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...
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...
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...
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...
According to John Shannon -- note: the man who brought us the Roberto Luongo-(non)trade-got-Burke-fired report -- the Maple Leafs are looking at two former NHL head coaches, Rick Tocchet and Craig Ramsay, as potential assistant coach hires. Check out our previous piece on Adam Oates here.
Hearing the names Craig Ramsay and Rick Tocchet as possible assistant coaches in Toronto with the Maple Leafs.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 7, 2014
Craig Ramsay has 17 years of NHL coaching experience and has mostly plied his trade as an assistant or an associate coach, thrice taking on the role as head...
How crazy? Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri and the eighth pick to the Panthers for Ed Jovanovski and the first overall pick, crazy.
In the real news world, nothing to report.
Ray Ferraro is less than convinced this is the draft class worth trading up to #1 for.
Maple Leafs Boss Tim Leiweke is Proud of the Kings. That's nice for him.
Maple Leafs have more role players than future stars on the Marlies says Michael Traikos
The Flyers and Leafs will again play a preseason game in London's Budweiser Gardens next September
Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Antoine Bibeau has been signed to his entry level...
With the dust settled, this was a good season for Leafs youngsters.
This year's Memorial Cup had a little added intrigue as we saw Leafs prospects skating on three of the four teams involved in the tourney (Finn-Guelph, Bibeau-Val D'Or, Rupert-London).
Matt Finn's Guelph Storm were the best team in the OHL and probably the best team in the Memorial Cup, too, final notwithstanding. Finn himself was second in OHL scoring among defensemen and acquitted himself well throughout both the OHL playoff and the Memorial Cup. Personally, I expected a bit more from Finn than what I saw this season. It's tough to...
Darren Dreger reported yesterday what many of us have speculated about for some time now, which is the possibility of former Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates joining the Maple Leafs as one of Randy Carlyle's new assistants.
Granted, we had Randy Carlyle fired and Peter DeBoer hired literally before the season ended in April. But there appears to be some leg to this one.
With that in mind, we asked friend of the site Peter Hassett of the excellent Russian Machine Never Breaks blog to answer a few of our questions on the potential hire.
Thanks to Peter for taking the...
Brendan Shanahan continues to make a lot of sense, at least in the words he speaks to the media.
His one action so far, however -- sticking with head coach Randy Carlyle -- has been widely panned.
It’s become clear how Shanahan views the situation, though, at least, and it sounds almost reasonable. He has respect for Carlyle, thinks he had an ‘off’ season worthy of some self-reflection, and believes he once was and can again be a good coach. Most of all, he seems to think Carlyle is open to and capable of adapting, something Carlyle must have successfully conveyed to him...
Back and forth game leaves Wolves grasping for their playoff lives
TORONTO - On Wednesday night, the Toronto Marlies returned home for just their second home playoff game this post-season, game #3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals versus the Chicago Wolves. Toronto only played one home game in the opening round, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals to complete the three-game sweep. The Marlies have been dominant in the first two games of the series, taking 3-0 leads in the first period of both games one & two. On Wednesday, the Marlies were looking to move one step closer to reaching the Western...
TORONTO - Bags are unpacked, skates are sharpened and jerseys have been hung. Tonight, the Toronto Marlies open their 7 game 2nd round series against the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues). Much like the Milwaukee Admirals were in round 1, the Wolves will be another challenge for a very dynamic Marlies squad.
Powerplay: Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland are back and are both fully healthy. At the team's practice on Thursday, they joined Carter Ashton to re-form the team's top line. Abbott finished the season with 69 points in 64 games and was a key component...
Toronto - Toronto Maple Leafs management, led by Senior Vice President and General Manager David Nonis with input and support from team president Brendan Shanahan, extended the contract of head coach Randy Carlyle by two years on Thursday after a thorough team review following the end of the 2013-14 season. Nonis announced at the same time that assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin would not return to the team next season.
“It was important, after a disappointing end to the season and the arrival of Brendan as team president, to conduct a thorough review of the organization...
TOR GM Dave Nonis expected to make official announcement on Carlyle staying/assistant(s) going. New assistants have not yet been hired.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 8, 2014
Well, this makes no sense on any level. The Toronto Maple Leafs' systems under Randy Carlyle have allowed more shots against than any other team over the course of a season. Think about the worst NHL teams, and then place the Leafs with the likes of: Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Rielly along with some nice complementary pieces and one of the best goaltending tandems in the league. This is a head scratcher for...
TORONTO - On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Marlies took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum as they prepare to head to Chicago on Thursday for their 2nd round matchup against the Wolves. Here's what you need to know:
Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland were cleared for contact and traded their red non-contact uniforms for white ones. Abbott, who's been out since March 31st with an upper body injury, looked great on the ice.
Abbott and Holland were re-united with Carter Ashton to form the team's top line
Towards the end of practice, Steve Spott had the 5 on 3 and 5...
MLSE president & CEO Tim Leiweke says that the Raptors are feeding off of the enthusiasm their fans are displaying at the ACC and "Jurassic Park," a passion that other teams in the league have taken notice of. Tim Leiweke on the fan-fuelled Raptors, Sterling fallout, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan and more. Sportsnet 590.
TORONTO - Whether it's positive or negative, the Maple Leafs are consistently the talk of Toronto. The Toronto Marlies, often left behind in all the commotion, are now the centre of attention with the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs. On Saturday night, the Toronto Marlies gave their fans something to smile about. A tough matchup on paper against the Milwaukee Admirals was made to be just a fairytale by Toronto on Friday in game #1. The Marlies defeated the Admirals 6-2 on Friday and were looking to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday night.
The first period was a rough one...
TORONTO - On Friday night the Toronto Marlies and Milwaukee Admirals dropped the puck on hockey's second season. The North Division champion Toronto Marlies struggled towards the end of the season but we're able to end the year on a high note with a win against the Rochester Americans. For the Marlies, the matchup versus the Admirals would be one that would test patience, hockey sense, and most importantly their discipline.
In the first period Toronto struck first. A fairly even period for the most part, the Marlies benefitted from a Milwaukee mis-communication. With less than five minutes to play in...
Frederik Gauthier will join the Toronto Marlies for the playoff run on an ATO, meaning he'll use the facilities and work with the Marlies development staff, as the Leafs like to do at year's end with their eligible prospects. With centers Peter Holland, Trevor Smith, Greg McKegg, Sam Carrick and Jerred Smithson on the roster, it seems unlikely he will be thrust into his first AHL action during playoff time.
After 52 points in 54 games in the regular season, Gauthier added 3 goals and 9 points in 11 games in the playoffs. Nothing to shake a stick at, and...
Randy Carlyle is still twisting in the wind as the Maple Leafs' head coach despite some damning quotes from the new boss.
YES! MT @Hope_Smoke: Shanahan with Paul Hendrick "There are some good pieces here. Sometimes pieces are misused or mismanaged"”
— 67Sound (@67sound) April 16, 2014
For now, let's look into another available head coach candidate, former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette (fired after his team's 0-3 start earlier in the season), with Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey.
How would you describe Peter Laviolette’s systems?
Eric T: Peter Laviolette generally seems to prefer an up-tempo, aggressive game. But he's not dogmatic about it; he...