Nikita Zaitsev signs 1-Year Entry Level Contract with Leafs

Jeff Veillette
May 02 2016 11:59AM

It's the moment we've been waiting an eternity for; Nikita Zaitsev is coming to what has typically been his summer home. The Moscow-born 24-year old defenceman signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs today.

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Last Train to Zaitsev: Russian defenceman could sign with Leafs as soon as this evening

Jeff Veillette
April 30 2016 10:53AM


Today is the day. After months of intense speculation and over a year of negotiation-like chatter, Russian defenceman Nikita Zaitsev will end his contract with CSKA Moscow this evening and become free to negotiate with teams around the world without being chained down to a transfer agreement. With that said, there won't be much negotiation.

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Why the Toronto Maple Leafs deserve a bit of good luck tonight

Jeff Veillette
April 30 2016 06:55AM

It's come to this. At some point tonight, Bill Daly is going to step up to a podium with a list of results to deliver to the hockey word. They'll be ones that shape the destiny of franchises for years to come if they play their cards right. Or, rather, the oversized square cards are played in their favour.

With the Toronto Maple Leafs at the top of the odds chart for tonight's Draft Lottery, many fans will finally feel able to cheer for their beloved team for the first time this season. Will it end the way that they and their team would like it to, though? Or are they about to get one last taste of disappointment before the offseason?

One could argue that, in a just world, they'll get the former.

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Marlies sweep Sound Tigers on heels of Connor Carrick Hat Trick

Jeff Veillette
April 28 2016 08:16PM

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Sometimes, the best defence is a good offence. Tonight was a great example of that; while Toronto's forwards poured pucks on the net, it was the defencemen who actually got them to hit mesh and light lamps in what became a massive 5 goal rally to send themselves to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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Former Leafs Enforcer Colton Orr Retires

Jeff Veillette
April 28 2016 02:15PM

While hockey has moved further and further away from "strategical" or "staged" fighting and the role of the enforcer is dying, that doesn't change the fact that many look back fondly on those who put themselves in that role while it existed. Colton Orr was one of those players who did it while wearing the blue and white, and today, he announced his retirement from the game.

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