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...
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...
With tonight's blockbuster between the Blues and Sabres cranking up the heat on trade speculation across the League (DOMINOES!!!), let’s take a quick look at one of the names being batted around the rumour mill as it pertains to the Maple Leafs.
Alex Edler Scouting Report
Courtesy of McKeen's Hockey:
Why the Leafs Might Want Him
There is the familiarity factor when it comes to Dave Nonis potentially dealing for a Vancouver Canuck. Alexander Edler was a 91st overall pick under him in 2004, meaning Nonis was around to see Edler’s first 97 games as an NHL defenceman in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
The Maple Leafs have cleared some cap space with a number of players set to return from IR shortly (Smith, Clarkson, Bolland).
Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Cam Abner and Hartikainen.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2014
always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) January 31, 2014
Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 31, 2014
Most importantly, the Leafs have added wiggle...
From tonight's Insider Trading on TSN:
McKenzie:If you've been hearing a lot of Vernon Fiddler trade rumours it's because two weeks ago he went to the Dallas Stars and said he wants more ice time and wants a bigger role, and if he can't get it with Dallas than let it be somewhere else. He's on an expiring contract at $1.8 million and an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. There is interest in him from other teams but the Stars are wining and things are going well, so they're not going to give him away. Keep...
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 Luongo/Kiprusoff talk has me watching the coverage with one eye covered today. Apparently, Miikka Kiprusoff is going to make a decision about his future late this morning. I'd be pleasantly surprised if, by 3 p.m., Dave Nonis' big move is a cheap addition to the defence, preferably a right-handed rearguard with some experience (Robidas being ideal if the price is right). Otherwise, standing pat is A-OK by me.
It is all but certain Nonis will not sell his pending UFAs to the highest bidder, making the following effective quote the other day: "I couldn't look the guys in the...
Tim Connolly won't play for Marlies in 11am game tomorrow. No deal imminent. Coaches decision, but based on fear of injury. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013
Perhaps Tim Connolly gets a shot at a new NHL opportunity now that he's so close to his contract's expiration (only owed about $7-00,000 from here on out). Seems doubtful the Leafs get anything more than a conditional late pick, if it happens.
In the latest Kiprusoff news, RDS' Rene Lavoie is reporting the following:
Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013—...
The first to break the Jarome Iginla to Boston trade, Aaron Ward is now reporting the Leafs have been given permission by Calgary to talk to Miikka Kiprusoff's representatives about changing his stance on not reporting to a new team in order to come to Toronto.
After what feels like an eternity of Roberto Luongo being linked to the Leafs, it’s almost strange to hear a different goalies name linked to Toronto via trade.
But here we are, as Miikka Kiprusoff is now being connected perilously close to the Leafs.
Aaron Ward started the maelstrom by tweeting that the Leafs...
After doing a great job of gathering up points over the past couple of weeks and pushing themselves well in to the playoff picture, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see the Leafs hold off on any trades going in to the deadline this Wednesday. But despite the amount of success the team has enjoyed this season, there are some glaring weak areas that could be addressed, and players may become available that could help Nonis bring this club to a higher level.
We've seen the Calgary Flames finally give in to a rebuild in the past week with...
News broke last evening that Corey Perry had signed an 8 year deal totalling 69 million dollars to stay with the Anaheim Ducks and his newly signed centerman (also of 8 years), Ryan Getzlaf.
Perry agrees to eight-year, $69 M deal with Anaheim; $8.625 M AAV
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 19, 2013
Pierre wrote a pretty good piece here on it. A précis of this is basically: Getzlaf signed, the team is doing well, I like it here in California. Not too earth shattering.
This is noteworthy to Leaf fans, because, well, he was supposed to sign in Toronto so he could "move closer...
As trade rumour season heats up and the Toronto Maple Leafs slip in the standings from 5th to 8th in the past week, Leafs Nation will almost certainly be whipped up into a frenzy over every name mentioned. While we aren't a rumour website, we are within 19 days of the deadline and there has been some legitimate talk from *actual* members of the media and evidence of three teams in different conferences scouting each other heavily that don't normally do so.
A lot can change depending on the Leafs position in the standings in the eight games before the...
After the Toronto Maple Leafs let go Brian Burke, they could be interested in bringing in another big name to be the next president.
Sportsnet' s Nick Kypreos confirmed an earlier tweet from Sportsnet 590 The Fan's Bob McCown that Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment has privately discussed bringing in Wayne Gretzky to the Maple Leafs front office.
Currently, Maple Leafs COO Tom Anselmi is listed as the team's president. It remains unclear if MLSE would prefer someone with more of a hockey background.
Gretzky has not worked in the NHL since he left the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009. He spent...