Sunday, March 29, 2015
Leafs News

Leafs News

Maple Leafs Hot Stove provides any and all breaking news for the Maple Leafs.

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The Leafs receive Zach Sill, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 4th round pick in 2015. This is a handsome return for a depth forward and a late summer pickup out of the bargain bin. The second round pick is in 2016, meaning the Leafs are still without one in 2015, but now have two in 2016. The Leafs also retained half of Winnik's $1.3 million salary for the remainder of the season, which helped grease the wheels on the trade for Pittsburgh's cap but is next to meaningless as far as Leafs are concerned given it's a one-year contract. The one thing worth noting...

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Watch as new Leaf Zach Sill relentlessly chirps Dion Phaneuf and stirs the waters against his now-teammates while mic'd up during a meeting with the Leafs in December of 2013.
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Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive: Winnik trade: Sill is obviously a component where the contact had to come back the other way. The Penguins not only needed the Leafs to eat half of Winnik’s salary for remainder of the deal -- it’s only rest of this season -- but they also needed them to take Sill, that’s how tight things are vis-a-vis the salary cap. Whether they want Sill or whether he was just an economic consideration remains to be seen; probably an economic consideration. Hey, two draft picks for a guy you signed in the summer for a...

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Lots stirring on the Joffrey Lupul front the past few days. The roundup: Elliotte Friedman yesterday on Sportsnet 960: "Thing about Lupul is he is injury prone, but he is two or three years removed where he was among the top 10 players in scoring at the time he got injured at the end of the year. I heard last year that Montreal has asked about him and Toronto may deal him. When I met with Dave Nonis in the summer, I asked him about that. He said there has been interest, but he made a really good point to me. He said,...

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Steve Spott hopped on Leafs Lunch yesterday to discuss coaching amid the Leafs' death spiral. Spott mentioned there's been  added emphasis on the amount of time spent on individual development with some of the younger assets on the team, mentioning Holland, Panik and Kadri. On coaching objectives in a lost cause: What we’re trying to do here, we’ve talked about it at length, is lots of individual stuff. This morning I did a session with Peter Holland, Chris Dennis is meeting with Richard Panik. You have your team message, then you have a lot of individual stuff. It’s hard when you have 22 guys in...

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An OT win over the Jets, combined with a Carolina loss to New Jersey, means the tank takes a step back, but a Daniel Winnik Gordie Howe hat trick, in front of a potential suitor to boot, and more good stuff from Morgan Rielly in the lead up to the OT winner are nothing but good things. In other news, it's nice to see that, after going ahead with the yearly shutdown of outdoor rinks in Toronto, MLSE sponsored keeping them open at the cost of $4,500 per rink, per week, to be split with waste management firm Green for...

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The first period didn't have a lot of even strength action, as the two teams combined to generate just three ES chances. Most of the action in the period happened with a man in the penalty box, including all three goals occurring on Winnipeg power-plays. The Jets dominated special teams in the second, out-chancing Toronto while the Leafs had the extra man, but the teams were close to even at ES, despite a late goal from Winnipeg that re-established their lead. Nazem Kadri got the Leafs level early in the third period, and though both teams had some close chances...
Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri

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The Maple Leafs hit game #60 of the season tonight - roughly the three-quarters pole - which has Toronto fans going, "there's still 22 more of these?" Storylines: The Jets are one of a collection of teams rumoured to be interested in adding Daniel Winnik at the deadline, for whatever that's worth. The Leafs mustered zero shots on four powerplay opportunities last night and just six scoring chances over the final 40 minutes, as their ineptitude during this protracted slump keeps finding new ways to express itself. Similar to last night's opponent in the Hurricanes, the Leafs have been dominated in this matchup in recent times, losing their last five consecutive to...

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The opening period was an offensive, back-and-forth one, as Toronto and Carolina traded chances. The Leafs had the better of it, out-chancing the 'Canes 10-6 at even strength. Brandon Kozun's first NHL goal drew them level on the scoreboard, but it took less than a minute for them to fall back behind, a deficit they never recovered from. After that first, both coaches must have been unhappy with their team's defensive performance, as the chances went drastically down. Toronto hardly got any offense in the rest of the game, despite four power-plays, on which they generated not a single shot on...

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In their last visit to Raleigh, a week before Christmas, the Maple Leafs were riding a six-game winning streak, sitting 19-9-3, two points out of the Atlantic Division lead with two games in hand on Tampa Bay. Before that last visit with the Hurricanes, we wrote: There’s also a parallel to last season here that can serve as a cautionary tale: The Leafs beat the Kings and Ducks amid their hottest streak of 2013-14, and proceeded to lose to a struggling Capitals team, the start of their epic collapse. Win streaks can’t last forever and a loss on a weekday visit to Carolina...

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Hot off the airwaves from Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive: (Twitter Question) With the Leafs’ horrible drafting, why has there not been some fired scouts? Dave Morrison has been heading up their scoring department and continues to, although there is probably a greater degree of oversight. Some would argue Mark Hunter is the de facto, in charge of all scouting issues. In a manner of speaking, I guess it kind of is a new look. You get that a lot, there was all sorts of talk when Jim Benning took over in Vancouver that Vancouver hadn’t been perceived as a strong scouting team...
Joffrey Lupul Seidenberg

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After practice today, Jonas Siegel pulled Joffrey Lupul aside for a one-on-one chat about the buzz of a major rebuild in Leafland. The most candid and thoughtful interviewee on the team had a few interesting things to say. I don’t really get it, blow it up. We’re just going to restart with a complete new group with four new guys next year and try to finish last? I don’t think that… I haven’t spoken to management at all, but I’m sure that’s not their idea. You can play a bunch of young guys and lose all year, who is to say...

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In a league where contenders are looking for defence, there’s interest in Toronto’s Roman Polak. The Los Angeles Kings, who have discussed Dion Phaneuf, are in on this too, but they are not alone. It probably comes down to a.) price and b.) how a potential trade partner feels about term. Polak has one more year left on his contract at $2.75 million. Even in a tight cap world, there are teams who prefer multiple years if giving up an asset. If the offers are less than a 2nd round pick, keeping Roman Polak around for another season -- a good veteran...

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Toronto got an early power-play goal to take the lead against the Panthers, but Florida dominated the second half of the period, and got a goal themselves in the last few minutes. Another power-play early in the second put Florida ahead, and Toronto's offense sputtered before former Leaf prospect Jimmy Hayes scored what would prove to be the winning goal. Florida went into a complete defensive shell in the third period, not generating a single chance. Toronto weren't able to do much about it for the first two-thirds of the period, but in the last few minutes were able to...

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Olli Jokinen makes his Leaf debut tonight hoping it's his first and fifth-last game in Toronto. The Leafs and Jokinen both will be pulling for the same thing, which is that he returns to his natural center ice position and convinces some GM tout there that he could be of some use to a team in the playoff mix down the stretch as a veteran depth player. From there, the Leafs might be able to grab a late conditional pick that's dependent on playoff results. It would be nice  to get him out of the way of Holland and Carrick and...
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Pierre Lebrun joined the Bryan Hayes Show to discuss, among other things, the Kessel to Florida rumour. How real is the Panthers-Kessel connection? Let’s go through this together. I can tell you, from sources in both front offices, there have not been any conversations between the two teams concerning Phil Kessel. Having said that, if you’re going to look for a team to get into the mix -- and I think this is a June conversation more than anything -- the Panthers have a tonne of cap room, a new owner, have had trouble scoring this year, and I think Tallon...

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Ian Pulver joined Hockey Central at Noon to discuss his client’s situation, from being dissatisfied with his role in Nashville, to wanting to play on a contender, to his eventual trade to the Leafs. How ticked were you about the trade? It was quite a surprise to say the least. Having said that, we have been in dialogue with the Predators in the last short while about Olli’s situation, but really it all dates back to when he signed there this past July. Olli chose to go to Nashville, there were other suitors to participate and play for, and they were...

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Dave Nonis speaks to Hockey Central at Noon about rebuilding the Maple Leafs, the Franson & Santorelli trade, and more. How long were you working on the trade? Quite a while. We played in Nashville earlier in the month. I stayed behind and spent a couple of days, with Dave and I after that just talking about potential of a deal involving various players, including the two we ended up moving. Dave is a very thoughtful guy who takes a long time to evaluate things. We spent a few days doing that and then over the next 10 days or...
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Anthony Petrielli and Steve "Dangle" Glynn were on Global TV talking Leafs rebuild.