Leafs Trade Nothing For Nobody

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2014 01:35PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a big splash today, trading nobody to no team in particular for the rights to absolutely nothing. Nothing, a 0th round pick in the 0000 NHL Entry Draft, has been praised as a "no mistakes, sneaky" player, and while he offers no offensive presence, will never come back to haunt his team.

No, seriously. The deadline has passed, and the Leafs have made no trades.

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LIVEBLOG: Trade Deadline Day

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2014 07:29AM

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The National Hockey League's trade deadline is approaching. Not in a few weeks, or days. We're talking hours. It's time for teams to decide whether they're serious about making the next step towards the greatest trophy in all of sports, or perhaps parachute out of the season.

This year's deadline is particularly interesting. The salary cap's limited increase last year puts the league at a level where much it's teams are lacking room to work with, meaning some serious creativity will be required to make a lot of moves work. Lots of teams have found themselves surprise buyers or sellers. Also, for whatever reason, no goalie is safe.

As for the Leafs, none of us are really sure what they're going do today. I don't even think Dave Nonis knows. We do know that 1.2 million dollars were freed this week by waiving Frazer McLaren and Trevor Smith, and that in a perfect world, a number one centre and number two defenceman would be heading to Toronto today.

This is a live blog of the day's events, coming to you from the Mastercard Centre of Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke. Updates are in newest-to-oldest order, with the most recent just under this line.

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Coincidence, or Contingency Plan?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 04 2014 12:16PM

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After yesterday's loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets, there was maybe one thing that everybody could agree on; James Reimer had a very solid outing. In his first start since January 25th, Reimer made 30 saves on 32 shots, and neither goal against was particularly "weak". It was a start that the 1B of the Leafs' Goaltending Operation absolutely needed to have for the sake of getting more opportunities to play.

But what if I said that those opportunities could come from another team? What if I said the organization has, maybe unintentionally, a setup in place that has them prepared in case of a goalie trade tomorrow? It's a crazy thought, but run with me here.

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Leafs Postgame: Columbust

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 03 2014 08:02PM

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This team does know that the Olympic Break is over, right? I mean, the first line is still chugging away as if they never missed a beat (because they didn't) but the Leafs entered tonight having lost their first two games since returning. The opening twenty and final five minutes displayed a team that looked ready to snap the trend. The rest of the game displayed something that was worse than the opposite, which lead to a 2-1 loss.

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Frazer McLaren Placed on Waivers

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 03 2014 10:40AM

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As per TSN's Bob McKenzie, Toronto Maple Leafs winger/enforcer Frazer McLaren has been placed on waivers. The 26 year old Winnipeg native has no points and 72 penalty minutes (6 fights) in 26 games played this season.

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