The summer is starting to crawl into the dog days of hockey season, but that doesn't mean there isn’t any value left on the free agent market for teams to consider.
Late last summer, the Maple Leafs invited Mason Raymond out to training camp without a contract. He ended up signing for a paltry $1,000,000 (by NHL standards) and producing 19 goals and 45 points. With that in mind, here are a few possible value buys among the players still without a job.
*Note: I'm not claiming every player listed is a fit for the Leafs specifically. This is just a...
Today, Steve Simmons had a few interesting Leafs tidbits in his Sunday column.
“Don’t expect anything sexy when the Leafs announce their coaching staff shortly. In fact don’t be surprised if the Leafs two new assistant coaches aren’t internal promotions.”
If I was Steve Spott, I would rather be head coach of the Marlies than assistant coach of the Leafs under Carlyle, but I’m not Steve Spott. That said, Gord Dineen and Derek King have been rumoured to be in the assistant coach mix from the beginning. It wouldn’t be surprising if they were promoted. The Marlies have run an excellent...
A pretty wild week since the draft last Friday.
A recap of MLHS posts from the draft until now, in case you missed the action:
Petri Kontiola: Cometh the KHL, cometh the man? Jul 4, 2014
Troy Bodie re-signed to one-year deal by the Maple Leafs Jul 3, 2014
Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract Jul 3, 2014
James Reimer Opts for Salary Arbitration Jul 3, 2014
Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal Jul 3, 2014
Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand Jul 2, 2014
Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 Jul 2, 2014
Claude Loiselle on Robidas, Komarov,...
Will the Maple Leafs stick at eight? Who will they pick at 8? Will they move an RFA to grab another pick or two for tomorrow? Could we see something more earth-shattering? We'll find out over the course of the next 12 hours.
The rumours are aplenty. Jason Spezza (in an apparent acquire-and-flip scenario, past tense, according to Bob McKenzie), Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur are some of the names getting batted around the Leafs rumour mill. It's all likely BS typical of this time of year, but you never know.
With the sense that there is no consensus number one...
According to Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have been talking to recently let-go Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato about filling one of three assistant coaching vacancies in Toronto.
The off-season following Pittsburgh's Cup win, Granato joined Pittsburgh as an assistant to Dan Bylsma (also coached under Bylsma in Sochi). Granato's focus was the forward units and the penalty kill, which for the most part was a success under his watch.
Granato would also tick off the box of having prior head coaching experience having taken over the Avalanche bench on two separate occasions (2002-04, 2008-09, amassing an 104-78-17 record). The...
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The 2014-15 NHL schedule was released yesterday, and the news wasn't great for the Maple Leafs (click to view the Leafs schedule).
Ok, i think I got this right now. Still unofficial, but I think it's right. Rested/Tired B2B in 2014-15. pic.twitter.com/a2tMyuBn8T
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) June 22, 2014
(In layman's terms, the Leafs get to play a tired team while rested only 5 times, but played a rested team while tired 14 times).
According to more of Gus's data, out of a sample of 17220 games, a tired team's winning percentage is .495 while a rested team's is .596.
At least they're in...
Corey Pronman talking draft prospects for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oiler and Florida Panthers on TSN 1050.
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Spend Money, Get Points. Unless You're the Maple Leafs of Course.
Leafs' Tim Leiweke didn't want Darryl Sutter in L.A.
Colorado Avalanche hoping to return nucleus after surprisingly successful season
How Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and other Canadian NHL teams stack up in the buyout process
Yesterday, the New York Rangers pulled the trigger on a buyout many had long since called, literally from the day after the initial signing occurred: "Within a few seasons, Brad Richards will join Drury and Redden as a cap casualty, both of whom had their career reputations damaged by the horrible contracts handed to them by the New York Ranger franchise."
It was widely known Brad Richards always wanted to go join John Tortorella and play in the Big Apple that summer, but naturally I harken back to Brian Burke's philosophy against these monstrous back-diving deals that were loophole'd in...
Interesting tweak to the pre-free agency interview period rule: Teams are now openly allowed to talk to free agents (both restricted and unrestricted) about their actual contract demands as well as their potential interest for six days before free agency opens (interview period begins Wednesday, June 25).
This is a case of the League allowing to happen what it couldn't control from happening anyway. Nonetheless, it is now open season to hash out the parameters of a contract with a player who still technically belongs to another team. Apparently some do-good teams were peeved last summer that this went on...
Things That Make No Sense:
A team that needs to improve at center moving a good 23-year-old center for a less productive 26-year-old center.
Converting a promising young puck-moving defenceman with top-4 ability to the less desirable wing position where he's never played a pro hockey game.
Just about everything Darren Dreger says lately.
'Tis the season. All that craziness and more in the links below.
The Sun: GM Dave Nonis talks draft, Bolland, trades, moving Gardiner to forward
NHL Trade Rumours: Nick Kypreos floats a Nazem Kadri for Patrick Berglund rumour
Pierre Lebrun: Garth Snow is now looking to flip Dan Boyle's rights...
It was a story throughout the entirety of 2013-14, dating back to the off-season buyouts and RFA negotiations, that the Toronto Maple Leafs were tight to the upper limit of the salary cap. While they weren't the only team feeling the squeeze of a reduced cap, they couldn't keep Joe Colborne around after preseason due to limited cap space and his waiver eligibility, David Clarkson's early season suspension put the Leafs in a cap bind, the Leafs straddled the limit for much of the season sending players up and down to pinch their cap pennies, and late in the...
In the meantime, some offseason speculation and draft stuff to chew on in the links below.
ICYMI: Petrielli's 10 Playoff Lessons for the Maple Leafs
TSN 1050: Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger with the latest scuttlebutt
TSN 1290: James Mirtle joins Rick Ralph to discuss Buyout Candidates
Hound Sports: Thorough breakdown of buyout candidates
TSN: A table with all of the compliance buyouts used/unused
OHL Prospects: Final Media/Scout Top 10 for the 2014 Draft
Sportsnet: Aaron Ekblad an Easy No.1 for Florida
ESPN Insider: Draft Strategy - Atlantic Division
Denver Post: Avalanche elect for arbitration against O'Reilly. What does it mean?
PPP: The First Ever Alberta Hockey Analytics...
The Colorado Avalanche filed for club-elected arbitration ahead of yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline rather than qualifying 23-year-old RFA center Ryan O'Reilly at a $6.5 million price tag.
O'Reilly is not going to want to take a pay cut from his $6.5 million salary last season during this negotiation (which is still ongoing, arb-file aside). O'Reilly and his agent are able to play a pretty hard line here, as even an unfavorable arbitration ruling gives him the option of bridging himself into UFA in two year's time.
It's pretty clear from my gathering that Avs think ROR is $5 million player, which...
Happy Fathers Day to all the MLHS Dads.
It's a little a thin on the news front, but tonight at midnight the news should pick up with buyouts on players being active and some more player movement overall.
Toronto Maple Leafs AHL and CHL prospects flourished in the 2013-14 playoffs (Hockeys Future)
How should the Sharks feel about the team that got away winning the Stanley Cup? (Fear The Fin)
What should the Leafs pay Gardiner this summer? (PPP)
Harkening back to some summertime Maple Leaf memories… (Vintage Leaf Memories)
Jake Gardiner and the Toronto Maple Leafs blueline (Ourhometeam.ca)
Mirtle: Do the L.A. Kings have the makings of a dynasty? (G&M)
Doughty drove Kings as...
Say what you will about the commentary of Jim Hughson or Glen Healy (it's awful), but to wave goodbye to Saturday night HNIC tradition as we’ve known it for our entire lifetimes is going to be a heck of a loss.
Nothing could have hammered that home harder than the closing montage last night.
In related news, congratulations to the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. Two more Cups in 3 years than the Leafs have in the last 47.
Life’s not fair.
The Globe and Mail: Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup, in case you hadn't heard
PPP: Can Teams...
Trade up? Trade down? Stick at 8?
TSN Radio: Sharks analyst Drew Remenda joins TSN 1050's Brian Hayes and Jamie McLennan to talk about the Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton rumours
TSN Radio: Leafs legend Curtis Joseph on TSN 1050
National Post: Brad Richards, likely on his way out, gets another demotion (Ed Note: Credit to Brian Burke for knowing enough not to sign 31-year-old players who can't skate to 9-year contracts).
National Post: Senators GM Bryan Murray says he'll 'do what he can' to trade Jason Spezza
Globe and Mail: NHL revenues hit record high 3.7 billion - current projected cap for...
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...
And maybe then we'll get some real news.
Edmonton Journal: Should the Edmonton Oilers push to acquire Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner (Ed Note: With pretty similar needs, Edmonton and Toronto do not seem like suitable trading partners when it comes to a major deal).
NHL Trade Rumours: Darren Dreger points out the obvious with the Thornton rumour
Sportsnet: This piece titled "Kypreos: Leafs trying hard for Thornton" has been deleted
Denver Post: Avalanche and Stastny are Playing the Waiting Game
MLHS: Maple Leafs Assistant Coaching Candidates - Mark Morris and Ted Dent
Tip Of The Tower: Dissecting the Draft for the Maple Leafs
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...