February 11 2016 06:45AM
When you look at P-A Parenteau and where he might end up at the trade deadline, the easiest fits are obviously the top contenders who are looking for a pure rental to round out their roster for a Cup run. Think Winnik last year in Pittsburgh or, as a more expensive example, Antoine Vermette in Chicago. Of course these are all very different players, but the point stands that every season teams looking at their championship window make these types of depth moves to load up.
As of now, Parenteau brings with him a 0.5 point-per-game pace on the season and a $1.5-million cap tag that's off the books in July. He's showcased himself well this year as the team's third-highest goal scorer, and is arguably the person on the Leafs' roster who's the easiest to see moved by end-of-month. Here are a few places where he could be heading.
February 08 2016 01:54PM
Leo Komarov has turned in an impressive season for the Leafs so far, which included an early-season spot among the league's leading goal-scorers, and has even gone as far as earning him an All-Star nod. But in the second half of the season things have not gone so easily, and while his goal tally is still impressive, Komarov's output is now settling back near the pedestrian pace he's shown in the past.
While Komarov was setting the league on fire at the beginning of the season, many folks argued for trading him while his stock was highest, especially considering he turns thirty next January and the team is still somewhat in blowup mode. We obviously don't know if that had ever been a consideration earlier this year, or if this make-believe market of GMs falling over themselves to get him was ever a reality. But either way, it's still something the Leafs should probably explore, and if they do, here are five destinations that could make sense for Leo Komarov.
February 03 2016 09:45AM
For those wondering what the new logo looks like on a player's chest pic.twitter.com/9LIijAMYLQ— The Tank Nation (@TLNdc) February 3, 2016
Last night the Leafs made another step in turning the page on the last few years of garbage by unveiling their new logo - a throwback to their old winning days, and an attempt at making players proud again to throw on the jersey.
The jersey styles that will accompany the new logo obviously aren't finalized yet, but we can guess they'll be pretty standard fare, at least for the home and away threads. But there's still an opportunity for the team to create a third jersey, and with speculation that they'll host an outdoor game at BMO field next January, last night's big reveal probably won't be the last of the year.
February 02 2016 07:50AM
I think the last time I wrote a headline like the one above, it was to pass along news that Mike Babcock wouldn't be hired by the Leafs. How embarrassing. [To be fair, how often is McKenzie off the mark like that?]
Anyway, this time around I'm quite confident this piece is going to stand up. The idea of Steven Stamkos being a pre-deadline acquisition by the Leafs is all but dead. Maybe it was never alive.
January 25 2016 12:57PM
It seems like we've been counting down to the Leafs' purge of cheap veteran players since the days they were signed last summer. In a little over a month, we'll finally see what they get to show for them.
The most obvious names we've looked at all season are the pending free agents, and as the team currently sits, there's seven guys on the roster fitting that bill - Polak, Reimer, Boyes, Parenteau, Spaling, Matthias, and Grabner. Eight if you include Rich Clune.
But we can't forget about players who still have a year or five left on their contracts either. Lamoriello and his front office are still somewhat in scorched earth mode, and they might have a chance at moving out a name or two that saves the team some more coin down the road.