Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

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An MLHS staffer will be interviewing assistant coach of the Leafs Greg Cronin in the next few days. While we have a lineup of questions already, we'll take the best couple of reader-submitted inquiries and try to work them into the interview as well. Throw yours in the comments. Monday morning links... Dug up by @Steve_Dangle last night on Twitter - Leo Komarov plays the keyboard as Jussi Rynnas sings about him. Two weeks later: The Maple Leafs Michael Trakios of the National Post with an off-season review. The Morgan Rielly conundrum Jim Hughes hinted strongly that there's nothing left to gain in junior...

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The dog days have officially set in. A preseason countdown clock will soon be installed in the sidebar for everyone to stare at. For now, some links for your weekend: 'We're in conversation': Leafs, Kadri continue contract talks Leafs could be in 'dicey' spot with prospect Morgan Rielly Leafs management really seems to think Rielly has nothing left to gain in junior. Maple Leafs' David Bolland remembers well Honda Indy's roar Wendel says Leafs fans will love Clarkson It's already a big enough contract to live up to, these Wendel comparisons aren't doing anybody any good. Mirtle: Wendel Clark comparisons unfair to David Clarkson Well he picked the number 71... I...

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Let's have a moment of silence for Daniel Alfredsson's reputation in Ottawa... As 'sad' as it is to see him go, given all the moves that Ottawa has made and the departure of Alfie, it seems we will be entering a new era in the Battle of Ontario next Fall. The departure of Alfie may partly take away the thrill of attending a Leafs game in Ottawa and showering boos on the home captain, but with the additions of Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan the  provincial battle certainly won't be lacking in storylines. MacArthur was a healthy scratch numerous times under...

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By my estimation, the Leafs have 10 forwards, 4 defencemen and 2 goaltenders (after dropping the expected Marlies-bound players from their capgeek page) signed with about $10.95 million in cap space available. RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Mark Fraser and Joe Colborne still left to sign. We'll see if Nonis can finesse the remaining RFAs in under the cap at better deals than he got on Bernier (who, after giving up assets for him in a trade, Nonis must have feared paying even more than 2.9 for through an offer sheet). If we were to be conservative and...

Dave Nonis

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With free agency upon us – and fresh on the heels of Mikhail Grabovski’s buyout – the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be an incredibly different looking team come the fall.  Through General Manager Dave Nonis’ machinations since taking over the reins in January, the Leafs roster now looks more shallow and vulnerable than it did at the end of the season less than two months ago. Quite simply, Nonis slowly and quietly backed himself into a corner with the choices he’s made since taking over from Brian Burke.  On a team that appeared to over perform benefitting from...

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If UFA Day is like Christmas, this July we might get the chance to unwrap a few gifts early. At least, hopefully they're gifts and not 4.5 million pieces of coal for the next 8 years. The pre-FA negotiation period affords the Leafs the chance to feel out the temperature on certain UFA targets and then, if need be, clear space via the buyout period, which closes tomorrow (July 4) at midnight, or via trade. The Leafs opened up some cap space yesterday by officially but unsurprisingly buying out Mike Komisarek to save 3.575 million in room (4.5 million -...

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Plenty of chatter but no moves so far this weekend. Regardless of the amount of trade activity today, it will be a busier draft day than usual with all 7 rounds going down today at the Prudential Centre starting at 3 p.m. EST. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on TSN. As it stands now, the Leafs will pick in each round, selecting 21st, 51st, 82nd, 117th, 142nd, 172nd & 202nd today. I can't imagine much changes - Dave Morrison told us as much - with it being Nonis' first draft at the helm, given he was already an assistant GM...

NHL Draft

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Bob McKenzie polled a bunch of NHL scouts about the top prospects of the draft class and tweeted the results. The following couple of tweets piqued my interest, as they mentioned a few prospects who are likely to figure into the Leafs range: Best agitator: Plymouth's Ryan Hartman with clear win but guy he fought in Prospects Game Kerby Rychel got a couple of votes. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2013   Best pure goal-scorer: Anthony Mantha with the win over Drouin, MacKinnon, Shinkaruk. Mantha scored 50 this season. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2013   It seems likely, given his upside, there will...

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I think we can all agree that Leafs TV should have produced a PSA, prior to the off-season, indicating how to use an inflatable life-jacket.  Buckle-up, people. GMs have now had some time to get a handle on the new reality created by the CBA. With the draft a little over 72 hours away, the rumours are abound and fans from every team will have their ears to the ground. Yesterday, more news broke that the Leafs and Lightning were talking over a potential deal that got the league's panties in a knot. Alec had it covered in this article. Last night...

Dave Nonis

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The off season has officially begun after a karmic conclusion to the Stanley Cup Finals last night (eat shit, Bruins). The compliance buyout period will begin Thursday followed by the draft on Sunday. As we continued to digest the Bernier move yesterday, the Leafs qualified their new goaltender at a price of $1.525 million and will reportedly begin negotiations on a new contract later this week. After the jump, let's (roughly) project the Leafs cap situation headed into the 2013 off season. * = RFA after 2013-14 season; ** = UFA after 2013-14 season This of course assumes neither MacArthur or Bozak are...

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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It must almost be the offseason, because NHL Awards have once again caused a stir regarding the voting structure and overall legitimacy of the accolades.  Nowhere is this more apparent than with the Norris Trophy, where the Montreal Canadiens’ PK Subban won out by a hair over Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Suter.  He did so despite the words, “awarded to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position” right on the darn trophy.  Alas, with the results of the past two seasons, the statement about ‘all-around ability’ is looking demonstrably untrue for Norris...

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With over a week and a half left before the NHL Entry Draft which will take place in Newark, New Jersey, things have started to heat up around the league.  If you won't take my word for it, check out what Allan Walsh, a player agent from Octagon Sports Management, had to say yesterday: Also, here are some quotes from Nonis via Kevin McGran: Since Alec already covered the Bernier rumor yesterday (and Anthony will have a few of his thoughts later today), I thought I'd bring together a couple of snippets of what some of the general managers are saying...

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It's been awhile. How do these work again? Seriously. Despite Tweeting up a storm during the playoffs, I haven't written anything since January. Call it a combination of hell the lockout sucking the passion out of me and Burke's firing amounting to a platinum-knuckled gut punch at the time. But new posts are coming, and I need your help! (Not really. But it will be a lot easier and quicker if I crowd source opinions and call it research!) Sometime soon, I want to go in-depth on compliance buyouts options for the Leafs. Because, y'know, we haven't talked about those nearly enough....

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Not saying the Cup Finals are over at 2-1 Bruins, but you had to know, after the Leafs let a team come back from 4-1 down with 11 minutes remaining in Game 7, that team would go on to win the Cup, right? Right. Of course. The pain will soon be over and off-season activity will follow very shortly thereafter. Should the Stanley Cup Finals go seven games, the Entry Draft will take place a mere four days later. The delayed, compacted schedule and the lowering of the salary cap means that under a week after winning the Cup, the...

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A couple of days ago, the CHL, in consultation with Hockey Canada, decided to ban goalies from the import draft beginning in 2014.  Due to the lack of Canadian goaltenders succeeding at the pro level, and in junior hockey, banning foreign goaltenders from playing in the CHL would afford more focus to and opportunity for Canadian goaltenders.   Said differently, the CHL believes that by banning foreign goaltenders, Canadian goalies, in turn, will get more playing and development time. I'm proud of my country and I consider the sport of hockey to be one of Canada's greatest gifts to the...

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With the NHL Entry Draft 2013 less than a month away, many Leafs fans are amusing themselves with thoughts of who the Leafs should draft with the 21st overall pick,  or of how we might be able to trade-up to grab a more desirable player.  Leading up to the draft, I've tried my best to keep up with the prospects and have gotten a sense of where the "experts" think these young hockey players might be selected.  We've also started our NHL Draft Profiles, with the next coming later on today.  Many have compared this draft to the 2003...

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I’m sure I’m not the only one struggling to care about the playoffs. As talented as the remaining teams are, I’m not interested in the hearing the winner of the Stanley Cup become dubbed the next great NHL dynasty. The fact that Boston could claim that honour makes it sting a little worse, as I’m sure another reason I have completely tuned out of the playoffs is the absence of the Leafs after believing it was a real possibility they would be in it for at least four more games. So, truthfully, I haven’t been watching too much hockey and...

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As most of you know, we usually have the Leafs Roundtable on Thursday morning and it's something we plan, and hope, to continue with in the future. I love asking questions but sometimes the lull of the off-season, and the breadth of analysis in our blogging community, leaves you with a limited number of questions and in a state of psychosis (probably induced by my finals). Now, all this is going to change as the 2013 Entry Draft approaches and we've still got tons of Player Reviews and NHL Draft Profiles lined up for you guys, so stay tuned. Today,...

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Good news, everyone! Over the next couple of weeks, MLHS will be releasing Player Reviews for the Toronto Maple Leafs 2012-2013 season.  Every day leading up the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, we’ll profile one Leaf player that will reflect upon their peaks, valleys and overall performance this season.  The goals, the hits, the glory and the heartbreak that led to the first post-season berth in nine years. But these write-ups will be different from years past, for two reasons.  The first will be the frequent use of the word ‘playoffs.’ The second will be the role we need you, the...