Some real Toronto Maple Leafs news is desperately needed,
but in the meantime here is what is being said about the Leafs.
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:
@APetrielli Nothing new, no. My sense is that neither side will bend enough to get him back to Toronto. Will dig around more in days ahead.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 24, 2014
A few other notes that could interest Leafs fans:
#FlaPanthers Tallon on potentially trading pick: I don't want to go past eight — 10 would be the maximum distance I would go back.
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) June 23, 2014
Ron Hextall indicates that the Flyers will try to move up in Friday's draft, according to report http://t.co/6l4cpyOtnb
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) June 24, 2014
Don't be surprised if you start hearing NYI's #5 pick being shopped.There's pressure to get a player that can play right now in the lineup.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 24, 2014
Pens willing to trade first-round pick; Time for Niskanen, Jokinen to "get their big contracts." Read more: http://t.co/BRTft58yej
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) June 23, 2014
Saku Koivu, Jonas Hiller and Dan Winnik won't be offered new contracts by the Anaheim Ducks, GM Bob Murray says.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) June 19, 2014
— El Cafetero (@mlse) June 24, 2014
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
@Burtonboy Thanks for the link. ;)
@Burtonboy What this wasn't a mashup?
@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.
@CanuckUKinToronto Don't judge yet....its not even draft day yet...
@CanuckUKinToronto Can you blame him? Nonis called a press conference to essentially say to Leaf Nation "Pipe down, nerds, nothing's happening."
@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
3rd and 4th line players not returning next season. Seems like a wholesale change on the bottom 6 for next season.
@mr_hanie Good, that was our biggest problem.
Are there no good Canadian coaches available?
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
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
@Jordan29 No way, Jose!
weaker physically or talent wise?
@KurtWhite Bring in Marlies, save some cash. rebuild through draft, this team is no where near a contender
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
@Ydargo eye of the storm perhaps?
Well...if kulemin, Raymond and bolland are not coming back...thats 1 line of changes
@Ydargo I'm not displeased that we are not taking overpriced castoffs
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
I could deal with that for a year and add Ritchie possibly and another good player next year
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@Burtonboy wtf does that even mean!!
How far back? we are the 8th worst team in the league!
@Burtonboy set us back to......not making the playoffs?
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
@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.
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
@Reversethecurse13 I could go for Taller nets just as a way to counter the goalies Butterfly style. It's become too prevalent.
@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.
@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.
@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?,...