The Schedule Is Out

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 22 2014 04:06PM

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Remember when I mentioned the Rookie Tournament, Preseason, and Home Opener schedule yesterday? Well, guess what. The Leafs (along with the rest of the league) have jumped greatly ahead of their usual routine and released the full season schedule this afternoon. Here's what you need to know.

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Leafs Announce Various Schedules, Dates

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 21 2014 01:25PM

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Hockey season is over, and that's a real shame. But it seems like the Leafs and the National Hockey League know one thing, and its that the best way to keep you wanting more in times of drought is to give you something to look forward to. As such, we've had a bunch of scheduling info come out in the past couple of days. Here's what you need to know:

Rookie Tournament

First and foremost, some of the younger Leafs will be taking part in their usual pre-season rookie tournament, featuring prospects from the Senators, Penguins, and Blackhawks. Hosted at Budweiser Gardens in London, Toronto will play each team once; Chicago at 7PM on September 13th, Ottawa at 7PM on the 4th, and Pittsburgh at 2PM on the 16th. 

Admission is a relatively solid $85.50 for all six games, or $50.25 for just the three Leafs matchups.

Preseason

After that, the regular players will find their way into the mix as management decides who they want on the roster in 2014/15. The older bunch will actually come to to the kids to start, playing against the Philadelphia Flyers on the 22nd (7PM), before heading back to the ACC for a rematch the following day at 7:30 PM.

The set up for the 24th is pretty interesting. The Leafs and Senators will actually play two games at once (7:30 PM); one in Toronto, and one in Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre. The team will get two days off before starting a home and home against the Sabres, heading to Buffalo on the 26th and back home on the 28th (both games 7PM).

Last, but not least, a more spread out pair of games against the Detroit Red Wings. The teams start off at Joe Louis Arena on the 29th, but get a few days off before concluding their preseasons at the Air Canada Centre on October 3rd. Both of these games are at 7:30.

Personally, I'm most curious to see who the second head coach is for the split-squad against the Senators.

Home Opener

Just hitting the wires now, the Leafs will open up their season at the Air Canada Centre, taking on the Montreal Canadiens. This, of course, is of no surprise - that's usually the opening home matchup. It'll be interesting to see how many players amongst the two teams are back from last year's opener. This game takes place on Wednesday, October 8th, the first day of the season. No time has been announced, but odds are it'll be a 7:30 start, as most Leafs games with fancy ceremonies are.

As well, the Leafs will be taking part in the Home Opener for the New York Rangers, which happens on October 12th.

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Leafs Re-Sign Brandon Kozun

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 20 2014 03:06PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed forward Brandon Kozun to a one year contract. It's a two-way deal, that sees him earn $550,000 if he is up with the Leafs.

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Leafs Looking To Retain Franson?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 19 2014 08:56PM

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Though many have assumed him to be on the chopping block, TSN's Darren Dreger reported this morning that the Toronto Maple Leafs are keen on re-signing defenceman Cody Franson.

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Bonuses Drive Leafs Over 13/14 Cap

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 18 2014 06:20PM

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A little late to the punch on this one, but it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs have gotten themselves in a little bit of Salary Cap trouble. According to James Mirtle via Capgeek, entry-level performance bonuses to Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly have the Leafs $475,000 above league max, which will be slashed from next year's available space.

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