Kessel Negotiations Won Before Even Finished

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 30 2013 09:43PM

So, as you're probably well aware of (if you arent..), Phil Kessel is closing in on an extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs before tomorrow's opening night puck drop. The speculation is that he'll take in and around $8 million per year over 8 years, locking him up until he's 34 years old. People are debating whether this is the right choice.

What? This is crazy. If he's asking for $8.5 million right now, the Leafs would win these negotiations without even negotiating. Anything now is gravy. 

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Mistakes and New Beginnings

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 29 2013 04:39PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs made the decision to cut ties with centre Joe Colborne last night, sending him to the Calgary Flames for a fourth round draft pick in the 2014 entry draft. I'm sure you've all heard that by now; we had a post about it right after it happened courtesy of Justin Fisher. I wasn't home to give a significant opinion about it, which may have been for the best, really; my initial response could be politely summarized as "are you kidding me?".

Fast forward to today, and my conclusion it was an unfortnately sensible move that was forced by mistakes, that will benefit Colborne most of all. 

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Leafs Lose To 5-2 To Detroit

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 27 2013 11:13PM

 

The Leafs played game nine of their ten game preseason tonight. As such, we saw a close to full roster - one that was missing Phil Kessel to suspension, and Fraser McLaren to injury, but was essentially what we'll see on opening night. The final game will feature a duller roster, to say the least; a final look at players who's fates are unknown, and ability to rest. In the meantime, this was maybe the first real look at the 2013/14 Toronto Maple Leafs.

...but it wasn't a particularly good one. Chalk it up to jitters, lack of chemistry, small sample sizes, whatever you want, but the Detroit Red Wings walked away with a convincing 5-2 victory. 

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Cody Franson Signs 1-Year Deal

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 26 2013 07:01AM

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs may have started the offseason's cap management in a way that makes one want to pull their hair out, but appear to have come through in the eleventh hour, signing Cody Franson to a 1 Year, 2 Million dollar contract.

Odds are, if you agree with this site even occasionally, you're doing cartwheels at your desk right now, but let's break this down a bit anyway. 

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Tyler Biggs Scores Awesome Goal In Marlies Practice

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 24 2013 05:51PM

Another day, another practice at Toronto Marlies training camp. The roster is now at 17 skaters, and drills have become more team-based instead of individual as they near a pair of preseason games against Hamilton (what an original opponent!). Particularly interesting, personally, was the spin around faceoff drills, but I'll talk about that and include lots of pics in another post.

What you need to see, though? This goal from Tyler Biggs, scored as a few players goofed around after the scheduled end of practice: 

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