The Leafs could use another preseason clean-out trade

Ryan Fancey
September 28 2016 12:25PM

Just before last season got going, Lou Lamoriello pulled off his first substantial deal as general manager in Toronto, purging a handful of B-level prospects for one year of Michael Grabner. It didn't make much of a tangible impact in the short term outside of acquiring some decent-ish NHL depth, but it did trim some fat from the organization and provide an amount of clarity about the situation at each pro level.

Now the Leafs are due for a similar move, but they'll likely need to get more creative and send out some names that are a little more notable than Carter Verhaeghe or Chris Gibson.

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Leafs cut 23 players from camp

Ryan Fancey
September 27 2016 10:57AM

The Leafs' training camp roster got a good chunk smaller and a bit more manageable this morning, as the team shipped off 23 players to their respective junior clubs and the Marlies. 

There aren't really any surprises here, and the group is still huge at 53, it's just clear something had to give with the team leaving Halifax and headed back home to Mastercard Centre for the next portion of camp. 

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Trading for Trouba would be a franchise-shaking move for Leafs

Ryan Fancey
September 25 2016 06:06PM

Essentially any time a player is publicly put on the trade block, either by management shopping them around or by their own doing, we get to weigh in on whether Toronto makes sense as a destination. It's always a fun exercise, but plenty of times if there's a great player out there, the fit isn't, and we have to jump through a few hoops to convince ourselves it could work. That isn't really the case with recent trade-requester Jacob Trouba, as he represents a clear target for the Leafs to address their biggest weakness: a top pairing right-shot defenceman.

But something I've noticed in reading up on this Trouba news since it broke yesterday is that he's being unsurprisingly undersold by opposing fans envisioning a trade. If Lamoriello could pull this off, it's going to cost the Leafs a ton. It will for any team.

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: The Final List

Ryan Fancey
September 06 2016 09:55AM

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Another year of the TLN top twenty prospects series has clued up, and there's little doubt this has been our best one yet. The addition of Auston Matthews to an already top-tier farm system vaulted the Leafs to the very peak of the league rankings according to ESPN, and no other organization is really in the conversation at this point.

Toronto has accumulated a notable trio of elite prospects to go along with some major depth throughout the rest of the list we put together. Now it'll be interesting to see which players rise and fall when we hit our mid-term rankings around Christmas, or if any names from our honourable mentions surface to crack the main group.

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #1 Auston Matthews

Ryan Fancey
September 02 2016 06:55AM

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And it was written...

"For the hockey gods so loved Leafs Nation, that they gave to them numbers 6, 8, 5, and 13, that whosoever believeth shall not miss the playoffs, but have many sick toe-drags, beauty snips, and a Corsi-For percentage of more than fifty" - Auston 4:16.

Praise be.

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