EXCLUSIVE: Toronto Maple Leafs to sign Alexander Radulov later this month

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 31 2015 10:00PM

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The dust has just barely settled on a very rare two-game winning streak for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but as it turns out, the team is already working on next year's roster. Specifically, a deal is in place to send one of the sport's greatest villains back to the National Hockey League.

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Leafs Postgame - How You Like 'Em Now?

Justin Fisher
March 31 2015 08:47PM

Well, that was unexpected.

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their winning ways this evening, downing the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-1. Their second win in a row, the Leafs played pretty well for being the least likeable group of athletes that Sportsnet's Stephen Brunt has ever been around.

Man, I don't know about all that nonsense. For one, teams are always more likeable when they're winning hockey games. There's certainly some players I could do without, but what fan out there actually likes every single roster piece on their favourite team? 

When it comes to the Leafs, there's actually more pieces I like than dislike. Phil Kessel, Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, James van Riemsdyk and both goaltenders. I like them all. 

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GIF: Morgan Rielly beats Lightning's Vasilevskiy with clinical wrist shot

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 07:42PM

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Even in the midst of a thoroughly depressing Toronto Maple Leafs season, a sublime talent like Morgan Rielly can score a goal lovely enough to make even the most hardened, cynical Leafs fan smile.

Early in the third period of Tuesday night's Maple Leafs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rielly took a-cross seam pass from Nazem Kadri, out-waited Andrey Vasilevskiy with the patience of Job, and beat the young Russian-born netminder with a perfectly placed wrist shot.

Click past the jump to see the highlight.

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How the NHL's new executive compensation system will make it costly to replace Leafs GM Nonis

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 05:19PM

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If Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan decides to replace general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek with the best talent available this spring, it will be an enormously costly decision.

Executive compensation hasn't been a thing in the NHL since the Peter Chiarelli drama back in 2006, but it will be again beginning this offseason. Though the NHL Board of Governors approved this change in June, more details of precisely how the system will work were reported on Tuesday.

Basically if the Maple Leafs are intent on tapping a highly-regarded coach under contract to replace interim bench boss Peter Horachek, it'll cost them at least a third-round draft pick. More interestingly, if the Maple Leafs want to replace Dave Nonis before the 2015 NHL Entry draft with a current NHL executive, it's reportedly going to cost them a second-round pick. 

Read on past the jump for more.

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LGD - Tampa Your Expectations

Justin Fisher
March 31 2015 01:59PM

Sure, the Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of their first victory since what feels like the Middle Ages, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, one of only five teams in the league that have already clinched a playoff berth, so I certainly hope you weren't looking for a winning streak.

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