Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes

Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes

Nikolai Kulemin
BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins and Nikolai Kulemin #41 of the Toronto Maple Leafs collide in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Some real Toronto Maple Leafs news is desperately needed,
but in the meantime here is what is being said about the Leafs.

From Chris Johnston at Sportsnet:

Nikolai Kulemin is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and agent Gary Greenstin tells Sportsnet that he plans to make full use of the interview window, which opens Wednesday, to start looking for a new home for his client. Discussions with the Leafs on a new contract have been limited, according to Greenstin, who noted that there is still some time for talks to pick up with Toronto.

Another player that could be on his way out of Toronto in the coming week is centre David Bolland, who still wishes to remain with his hometown team but doesn’t want to do so at a hometown discount. “At this time it’s just not coming together,” said Thun. “We can’t force the Leafs to accept our terms.”

Nothing appears close with Toronto’s other pending UFA’s — Mason Raymond, Jay McClement and Paul Ranger — although Raymond’s agent, J.P. Barry, plans to sit down with Dave Nonis later this week in Philadelphia.

One thing that is known is that talks are underway between the Leafs and restricted free-agent defenceman Jake Gardiner, according to sources. It is believed that the sides are discussing a two-year bridge deal that will likely end up falling somewhere between $2.25-million and $3-million per season.


Also of note:

A few other notes that could interest Leafs fans:

Some Thoughts:

  1. Kulemin has been a good, low maintenance, soldier for Toronto but the writing was probably on the wall as soon as they signed Clarkson. He wants much more of an offensive opportunity and power play time by the sounds of it, and he’s not going to get that in Toronto. At 6’2, 240+ (according to Carlyle), he brought some nice size and board play to the Leafs that will be missed. It will be interesting to see if his offensive numbers spike up elsewhere.
  2. It appears the Leafs are practicing some restraint in Bolland negotiations. That said, the Bozak discussions last season followed an eerily similar path and he got signed to a last second deal. The biggest question mark for any Bolland signing is what does it mean for Kadri? We know Bozak isn’t going anywhere, and would they really run Bozak-Kadri-Bolland again as their top 3 group?
  3. The Leafs could go a lot of ways with this. They could tear it down and add picks as teams like the Islanders and Predators want to trade the 5th and 11th pick respectively for immediate help. To say nothing of Florida being in their preferred fall-back range.
  4. They could also look at Colorado’s Paul Stastny and offer him some heavy money. A 6.5M/year salary would seem like a no-brainer for a team that desperately needs an upgrade at center.
  5. It seems all has gone quiet on the assistant coach front. If I write an assumption that they figure to wait after the draft now that it is mere days away, I’d bet they would announce the hiring’s almost immediately and vice-versa. So I will simply say it is one more thing to keep in mind and that who they bring aboard could have a strong impact on the team. Particularly the defense.
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Burtonboy
Burtonboy

New blog up folks . It is a mashup as well

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

3rd and 4th line players not returning next season. Seems like a wholesale change on the bottom 6 for next season.

Jordan29
Jordan29

One thing i cant understand though is why we would have all this interest in Boyle when we are always complaining about the lack of leadership. He is coming from probably the worst choking team in history

KurtWhite
KurtWhite

it really seems the leafs will be younger and weaker this season

Ydargo
Ydargo

I know a lot are pi$$ed at how quiet things are, but one thing is for sure..........we could be looking at a much different Leafs Squad

Right Now it sounds like as many as 6 guys could as UFA's

Jordan29
Jordan29

So if nothing major happens, I just traded Gleason for Lecavalier (cheaper for philly to buyout). Also gives you a bit of depth at centre if we have injuries again

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I could deal with that for a year and add Ritchie possibly and another good player next year

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drummond
drummond

The Leafs stand pat, no surprise there

Bruffins
Bruffins

I don't even know why Nonis bothers to talk to the media or why guys interview him. It's probably a good thing because nobody knows his plan but I don't think Ive ever seen a Nonis quote that has any substance

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

The best part about Burke was that he wasn't a chicken shit GM like most of the others.

The league has basically become a draft and develop league, with little to no player movement in trades or free agency

But hey, maybe we should make the nets bigger to entertain the fans

Mcost61
Mcost61

@CanuckUKinToronto Mirtle is not a Leafs fan , but it's his bread and butter to talk about them. hack and slash reporting mixed with fact

mcloki
mcloki

@CanuckUKinToronto It's Mirtle what do you expect. He;s lost his "Joi de vivre" for writing about the Leafs, He needs a new city to talk sports about. Same with about half of the "sportswriters and one angry idiot" in this town.


Bruffins
Bruffins

@Jordan29

because our issue is more to do with a lack of talent than a lack of leadership. 


and I have no idea if he is a poor leader but one player can't do it all for a team

Mcost61
Mcost61

@KurtWhite Bring in Marlies, save some cash. rebuild through draft, this team is no where near a contender

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Ydargo I'm not displeased that we are not taking overpriced castoffs

ShotgunCharlie
ShotgunCharlie

@Ydargo

Well...if kulemin, Raymond and bolland are not coming back...thats 1 line of changes

Ydargo
Ydargo

If he didn't do any interviews ppl would whine about it

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy No Talks with Kulimen. Ya that bodes well. Hey Nonis/Carlyle face it, Kulimen wasn't that into you. so don't waste your time waiting by the phone.

NinetyThree
NinetyThree

@Reversethecurse13 I'm still waiting for the first player to play both left and right handed switching back and forth during the play. That would open up the creativity.

mcloki
mcloki

@Reversethecurse13 I could go for Taller nets just as a way to counter the goalies Butterfly style. It's become too prevalent. 

Ydargo
Ydargo

Could be, a few new faces combined with some Marlies wouldn't be too bad in my books

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@mcloki @Reversethecurse13 and then im sure there will be some new adaptation which will make it harder to score again...and so on...
cheap gimmicks...

i can't stand the idea that you need to "change the game" to make it mre entertaining for these american fans who have ADD

mcloki
mcloki

@Reversethecurse13 @mcloki The coaches and Owners changed the game by only hiring mutants and letting them upgrade equipment. What are they going to do Go back to leather helmets and wood sticks. You can't change one part of the game and hope that they rules made for a 100 year old game keep up. I for one am glad they changed the icing rule  and wait for the day it's totally no touch. 

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@mcloki @Reversethecurse13 except the icing rule was a health measure. Instituting a bigger net is purely for entertainment...much like the cheap gimmick of a penalty for flipping the puck over the glass...

if people want to watch scoring go watch basketball...


and like i said, meanwhile player movement is at an all-time low, which is excessively boring...yet they don't want to improve upon that area?,...