The new Leafs looked a lot like the old Leafs on opening night, but every win’s a beauty in a short season

The new Leafs looked a lot like the old Leafs on opening night, but every win’s a beauty in a short season

In the five-plus months since the Maple Leafs saw their playoff hopes burst in the summertime bubble, there’s been talk of important change in Leafland. General manager Kyle Dubas, frustrated by his team’s “Jekyll and Hyde” inconsistency, brought in a group of old heads, including 41-year-old Joe Thornton, in the hopes of smoothing out the roller coaster. Head coach Sheldon Keefe, suddenly doing his best impersonation of Mike Babcock, arrived in training camp talking about the importance of player-on-player policing of more stringent standards and the virtues of playing a more defensively disciplined style. President Brendan Shanahan spoke Tuesday of …
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