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Done deal: Dave Bolland for a 2nd (2013) and two fourth round draft picks (2013, 2014). Leafs have their two scoring centers now with Kadri and Grabovski, and their two checking guys with Bolland+McClement. Feisty C group now.— Anthony Petrielli (@APetrielli) June 30, 2013 Bolland has been a 40-or-so point center for the Blackhawks for the last five seasons, and rose to prominence as a third line beast with his playoff heroics in 2010 (note: that Cup win ended a rather extended drought for his franchise). Fresh off scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal a week ago, he served the role...

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Dave Nonis stopped by TSN radio earlier this afternoon. Summary after the jump. On the process of acquiring Bernier: We had gone back and forth a couple of times throughout the course of the year trying to make it fit. There were roadblocks from one side or the other, and we decided to shelve it until the end of the year. It was the excitement of bringing another top young goaltender, having Jonathan and James together gives us one of the top 1-2 punches of potential in the NHL. On whether he  considered other options in net: We had a couple  other goalies...

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To no one's surprise, TSN is reporting that Mike Komisarek will be bought out once the compliance buyout window opens (48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup Finals). Teams have two (total) compliance buyouts to use this off-season and/or next during the designated buyout periods. It appears next year's roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs will not include Mike Komisarek. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs are expected to buy out the veteran defenceman. Komisarek was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2009, but only appeared in four games with the Maple Leafs this...

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So today, a trade happened. I don’t want to delve too deeply into a breakdown of the trade – mostly because I think this is a topic on its own and you can find what you need elsewhere. Instead, I’m going to focus on the mindset of Leafs management, what this means for James Reimer, as well as the potential Jonathan Bernier carries. I left a semi-large post of my thoughts on the trade in the comment section, but I’m going to expand on it here. The initial thoughts: One prevailing thought I have is that much of...

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Everything is indeed happening. Dave Nonis has made a statement that he's going to be transforming this team into his own this off season. Early signs are concerning. A few notes after the jump: - The Leafs might have to move quick to sign Jonathan Bernier. As an RFA he will soon be exposed to an offer sheet and we know the crazy ass Philadelphia Flyers are interested. Let's hope this doesn't mean we are forced to overpay Bernier in haste. You have to add this into the equation of the deal, alongside Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and the 2nd...

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After weeks of speculation, The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a 2nd round pick in 2014 or 2015 (Leafs option). Ron Hextall talks about the trade [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3L-7UC0uQo]

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A dearth of links to share in Leafs news, but things are going to heat up this week headed toward the buyout period and the Draft. Something that could speed up the wait - the Bruins losing out tomorrow night. They're in big trouble, on the brink and likely without Bergeron. A good read from a few days ago - Leafs prospects gain playoff experience in time of transition. Here is the latest from Nonis, if you missed it. It's hard to tell if he's suggesting a Bernier acquisition is in the cards or if he's just doing his due diligence. He...

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Between attempts to acquire Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, and now reportedly Jonathan Bernier, it just doesn’t feel like Leafs management is fully behind James Reimer being "the guy," does it? Listen in here to Bob McKenzie on the TSN Insider podcast, as McKenzie calls the Leafs interest in Bernier legitimate, and says Leafs brass "like Reimer's game but don't love it." By now you all probably know Reimer’s numbers. He’s played over 100 games, has a career .915sv%, he played well in the playoffs, and just seems to have that temperament that is tailor fit to the Toronto market. There...

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Anybody who takes rumours at this time of year at face value is either new to hockey and the internet or still reading Hockeybuzz. I'm neither of those. These Jonathan Bernier to Toronto rumours seem like nonsense, and I don't want to believe them. I really don't. Other bloggers have addressed this already, so I won't retread the obvious. Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs makes no sense. Why on Earth would the Leafs give up assets for him? James Reimer proved all he could possibly prove this season, and all of the underlying numbers indicate he's on track for...

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We reviewed Clarke MacArthur the other day here at MLHS. The feedback seemed rather divided on the question of whether to keep or not to keep the pending UFA. Meanwhile, there's no doubting that David Clarkson’s name will only continue to remain attached to the Leafs in rumour circles as we approach free agency and the Toronto native remains without a contract past July 5. With a glut of wing talent already, and Phil Kessel in need a contract extension, there’s no way Dave Nonis should re-sign MacArthur and then also go and sign David Clarkson. It’s not a...

Colton Orr

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The most controversially debated 5-6 minute hockey player on Twitter, Colton Orr, has been re-signed for 2 years at $925,000 per season. Not overly surprising given Randy Carlyle has always and will always feel there is a need for an enforcer on his roster, a philosophy Dave Nonis is seemingly on board with. Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle hopped on TSN radio shortly after the signing was announced and had this to say about Orr: Loiselle calls Orr one of the Leafs leaders, notes that he played all 7 games in the playoffs, provides forechecking+makes the team bigger.— Anthony Petrielli...

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Darren Dreger has confirmed the hockey world's worst kept secret of the past few days - the Edmonton Oilers will introduce former Marlies coach Dallas Eakins as their new head coach tomorrow. Eakins was an excellent communicator and player developer and will certainly be missed (best of luck in the coaches graveyard, Dallas), but the Marlies program will move forward. Dreger has begun to speculate on a few replacement options for the Marlies: The Marlies will be looking for a young coach who can grow with the club. Steve Spott? Ryan McGill? Glen Gulutzan?— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 8, 2013 The...

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The Marlies are on the ropes against Grand Rapids after a 4-1 loss last night in Michigan. They're down 3-1 in their series headed into tonight. If they can take Game 5, the series would come back to Toronto for Games 6 and 7, so you never know. Also on the upside, Carter Ashton has goals in two consecutive. Audio to tonight's game will be available here. Some long weekend links...  Good Marlies-related read on Morgan Rielly from earlier this week. Here's your list of pending UFA forwards. There are some interesting bottom six options on this list. Matt Cullen is an experienced...

Randy Carlyle

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In case you missed the end of year interviews today, Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle's EOY addresses are below. Nonis: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdA2CSxKMq4&w=600&h=360] Carlyle:

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Listening to this interview with assistant GM Claude Loiselle was rather cathartic. It's a good perspective on what happened last night, why it might have happened, how the team will move forward, how this helped management and the coaches evaluate their players, and what the players might have learned from this experience. Well worth the listen. Credit to Bob McCown for a good interview.

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Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com had an insightful in-depth chat with Wayne Gretzky on the growth of this Maple Leafs team and the work of head coach Randy Carlyle. Below are some worthwhile excerpts: On the Leafs playoff performance so far: "They’re up against a really good opponent, a team that’s just two years removed from winning the Cup, but any time you can win a Game 5 in that situation against a team of that caliber, obviously you’ve got character and it builds even more character," Wayne Gretzky told ESPN.com over the phone Saturday. "They’re legit. They’re playing on high emotion...

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GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Nonis has wrapped up this season by proclaiming that time will heal all and that the only player who will receive his unwavering support, until others prove worthy or have healed from their injuries, is Phil Kessel. In an end of season interview Nonis mentioned several other Maple Leafs players in a positive light but was quick to add that changes were in the offing. Unrestricted free agent Tyler Bozak and number 1 goalie James Reimer were mentioned, but the praise may have been hollow if it’s followed up with a transfer. Phil...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRbndw2hsWc] One of our favourite YouTube/Leafs accounts, "BigBadBoss" uploaded this beauty for us today. Happy playoffs, Toronto.

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The Leafs are in New Jersey tonight to take on the 9th-placed Devils. With the Devils sitting five behind Leafs (granted, with three teams in between), and the Leafs trying to recoup from the double loss that was the Flyers game (Lupul injury), this would be a really nice game to win in terms of alleviating any concern about the Leafs closing out their playoff berth. Joffrey Lupul did not make the trip to New Jersey, apparently staying home in Toronto to stick his head in a bucket of ice and cool off the effects of his thermo helmet-induced head...