Lazy Long Weekend Friday Links

Lazy Long Weekend Friday Links

I’m finding the playoffs much harder to enjoy now that I’ve been reminded what it’s like with the Leafs in them.

Links after the jump.

– From yesterday’s media day:

– Game 4 goes tonight for the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies are down 2-1 to Grand Rapids in their best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinals series. Audio will be available here.

– Thoughts from Dave Nonis’ end of year presser. Nonis was pretty tight lipped as per usual. Negotiation tactic or not, he did seem to make a point to clarify Tyler Bozak does not have to be re-signed.

– It’s the May long weekend. It’s time, of course, to start looking ahead to unrestricted free agency. We’ll start with a link to available defencemen. In short, slim pickings. Average age among top available candidates is 35 and there not much there worth more than a flyer. Maybe there’s a decent stopgap option in there somewhere, but it seems Nonis will have to get creative if he is to address the need for shutdown top 4 D who can take a share of Phaneuf’s workload.

– Would the Maple Leafs take Max Domi in the first round of the entry draft? Baseless speculation involving a Larry Tanenbaum Tie-in + more from Damien Cox.

– Tyler Bozak wants to stay. The political angle here with Bozak being a well liked member of the dressing room, especially by a certain highly talented best friend of his, probably shouldn’t go disregarded… but if the rumours about his asking price are even close to true, surely he walks.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
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