July 04 2015 08:41AM
It was always important that in any Phil Kessel trade scenario, the Toronto Maple Leafs got back talented, high-end prospects and/or draft picks. When they finally pulled the trigger on Wednesday, a lot of fans were underwhelmed with the return. I was one of these people.
But really, I don't know what I was actually expecting. If Toronto wanted a first round pick, a top prospect, an additional 'B-level' piece and a roster player, they got it. The second round pick turned to a third round pick isn't ideal, but I can't bring myself to care that passionately about it. The salary retention - $1.2M each year for the next seven seasons - does sting, but I don't think it will actually hinder the Leafs in the long run. I think of it like nasty scratch on the hood of a nice car... it's ugly, but the car will run just fine.
One of the reasons a lot of folks weren't terribly impressed with the haul had to do with skepticism surrounding the core piece coming back - Kasperi Kapanen.
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July 03 2015 01:27PM
On this episode, Philly Cheeseman going to the Penmans, signings, and silliness.
July 03 2015 12:55PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to bolster their organizational depth today, signing Marlies forward Byron Froese to a two-year, two-way contract.
July 03 2015 12:33PM
The Leafs made some moves to shake up the big club on Wednesday, and today the Marlies followed suit. The team has announced the signings of forwards Christopher Clapperton, Brett Findlay, and Patrick Watling, as well as defencemen Andrew Campbell and Brenden Miller.
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July 03 2015 06:30AM
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