- Mike Johnston: Leafs could trade Bozak before trade deadline (Sportsnet)
Damien Cox reported, via Elliotte Friedman, during the Headlines portion ofHockey Night in Canada that the Maple Leafs are nowhere near close to coming to terms with pending unrestricted free agents Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik and that all three could be dealt. In addition to Franson, Santorelli and Winnik, centre Tyler Bozak’s name is out there and could potentially be moved by the deadline, according to Cox.
- Jonas Sigel: Rielly shines as Leafs’ slide ends (TSN.ca)
Rielly has been one of the rare bright spots from another epic Maple Leafs collapse, increasingly flashing more and more bursts of upside while taking a few more chances under interim coach Peter Horachek.
- Rob Longley: Important Leafs work being done off the ice (Toronto Sun)
General manage Dave Nonis wasn’t at the ACC for his team’s slump-busting 5-1 win over the Oilers, but in Tampa Bay taking in the Kings-Lightning game. Two nights earlier, Nonis was in Nashville for the Predators-Ducks contest, listening, pitching and getting an early jump on the trade deadline.
- Charlottes Webster: Do teams undervalue European skaters in the draft? (PPP)
From this brief analysis, there is no striking difference between the performance of European and North American skaters in their first five post-draft years, after adjusting for draft position.
- Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs could be moved before the trading deadline (VLM)
There are many reasons why I’m a fan (albeit a longtime hockey observer) and not a GM. But as an “outsider”, I would suggest that the guys on the roster Shanahan should keep should fit into the category of 1) young, inexpensive and really talented 2) players with a big heart who don’t cost a lot and would be nice pieces of an improved team in the next year or two and 3) guys who have demonstrated through this rough patch that they have pride and passion and deserve to wear the Maple Leaf crest.