Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 22 2014 09:44AM
Around this time last year, I made a bold proclamation. After a year of improvement on the Toronto Marlies' blue line, I said that Jesse Blacker would probably become the AHL team's highest-minute defenceman.
Boy, was I wrong. He got benched a bunch to start a year, got into a fight in practice, and just seemed to not be in Steve Spott's favour. It was obvious that he wasn't going to stick around, and that some value had to be gotten back for him while it still existed. As Leafs centres began to drop out with injury, they created a two part solution; sending Blacker and conditional draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks for Peter Holland (and Brad Staubitz, I guess).
My proclamation sucked (though Blacker did well with Norfolk last year), but Holland? Much less so. He's quite good, even.
September 21 2014 06:30AM
September 20 2014 09:11AM
Back for a second stint with the team that drafted him, Matt Frattin is a Leaf once again. Thank God, because his chemistry with, uh, other, uh, people, uh, was quite clearly the missing ingredient in last year's disastrous season. Jokes aside, Frattin had a a rough season as well, and hopes to bounce back in a familiar setting.
September 20 2014 08:06AM
After a strong showing at their Rookie Camp, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 18-year old blueliner Cody Donaghey to a three year entry level contract. One of the few non-Leafs who got invited to the team's main camp, Donaghey is a 6'1, 185lb offensive defenceman out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
September 19 2014 06:09PM
Welcome to Round Three!
Generally, the Friday TLN Roundtable is where our smart and handsome writing staff take turns tackling the tough issues, but we're switching this up a bit this time around. Last week, you got to check out some articles from the five finalists in our Next TLN Blogger contest. This week, we gave them the keys to the Roundtable and told them to be back at a reasonable hour.
The question I posed to our finalists...
Who will be the Leafs' *surprise* player this upcoming season? (Good or bad.)
Check out the answers below and when you're done, leave a comment and let us know who had the best answers. Be part of the process! Democracy!