As we talked about last week, there seems to be a concerted effort to get an inevitably massive Phil Kessel contract extension signed before the regular season begins tomorrow. Kessel is reported to have no interest in the distraction of negotiating during the regular season, which never made sense to me, because getting a deal done in Toronto is far less interesting to the circling mob of Toronto media members than it is to have him playing out the string unsigned. That's like 8 months of question material out the window.
Darren Dreger, Chris Johnston and Bob McKenzie have all...
The Leafs have moved Frazer McLaren to the long-term injury reserve with a broken finger, availing $700,000 in cap space, and recalled Troy Bodie after passing him through waivers yesterday. Bodie can be sent down again without passing through waivers provided he doesn't stick longer than 10 games or 30 days.
The #leafs have recalled Troy Bodie, sent John-Michael Liles to the AHL and placed Frazer McLaren on LTIR. Let the season begin.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 30, 2013
The Leafs have opted for Bodie and his 100+ games in NHL experience to replace McLaren on the 4th line. Bodie's skating...
The Maple Leafs placed John-Michael Liles, Trevor Smith, Korbinian Holzer, TJ Brennan, Troy Bodie and Drew MacIntyre on waivers at noon today. If they clear by noon tomorrow, all will join the Toronto Marlies.
Liles has been waived to save $925,000 of his $3,875,000 on the cap, which could be used to keep Morgan Rielly with the team, at least for the first nine games. It is not out of the question yet, should Rielly get sent to junior after 9 games, that Liles could return to the top 7 with the big club.
Carter Ashton looks to have grabbed...
6’6 Centerman Joe Colborne has been traded to the Calgary Flames for a 4th round pick in 2014.
Count this as Brian Burke‘s first move as GM of the Calgary Flames President of the Calgary Flames.
Colborne was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and in 2011 was traded to Toronto along with a 1st round pick in 2011 (Tyler Biggs) and a conditional 2nd round pick in exchange for Tomas Kaberle. The Leafs parlayed that 2nd round pick into John-Michael Liles (who ties back into this, if you keep reading).
When the Hockey World woke up today, there was some good news if you are a Leaf fan.
James van Riemsdyk summed it up best:
Always nice waking up to good news #sneakybeast pic.twitter.com/Tdv7vYwRMN
— James van Riemsdyk (@JVReemer21) September 26, 2013
David Nonis took care of his last contract problem by signing defenceman Cody Franson, 26, to a one-year contract for $2-million. Franson reported to Maple Leafs training camp Thursday morning and played with Mark Fraser.
Franson was looking for a longer, multi-year deal in excess of $4-million per year to reflect the fact he played his way to the top of the...
Dave Nonis and Tim Leiweke addressed the season seat holders and fans at the ACC in their "Leafs Nation Season Preview" event.
The Maple Leafs have signed Mason Raymond to a one-year, $1 million contract after a strong showing from the 28-year-old winger in his preseason tryouts.
You can't get too carried away by preseason production, but the versatility Raymond seems to offer and the two-way responsibility he demonstrated - with several strong backchecks and good plays off the half board in the defensive zone, plus his ability to serve on the second penalty killing unit if need be - suggests this was too useful of a player for the Leafs not to sign at such an affordable price.
There was some suggestion...
Darren Dreger is reporting murmurs of offer sheet speculation on Cody Franson (for more details about the current holdout, see this earlier article).
Some offer sheet speculation on Cody Franson. Anything above $3.3 mil pretty sure Tor would take the 1rst rnd pick. Anything under...match.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 12, 2013
Here is the relevant list of offer sheet compensation:
It goes without saying the Leafs should definitely match anything below the $3,364,391 threshold. If a team submits something just below that threshold the Leafs would have to bury a contract or something, because losing Franson for a 2nd round pick is...
Training camp opens today (physicals/media day), and one half of the dark cloud lurking over this awesome time of year in Leafland has been cleared up and squared away.
I can only see one potential "but" in yesterday's good-value Kadri contract. An Adam Henrique or James van Riemsdyk contract (long term at a little over $4 million) might be the type of contract we wish we snagged Nazem on down the road. There's no knowing if Kadri would be amenable to locking himself in long term at that low of a figure, however, and in the short term, with the...
About that catastrophic cap crunch. Bob McKenzie has confirmed Nick Kypreos' initial report of 2 years, $5.8 million (split like so: $2.7 million in 2013-14, $3.1 million in 2014-15) for Nazem Kadri's new contract, avoiding a training camp holdout.
Dave Nonis and Claude Loiselle got their terms by waiting out Kadri, from the looks of things.
$2.9 x 2 years for Kadri. $25,000 more per year than the Leafs offered 1 month ago.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2013
This should leave a little under $3 million or so to get Cody Franson done.
Kadri's only real play for further leverage in...
No surprises, unless inviting pretty much every member of the organization plus the rookie camp invitees and Mason Raymond is a surprise. Among the undrafted and unsigned are Matt Rupert, Zachary Yuen, Trevor Murphy and Kevin Raine. Raymond is the lone attendee on a PTO.
Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson are on the roster, of course, but will likely not attend tomorrow unless something changes with their contract situations. The players will do their physicals and meet with the media tomorrow before their first on-ice sessions on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Mastercard Centre.
A testament both to a sinking cap ceiling and a fall in the player's stock, former 25 goal scorer in 2009-10 Mason Raymond went without a contract offer this summer (or at least, he went without one he was willing to sign). The GM who drafted him in the second round in 2005 (Nonis) has invited him to Leafs training camp on a Professional Tryout Agreement.
What we know Raymond can bring is speed, in spades. He's an elite skater. I know this just from catching a few West Coast HNIC broadcasts and from playing the EA Sports NHL franchise...
Update: More reports of exorbitant long term contract demands from Kadri have been denied by Nazem himself on Twitter. Just as David Alter did, Bob McKenzie stuck by his source and replied by asking Naz to clear the air with some specifics on his contract demands.
Some will say the whole thing could have been avoided and that with better cap management Kadri would be under contract by now; others will read the reports far too literally and decry Kadri's ludicrous demands as indicative of a need for an attitude adjustment. I'll just say it would be an odd and...
The obvious follow up to the total points draft chart from yesterday is a look at the total games played and games played per draft pick. Results after the jump.
- One thing to keep in mind: Teams that have been perennially competitive and choose/prefer to take the slow boil approach to prospect development may have their draft hauls understated in this exercise. It's obviously early returns as far as most of these draft classes go. At the other end of the spectrum, teams that provide ample opportunity to their youth may have theirs inflated (NYI has 25 picks who...
After taking a look at the work of MLHS member "xxxnew" on 'point production by round' in the draft, a few of you expressed an interest in seeing a chart on total points by drafted players for each team. FWIW, I put together the data in a couple of hours this afternoon.
Here's how the teams stack up based on the five drafts between 2005-2009.
Recent Stanley Cup winners Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles are all right near the top. While Pittsburgh has a sizeable edge in points per pick (we all know why that is), Colorado leads the way...
The other thread was getting a little exhausting with those Kessel sexy eyes staring us down all day. Let's restore normal heart rate levels and get into some Leaf news and notes.
NHL.com's 30 in 30: Toronto Maple Leafs - NHL.com continues their off-season, 30 in 30 series with a look into some of the biggest questions facing the '13-'14 Leafs. Some obvious story-lines include the forthcoming goaltending battle between Reimer and Bernier, re-signing Kadri and Franson, and whether Clarkson will live-up to his new contract. Other interesting questions include whether Gardiner is ready to bounce-back with a full-time and significant role...
Headlined by first round draft selections Tyler Biggs (2011), Stuart Percy (2011), Morgan Rielly (2012) and Frederik Gauthier (2013), the Maple Leafs' 2013 prospect tourney roster features one member from the 2008 (Andrew MacWilliam) and 2009 (Jamie Devane) draft classes and then four prospects from each subsequent draft class since 2010.
Representing the 2010 class are Carrick, McKegg, Ross, Granberg; the 2011 representatives include Biggs, Percy, Broll and Leivo; Rupert, Rielly, Brown and Finn are the 2012 draftees who are participating; New Leafs Antoine Bibeau, Fabrice Herzog, Carter Verhaeghe and Frederik Gauthier are the four prospects involved from the recent 2013...
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...