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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...