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The Maple Leafs have brought back Trevor Smith on a one-year, one-way $550,000 contract. This is a no-brainer for the Leafs, as Smith is quality depth and the captain of the Marlies. With the Leafs last season, Trevor Smith played at a 32 point pace averaging less than 10 and a half minutes of ice time per game, but he collected all of his nine points in 28 games when playing up the lineup. In the three games when both Nazem Kadri was suspended and Tyler Bozak was hurt in mid November, he collected five of his 9 playing some shifts...

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The Maple Leafs have brought back depth winger Troy Bodie on a one-year contract. Signing Tim Leiweke’s son in law, and his inclusion in the 22-man opening night roster in October, brought about some skepticism early on last Fall, especially given the Maple Leafs had waved goodbye to Joe Colborne in the preseason. The perception wasn’t helped by a skating stride that’s offensive to the eyes at first blush, but some fans came to appreciate his contributions on the fourth line when he was on the team (spent 47 games with the Leafs, 17 with the Marlies). Certainly easier to watch than...

Mike Santorelli

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The Maple Leafs have signed centerman Mike Santorelli to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract. It looks like the Maple Leafs have settled for two cheaper options than David Legwand to round out their bottom six centers, adding Mike Santorelli as well as KHL import Petri Kontiola today. One is likely to play wing (Kontiola or Santorelli could play RW) while the other rounds out the group of centers alongside Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland.  Those are questions for training camp. For now, all of Petri Kontiola, Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli give the Leafs bottom six C options...

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James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs will go to arbitration to determine what the embattled Leafs goalie is worth. Hint: he's getting a raise. In my last article, I discussed the upcoming Club-elected salary arbitration of Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche. The flipside of Club-elected salary arbitration is Player-elected salary arbitration, which procedurally is the mirror image of Club-elected arbitration with the Player driving the process and being given the opportunity to present his case first rather than the Club. Yesterday, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman broke the story on Twitter that James Reimer was among the first players to file...

Petri Kontiola

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone overseas to sign a depth center in Petri Kontiola to a one-year, $1.1 million contract (one-way). We now know what else Dave Nonis was up to when he visited Finland recently to meet with Leo Komarov. This is a found wallet free agent  if he works out—and if he doesn't, both parties can go their separate ways without penalty. Why not, right? Kontiola amassed 112 assists and 175 points in 258 regular-season KHL games for Traktor and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He put up 130 points in 147 games in the American Hockey League before he went...

Claude Loiselle

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Loiselle on Robidas, Komarov, Polak & Frattin acquisitions for Leafs Leafs asst. GM Claude Loiselle says that his club came out with more "sandpaper" with new defencemen Stephane Robidas & Roman Polak, and got a "glue guy" with the re-acquisition of Leo Komarov from the KHL.

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All in all, there weren't any miracles performed that we can be over the moon about yesterday, but the hope is that there was some incremental improvements made and -- perhaps more importantly -- some major mistakes avoided with the type of money that was doled out to the likes of Brooks Orpik and Dave Bolland. Stephane Robidas We’ll start with the new acquisition I’m most excited about. Stephane Robidas has been a warrior in Dallas. He wears the evidence on his face. Maple Leafs management felt there was a need for more leadership, character, competitiveness and experience on this team, and...

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We were not sure what direction the Maple Leafs would be heading entering today's free agency period. To some degree, we still don’t. The team appears to be trying to build some depth back up while bringing in some veterans to help develop and mentor their young kids. As has been noted here before, this team had the worst bottom six in the League last season and they have taken some steps already to try and improve it, so that in and of itself could stand to notably improve the team. But there is still a lot of work to...

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It's hard not to get excited about the return of a fan favorite like Leo Komarov. Whether it was perceived or real, fans certainly felt he was a big piece of what made the team harder to play against in his short stay during the lockout-shortened year. He came in at a steeper price tag than expected at $2.95 million per season, given his nine points in 45 games in his limited sample of NHL games. Komarov always has been more of an offensive player in the KHL, where he's been around a .60PPG player for Dynamo. Perhaps there's more to give...

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The Maple Leafs have dipped into the free agent pool to sign defenceman Stephane Robidas to a three-year, $9 million contract. Dave Nonis has added a right-handed top-4 option here in the tough-as-nails veteran. Certainly he brings the element of leadership and tough-to-play-against qualities, but he also has a long track record of capably handling tough minutes, averaging 22:14 in the lockout-shortened season and just under 20 minutes in his curtailed 2013-14 season. He seems like a great fit on Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly's right. The obvious risk comes in the form of signing a 37-year-old defenceman who broke his...

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Strange first deal on July 1 from the Maple Leafs here, bringing back Matt Frattin in exchange for Jerry D'Amigo and a 7th round pick. Bringing Matt Frattin back was an idea we bounced around these parts given the former Leafs sixth round pick has failed to catch on in two separate cities, Los Angeles and Columbus, and never showed the same promise as he did here, despite an opportunity in LA's top 6 initially. Frattin had 13 points in 25 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The Leafs moved Frattin to LA in the Jonathan Bernier deal after bowing out...

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Fasten your seat belts. There's always been something highly appropriate about Canada Day coinciding with the entire country ravenously following hockey transactions by the second. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/483751435855597568 The Maple Leafs have about $23 million to spend less the space they'll need to lock down RFAs Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner and Carter Ashton. Their priorities appear to be "defensive defencemen" and bottom-six leadership/grit types based on their moves and rumoured targets so far. These are dangerous waters the Leafs are navigating. A lot of the buyouts in the past couple of years have been on early-July free agent signings who matched those exact descriptions. They...

Tim Gleason

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Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs' defenceman Tim Gleason is on waivers with the intent to buy him out. https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/483642509193515008 Left Defence Gardiner Rielly (Brennan?) Percy MacWilliam Right Defence Phaneuf Franson Polak Granberg The Maple Leafs now have three NHL defencemen who are right shots, which is something that Carlyle—and a lot of coaches—really harp about wanting and needing. This punches a hole on the left side of the Leafs defence core and opens up a spot for either a Marlie, Paul Ranger to be promoted or an Unrestricted Free Agent signed to the Leafs. The buyout saves the Leafs a shade over $3 million on next season's $69 million cap, but...

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With #Leafs Reimer request 2b traded, strong speculation off #NHL draft floor were talks btw #Leafs / #Jets. Could b revisited at later date— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) June 29, 2014 Dave Nonis just a few days ago said, "there's a very good possibility James Reimer is back next year," but that appears to have been posturing as the Maple Leafs look to find a new home for the restricted free agent. The Maple Leafs were admitting interest in Martin Brodeur at the same time, so clearly they knew Reimer wouldn't be back. Many assumed this was in the offing before...

Roman Polak

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and a 4th round selection (94th overall) in this year's draft to the St. Louis Blues for defenceman Roman Polak. Gunnarsson was almost always played in situations above his head under Randy Carlyle in Toronto while also struggling with a chronic hip injury he just had repaired this summer. It would’ve been preferred to move Gunnarsson to a lower pairing in order see how he does when he isn't buried by the second lowest offensive zone starts behind only Dion Phaneuf among NHL defencemen and against some of the toughest competition. While...

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According to Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have been talking to recently let-go Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato about filling one of three assistant coaching vacancies in Toronto. The off-season following Pittsburgh's Cup win, Granato joined Pittsburgh as an assistant to Dan Bylsma (also coached under Bylsma in Sochi). Granato's focus was the forward units and the penalty kill, which for the most part was a success under his watch. Granato would also tick off the box of having prior head coaching experience having taken over the Avalanche bench on two separate occasions (2002-04, 2008-09, amassing an 104-78-17 record). The...

Nikolai Kulemin

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Some real Toronto Maple Leafs news is desperately needed, but in the meantime here is what is being said about the Leafs. From Chris Johnston at Sportsnet: 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...

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Too Much Cash for Komarov? One other Nonis note re: Leo Komarov: Says he'd be open to having him back, but only at the right price. — Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 11, 2014 One other note from a chat with Dave Nonis today: He doesn't see a fit financially for Leo Komarov and the #leafs. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 11, 2014 Obviously, the latter report conveys considerably less optimism when it comes to getting a deal done. Dave Nonis had no scruples about suggesting Komarov's departure last summer was "about money," not mentioning role, ice time or the Olympics. Komarov reportedly made $2 million...

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It's likely that Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan will want some prior head coaching experience in one of the three upcoming assistant coaching hires, knowing the leash is tight on head coach Randy Carlyle headed into next season. There have been a few AHL candidates mentioned, however, a discussion which has included Marlies head coach Steve Spott, who just completed a successful first season coaching pro hockey, and his assistant Derek King, who has been with the team since 2009-10. Two other names mentioned by Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts column this week were the head coaches of...

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Yesterday, rumour broke that the Maple Leafs are one of six teams expressing interest Joe Thornton. It's a rumour we've all fantasized about since Mats Sundin left in 2008: Trading for, as one esteemed AM640 post-game caller once called him, "Horton, the one who plays with Choochoo" . Who doesn’t like the general idea of acquiring Joe Thornton, an elite playmaker and big-bodied center who is always near the top of the League in assists? He’s probably got a couple of good years left in him. In my particular fantasy, I’d play him with Clarkson and maybe JvR, creating a...