There's no better way to kick off a Leafs season than to beat the Canadiens in their own rink, inspiring some hilarious yet predictable non-blowout booing from the fans and some verbal pleas to the front office to strike a deal with their unsigned RFA. [more…]
We are approximately 26 hours away from puck drop on the opening of the Leafs' 2013 season. I asked the crew of MLHS bloggers to predict the Leafs' finish and provide a few reasons to back up their prognostication. We'll start and finish with a couple 8th place PLAYOFFS!!!11 predictions, but strap yourself in for some depressing stuff in the middle. Side note: I checked the archives and Anthony's writeup is the shortest work he's ever produced by 3,000 words. Enjoy the read and toss in your own prediction (preferably with reasons) in the comments. [more…]
It appears, to some degree, the waiver issues prevented the Leafs from giving Morgan Rielly a five-game look, but circumstances as they are, it makes a lot more sense to send down Rielly now than risk losing Mike Kostka or Mark Fraser to waivers before they're given a look in some NHL games. It was highly unlikely the Leafs would've let him stay for longer, burning a year of his ELC, so why risk assets for a teaser? [more…]
Only one member of LACK remains.
Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle’s first training camp as GM and head coach respectively has seen a no-nonsense approach to putting together Carlyle’s version of the best 23-man Leaf roster, one that must hit the ground running if they’re to surprise in the shortened season. [more…]
Leafs trade Matthew Lombardi to Phoenix for conditional 3rd or 4th round pick
The draft pick is a fourth rounder in 2014, which could become a third if Lombardi re-signs in Phoenix or records a certain number of points with the Coyotes this season.
Obviously, this is better than using the amnesty buy out because a) the Leafs get a pick, and b) retain both of those buyout options for the summer period should they want to exercise them. The Leafs will pay his $500,000 bonus and retain some of his base salary in order to off load the cap hit. [more…]
A few quick notes and some links for your hump day morning. [more…]
Five games against Montreal and Ottawa (3 at home vs. Montreal, 3 away vs. Ottawa), four against Boston and Buffalo, and three games against each of the other 10 inner-Conference, non-divisional opponents. [more…]
The NHLPA has ratified the new CBA, now the NHL and NHLPA will sign off on the pre-CBA document known as a Memorandum of Understanding. Two hours after the ink is dry on the MOU, player signings and trades can begin in preparation for the new season.
For the Leafs' part, they are expected to announce the signing of defenceman Cody Franson to a one-year deal for a shade over a $1 million: A cheap one-year re-up to bring the right-hander back from Sweden in time for camp and have him compete for the spot vacated by Luke Schenn. Failing Franson's ability to crack the lineup, this is still a win as the Leafs retain possession of a tradable asset. [more…]
Brian Burke provided his first interview since his shock firing on Wednesday, speaking to, of course, Damien Cox of The Star.
There's nothing particularly notable or revealing about the interview besides Burke being a beacon of class and grace in the wake of, whether you think it's justified or not, an ugly and untimely move.