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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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Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan on the off-season moves and the ongoing prospects camp: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT7vM_W3Xjo] Director of Player Development Jim Hughes on the Leafs' prospect camp: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6rq5GQHM9E] For video interviews with a number of the Leafs' prospects at this week's camp, check out the Leafs TV video vault. For a thorough look at some of the individual showings at today's camp sessions: NEW - Youngblood: Live from the Toronto Maple Leafs Development Camp via @mckeenshockey http://t.co/72x32oZfq8 #Leafs #Nylander— Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) July 9, 2014

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The future is the theme of the week as the Maple Leafs hold their annual summer prospect camp. Here's the latest episode of The Leaf, entitled 'The Future is Bright," released yesterday. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQZ6MzKHokg] Some video should be available of Wednesday's prospect camp sessions as it is the first day open to the media.   Wednesday Links: Kevin McGran: Maple Leaf scouts love draft pick Viktor Loov Blue Chip Prospects: Watching Kessel's prime years fade away The Leafs Nation: Phaneuf, Gardiner and Quality of Competition Toronto Sun: Talent rising to the top at Leafs prospect camp

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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...

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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...

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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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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,...
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Petri Kontiola is a 29-year-old Finnish centerman who spent the last five seasons playing in the KHL, where his trajectory toward a return to the NHL began in 2009. With his early years spent in Tappara of the Finnish SM-liiga, Kontiola was drafted in the 2004 NHL entry draft (196th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks. After making his NHL debut in 2007-08, he simply wasn't good enough to stick around. Regardless of his strong AHL numbers (130 points in 147 AHL games), he couldn't gain traction in his first time in North America; after the centerman was traded to the...

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The Maple Leafs have brought back depth winger Troy Bodie on a one-year contract. Signing Tim Leiweke’s son in law, and his inclusion in the 22-man opening night roster in October, brought about some skepticism early on last Fall, especially given the Maple Leafs had waved goodbye to Joe Colborne in the preseason. The perception wasn’t helped by a skating stride that’s offensive to the eyes at first blush, but some fans came to appreciate his contributions on the fourth line when he was on the team (spent 47 games with the Leafs, 17 with the Marlies). Certainly easier to watch than...