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Peter Horachek

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Rosters are not set in stone yet, but the dust is starting to clear on the summer moves and we are starting to get a picture of what next season’s NHL landscape will look like. For the Toronto Maple Leafs specifically, we still need to find out the fates of James Reimer and Cody Franson -- beyond that, here are some thoughts on what has transpired thus far: 1 - One quietly interesting note and a bit of a strange trend this summer has been depth NHLers getting long-term deals. A few questionable players who got three year deals include:...

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Based on what we have been told, we would be looking at a notably different roster if the Toronto Maple Leafs' plan A this summer had come to fruition. Dave Bolland would still be a Leaf, making $4.75M/year for five years, according to Darren Dreger. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/484395392248053760 Josh Gorges would be a Leaf in exchange for Cody Franson, according to Dreger as well. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/484396310939045889 Perhaps they would have signed Dan Boyle instead of Stephane Robidas, too, who Pierre Lebrun noted the Leafs were very serious about for days. https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/481848384995614720 From the outside, it appears the Leafs desired a defense of: Gorges - Phaneuf Gardiner - Boyle/Robidas Rielly - Polak Dave Bolland...

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James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs will go to arbitration to determine what the embattled Leafs goalie is worth. Hint: he's getting a raise. In my last article, I discussed the upcoming Club-elected salary arbitration of Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche. The flipside of Club-elected salary arbitration is Player-elected salary arbitration, which procedurally is the mirror image of Club-elected arbitration with the Player driving the process and being given the opportunity to present his case first rather than the Club. Yesterday, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman broke the story on Twitter that James Reimer was among the first players to file...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract. https://twitter.com/APetrielli/status/491669971781828608 More to come... refresh for updates Leafs fans might remember Booth because the Leafs coveted him way back when, when they traded Bryan McCabe to the Panthers. He has had injuries problems since then that have derailed his career, but he remains solid at forechecking, cycling, and driving the net. When he came back from his major concussion he did have a 23 goal season the following year, before getting traded to Vancouver where he had a 16 goal season. He might still have some scoring left in...

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Brendan Shanahan will be introducing Kyle Dubas as the new assistant GM. CLICK PLAY AND WAIT FOR THE STREAM TO START

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In somewhat of a shocking development, Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin have been fired as assistant GMs. Incoming is a 28 year old executive, Kyle Dubas, formerly General Manager of the Soo Greyhounds and a big proponent of advanced statistics. https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/491590937030578177 The Maple Leafs have signaled a change in management direction under Brendan Shanahan, and it’s probably the closest thing resembling that culture change the Maple Leafs talked about. Dave Poulin was involved in a little bit of everything to do with the team as VP of Hockey Operations, as well as GM of the Toronto Marlies since Dave Nonis was promoted...

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Cody Franson and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a final-hour, one-year, $3.3 million pact. The question now is whether Franson will be a Leaf or donning another team's sweater on opening night of the 2014-15 season. Here's both sides of the argument, as best I see it: PROS: - The most convincing argument for moving Franson: His value, as a UFA to be on July 1, 2015, is likely to to decline by the game unless he has a really big season or something unforeseen. If the Leafs don’t think they can get a deal done...
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James Mirtle on TSN 1050 talking Cody Franson and the 2014-2015 Toronto Maple Leafs' makeup.
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TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter, Jonas Siegel joined Blue Lunch to discuss the expected transactions to be made by the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN 1050: Blue Lunch: July 21 - Jonas Siegel Released: Jul 21, 2014
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Guest hosts Jeff Sammut and George Rusic take over The Jeff Blair Show and welcome CBC HNIC analyst Elliotte Friedman to talk all about the Leafs. Also Sammut and Rusic open up the phones to callers.

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Cody Franson has avoided arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs by signing a one-year deal worth $3.3 million dollars. https://twitter.com/LeafsNews/status/491216487647313920 Franson, 26, lead the Maple Leafs defence in point production the last 2 seasons with 4g, 25a, 29pts in 45 games in 2012-2013 and 5g, 28a, 33pts in 79 games in 2013-14, most of which came on the power play. Franson has struggled defensively under former Leafs coach Ron Wilson and again under Randy Carlyle this past season in an increased role; there wasn't a lot of fight in his camp to go after a higher number, of which he was deserving...