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I will be conducting my annual interview with Maple Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison later this afternoon. Please post any suggested questions in the comments below.  Thanks.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Courtesy of TSN's Jonas Siegel. Read his full story on the buyout and Grabovski's reaction here. Listen to the audio below:

Mikhail Grabovski - 3/18/2013

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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...

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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...

Morgan Rielly

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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...

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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 Umm, what? 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...

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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]

NHL Draft

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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...