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Recent articles by Bruce:

Leafs’ best window to change Core Four is quickly closing. Will they be forced to run it back?

The Leafs are in more jeopardy than they’ve ever been, and closer than ever to not moving an inch, at their core. And a vacant GM job isn’t helping. → Read More

Trust issues. Severe cash shortages. Internal politics. Can new general secretary Jason deVos save Canada Soccer?

The former player and director of development has given his life to soccer in this country; but now he faces several issues that could derail the country’s golden generations. → Read More

The Leafs cracked. Replacing Kyle Dubas won’t be easy, but they had to try

Like every Leafs playoff year for decades, moving on with a new GM is a chance at redemption and potential disaster. → Read More

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is willing to wheel and deal. But there is one trade he won’t make

Dubas said Monday he would be open to moving one of the Leafs’ core players after another playoff letdown. What he won’t do? Leave for another team. → Read More

Game over for the Leafs. They tried. Now comes the tricky part

Leafs fall to the Panthers in overtime in Game 5, their seventh straight two-goal game. Now the decision sequences begin for the GM, the coach and the high-priced stars. → Read More

With Leafs on brink, Mitch Marner thrives in Game 4 pressure-cooker

No Toronto star has elicited more criticism in the series against Florida, but the winger was poised and confident in season-saving victory. → Read More

The Maple Leafs finally delivered the goods against the Panthers and live to fight another day

The end of the season still looms — and one win doesn’t change that — but the series is coming back to Toronto for Game 5. → Read More

The Maple Leafs have to know every game could be their last together

The stars say they’re blocking out the noise before Game 4, but it’s a waiting to suffocate them. → Read More

Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Nylander. No Leafs star should be untouchable now. Game 3 was a turning point

I’ve been a proponent of giving the Leafs’ core players a chance to grow, but at some point failure isn’t accidental. → Read More

Leafs get what they deserve in Game 3 against Panthers. The reason couldn’t be more clear

Sometimes in hockey the results don’t match how you played, but for the Leafs they did on Sunday night. Their best players simply weren’t good enough. → Read More

The Leafs have lost their margin for error. If they lose their nerve in Game 3, it’s over

Florida is a mugger with a crowbar lurking around every corner, all the time. The Leafs have to pull out all the stops Sunday night in Florida. There’s no other option. → Read More

Whoever wins Canada Soccer election, the sport will remain split

The real stakes of Saturday’s vote for president — Charmaine Crooks vs. Rob Newman — are simple. It’s about Victor Montagliani trying like hell to keep control of soccer in Canada. → Read More

Connor Bedard wasn’t raised to be a hockey phenom. He made that decision himself

He’s a generational player on verge of NHL stardom. But Connor Bedard’s story was always more about raising a happy and grounded child than a star. → Read More

The Maple Leafs still haven’t figured out the pesky Panthers — and time is running out

The Leafs skated Florida’s doors off to start, and were up 2-0 after five minutes. They looked like a team in charge. But the game turned. → Read More

Those Panthers that pounced on the Maple Leafs in Game 1? They don’t look like underdogs

Toronto had its moments in series opener, but never quite figured out how to handle a Florida team that played fast, controlled possession, and got solid goaltending. → Read More

Kyle Dubas was right. The Leafs can win with his blueprint. No hard feelings

It was widely accepted that for Dubas to stay, the Leafs needed to win at least a round. And as Dubas watched them do it, his handiwork was all over the ice. → Read More

The Leafs of Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Nylander and Rielly won a playoff series. Maybe this really is their year

The first-round drought is over. A weight has been lifted from their shoulders. And they might not even face the Bruins in the next round. → Read More

It’s the Maple Leafs and the playoffs. Nothing is ever easy

With a chance to close out the Lightning, the Leafs fall 4-2. Now it’s back to Tampa, and whatever ghosts Toronto has will be trailing along. → Read More

A chief among Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes leads Kansas City to second Super Bowl win in four years

Sure, it was a team effort, but Mahomes led a second-half comeback on a bad ankle. → Read More

The Raptors aren’t built to tank, but they’re playing a risky game

The plan is now clear as day. The Raptors want to contend again within a few years around Scottie Barnes. Apparently all those trade offers didn’t fit with that goal. → Read More