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Leafs bring back Orr for 2 more years

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Colton Orr

The most controversially debated 5-6 minute hockey player on Twitter, Colton Orr, has been re-signed for 2 years at $925,000 per season. Not overly surprising given Randy Carlyle has always and will always feel there is a need for an enforcer on his roster, a philosophy Dave Nonis is seemingly on board with.

Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle hopped on TSN radio shortly after the signing was announced and had this to say about Orr:

In Orr’s defence, after his demotion last year he did cut weight and improve his footspeed and conditioning to the point where he could keep up with the play and forecheck more effectively this past season. He still is no threat to contribute secondary offense and has been known to kill breakouts with poor puck skills. Of course, the primary reason for the signing is far more to do with what Orr does with his fists, and the usefulness of that contribution is a hotly debated topic to say the least. The next question becomes – does Nonis now re-sign Frazer McLaren as well?

An important note – if Orr winds up in the minors again, his cap hit will not count against the cap under the new CBA, as it is below $950,000.

In other news, Drew MacIntyre, the goaltender who saved the Marlies season after signing a PTO contract in February, has been re-upped on a two-way contract to start for the Marlies/serve as the third string goaltender for the organization next season.

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HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

I know...I think I value Frattin more than many Leaf fans, but he is exactly what we don't have a lot of. He is big and can play big, and he has a nose for the net, and can finish. I wouldn't say flat out I wouldn't trade him to get a shot at MacKinnon (or Barkov) , but theres other guys I would move ahead of Frattin.  . MacArthur, Bozak, Grabbo , Colborne, any Marlie other than Rielly . I doubt MacKinnon is there at #3, so that's not a consideration. Barkov is good I guess,  and Drouin is an absolute colbra . Likely just wishful thinking, but time will tell. 

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

Been seeing some calls for Percy and Broll to get a shot with the Leafs next year but these guys played junior this year and only had a few games with the Marlies. Everybody gets a look in camp but I don't see these guys being ready for the Leafs next season.

Loric76
Loric76

I think if we do see a trade around a compliance buyout candidate, it'll be a Lombardi type...not necessarily a salary that's so high it's killing the team that signed it, but one that also has less obvious problems like no insurance due to injury history.  Kosta's rights for the buyout candidate + a 2nd round pick or a young roster player.  Something like that.

The DiPietro and Lecav for 1st's we keep talking about are hail-mary pipe dreams

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

There is zero hockey news this morning....my feed is just jammed up with the TigerTracker.

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

2011/12 Bozak 52.7%, Grabovski 51.5%.   

2012/13 Bozak 52.6%, Grabovski 50.6%. 

He's supposed to be some face-off wizard but he's barely been better than Grabovski the last 2 years. More than $3.25M is a waste of cap and money for Bozniak.    

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@bobwasyourdamnuncle Blacker did 2 seasons in the AHL.  If you are any good after 2 seasons, you should be able to make the big club- esp as we have room there.  If not, then I would figure he could be a prospect to consider up this year sometime permanently or trade

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Loric76 I dont know.  With Friedman talking about The Islanders and Loiselle admitting its something they have considered, there is possibilty there.   Two year window.  Make a big splash.

And yet another move that Burke made (he is the architect for this) that will benefit our team.  Thanks Burkie.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 They happen in other sports.  I also don't think they're that big of dreams. Getting a 3rd overall pick at the cost of 2 roster players, a package of draft picks, and 30 million dollars cash is potentially a terrible deal for us. Not exactly the slam dunk it's being presented as. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@bobwasyourdamnuncle I don't have any stats to back it up, but I would assume he does take a lot of the more difficult draws.  Bergeron in the defensive zone late in the 3rd, for example...

Loric76
Loric76

@TheCanucksnaphook @Loric76 just saying it might be smaller than we're thinking.  Instead of DiPietro and a 1st for peanuts, it might be DiPietro + a 2nd or 3rd or a prospect, for a half decent prospect on our end.  It won't be so one sided.

Loric76
Loric76

@Cameron19 @Loric76 They do happen in other sports, but most other sports (thinking NBA MLB and NFL here) have healthier trade markets, and less restrictive rules (like the ability to trade for cash straight up)

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Captain Keon @bobwasyourdamnuncle The point was and is why do people think Bozniak is a face-off expert when Grabs is almost as good without any mention. Grabovski drives the play to the other end better than Bozniak so there's a good case for Grabs since the percentages aren't much different.   

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Cameron19 @canuckintheuk @bobwasyourdamnuncle Reading an article just recently that said because of Blackers lack of offense in the pro's they have been concentrating on turning him into more of a shutdown defensemen . Wish I   could remember who wrote it lol.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Cameron19  Rumblings around the team that he was ready this year but they waited (similar to your red wing comparison)

mcloki
mcloki

@Loric76 @TheCanucksnaphook I think it does happen. The ramifications for the teams to not do it are long lasting and debilitating for those teams. Some of these contract last til 2027. Men will be back on Mars by then. Your kids will be finished University. Or it could be fixed in the next two weeks.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 @wendelsfist @TheCanucksnaphook I have a hard time seeing it actually coming true, but quite honestly, I don't see a realistic alternative for those teams.  They have to be rid of those players and they can't afford to do it themselves...

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Loric76 @TheCanucksnaphook This is more like the Lebda + bad prospect for Franson + Lombardi deal.   If we swap Dipeitro for Lombardi and Komisarek for Lebda, then the return has to be magnitudes greater then Franson.

Joe_17
Joe_17

@Mind Bomb @TheCanucksnaphook @Joe_17 watching some clips from E3 - big gaming conference thats just wrapping. pretty good if you're into that stuff. Working in games...im into that kind of stuff.


So yea, i read about the whole Lightening/leaf thing yesterday. pretty sweet. like you guys said - whether something happens with them or not, its nice to know that mgmt are thinking this way

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Cameron19 @bobwasyourdamnuncle I said right off the bat that i was not a fan of Carlyle but haven't said much about him since. I think he's totally wasted Grabovski's talent this year but he's got to sacrifice someone to get the matchups he wants for Kessel. But you're right, he gets to do what he wants. Would not be surprised if we see a more productive Grabovski if he gets traded to a team with a coach who doesn't stiff him like Randy has.  

Cameron19
Cameron19

@bobwasyourdamnuncle @Cameron19 For me, if you're comparing the two as if they are both options going forward (ie. if you could move Grabo and keep Bozak, or just roll with Grabo), the biggest argument for Bozak is quite simply that Carlyle prefers him. I suppose you could force Grabo on him, but he clearly didn't have the same plans for him that our previous coaching staff did, and hence, we may not see him hit the same highs....