Archive for June, 2013

Vincent Lecavalier: Are the Toronto Maple Leafs A Good Fit?

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

With news hitting the airwaves that Vincent Lecavalier will be bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning there is plenty of speculation as to where the veteran forward will land once he hits unrestricted free agency on July, 5th. Originally drafted first overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Lecavalier, 33, had seven years remaining on his deal that (according to would pay him an average of $7.73 million per season. As a result of the buyout, the Lightning will knock Lecavalier’s contract off the books, but will still be on the hook for two-thirds of the contracts value— around $2 million per year for the next 15 years. With Lecavalier bought out, he will now become a unrestricted free agent on July, 5th, freeing him up to sign wherever he wishes. In an effort to keep Lecavalier in


Jonathan Bernier Acquisition A No-Lose Situation For Maple Leafs

June 25th, 2013 2 Comments

With trade speculation following goaltender Jonathan Bernier for over a year, it was only a matter of time until the Los Angeles Kings parted ways with the highly coveted netminder. Sunday, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis pulled the trigger on a deal for Bernier, a deal which Nonis said had been in the works for several months. In return for Bernier, Nonis parted with forward Matt Frattin, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, a second round draft pick and a reported $500,000 to help the kings salary cap situation. Frattin and Scrivens are talented players, but neither player has the potential of Bernier. While Bernier may have been in play at the deadline, it would appear as if the Kings chose to hang onto the young netminder. Salary cap concerns and some concern over the health of Kings’ starting netminder