July 29 2015 07:55AM
Yesterday we took a shot at a mock arbitration between Jonathan Bernier and the Leafs, with Cat and I acting as the two parties and Jon stepping in as arbitrator. In our discussions leading up to the piece, we figured Bernier should shoot for a mind-boggling amount of money since, given his workload as a starter, he'd obviously want to create a huge gap between his number and the team's, and try to settle a couple million below. It's just the way arbitration goes.
July 28 2015 10:16AM
A couple nights ago, Sportsnet Magazine's Gare Joyce reported that the Leafs' Dave Morrison - head of amateur scouting - was to be let go by his new boss, Lou Lamoriello. Eventually it came out in the wash that Morrison hadn't been notified of such a move, and Joyce stepped back a little on his initial claim to clarify that the team would perhaps be shuffling chairs instead. Turns out the latter is true, and Morrison will stay on board to make a change to pro scouting.
July 28 2015 09:28AM
With the offseason moving along to a calmer time and Leafs news maybe winding down a little, we've decided to spend some of our time looking at the team that was, is, and will be moving forward. Yesterday Jeff looked into the 2000-01 season and today we'll be talking about the 2001-02 Leafs team, a roster that could arguably be the most talented they've assembled in the last twenty years.
July 24 2015 08:52AM
Yesterday, Brendan Shanahan sent perhaps the biggest jolt through the fanbase in his time in Toronto by hiring Lou Lamoriello out of New Jersey. There have been bigger moves, most notably the Babcock hire in May for a dump truck full of money, but Lamoriello leaving the swamp after TWENTY-EIGHT years to head up things in Toronto was far, far more surprising, without question.
Now that we've had a moment to pick our brains up off the floor, let's take a look at what Lamoriello's all about. The guy has made headlines a number of times in his time with the Devils, and his overall body of work is something to be marveled at, but let's break things up a little and see where he's done some of his more notable work.
First up, trade history, and there's a lot of it.
July 23 2015 08:21AM
This management group has been full of surprises, but I think they might have just dropped the biggest one on us yet. Lou Lamoriello has stepped down as the Devils' president after nearly three decades and joined the Maple Leafs as their new general manager. [He'd recently moved on from the GM chair in Jersey to make way for Ray Shero]