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2016 NHL Entry Draft— Who Will The Maple Leafs Target

March 1st, 2016 No Comments

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline come and gone, most NHL fans are setting their sights on the playoff races. For the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the only certainty about the 2016 NHL Playoffs is that Toronto won’t be participating in them! But I digress… When the 2015-16 NHL Season began, fans of the Blue and White knew full well that this season was all about accumulating draft choices, reducing contracts and creating cap space for upcoming free agents this summer and beyond. In hindsight, it appears as if Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello accomplished his mission. According to CapFriendly.com, the Maple Leafs will enter the summer with a projected cap hit of $54,183,334. Given the Projected Salary cap for the 2016-17 season is set at $71,400,000, that will leave the Leafs with approximately $17,200,000 worth of cap

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Leafs Prospects Give Fans Something To Believe In

March 1st, 2016 No Comments

In what was probably the first time in the history of the modern day franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs had seven players making their Maple Leafs’ debut last night when the Blue and White faced off against Steven Stamkos and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Acquired via trades, Brooks Laich, Zach Hyman (NHL Debut) and Ben Smith found themselves inserted into last nights lineup, while five of Toronto’s most intriguing prospects in forwards William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov, goaltender Garret Sparks and defenseman Connor Carrick also dressed for the Maple Leafs. Nylander, Kapanen, Hyman and Soshnikov all made their NHL debuts and none of them disappointed. All four will likely represent a good portion of Toronto’s future success but, for the most part, with all due respect to the other kids, the fans were there to watch blue chip

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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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