July 18 2016 11:36AM
The Leafs' offseason hasn't been all that eventful so far, but one story that will continue to simmer in the background will be that of Joffrey Lupul and whether he'll have a place in the lineup come October. All signs so far point to no. But if he doesn't, the big question becomes "What can the Leafs do with him?"
According to Lupul himself, he believes he has some miles left on his career, and doesn't appear to be ready for Robidas Island. But given his laundry list of injuries and a blatant reduction in his effectiveness on the ice, is there really any chance he bounces back? Let's take a look at where his numbers have been at since things started spiraling.
July 07 2016 07:54AM
By now you've probably got an inkling that Lou Lamoriello has a few practices that make him a bit unique as a general manager. Call it old school or military-like, either way, he has a number of somewhat quirky ideas about how a team should be run, and how to push the notion of "It's all about the logo on the front".
June 30 2016 12:00PM
As everyone is obviously aware, the Stamkos Sweeptakes are over, and they ended in the most boring fashion possible. There won't be a bidding war, we won't be glued to Twitter like we were when Babcock was hired, none of that. It's no doubt a bit of a letdown for Leafs fans, but really nothing in the division has changed, so that's good. He didn't go to Detroit or Buffalo or Montreal, so no harm no foul really.
But Toronto still has to get ready for the free agency period, which gets rolling tomorrow. Like I mentioned here a couple days ago, it's difficult to imagine them going after any marquee names like Lucic, Eriksson, or whoever as a backup plan to Stamkos, but there are still some guys out there who can probably chip in and help in what will be another important development year for plenty of the roster.
June 28 2016 11:00AM
In three days, we'll likely see the whole Stamkos Saga (or #StamkosWatch, or whatever you want to call it) come to an end. The window for teams to talk to the one-time 60-goal-scorer got underway just hours after Toronto drafted Auston Matthews this past weekend, and you can bet that by now he has a good idea of what kind of money and situation he'll be signing on for when free agency opens officially on Friday.
June 27 2016 04:36PM
It's been an eternity (nearly forty-eight hours) since any real Leafs news, but we'll get some tonight in the form of their list of qualified restricted free agents. Toronto had nine players who were eligible to be extended offers by the deadline today - Garret Sparks, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado, Josh Leivo, Martin Marincin, Stuart Percy, Colin Smith, and Carricks Connor and Sam.