July 22 2016 06:11PM
For the past 24 hours, the official The Leafs Nation staff Slack channel has been in an engaging meeting, and by that, I mean a loud and boisterous argument. Is it about the site's direction? Is it about the Leafs' direction?
Heck no. It's about junk food. Shawn asked me what my five favourite commonplace junk food items are, and ever since then, it's been a disaster. So we channeled that energy into this week's roundtable, going over some of our Top 5's, and what Leafs player we think would agree with us.
July 22 2016 12:22PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially completed signing all of their restricted free agents that aren't tied to arbitration cases, having signed defenceman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract this afternoon.
July 22 2016 09:55AM
After a bunch of hype and mild concern, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Auston Matthews and proved that the whole situation was much ado about nothing. That's great, and we all can't wait to see him go at least 30/30 with his eyes closed as a teenager, but this now leaves us with a void as far as talking points.
Luckily, I've got your back. Here's a baker's dozen worth of ideas to get your screaming juices flowing.
July 21 2016 06:32PM
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At just before 1:10 PM, I got a call from a familiar 778 number looking to have a chat with me. It was Allan Mitchell from TSN 1260 Edmonton (and our very own OilersNation). Normally, an on-air conversation with Allan in the middle of July would be to hype up our annual Five Hole For Food stop outside Stanley Milner Library, but with no tour this year, the topic was much different; Auston Matthews.
We spoke for about 17 minutes about how what we thought to be Lou Lamoriello's hesitance to give out rookie bonuses was pretty crazy, something I originally stressed here a few weeks ago and reiterated this morning. We talked about other things too, but at the end, he asked me when we'd finally be able to post our "Matthews signs ELC" article. I laughed, said we haven't written one yet, but that the Leafs would probably relent and sign him at the maximum salary at some point in the middle of August.
I hung up the phone, told the family my call was over and was no longer off limits, grabbed another glass of lemonade, sat back at the desk, and my phone buzzed.
July 21 2016 01:04PM
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The ink hasn't finished drying off on Auston Matthews' entry-level contract, but that hasn't stopped Lou Lamoriello and pals from getting the i's dotted and the t's crossed on another set of paper. The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms with forward Josh Leivo this afternoon, signing him to a two-year deal.