The heat has been turned up on this deadline. The Rangers have thrown down the gauntlet in the East with a big add in Keith Yandle, while Tampa responded late last night with a blueline addition of their own in Braydon Coburn, both paying handsomely for their purchases. Trades in the last 24 hours:
Tampa Bay trades Radko Gudas, 1st and 3rd round picks to the Philadelphia Flyers for Braydon Coburn.
Boston acquires Brett Connolly for two 2nd round picks.
Dallas Stars trade Erik Cole and a 3rd round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark, and a 2nd round pick.
The only real rumour buzzing as we approach Noon Eastern is rumblings of Dion Phaneuf to the Red Wings (nothing close).
It would be somewhat surprising if the Leafs can find best-possible value for Phaneuf, inked for 6 more years at $7 million a season, at the deadline and not in the offseason, when the summer cap might expand the market to include some more suitors.
The one consideration is that Braydon Coburn and Keith Yandle trades may have created an arms race in the East that Leafs management is looking to capitalize on. First round picks were moved in both of...
Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive:
Sill is obviously a component where the contact had to come back the other way. The Penguins not only needed the Leafs to eat half of Winnik’s salary for remainder of the deal -- it’s only rest of this season -- but they also needed them to take Sill, that’s how tight things are vis-a-vis the salary cap. Whether they want Sill or whether he was just an economic consideration remains to be seen; probably an economic consideration. Hey, two draft picks for a guy you signed in the summer for a...
Lots stirring on the Joffrey Lupul front the past few days. The roundup:
Elliotte Friedman yesterday on Sportsnet 960:
"Thing about Lupul is he is injury prone, but he is two or three years removed where he was among the top 10 players in scoring at the time he got injured at the end of the year. I heard last year that Montreal has asked about him and Toronto may deal him. When I met with Dave Nonis in the summer, I asked him about that. He said there has been interest, but he made a really good point to me. He said,...
The odds of Tyler Bozak moving, Ryan O'Reilly's status ahead of the deadline, the Leafs coaching situation, Roman Polak's value, and more.
Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive on TSN 1050:
There are teams inquiring. Again, I think people see the distress the Leafs are in and are thinking they can pick the carcass. So, when you hear 'total rebuild' or 'blow it up,' you think they’ll make a trade for a couple of picks or ‘B’ prospects. I’m sure the Leafs' attitude is we have to rebuild but do it smartly. "In absence of a really good pick and or...
Bob McKenzie joined TSN Drive with Dave Naylor on Sunday to discuss the Santorelli/Franson trade and the logistics of moving Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf:
On the trade:
The Leafs were angling to try to get a first round pick for Cody Franson. They probably wouldn’t have been able to get that on its own for just Franson, so they packaged Santorelli and they get a prospect in Brendan Leipsic and a first round pick, which is a good days work under the circumstances. They obviously took the contract of Jokinen back and will try to dispense that if they can....
From Bobby Mac's Friday afternoon segment on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor:
On moving Tyler Bozak:
Especially now, when you trade a player with term on his deal, the team almost inevitably wants you take a contract back. In the case of the Leafs, there are two considerations. One is they want to get younger and want prospects and draft picks, but this notion that Shanahan has the greenlight to burn it to the ground: I worked for Bell in a round about way, I don’t work for Rogers, but at the end of the day I think they have similar...
A major story breaking this morning from The Globe and Mail’s Cathal Kelly, with some big implications for the coming weeks and months ahead.
According to Kelly, Brendan Shanahan concluded last Spring’s initial evaluation period and asked the new ownership group for the mandate to strip the team down. Reportedly, the board wasn’t yet ready to commit to a likely 3-5 years without sniffing the playoffs, and voted to give the core of the team once last chance after attempting to shore up the depth with some low-commitment adds to the bottom end of the roster.
Mr. Shanahan and his lieutenants...
Rumour du jour:
Bob McKenzie's full segment with lots of Leafy bits can be found here.
Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts: What's Happening with Evander Kane and lots more (Sportsnet.ca)
While the McDavid/Eichel watch has everyone fixated on the bottom of the standings, there is another effect. Pittsburgh was unafraid to deal its first-rounder, because the Penguins know they will be in the playoffs. (The Blues, Islanders and Rangers already traded them last year.) But, teams who are uncertain of a post-season position are loathe to give up such a pick, knowing if they don’t make it, they’ve given up a lottery spot. And...
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Chapin Landvogt: SHL Prospects Notebook - Hockey's Future
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CP: Nylander, Gibson lead Marlies over Comets 3-2 - CP24
Mark Zwolinski: Felix Potvin's lesson for Jonathan Bernier - The Star
David Pagnotta: Leafs, Kings engaged in serious discussions - The Fourth Period
Mark Easson: Rumors: Flames, Kings, Canes, Leafs, Ducks, Coyotes and Canucks - My NHL Trade Rumors
Mark Easson: Rumors II: Avalanche, Maple Leafs and Flyers - My NHL Trade Rumors
Mark Easson: Rumors I: Vermette, Winnik, O’Reilly, Legwand and the Canucks - My NHL Trade Rumors
Chris Nichols: McKenzie on possibility of...
This from Bob McKenzie on the radio today:
As a capped-out bottom-10 team that has not been drafting enough in recent years (particularly the 2nd and 3rd rounds) and is headed nowhere fast, the last thing the Maple Leafs can afford to do is not maximize returns on every expendable asset on an expiring deal. No more losing a trio of productive top 9 forwards for literally less than nothing (negative one compliance buyout) in MacArthur, Grabovski and Kulemin, or giving up picks for Bolland and letting him walk, or getting a found wallet in Mason Raymond and not...
A Leaf team that’s proven to have a weak psyche the past few seasons, now mired in one of the worst slumps in recent franchise history, had about the worst thing that could’ve happened happen with the Jonathan Bernier brainfart to start the third, followed by another weak goal against shortly after.
One of the worst teams in the League at chasing the lead not surprisingly faded into the night.
For the best in the long run, but it’s sure tough to watch in the meantime. The offense has been feast or famine the past two seasons, but the Leafs can't even get...
Tuesday Practice Lines:
Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts -- Leafs & Mike Richards (Sportsnet.ca)
Calgary and Toronto were reported to be the two teams most involved in a Richards trade. I do believe the Dion Phaneuf-Richards idea was seriously considered, although other pieces were going to be involved. I don’t know which team asked, or how the overall package was going to look, but word is the Kings ultimately said no to any deal because they were unwilling to include either Tanner Pearson or Tyler Toffoli.
Jonas Siegel: Franson unsure of Leaf future as trade talks swirl (TSN.ca)
Already looking tight with next...
D Dion Phaneuf is expected to be out "week-to-week" with an upper body injury (hand, from last week's fights).
D Stephane Robidas left the ice before practice started.
F Leo Komarov is expected to return Wednesday against the Devils, while F Joffrey Lupul and F Peter Holland remain day-to-day.
D Petter Granberg and F Josh Leivo were recalled from the Toronto Marlies
Can you say yikes...
Anthony Petrielli: Will NHL Teams Start Using NBA Cap Relief Ideas? (MLHS)
This is the way the league is going, and it is prevalent to a Leafs team that will possibly/probably want to move guys like David Clarkson, Dion Phaneuf,...
Some real Toronto Maple Leafs news is desperately needed,
but in the meantime here is what is being said about the Leafs.
From Chris Johnston at Sportsnet:
Nikolai Kulemin is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and agent Gary Greenstin tells Sportsnet that he plans to make full use of the interview window, which opens Wednesday, to start looking for a new home for his client. Discussions with the Leafs on a new contract have been limited, according to Greenstin, who noted that there is still some time for talks to pick up with Toronto.
Another player that could...
Too Much Cash for Komarov?
One other Nonis note re: Leo Komarov: Says he'd be open to having him back, but only at the right price.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 11, 2014
One other note from a chat with Dave Nonis today: He doesn't see a fit financially for Leo Komarov and the #leafs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 11, 2014
Obviously, the latter report conveys considerably less optimism when it comes to getting a deal done. Dave Nonis had no scruples about suggesting Komarov's departure last summer was "about money," not mentioning role, ice time or the Olympics.
Komarov reportedly made $2 million...
Yesterday, rumour broke that the Maple Leafs are one of six teams expressing interest Joe Thornton.
It's a rumour we've all fantasized about since Mats Sundin left in 2008: Trading for, as one esteemed AM640 post-game caller once called him, "Horton, the one who plays with Choochoo" .
Who doesn’t like the general idea of acquiring Joe Thornton, an elite playmaker and big-bodied center who is always near the top of the League in assists? He’s probably got a couple of good years left in him. In my particular fantasy, I’d play him with Clarkson and maybe JvR, creating a...
Mike Babcock speaks to rumours of him joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as Head Coach.
Life’s good, I’m in beautiful Val’D'or, Quebec. Couldn’t be any better.
Checking out Anthony Mantha?
Absolutely. I watched him play last night, he actually scored his 19th and 20th goal of the playoffs. I always like guys that can score goals. So that’ll be nice.
20th goal of the playoffs?!
Can you believe that?
That’s what the Wings do, right? The Wings draft these guys and they go to World Juniors and they set the World on fire and then they go into the playoffs and they score 20 goals,...
We unwrapped a vanload of presents on Trade Deadline Eve. What’s left for Deadline Day? Perhaps the biggest moves of all, which are likely to be the deals that move Ryan Kesler and Martin St. Louis out of Vancouver and Tampa Bay respectively.
Half of the league’s teams completed a trade yesterday, with the Leafs in the inactive half, besides waiving Trevor Smith to open up some cap space. We’ll find out by noon if he’s clear to join the Marlies (he’s their Captain, technically) for the first time since October. He could also come right back up if nothing...
Saturday night in Montreal, Tyler Bozak pulled off an assist for the highlight reel just before Phil Kessel’s go-ahead 3-2 goal.
(The goal, Bob Cole’s call, and Kessel’s celebration were grade-A Leafs porn. It’s a shame there was horrible officiating the Leafs can’t protect leads, preventing this from being a game winner).
Note Bozak’s first pass into Kessel in the slot on the initial opportunity before the puck left the zone. Granted, the pass just before the goal was as lucky as it was good. There’s two Habs between him and Kessel, it actually went through Deharnais’ skates, and it’s a...