Is It Realistic For The Maple Leafs To Land a Top Defenseman?

October 14th, 2017 No Comments

When you consider the landscape of trade partners the Maple Leafs will consider, the pickings look to be somewhat bleak with regards to landing that coveted top-flight Defenseman. Let’s face it, top defensemen are tough to come by, meaning if the Maple Leafs want to land a top defenseman, they are going to have to give up a player and/or draft picks of considerable value to get a deal done. Looking at the 2018 NHL Unrestricted Free Agent List there are a few defenseman that may be on the move on or before the trade deadline. Names like Zdeno Chara, Mike Green, Tobias Enstrom, John Carlson, Jack Johnson and Calvin de Hann look to be amongst the best available, but none of them are without their fair share of blemishes (age, salary, declining skills, etc.). With that in mind, are any

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NHL Expansion Draft: Which Player Will Your Team Lose?

June 18th, 2017 No Comments

With the much anticipated NHL Expansion Draft List finally being revealed today, many hockey fans are wondering which player Las Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee will select off of their favorite teams roster. On the surface, drafting an expansion roster will be no easy task, but there will be a number of excellent players available. McPhee is on record as saying that he intends to use the NHL Entry Draft to build his franchise. That means, not only will McPhee be looking to acquire assets via the Expansion Draft, but he will also have an eye on a long term plan that will ensure his team will be competitive for the long haul via the Entry Draft. There a couple of considerations McPhee must make. In the past, many expansion teams took the philosophy of drafting a lineup

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Maple Leafs Free Agent Target: Karl Alzner

March 9th, 2017 No Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs currently knocking on the door of a playoff position, it seems strange that so much focus seems to be on next season. While many Maple Leafs fans would be thrilled to see their team in the playoffs, they are under no illusion that their beloved Blue and White machine is in the position to challenge for the Stanley Cup— not this season, anyways. One of the main factors in the Maple Leafs faithful doubting their squad is the clubs well documented shortcomings on defense. Currently, the Maple Leafs employ a top-six of Morgan Rielly, Nikita Zaitsev, Jake Gardiner, Alexy Marchenko, Matt Hunwick and Roman Polak in their defensive pairings. It goes without saying, none of those defenseman are known as an elite defensive specialist, which is often why the Maple Leafs struggle mightily on the

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Acquisition Of Frederik Andersen Sends Strong Message

June 22nd, 2016 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello completed the deal with the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Frederik Andersen earlier this week, many fans were up in arms about the price tag— a first round pick in 2016 (30th overall, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade), and a 2017 second round pick. Anytime you give up a first round draft choice there is always a chance that the pick you trade turns into a stud in your opponents lineup five years down the road. That said, as the saying goes, you have to give up something to get something and Toronto got “something” in Andersen. The deal for Andersen was contingent on the Leafs’ signing him to a long term deal, which Lamoriello and Co. did, signing the 26-year old netminder to a five-year deal worth a reported $25 million.

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NHL Entry Draft: Why Reward Failure?

April 12th, 2016 1 Comment

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just a few weeks away, many fans and NHL executives have been dreading the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers landing the first overall pick for the third time in six years. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that there will be more discussions within the NHL offices with regards to making additional changes to be implemented should Edmonton land the coveted first overall pick. While many fans will applaud the Leagues efforts to review the Draft process, it would seem to me that, unless the NHL is willing to make significant changes to the Draft, we run the risk of finding ourselves in the same situation sooner rather than later. In a recent episode of Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid show, Daly went on the record about Edmonton winning the lottery. “I think there’s

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Would Toronto Trade Auston Matthews???

April 11th, 2016 No Comments

Listening to the Toronto Maple Leafs management team, there is a sense of pride and contentment with regards to their current stable of prospects and what the team may be able to acquire during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As the NHL’s last place club, the Maple Leafs have secured a 20 percent chance of landing the first overall pick. Simple math tells us that the Maple Leafs’ also have an 80 percent chance of missing out on the coveted first overall pick. Of course, having finished last in the NHL means the Maple Leafs can do no worse than a top-four pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. The top three prospects are American-born centre Auston Matthews and Finnish wingers Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, with the fourth ranked prospect often differing depending on which mock draft you read. Should the Maple

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