In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire.
Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route.
Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster.
This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...
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Depending on the health of certain players (Franson, Clarkson), Toronto's opening night roster *could* look something like:
Of note, and conspicuously absent from these lines is the two Maple Leaf enforcers, Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, who were not cut, but hopefully don't make it through camp. A number of MSM reporters still seem to think Orr will be there on line four on opening night.
For tonight's game in Detroit, lines look to be:
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Probable lines for Leafs in TOR:
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Can William Nylander make the jump like a certain small, speedy Maple Leaf...
It’s our first look at William Nylander in NHL action and it’s just as we dreamed back in June – on a line with Phil Kessel.
Mike Santorelli will play between them in a nice opportunity in his first game as a Leaf. Hopefully looks good in the middle because the Leafs could use the additional options at center to be sure.
Five of the six D are NHL regulars, with the sixth being Viktor Loov, who is looking to build on a rookie camp showing that turned some heads.
The loveable #47 is back in Blue and White for the first time this...
Stiff competition is going to be the theme of this Maple Leafs training camp, more so than your typical September anyway.
Up front, beyond the five firm top six forwards the Leafs have on the roster plus David Clarkson, there are going be as many as nine forwards with NHL pedigree plus William Nylander competing for the other six spots.
The Maple Leafs added a few more names to the mix on defence yesterday as well, extending camp tryout agreements to Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikelsson.
It seems unlikely the Leafs would sign both given they don't have many Standard Player Contract...
Hard to picture Spencer Abbott figuring into the mix with so many bodies up front (15 other forwards signed + William Nylander, all but Petri Kontiola and Nylander require waivers), but he'll be attending Maple Leafs training camp in a week with a new one-year contract in hand (details as of yet undisclosed). Abbott is waiver prone, so a team may see fit to grab the 7th-leading AHL scorer from last season if the Maple Leafs eventually cut and send him down.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been around since the ‘Original Six’ and are one of the more prestigious franchises across the NHL – despite not having won a Stanley Cup championship for over almost 40 years. With history, however, comes enemies and rivalries and in that respect, the Maple Leafs are no different. They have had several long-running feuds with fellow franchises over the years and here’s some of the more historic of the bunch for you to enjoy:
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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...
The Maple Leafs have signed 2014 eighth overall draft pick William Nylander to a three-year entry level deal.
This of course is standard business and changes nothing as far as the options available to the Leafs and Nylander this Fall, of which there are three: back to MoDo in the SHL, down to the Marlies, or even Mississauga of the OHL, although the latter-most seems unlikely.
According to Article 9.1(d)(i) of the CBA, if Nylander plays less than 10 games for the Leafs this year -- regardless of where (including the Marlies or the SHL) -- his contract will slide because...
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The Maple Leafs and Jake Gardiner have shaken hands on a 5-year contract worth $4.05 million a season.
It's a similar deal to that of Victor Hedman and Niklas Hjalmarsson, both of whom got around $4 million a season for the next five years coming off their ELCs. Roman Josi recently signed for four million per over 7 years. The Leafs have bought a year of Gardiner's UFA eligibility, making him a UFA at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Gardiner posted 31 points in 80 games last season, good for 45th in the League among defencemen (and tied with Dion...
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Daniel Winnik to a 1-year contract worth $1.3m on Monday.
"No disrespect to where I've played, but nothing compares to this market." - Daniel Winnik on being a Maple Leaf
Age: 29 years old
Height/Weight: 6’2, 210
2013-2014 Season: 6Gs-24As-30PTS in 76 games,
On-Ice Shot Attempt Differential: 47.6% CF
"A player who Brendan and Dave liked and we discussed here internally. We just tried to carve out how he would help out the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was available and we felt he could be a big help. He’s got a good track record of soaking up some difficult minutes...
The Maple Leafs and James Reimer have followed the league-wide theme of arbitration avoidance by arriving at a 2-year contract agreement worth $2.3 million per season.
It’s difficult to know how much praise is deserved for signing good-value RFA deals because the leverage is so tilted in favour of the club, but this is another cap-friendly deal for the Leafs and it seems to comes in for less than Reimer would've been awarded in arbitration.
Reimer and Bernier will be earning a combined $5.2 million last season and that’s excellent value for a tandem that stands among the best in the...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract worth $1.1 million.
Assets: Has speed to burn. Can put up points in bunches and is ultra aggressive on the forecheck. Also boasts a nose for the net. Can play on either side of center, which adds to his overall value.
Flaws:Concussions are still a concern with him, especially since he has a bad habit of keeping his head down in dangerous areas of the ice. Isn't a natural setup man. Lacks game-to-game consistency.
Career Potential:Speedy, streaky scoring winger.
- The Forecaster
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In somewhat of a shocking development, Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin have been fired as assistant GMs. Incoming is a 28 year old executive, Kyle Dubas, formerly General Manager of the Soo Greyhounds and a big proponent of advanced statistics.
The Maple Leafs have signaled a change in management direction under Brendan Shanahan, and it’s probably the closest thing resembling that culture change the Maple Leafs have been talking about in the past few months.
Dave Poulin was involved in a little bit of everything to do with the team as VP of Hockey Operations, as well as serving as GM...