Archive for February, 2016

Luke Schenn: Is He Worth Bringing Back To Toronto?

February 29th, 2016 No Comments

Originally drafted fifth overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Luke Schenn came into the NHL with lofty expectations. A quick rewind to that 2008 Draft day and you will find that Toronto thought so much of Schenn that they made a trade with the New York Islanders to move up in the draft. NY Islanders traded their 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (fifth overall) to Toronto for the Maple Leafs’ 1st-round pick in 2008 (seventh overall) and, at the Islanders’ option: either Pittsburgh’s 2nd-round pick in 2008 (60th overall, previously acquired) and Toronto’s 3rd-round pick in 2009; or Toronto’s 3rd-round pick in 2008 (68th overall) and Toronto’s 2nd-round pick in 2009. Looking back at some of the comments being made at the time of Schenn being drafted, NHL Insider Pierre McGuire said

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Daniel Winnik Traded To The Washington Capitals

February 29th, 2016 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello worked into the late hours of Sunday night, trading forward Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016, Prospect Connor Carrick, and veteran Forward Brooks Laich. Winnik, 30, has four goals, 10 assists with a minus-3 rating in 56 games with Toronto this season. Laich, registered one goal and six assists through 60 games with the Capitals this season. He has one season left on a two-year deal he signed this summer worth $4.5 million. The Capitals had recently placed Laich on waivers, but with no takers, Toronto came calling. Clearly, the Leafs took Laich as part of a salary dump so Washington could clear some cap space. Originally drafted in the fifth round (#137 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft,

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2016 NHL Trade Deadline— Which Players Will be Traded from Toronto?

February 28th, 2016 No Comments

With our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs in full tank mode, we are beginning to see which players will be moving on from the Blue and White. Since January 3rd, 2016, former Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf, netminder James Reimer, forwards Shawn Matthias, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert, Jeremy Morin, Nick Spaling and defensemen Roman Polak and Cody Donaghey have all been shipped out of the organization, while many more players have the potential to be on the move by Monday’s Trade Deadline. Outside of Morgan Reilly, nobody is thought to be untouchable in Toronto. With that in mind, just about every player in Toronto has to be at least a little nervous about the deadline and, on a longer view, this summer. Realistically, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello will not be able to pull off every trade he

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James Reimer Traded: Now What?

February 28th, 2016 No Comments

With news hitting the airwaves yesterday afternoon that Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer and Toronto Marlies forward Jeremy Morin had been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for netminder Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 (becomes a third if SJ reaches the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals), a new era between the pipes in Toronto is all but certain. With Reimer garnering the lions share of the work in the cage this season, it appears as if the Maple Leafs will be looking to move on from Jonathan Bernier in the not so distant future, clearing a path for one or both of netminders Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau (both playing with the Marlies this season) to eventually assume the role as Toronto’s number one goalie. One things for certain, newly acquired

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Top Five Destinations For P.A. Parenteau

February 25th, 2016 No Comments
Toronto Maple Leafs

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline just a few days away (Monday, February 29th to be exact), rumors are circulating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau will be on the move. A former ninth round selection (#264) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Parenteau (who has 15 goals and 15 assists through 58 games played with the Maple Leafs this season) has exceeded expectations, both in his career and in terms of his output this season, putting together a 405 game NHL career, tallying 96 goals and 161 assists for a total of 257 points. While Parenteau’s numbers will leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to making the NHL’s Hall of Fame, they are good for a former ninth round pick. The Maple Leafs will be seeking a draft pick/s or

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Is John Tavares A Better Fit In Toronto Than Steven Stamkos?

February 24th, 2016 No Comments

Recently, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went on the record and said that he had no intention of trading Steven Stamkos before the deadline. “As February 29th approaches, I am stating today that Steven Stamkos will not be traded before the NHL’s trade deadline. I have said repeatedly that it is our hope to reach an agreement with Steven on a new contract at some point, and with 27 games remaining in the season, our entire organization, Steven included, wants to focus on making the playoffs. “I will keep the negotiating process strictly between the involved parties and have no further comment on the state of those negotiations.” Yzerman’s statement cleared up his intentions in terms of Stamkos for the short term, but with the Lightning and Stamkos failing to get a contract signed, the feeling is that

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