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 Suppress...
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...
How crazy? Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri and the eighth pick to the Panthers for Ed Jovanovski and the first overall pick, crazy.
In the real news world, nothing to report.
Ray Ferraro is less than convinced this is the draft class worth trading up to #1 for.
Maple Leafs Boss Tim Leiweke is Proud of the Kings. That's nice for him.
Maple Leafs have more role players than future stars on the Marlies says Michael Traikos
The Flyers and Leafs will again play a preseason game in London's Budweiser Gardens next September
Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Antoine Bibeau has been signed to his entry level...
More good Leafs-related news out of the Memorial Cup tournament last night as 2013 sixth round pick Antoine Bibeau's resounding 47 saves on 50 shots guided his Val-d'Or Foreurs to the semifinals after a 4-3 OT win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Among the 47 turned aside by Bibeau was a penalty shot in the first period.
Traded to Val-d'Or from Charlottetown midseason, Bibeau went 16-4-4 in the playoffs with a .913 save percentage en route to a QMJHL championship and individual MVP honours. Passed over in the 2012 draft, Bibeau is the hottest goalie in junior hockey at the...
Leo Komarov will not take up a contract option with Dynamo in the KHL and appears certain to return to the NHL next season. Leafs fans have been tracking him all year since his return to the KHL as Leo has worn Leafs apparel against his team's wishes and told KHL news outlets he would love to return to Toronto.
Leafs fans love Komarov and want their favorite polyglot pest back on the team, but where it gets tricky of course is Dave Nonis' job of setting aside emotional ties to the player and trying to arrive at fair value with a contract offer. Something Nonis attempted to...
According to Damien Cox, the decision on the futures of Randy Carlyle and his staff is expected to arrive sometime this week as Brendan Shanahan is on the verge of his first big decision(s) as Maple Leafs President.
Shanahan wasn’t going to begin clear cutting in haste without a thorough evaluation, top to bottom, of the organization he’s newly seized the reigns of. Indeed, as expected, he was seen meeting with many Leafs players in various spots throughout the city before they took off to their off-season locales. He's also worked his way through the management and coaching staffs and took...
The Emergence of Sam Carrick The LeafsNation
Henrik Lundqvist leads New York Rangers past Philadelphia Flyers National Post
Bigger, stronger Boston Bruins beat Detroit Red Wings again National Post
Montreal Canadiens complete sweep of Tampa Bay Lightning National Post
Don Cherry says there’s ‘no excuse’ for Matt Cooke’s hit on Tyson Barrie
Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars both felt for Stéphane Robidas when he broke his leg for a second time
Ron MacLean apologizes after French-speaking referee comment - The Globe and Mail
Globe and mail sports
Canadiens' 'nudge theory' catches Lightning in a bottle - The Globe and Mail
Globe and mail
Duhatschek: The old Matt...
Why didn't the Leafs call up T.J. Brennan?
Toronto Maple Leafs WOWYs: Randy Carlyle Edition
Some Perspective On Nazem Kadri
Marlies Lose To Utica, Locked Into 3rd
Maple Leafs fans should hop on Raptors bandwagon and enjoy the ride
Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins in playoff opener on Pavel Datsyuk’s late goal
Your favourite (and least favourite) NHL playoff broadcasters—past and present
Evoking memories of the Maple Leafs in the playoffs in the spring of ’93: Episode 19 of “The Vintage Leaf Memo..
No miracles in yesterday's draft lottery.
Here's the history of the eighth overall pick dating back to 1990:
The top 20 prospects per the March ISS rankings:
Nick Ritchie is going to get a lot of play in Leafland because he's this draft's "next Lucic," while Jared McCann should also be the center (wink) of much discussion as he might the best natural pivot available if the Leafs remain in the eight spot and he's also an Ontario boy.
Bob McKenzies Top 10 NHL Draft Prospects
Hump day links...
James Reimer and Morgan Rielly are headed to the World Championships for Canada. Bozak might be...
The Maple Leafs are walking out another mouthpiece for their organization today. Between Leiweke, Nonis, Poulin, Loiselle and now Brendan Shanahan, will there will be some difficulty "staying on message"?
Color us pessimistic, but it doesn't seem like a move that will affect the on-ice product in the immediate future. The Maple Leafs need to make the same moves they did last year, but failed to do: Phaneuf needs a LD partner, along with a RD for the 2nd pairing. Bozak needs to be replaced with a proper 1C, Bolland needs replacing if he is asking for anything more than...
Toronto Maple Leafs Do Smart Thing, Lose 4-2 to FLA
End of the line for Leafs TV live game coverage?
New Maple Leafs hockey boss Brendan Shanahan brings impressive credentials to job
Randy Carlyle rips Maple Leafs after loss to Panthers
Brendan Shanahan will need help fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle's future with club won't be determined right after season
Devils coach Pete DeBoer on job status: 'Do you have a question about the game tonight?'
The Toronto Maple Leafs have exited the 2013/2014 season in a slow death spiral, as opposed to the surprising, gut wrenching exit of the 2012/2013 season.
Ardent followers of the team will not find this surprising; the team has some glaring holes, particularly up the middle with one of the weakest center groups in the league, and a steep fall off after Dion Phaneuf in terms of two way defenseman able to defend against top competition. This on top of Dion Phaneuf playing the worst hockey of his Maple Leaf career, and possibly of his NHL career.
Dave Nonis is going...
The Boston Bruins lost their first game in regulation since March 1st last night (17 games), and of course it was to a team the Leafs needed to have lose in the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs only hope at this point is winning all of their remaining five and Columbus taking eight or less points out of their remaining 14 (they will not be able to win any tiebreak scenario given the ROW difference).
The Bruins come to town tonight in a back to back situation for them and an (absolute)must-win game for the Leafs. Columbus is in Philadelphia...
The Toronto Maple Leafs (4-6-0) take on the New Jersey Devils (4-6-0) (7pm; RDS2, LEAFS TV). Preview coming up shortly, and also a piece from Petrielli on Leiweke.
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