions-teams-conditioning/https://thehockeynews.com/news/has-william-nylander-become-the-complete-player-the-maple-leafs-need-him-to-behttps://editorinleaf.com/2022/01/09/optimal-toronto-maple-leafs-lineup-2/https://torontosun.coSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Jan 19 2022
48 mins
Happy New Year! Celebrating the top LTL Highlight Reel moments from 2021
Happy New Year Leafs Nation!  The Ladies have been away for what seems like forever, but we've been working hard and if you follow our social media you may have seen the launch of our brand new website ladiestalkinleafs.com !  We are really excited about this and  plan on updating the website frequently with new content, so be sure to check it out on a regular basis!In this first episode of 2022 we say goodbye to 2021! But before we do, we each give our top 3 LTL Highlight Reel Moments from the season past, recounting a few of our favourite memories from the North Division of the 2020-21 season!  To get the New Year going we, of course, have a Leaf Talk warm-up to get you updated on what's going on with the team.  From the schedule, to the return of injured players, and  the NHL bringing back the taxi squad!  Things have changed quite a bit since our last episode on December 15th!In the 3rd Period, we give our thoughts on the cancellation of the World Junior Championships and discuss which Leaf prospects we should be keeping our eyes on in the future!  We'll also touch on the NHL's decision to not allow their players to go to the Olympics and the cancellation of the Women's U-18 Tournament for the second year in a row!  December was a tough month for the NHL and the hockey world in general!  Some good and not so good news and we cover it all in this episode!https://www.ladiestalkinleafs.com/https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-more-questions-than-answers/https://www.nhl.com/all-star-ballot?partnerId=hpmodhttps://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/marner-spezza-took-long-road-back-to-leafshttps://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/opinion/2021/12/28/leafs-coach-sheldon-keefe-and-his-son-didnt-let-covid-spoil-christmas.htmlhttps://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/top-5-maple-leafs-prospects-get-excited-topi-niemela/https://editorinleaf.com/2021/12/27/toronto-maple-leafs-prospects-dominate/https://gameonhockey.ca/2021/12/26/the-hockey-world-reacts-to-the-cancellation-of-the-womens-u-18s/https://www.sportsnet.ca/article/nhl-players-looked-loopholes-participate-olympics/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Jan 5 2022
39 mins
Maple Leafs Christmas Fun! The 3rd Annual LTL Holiday Special
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays LeafsNation! This is our final episode before the New Year and for this show we have some hockey talk and festive fun!The Leafs have been slipping a little bit in their defensive play in the past couple weeks and that is something we focus on in our segment The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. As always, we roll the Ladies Talkin’ Leafs Highlight Reel and one player not named Matthews, Nylander, Marner or Tavares, is making a big impression on us as he makes the highlight reel for the second time this season! For the Third Period we got some Maple Leaf Christmas trivia, where you can test your knowledge of Maple Leafs Christmas cheer! We also looked through our archives and found a Christmas poem from 1984 that is a Maple Leaf variation of a song for the season! Chris didn’t sing, but you won’t want to miss this story of good cheer from Maple Leaf Gardens!One final item to highlight, as we celebrate the holiday season, for a second year in a row we have a Holiday Giveaway contest! We want to thank Damien Cox for donating a copy of his book “A League of Our Own – The Story of the NHL’s First All-Canadian Division”. We also want to thank our friends at Summer Fresh for partnering with us again and offering $50 in coupons to try their delicious salads and dips! One lucky listener will win this fantastic prize! Visit our Instagram account @LTL1917 and look for our Holiday Giveaway post to find out details on how to enter!Thank you to all of our listeners and social media followers for your continued support! We look forward to bringing you more of Ladies Talkin’ Leafs in 2022! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://theleafsnation.com/2021/12/10/morgan-rielly-is-already-living-up-to-his-new-contract/https://theleafsnation.com/2021/12/03/seravalli-sees-leafs-holl-on-move/https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2021/12/07/mitch-marner-out-three-to-four-weeks-as-injuries-pile-up-for-maple-leafs.htmlhttps://dailyhive.com/toronto/leafs-coach-keefe-hints-matthews-shafted-refshttps://theleafsnation.com/2021/12/06/nhl-officiating-worse-playoffs/https://www.tsn.ca/masters-with-mitchell-marner-out-auston-matthews-will-see-rotating-wingers-1.1731682https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-once-had-tradition-of-playing-on-christmas/c-648263Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Dec 15 2021
36 mins
Talkin' Leafs and a Historic Singular Season with Damien Cox
In this episode, we are pleased to welcome veteran sports journalist and author Damien Cox, for a very special 3rd period segment! Damien was kind enough to join us to talk about his new book "A League of Our Own", which is about the historic, all Canadian North division, that played during the 2020-21 NHL season. We dive into the book, and talk lots of Leafs, and even get to know Damien "the fan" a bit better. It was an honour to have the opportunity to talk hockey and Leafs with him on our show!Of course we've still got you covered with the highlights and low lights, from this latest segment of games. With everything so rosy with the Blue and White, we're hard pressed to find any negatives to talk about. It’s been a really good month of November for our Leafs! Just past the quarter pole of the season, and the Leafs have a 7 game win streak on the road and are 12 and 2 in November! We'll discuss and celebrate the top performers in this latest block, and get you set for what's coming up next. Could be a couple of good tests for the team, including a visit from an on fire old friend,  Nazem Kadri. Go Leafs Go! https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/maple-leafs-businesslike-approach-paying-dividends-on-road-trip/https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/why-maple-leafs-wayne-simmonds-doesnt-have-time-to-mess-around/https://www.tsn.ca/toronto-maple-leafs-auston-matthews-mark-masters-1.1725530https://theleafsnation.com/2021/11/24/joseph-woll-provided-a-lot-of-hope-for-the-future-of-the-leafs-net/https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2021/10/10/the-leafs-won-the-trade-deadline-in-the-north-then-came-the-reality-check.htmlhttps://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-league-of-our-own/9781552674703-item.htmlSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Dec 1 2021
52 mins
Keefe Cranking the November Line Blender
We are closing in on completing the first quarter of the NHL season and with American Thanksgiving coming up, the Leafs are in a pretty good spot! Over the past couple of weeks the team got a couple of big wins vs. Tampa and Boston and a shutout in Philly! But with the success comes some concerns on the goaltending front and with the depth scoring, prompting Keefe to crank up the Line Blender once again. We discuss these issues in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, as well as a certain player that keeps coming up in this segment, and not in a good way! In the LTL Highlight Reel, a few players have caught our eye and one player will make his debut! It’s a positive sign when we can recognize contributions from someone not part of the  core-4!Finally, in the Third Period, we get a little nostalgic talking about the 90th Anniversary of Maple Leaf Gardens. A lot of special memories of the grand old building at Church and Carlton! We'll also get into the rumours surrounding the Leafs shopping a defenseman and let’s just say we aren’t so sure that’s a good idea!Even in a jam packed show, there's room for a little lighter fare,  so we're talking Timbiebs! Pretty sure Auston Matthews is going to be a fan. Tunein to find out what Chris & Syl think of Tim Horton’s collab with the Biebs! Lastly, a trip to California for the Leafs means we have some late night hockey on the horizon. We'll get you ready for that and everything else coming up for the for the Blue and White. Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://theleafsnation.com/2021/11/11/the-biggest-issue-with-the-kampf-line-is-that-its-the-third-line/https://www.tsn.ca/masters-toronto-maple-leafs-look-to-solve-slow-starts-1.1719168https://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Mike-Augello/Leafs-smother-Flyers-defensive-decision-looming/120/114521https://www.si.com/hockey/news/the-leafs-goalie-crisis-is-self-inflictedhttps://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/90-years-of-maple-leaf-gardens-memoriesSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Nov 17 2021
44 mins
A Hopeful Spark to End a Slow Start
A lot has happened in a couple weeks and there is still concern in Leafland. But after the OT win vs the Hawks, a tight win vs the Wings, some lost chicklets, and heightened emotions, the tide may finally be turning toward the positive. As the saying goes, it’s still early, but the hope is that the changes in the line up and some much needed  internal accountability will spark some momentum, so that the team can start stringing together some wins!If this isn’t enough to ignite the Buds, perhaps Morgan Rielly committing to the team long term can add some stability. We'll discuss the deal in detail and much more in our first segment, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.Then it's time to roll the LTL Highlight Reel and celebrate what is rolling right with the Buds.To wrap things up, we have a Third Period segment that takes the temperature of LeafsNation. Are the Leafs losing their hold on the fanbase? Can they win them back? We’re not shy about our opinions. Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/ET/listhttps://youtu.be/IufhY2YA9tMhttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/2205281https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-start-due-to-amazon-elliotte-friedman/https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-leafs-don-cherry-criticizes-auston-matthews-over-pre-game-dress-code-202705483.htmlhttps://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/analysis/2021/10/24/things-look-bleak-for-the-leafs-and-mitch-marner-is-an-easy-target-the-solution-starts-with-the-stars.htmlhttps://theleafsnation.com/2021/10/23/mitch-marner-is-still-elite-even-if-it-doesnt-look-that-way/https://www.thestar.com/sports/breakaway_blog/2021/10/22/leafs-mailbag-it-didnt-take-long-for-fans-to-turn-off-and-tune-out.htmlSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Nov 3 2021
45 mins
Back to Work for 82!
The Leafs first week of the regular season is in the books and it's been a decent start for the Blue and White!  The NHL is back to normal with an 82-game schedule and the Ladies are ready and are excited to get to work and talk Leafs for a complete regular season!  Like the Leafs, we are returning to our regular season podcast format starting with the Good, The Bad and The Ugly, where we each choose a player or topic for each category and discuss.  Next we will spin the LTL Highlight Reel. Just a hint... we open this season segment giving some love to Chris' hometown of Scarborough!  Finally, we enter "The 3rd Period", where we talk about any hockey related topic that may be Leaf or hockey related.  Since the U.S. border is opening soon we thought our listeners would enjoy our travel segment, "On the Road with Chris & Syl".  We will have you ready to hit the road to watch our Leafs in action!Last, but definitely not least. You will want to stay tuned to the end of the show as we announce the winner of our Anniversary Contest!  It's going to be a fun season LeafsNation and as always we thank you for subscribing and listening to the show!  Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/stats/regular-seasonhttps://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/early-maple-leafs-trends-nylander-bull-duality-engvall/https://editorinleaf.com/2021/10/15/toronto-maple-leafs-referees-deserve/https://theleafsnation.com/2021/10/14/the-leafiest-leafs-game-to-ever-leaf/https://www.si.com/hockey/news/who-is-alex-bishop-meet-the-maple-leafs-new-backup-goaliehttps://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2021/10/12/frederik-andersen-nazem-kadri-lous-islanders-leafs-games-you-wont-want-to-miss.htmlhttps://www.splitsvillelanes.com/location/tampa/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Oct 20 2021
38 mins
Time to Get Excited LeafsNation!
NHL  training camp is winding down and Sheldon Keefe & Co. have some tough decisions to make, ahead of confirming the Leafs opening night roster. In this episode the Ladies give their thoughts on who might make the cut and be in the lineup on opening night vs. the Habs!  From the forward lines, to the D, to the goaltending, we cover it all, and some of our picks may surprise you!We also get into Sheldon Keefe’s contract extension and talk about his new assistant coaches - Spencer Carbery and Dean Chynoweth.  It’s going to be a bit crowded behind the bench this season as they will join current assistant Manny Malhotra, who was kept on in a support role.As a bit of an aside, we've heard that a lot of fans and media are sooo over Hall and Oates' "You make my dreams come true" as the Leafs goal song. Stay tuned toward the end of the show, as we have some insights on the possibility of a new goal song.The Leafs are going into their 104th season and we are a passionate fan base that just wants to win! The fun gets going on October 13th  so, it’s time to get excited LeafsNation!  As we say at the end of every show....Go Leafs Go!!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-10-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://editorinleaf.com/2021/10/02/toronto-maple-leafs-lineup-set/https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2021/09/29/alex-kerfoot-knows-he-has-a-role-with-the-maple-leafs-actually-he-has-a-few-of-them.htmlhttps://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/which-nice-guy-goalie-will-maple-leafs-icehttps://www.tsn.ca/continuing-to-progress-matthews-gets-reps-with-ritchie-marner-1.1700719https://www.tsn.ca/new-peak-performance-coach-helps-leafs-sharpen-mental-game-1.1699660https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2021/10/01/sheldon-keefe-signed-to-two-year-contract-extension-entering-make-or-break-season/https://theleafsnation.com/2021/09/30/expect-improved-results-from-this-years-leafs-pk/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Oct 6 2021
46 mins
Hockey's Back!
It's a new season for the Ladies, and a fresh start for our Leafs is just around the corner, with NHL camps set to open this week. Hockey's Back! After a quiet off-season, NHL and team news is now trickling in daily and anticipation is building for the coming season. It's been pretty quiet on the Leafs front, but as usual we found plenty to talk about in this episode. As mentioned the big camp is set to open, but last week we had our first glimpse of some new prospects at the Maple Leaf's development camp (run by Hayley Wickenheiser), and the   Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Depth is going to be crucial for the future of this team, and we'll give our early impressions on which prospects stand out to us.Next we have some fun with a Q&A based on the Athletic's Annual Leaf Fan survey. I (Syl) asked Chris some questions to see where she stands compared to the rest of LeafsNation.Lastly, we have a few thoughts on the NHL Player Media Tour and Kyle Dubas's Interview on the Bob McCowan Podcast. Spoiler alert, the overarching message to the players seems to be compete, compete, compete!As a final note, there is still time to enter our Anniversary contest. Listen for the details and enter on Instagram!We probably say this every year, but this truly is the "most wonderful time of the year"! The season is once again full of possibilities. We can't wait! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-09-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/article-eyes-are-on-robertson-and-other-leafs-hopefuls-at-prospect-tournament/https://www.tsn.ca/kristen-shilton-taking-stock-of-five-toronto-maple-leafs-prospects-after-rookie-camp-1.1693189https://www.tsn.ca/radio/toronto-1050/mike-johnson-on-the-leafs-changes-this-offseason-if-the-disappointment-of-last-year-has-lingered-into-camp-1.1694024https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/marner-tries-stay-present-maple-leafs-prepare-open-camp/https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-dubas-admits-hot-seat/https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs/simmons-one-on-one-with-maple-leafs-president-brendan-shanahanSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Sep 22 2021
40 mins
LTL Patio Season: Prepping for the NHL Season, and an Anniversary Celebration
Hello LeafsNation and welcome to September! Sadly, Patio Season is almost over and it's just about time to store the chairs and umbrella for another year. But as those first leaves start to fall, that means the NHL season is just around the corner and opening night for the Leafs is only 5 weeks away. So exciting!To add to the excitement, September is also our Anniversary month! Yes, we released our very first episode on September 5th 2019, and we can hardly believe how much we've accomplished since that day. We so appreciate all the support that you, our wonderful listeners have shown us, and we can't wait to show you all the cool stuff we have planned for you in Season 3!While it's been a little quiet in Leafland over the last few weeks, as usual we still found plenty to talk about in this episode. We review the Leafs regular season schedule and highlight some games we are looking forward to. We've also got some Leaf Talk for you which includes discussion on various players, including Auston Matthews and Ilya Mikheyev. Plus we'll take a look at the NHL's Division realignment. Seattle coming in made this necessary and we'llalso give our thoughts on how we think the Leafs will do in the Atlantic.Lastly, as we've said many times, you, our incredible Listeners, have made these past 2 years so very special for us! So we want to celebrate you with our Anniversary Contest! Listen for the details. There's still time to enter! Go Leafs Go!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-09-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhH0ni89YKa-agN4DpQO0Qhttps://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-season-hinges-on-matthews-recovery/https://thehockeywriters.com/maple-leafs-should-consider-trading-ilya-mikheyev/https://editorinleaf.com/2021/09/04/toronto-maple-leafs-mikheyev-revisit/https://theleafsnation.com/2021/08/25/leafs-development-camp-and-rookie-tournament-what-we-know-so-far/https://nhltradetalk.com/13-questions-maple-leafs-season-without-answers/https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/31864366/nhl-unveils-2021-22-schedule-realigned-divisions-debut-seattle-krakenSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Sep 8 2021
49 mins
LTL Patio Season - Rolling the Dice in the Drafts and Free Agency
Welcome listeners and thank you for joining us as we continue to enjoy our off-season patio! A lot has happened since we were last together. The Seattle Kraken officially have a team, the Leafs invited 3 new prospects into the fold, and at the NHL Draft Kyle Dubas has spun the roulette wheel of Free Agency, bringing in what feels like a completely new roster of players, that will hopefully serve as support for the Core 4. We'll discuss it all, and I (Syl) will hopefully convince Chris that all is not lost. In addition, we have a little surprise for all of you too! We're coming up on our 2nd Anniversary so we want to show our appreciation to all of our listeners and followers by giving you the opportunity to win a fantastic Prize Pack in our 2nd Annual Anniversary Giveaway. Listen to the very end for the details! A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you. We couldn't do this without you!We have a jam packed show this month so grab your favourite beverage and join our conversation as we talk about the past few weeks in the NHL and the impact on our Leafs!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-01-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2021https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/maple-leafs-made-last-minute-trade-jared-mccann/https://editorinleaf.com/2021/07/26/grading-toronto-maple-leafs-picks/2/https://www.thestar.com/sports/breakaway_blog/2021/07/30/mailbag--have-the-maple-leafs-taken-a-step-backwards-.htmlhttps://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/andersen-will-cherish-his-good-times-with-leafshttps://editorinleaf.com/2021/07/30/toronto-maple-leafs-clever/https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2021/7/30/22598829/why-the-leafs-believe-in-michael-buntinghttps://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Mike-Augello/Leafs-get-Mrazek-Bunting-in-free-agency-stock-Marlies-on-Day-1/120/112793https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2021/07/31/analysis-depth-and-versatility-of-the-maple-leafs-forward-mix-appears-notably-improved-after-latest-addition-of-nick-ritchie/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Aug 4 2021
46 mins
LTL Patio Season: Summer Dealings, Drafting and Free Agency
Thanks for joining us on our off-season patio! There's a lot of positive things happening in our home province of Ontario, which gives rise to the hope that the 2021-22 NHL season will be looking a little closer to normal, and that we might actually have the opportunity to see some Leaf hockey live!We are on the precipice of a very busy summer for the Maple Leaf's brass though, and it feels like there's still a mountain of paperwork to get through before we can all truly kick back and relax. With that in mind, we have tackled it all in this episode, so you don't have to! From Expansion to NHL Draft, Free Agency and more, we've got you covered!Yes, patio season does lend itself to relaxing and daydreaming, so go for it Leaf fans, dream of a brand new season full of hope and promise. We promise to keep refreshing your drinks, and delivering all the best Leaf content, so rest assured you'll enter the 2021-22 NHL season cool, rejuvenated, and ready to cheer on our Buds once more. Cheers!https://www.buzzsprout.com/903751https://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/schedule/2021-01-01/EThttps://www.youtube.com/torontomapleleafshttps://ko-fi.com/ltl1917https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2021https://www.capfriendly.com/https://www.thefourthperiod.com/summer-trade-watch-2021https://www.capfriendly.com/drafthttps://thehockeywriters.com/expansion-draft-poses-concerns-for-maple-leafs/https://puckpedia.com/team/toronto-maple-leafs/draftpickshttp://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectbrowse.htm?cat=1&sort=finalRank&year=2021&pg=2https://thehockeywriters.com/5-maple-leafs-2nd-round-targets-2021-draft/https://editorinleaf.com/2021/06/29/toronto-maple-leafs-targets-position/3/Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/ltl1917)
Jul 7 2021
49 mins