Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Brandon Pridham
Brandon Pridham

The Maple Leafs have rounded out their front office by hiring a second assistant GM — Brandon Pridham.

Pridham has been working in the NHL head offices for 15 years, leaving a position as Director of the Central Registry and Central Scouting. Pridham will be the team’s resident capologist and CBA expert as well as negotiate contracts with the team’s pending free agents — the role Claude Loiselle was fired from in late July.

Pridham’s career with the NHL began in 1999 as a coordinator in Central Scouting. He has also served in the Central Scouting and Central Registry departments; his role was that of the “contact person” for NHL general managers on issues involving the CBA, salary cap and the Central Scouting department. That would suggest there are very few in the hockey world who know these things as inside and out as Pridham.

I am very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve gained at the National Hockey League. I always looked forward to the opportunity to bring that experience to an NHL club and I’m thrilled with the chance to join Dave Nonis and his team with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

– Brandon Pridham

When the Leafs hired Loiselle, he came with some league executive experience as well as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations, but he worked primarily in salary arbitration and collective bargaining. Pridham has been working with the League on salary cap issues specifically since it introduced the cap in 2005.

CapGeek reported last week that the Leafs’ bonus overage wound up dinging the Leafs for $520,000 on the cap next season — for a team that finished eighth last in the League last season, that was perhaps the final straw for Loiselle, who faced much criticism for the buyout-proof structure of the David Clarkson deal, the team’s use of their compliance buyouts, and their season-long cap squeeze that saw the team lose Joe Colborne in preseason and limited their roster flexibility all year.

It looks like Kyle Dubas will be partly occupying Dave Poulin’s former position, at least in the sense that one of his roles looks to be the overseeing of the Toronto Marlies — Dubas has made a few small AHL signings in the past few weeks, including Patrick Watling, his former player in the Soo. Pridham will be the Leafs’ cap guy and contract negotiator, and is someone Shanahan’s likely quite familiar with from his time in the NHL head office.

Shanny continues to reshape the Leafs’ front office in his image, bit by bit.

 

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Tanenbaum's statement:

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has cleared up the uncertainty surrounding president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke’s long-term future with the company.

He will stay in the position until June 30, 2015 or until a new CEO is found, MLSE said Thursday in a statement.

“Under Tim’s leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success,” said MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum. “We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE.”

Cameron19
Cameron19

Just for fun:

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During the 2015 season:

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To PHI: Franson, Holland

To TOR: B.Schenn

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To PIT: Lupul

To TOR: Bennett, 1st in 2015

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Next off-season:

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To WPG: Reimer, Ashton, Bennett, 1st in 2015 (PIT)

To TOR: E.Kane

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To COL: Bozak,Percy/Finn, 1st in 2016 (TOR) 

To TOR: O'Reilly

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Toronto selects Pavel Zacha 7th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

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2015/16 roster:

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J.V.R. - O'Reilly - Kessel

Kane - Kadri - Nylander 

Zacha - Schenn - Clarkson

Komarov - _____ - Frattin

(Devane)

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Rielly - Phaneuf

Gardiner - Robidas

_____ - Polak

(Granberg)

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Bernier - ______

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Leaves approximately 6.8M in cap space to address the blanks. 

mike_84
mike_84

so when is the MLHS gathering rescheduled for?

mike_84
mike_84

What would happen if Dion was stripped of the C. I think MSM would throw a party.

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@Cameron19 

you could throw gauthier into the 4C slot on that lineup and it'd be a fine 4th line.  

but man......what are you smokin?  that's a whole shitload of crazy moves.  i'll take two of whatever you just blazed......

wiski
wiski

@Doorman what did you do to otis, haven't seen him all summer?

Murph2417
Murph2417

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Why? Because my ex suckered me into buying an accent I'm to financially un-stable to afford to trade it in right now? Or sell it? Thanks man, appreciate it. 

skiingallday
skiingallday

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Gotta go with the subaru forester here. I have the 2014 model and love it. It has by far the best awd capabillity and has a great ride to go along with it.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@mike_84 more likely he voluntarily gives it up because its a pain in the ass

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bring the Cup Home @Cameron19 Also, I realize the speed at which that is laid out is highly unrealistic, but space moves like that out over 2 years instead of one and it's not so out there.Having said that, O'Reilly and Kane will likely both be scooped up if we can't make something happen inside the next year. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bring the Cup Home @Cameron19 Just looking at players who might become available to surround our current core with. A growing sentiment here is that if we fail than we have to move on from Kessel and Phaneuf. I disagree, and I like to look at ways we could fill out a roster with them and still move forward as a team. 

mcloki
mcloki

I'm in if it's downtown TO. No car

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @TheCanucksnaphook If Mike Cammalleri was right about Shanahan, I doubt it. His prerogative will be adding to the good players we have. Not blaming and swapping them out. 

Murph2417
Murph2417

@Cameron19 @Murph2417 Decent moves, all fairly do-able. Not sure I like the O'rielly one that much but we have a lot of defense depth. I think I'd give up Finn before percy in the choices

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home 

could also put percy or finn on the 3rd D pairing and, like gauthier, save a bunch of cap money for a few years on those roles.  that lineup would have some damn fine potential.  

mike_84
mike_84

@mcloki chances are it would be at that shark place that was sponsering the site

skiingallday
skiingallday

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @skiingallday ah, yea it ain't the prettiest, but I loved the interior more than the others, still got the harmon kardon audio without needing to buy all the fancy nav shit. Also, the sightlines are way better, it feels like you have way more visibility than the other suvs because of the lower sill height in the forester.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Murph2417 @Cameron19 Yea, and even if you find yourself in the inevitable camp that will surface saying all the trades are ridiculous, we have tons of other assets we can include to make them more feasible if need be. If we came to that roster, would it really matter to us if we didn't have a couple of Gauther, Brown, Leivo, Johnson in the system? Because I'm sure those names have good value as prospects. 

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@Murph2417 @Cameron19 

i'd give up percy before finn.  i see big things for finn.  got the bones of a leader that i think will prove very popular and useful over the next decade in the blue and white. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Murph2417 @MaxwellHowe i am 27 and i loved cars all my life. But no i realize to spend that much on one is just insane. save your money buy houses and retire in like 10-15 years and enjoy life