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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What was an honest effort by the Maple Leafs with this weekend's "Fan Fest" events —reaching out to the public and to engage fans that might not otherwise not be able to get up close and personal with their favourite hockey team/players -- turned into a mess reigniting many fans' frustration for an organization obsessed with making money at every opportunity, unwilling to do anything altruistic without the aid of corporate sponsorship.
The "free" pre-season hockey game sponsored by a monolithic corporate softdrink giant, "free" Maple Leaf scarfs with a bank's logo splattered across it, "free" Maple Leaf car flags with the same bank's logo prominently...
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:
Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens
This is without a doubt, the most historic rivalry within the NHL, and also the oldest. Both...
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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Some montages on the new Leafs to aid in the mailing in of your final work day before the long weekend.
Petri Kontiola (updated version):
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
Leafs fans might remember David Booth from when...
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...
Cody Franson has avoided arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs by signing a one-year deal worth $3.3 million dollars.
Franson, 26, lead the Maple Leafs defence in point production the last 2 seasons with 4g, 25a, 29pts in 45 games in 2012-2013 and 5g, 28a, 33pts in 79 games in 2013-14, most of which came on the power play.
Franson has struggled defensively under former Leafs coach Ron Wilson and again under Randy Carlyle this past season in an increased role; there wasn't a lot of fight in his camp to go after a higher number, of which he was deserving...
In my last two articles I discussed Ryan O’Reilly’s upcoming club-elected salary arbitration with Colorado Avalanche and James Reimer’s player elected salary arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In a continuing series of articles on salary arbitration, I’m now going to break down how (and why) I think the Cody Franson arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs - set for this Monday July, 21st - will play out.
In the last two articles I outlined the mechanics behind the salary arbitration system set-out in Article 12 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”), so for the most part in this piece I’ll skip...
Peter Holland has been signed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $775,000 a season, Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has learned.
Holland would've had the option of accepting a one-year, two-way $850,000 qualifying offer as fellow former first round pick Carter Ashton did earlier today, but obviously opted for the guaranteed NHL salary of a one-way deal over two years. It appears to work out nicely for the Leafs.
If the 23-year-old Holland can serve as the third line center during this contract and do so capably, $775,000 a season is really good value, assuming his NHL production begins...
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that Steve Spott and Peter Horachek have been appointed as Randy Carlyle's new Assistant Coaches.
It’s interesting that Dave Nonis has said since the announcement that he is looking to reduce the media scrutiny on Randy Carlyle and anticipates the two new assistant coaches doing more interviewing throughout the year than Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin did during their time here.
Steve Spott is a well spoken individual. He speaks in full sentences, directly and with candor. He has the communication skills of a good teacher, which was his profession prior to hockey. There doesn’t...