They say don't judge a book by the cover; in the case of The Hockey News, looking at the cover is all we recommend you do. Pretty badass, this one:
Also be sure to check out Jonathan Bernier's all new Leaf gear, including his sticks, pads, and jersey, over at In Goal Magazine. His new mask features an angry blue and white lion:
How many different ways can you debate the Leafs' remaining cap space? We're working our way toward finding out.
While we lose our minds, several Leafs prospects are busy plying their trade against the best junior players in the world. Yesterday, Canada took on Finland, which featured centerman Frederik Gauthier, winger Ryan Rupert, and defenseman Matt Finn. Dominic Toninato, although having made the first cut of the US Hockey National Junior Eval Camp, did not compete against Sweden.
Gauthier, who centered fellow 2013 1st rounders Hunter Shinkaruk and Anthony Mantha on the 2nd line, had the strongest showing of all the...
As I'm sure you've heard by now, yesterday Mark Fraser came to terms with the Leafs just before his arbitration hearing for a sum of $1.275 million on a one-year contract.
From Fraser's standpoint, as he was both arb-eligible and it made sense (here's why it didn't for Cody Franson), filing maximized his leverage as a restricted free agent by not allowing the the club to take all summer to nickel and dime him due to the looming third-party arbitration ruling. Fraser named $2 million as his price, while the Leafs were concerned the settlement would come in half-way between...
TSN 1050 is reporting that Dave Nonis has signed a 5 year extension as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Nonis signs 5-year contract extension with #Leafs— Lawrence Dushenski (@LD10) July 25, 2013
I wouldn't attribute much meaning to a move like this. We saw with Ron Wilson's Christmastime contract in 2011 how these extensions can be a hollow gesture more geared toward financial security than job security for the individual in question, but it's worth noting Wilson was a lame duck and only received a one-year extension. It appears MLSE tore up Nonis' old contract, which was for three more...
Thanks to the powers that be, hockey fans from all around the world will once again be treated to 2 weeks of best-on-best hockey. There really isn't any thing else like it. As a kid, you often think of the All-Star game as THE event where all the game's stars come together for some friendly hockey. Well, the Olympics are just basically the All-Star game on stero... immune-boosting vitamins.
As national training camps announce their respective invitees, there has been considerable debate surrounding their compositions. Although regular season performance will play a big role in determining the team, we are...
The Maple Leafs have signed former Toronto Marlie and Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year, $1,000,000 NHL contract. With Paul Ranger added to the mix, a cap clearing measure will surely have to follow, at least eventually, with Franson, Kadri and Fraser left to re-sign and only 6 or so million in cap space remaining.
Ranger was a top-4 calibre guy for the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to taking a three-year leave from the game at the start of the 2009-10 season. A big, strong-skating two-way rearguard with a big left handed shot, Ranger actually played a good...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, with the two sides agreeing to terms on a three-year contract. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting it's worth $9.45 million. Salary is listed at : $2.85m, $3.15m & $3.45m.
The 26-year-old Gunnarsson had one goal and 15 points in 37 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13 and added an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.
A seventh-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Gunnarsson has 12 goals and 69 points in 224 games for the Maple Leafs.
Michael Stevens Stephens had a great year end write up on Gunnarsson....
The NHL, a day late and a dollar short as always, released the schedule for the 2013-14 NHL regular season this afternoon. In an unsurprising move, the Toronto Maple Leafs will open their season on the road on October 1st against the Montreal Canadiens.
- The Leafs have joined the Atlantic division, with other notable seaports Ottawa, Detroit and Montreal. I still would have preferred going with famous players/patrons names for the divisions.
- The Leafs will be fortunate that of their Atlantic division rivals, they play the Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres 5 times each. They’ll square off against...
Let's have a moment of silence for Daniel Alfredsson's reputation in Ottawa...
As 'sad' as it is to see him go, given all the moves that Ottawa has made and the departure of Alfie, it seems we will be entering a new era in the Battle of Ontario next Fall. The departure of Alfie may partly take away the thrill of attending a Leafs game in Ottawa and showering boos on the home captain, but with the additions of Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan the provincial battle certainly won't be lacking in storylines.
MacArthur was a healthy scratch numerous times under...
Joe Colborne, restricted free agent no longer, has re-signed with the Maple Leafs to a one-year, one-way contract valued at $600,000.
The Leafs remaining RFAs include Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Mark Fraser and Nazem Kadri. By handing out the one-way deal, Colborne came in at a pretty cheap hit of $600,000, leaving the Leafs with around $10 million in available cap space.
In related RFA news, Carl Gunnarsson has filed for player-elected salary arbitration while the two sides continue to negotiate a contract extension. Here are the two relevant sections of the CBA pertaining to player-elected arbitration:
Jonathan Bernier will earn $1,100,000 more than James Reimer next season despite being considerably less proven. We're almost in a position now where we're hoping Bernier takes over the number one spot. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
The Leafs have now forfeited Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and about $2.5 million in cap space (Bernier contract + 500k retained salary - Scrivens contract) to add Bernier to the fold. Guess he better live up to the hype.
The price makes some sense when you consider Bernier would have been very vulnerable to an offer...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed left-handed defenceman TJ Brennan to a 1-way, 1 year deal worth $600,000 dollars.
Brennan spent the majority of the 2012-13 season with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, registering 35 points in 36 games.
The 24-year-old had one point in 10 games with the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the Florida Panthers. With the Panthers, the Willingboro, N.J., native had nine points in 19 games.
Brennan was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft.
LiveFyre is still about 1,000 comments behind on the last one.
To a certain extent, signing Clarkson to an insanely long contract is part and parcel with playing the UFA game. If you want to upgrade in the short run through FA, and Clarkson does fill a need for this team, it is going to be by doing something regrettable down the line. It just seems to the nature of the business now; do now, think later, and hope the cap ceiling skyrockets. 7 years at 5.25 million for a 29-year-old second/third line winger who has broke 40 points once...
The Leafs extended their relationship with center Tyler Bozak and signed winger David Clarkson from Free Agency. Bozak's new deal is a 5-year, $21M deal while Clarkson comes in on a 7-year contract worth just north of $5M per over that span. Clarkson's contract includes limited No-Trade and No-Movement clauses.
We all know what Bozak brings, and, in my mind, it's nowhere close to the term and contract value received. As for Clarkson, it's an overpayment yes, one that doesn't worry me so much; not because of him not really being a true 30 goal scorer, but because he's a...
The Leafs are buying out Mikhail Grabovski. 2nd compliance buyout.— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) July 4, 2013
In a curious decision, a little over a year after signing him to a 5 year contract, at 5.5 million dollars on March 6th, 2012, the Leafs are going to be using their second compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski. With Tyler Bozak hopefully not resigning in Toronto, Toronto has only Kadri in their top 2 center slots. This almost certainly signals a trade of some sort, or Dave Nonis is making a very, very bad decision by buying out a very good player so...
Chiarelli: Hey, Mike. Don't look so worried. Schneider is probably an Andrew Raycroft anyways, right?
Gillis: F*** you, Peter.
Firstly, I just wanted to wish our American readers a safe and happy 4th of July. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the date, it's basically America's Cinco de Mayo.
So, where to begin. I think the best way to describe what this off-season feels like is that nothing is happening while everything is happening. With the window of time allotted to negotiations winding down to its final 24 hours, the anticipation is deafening. It's been four days since the draft...
From the Official Site:
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday the schedule for the 2013 Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario. This year, Maple Leafs’ prospects will compete in three games at Budweiser Gardens beginning Thursday, September 5 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.
“The Maple Leafs are thrilled to return to a great hockey city like London for the annual Rookie Tournament,” said Leafs Senior Vice-President and General Manager David Nonis. “It’s a great opportunity for us to evaluate the players in our system against their peers from other NHL clubs.”
Tickets for the 2013 Rookie...
Bozak contract talks expected to resume today with Leafs. Proposal on the table believed to be 8 years at less than $5 mil per.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 2, 2013
Honesty don't know how a guy can demand an absurd number of years and dollars when he was a 1C and finished 40th overall among C points.— Pion Dhaneuf (@mORRganRielly) July 2, 2013
It's troubling to me that negotiations are even ongoing, and that Nonis has repeatedly expressed a desire to bring Bozak back, if these kind of terms represent the current conditions of the negotiation. The Leafs aren't...