Archive for the ‘Free Agency/Trade Rumours’ Category

Nikita Zaitsev: Who IS This Kid?

March 9th, 2016 No Comments

With news surfacing via TSN’s NHL insider, Bob Mckenzie, this week that the Toronto Maple Leafs look to be a sure fire bet to land defenseman Nikita Zaitsev via free agency out of the KHL, interest in the Russian defenseman has been peaked. A first round selection in the 2009 KHL junior draft, Zaitsev, 24, currently plays about 21:00 minutes a game with CSKA Moskva “A” of the KHL where he has put together a good season. Through 46 games played, Zaitsev has registered eight goals and 18 assists for a total of 26 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. Zaitsev’s 26 points ranks him 15th among KHL defensemen. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, Zaitsev has the size needed to be an NHL defenseman, but there are reports that suggest he could improve his

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Will Nazem Kadri Be Back With The Maple Leafs?

March 7th, 2016 No Comments

Originally drafted seventh overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nazem Kadri entered the draft with great expectations. Heading into the 2009 Draft, Kadri put together an impressive season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, registering 35 goals and 58 assists for a total of 93 points, good enough for a tie for fourth overall in the OHL scoring race behind such players as Tyler Seguin (106), Taylor Hall (106), Luke Pither (94) and Taylor Beck (*93- Tied). While Kadri’s regular season statistics were impressive, it was the playoffs where he really stood out where he tallied nine goals and 18 assists (27 points) in 26 games played, finishing fourth in the playoff scoring race. With an excellent season in the OHL in the books and many experts predicting big things for

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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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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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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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