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Based on what we have been told, we would be looking at a notably different roster if the Toronto Maple Leafs' plan A this summer had come to fruition. Dave Bolland would still be a Leaf, making $4.75M/year for five years, according to Darren Dreger. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/484395392248053760 Josh Gorges would be a Leaf in exchange for Cody Franson, according to Dreger as well. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/484396310939045889 Perhaps they would have signed Dan Boyle instead of Stephane Robidas, too, who Pierre Lebrun noted the Leafs were very serious about for days. https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/481848384995614720 From the outside, it appears the Leafs desired a defense of: Gorges - Phaneuf Gardiner - Boyle/Robidas Rielly - Polak Dave Bolland...

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James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs will go to arbitration to determine what the embattled Leafs goalie is worth. Hint: he's getting a raise. In my last article, I discussed the upcoming Club-elected salary arbitration of Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche. The flipside of Club-elected salary arbitration is Player-elected salary arbitration, which procedurally is the mirror image of Club-elected arbitration with the Player driving the process and being given the opportunity to present his case first rather than the Club. Yesterday, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman broke the story on Twitter that James Reimer was among the first players to file...

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There’s nothing like draft weekend to prime the hockey world for free agency. It was an up and down weekend for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but hopefully it is a draft class we can look back on with a smile one day. It certainly started with a bang for Leafs fans. Here are some notes and thoughts on the weekend that was: William Nylander When a team drafts outside of the top few selections, they’re mining through a pool of players with at least one perceived flaw or deficiency, otherwise these players would have been at the top of the order. For the Leafs,...

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Fresh sheet of ice for your Monday morning. VLM: Shanahan, patience and the Maple Leafs conundrum National Post: Frederik Gauthier redefining expectations with scoring touch at prospects camp NY Post: Nash is not leaving the Garden, Brooks' weekly slapshots Adam Proteau: Anonymous source fuels your Stamkos fantasy for 2016 Dater: O'Reilly and Avalanche talks are at a standstill Simmons: "The Blues love the deal for ex-Leaf Carl Gunnarsson. They see Gunnarsson as a top-four defenceman. They didn’t view Roman Polak that way." ICYMI: Jim Hughes on TSN1050 talking Leafs prospects and development ICYMI: New Leaf assistant coach Peter Horachek on TSN1050
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TSN 1050 TSN Drive With Dave Naylor July 11 - Jim Hughes talks to Dave about Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, William Nylander and his options for next year; whether he play in the SEL, AHL or make the NHL.
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New Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant Coach, Peter Horachek, On TSN 1050 - July11, 2014
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Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Camp Game in 6.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that Steve Spott and Peter Horachek have been appointed as Randy Carlyle's new Assistant Coaches. https://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/487633711408902144 It’s interesting that Dave Nonis has said since the announcement that he is looking to reduce the media scrutiny on Randy  Carlyle and anticipates the two new assistant coaches doing more interviewing throughout the year than Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin did during their time here. Steve Spott is a well spoken individual. He speaks in full sentences, directly and with candor. He has the communication skills of a good teacher, which was his profession prior to hockey. There doesn’t...
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi1mCcWpILQ&w=700&h=394] Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis fields questions on the announcement that former Toronto Marlies head coach Steve Spott and former Florida Panthers head coach Peter Horachek will join Randy Carlyle's staff as the Leafs' assistant coaches. For full analysis, click here.
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New Maple Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott fields questions on his promotion to his first NHL coaching gig. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHOzT53PsoE&w=700&h=394] For full analysis, click here.

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According to Steve Simmons, it looks like some combination of Steve Spott, Gord Dineen and Derek King is going to be among the Leafs' upcoming assistant coach hires -- or perhaps more accurately, internal promotions -- with an announcement expected next week. It would not be the most outwardly hope-inspiring of moves if there's no fresh voice/outside perspective being brought in to challenge Randy Carlyle's way of thinking. There is also no denying the success of the Marlies the past few seasons. Steve Spott seemed aware of the obvious value in rolling four lines last year, and is ostensibly off to...