Daily Linkup – Thursday

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    Hitting the links bright and early on a Thursday morning: Jim Balsillie and the city of Hamilton get new life, Kadri’s WJC tryout experience, an update on the Justin Pogge situation, Leafs sign a young defenseman, a mid-summer recap of the offseason festivities, and the Marlies coaching staff announced.

    Some great news for Southern Ontario hockey fans: RIM billionaire Jim Balsillie’s back in the hunt. CBC sports is reporting that judge Baum has ruled that “any and all bidders” will be allowed to participate in the September 10th auction for the Phoenix Coyotes. Balsille’s previous offer was $212.5M, far and away the highest dollar amount. For more information or to learn how you can help bring hockey back to Canada, you can check out their website.

    TSN‘s got a small written piece along with a short video about Brayden Schenn, Matt Duchene and Nazem Kadri getting cut from last year’s U-20 World Junior team. Kadri describes the experience as the first time he had ever been cut, and that he is determined never to let it happen again.

    The National Post provides us with a bit of an update on the Justin Pogge situation. It seems that he did not return Burke’s recent phone calls. The Maple Leafs are still seeking to find him another place to play, but have stated that they do not intend to just give him away.

    The Badger Beat is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have offered a pro contract to free agent defenseman Josh Engel. The 25 year old is a 6’3 204 lb stay-at-home defenseman, who played well in a 28 game stint for the Marlies last season, recording a goal and 4 assists.

    The Toronto Star provides a mid-summer recap of the Leafs‘ offseason activities to date. The article provides some analysis, a list of important dates, an overview of the team’s current depth chart, and throws out “eight names to watch”.

    To wrap up a bit of old news, in case you missed it, Dallas Eakins will become the new Marlies head coach for next season. Eakins had previously worked under the capacity of assistant coach for the Maple Leafs, before being promoted to director player developement last season. The Toronto Sun reports that Maple Leaf forward Derek King will join his coaching staff as an assistant coach.

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