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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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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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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Rumors: Should Brian Burke Stand Pat At The Deadline?

February 6th, 2012 14 Comments

For those of you familiar with the Toronto Blue Jays organization you’ll remember a time when Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick was referred to as “stand pat” for his long standing refusal to make a move at the deadline, or at least refusing to make a deal of any consequence. To all the haters, Gillick always contested that he would make a splash on the trade market when the right opportunity came around and not before, which is exactly what Gillick did when he shipped Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff to the San Diego Padres in return for future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and home run hitting World Series Hero Joe Carter. The New York Times called the deal “one of the most stunning trades in years”, and deservedly so. Of course McGriff and Fernandez failed to live

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Won The Dion Phaneuf Trade

October 15th, 2011 No Comments

January 2nd, 1992—Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher pulls off what many fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs refer to as the best trade in Maple Leaf history, acquiring Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Natress, Kent Manderville and Rick Walmsley in return for Gary Leeman, Alexander Godnyuk, Jeff Reese, Michel Petit and Craig Berube. Gilmour quickly made his mark with the Maple Leafs, winning the Selke Trophy and finishing runner up for the Hart Trophy after the 1992-93 season which saw the feisty forward put together the greatest season in Toronto Maple Leaf history, scoring 32 goals and racking up 95 assists for a total of 127 points. In the end, this trade was all about Gilmour, nothing more, nothing less. Jamie Macoun proved to be a serviceable defenseman for the Maple Leafs, while Leeman, Godnyuk, Reese, Petit and

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: What’s Up with Pekka Rinne?

April 21st, 2011 No Comments

Ahh, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A place where some players ‘bring it’, while others fall well short of the so-called “experts” expectations. Heading into the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs several reports were calling for Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to have a huge playoff; others were a lot more realistic about his talent and the talents of the team in front of him. Rinne brought a career playoff record of 2-4 to go along with a marginal .911 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.68 into this years playoffs. Needless to say, with those kind of numbers it would be hard to suggest that Rinne was going to catch fire against an offensively explosive team like the Anaheim Ducks, yet there were still some reports out there that suggested Rinne would do exactly that. Through four playoff games

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Report Card At The Quarter Mark

November 25th, 2010 1 Comment

We are just twenty games into the 2010-11 season and already we have seen a number of players stepping up for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a few that need to pick it up. Over the summer Maple Leafs general manager Brain Burke made a number of acquisitions that, when combined with last seasons late moves, were supposed to turn last seasons 29th ranked team into a playoff contender. Injuries and a sub-par offensive attack have combined to thwart the Maple Leafs playoff aspirations thus far, but there have been a number of positives that point to the Blue and White having an improved season. Up front free agent signee Clarke MacArthur leads the team in points with 18, ranks second in goals (seven), assists (11), power play goals (two) and third in plus/minus at plus three. MacArthur signed a one-year

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