No, It's a Bad Idea

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 27 2013 04:09PM

If you were on here yesterday, Steve wrote an article weighing the positives and negatives of a Cody Franson trade (which Darren Dreger suggests the Leafs are looking at due to a lack of cap space). His eventual conclusion was that there is the Leafs should probably give in and do it, because despite his talents, there's potential return. Plus, they don't appear to have much of a choice. On the other hand, I believe that this is a worse situation than it already appears to be, and whatever happens, it will be laced in regret. I present my argument in a shuffled version of the Five W's: 

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Get To Know: Orlando Solar Bears

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 25 2013 12:04AM

 

Lost in the moderately interesting stories of the past few days, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a new ECHL affiliate. The blue and white recently agreed to join the Minnesota Wild in usage of the Orlando Solar Bears for the players who don't make the cut with the Toronto Marlies. Let's talk a bit about who they are, and what this means.  

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Leafs Sign Paul Ranger

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 24 2013 10:34AM

  

As per Darren Dreger and Damien Cox, the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with Paul Ranger on a 1 year deal worth around 1 million dollars. A bit of an unexpected move considering the cap crunch, but a very shrewd one nonetheless. Read on: 

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Gunnarsigned: Three More Years

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 23 2013 01:08AM

 

The Leafs fan populace needed something new to talk about, and fast, as cycle three or four of "let's tear apart the July 5th transactions" was set to begin. Who would've thought that the new topic at hand would involve good news? Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carl Gunnarsson came to terms on a three year extension, set to pay an average of 3.15 million per year to the Swedish defender. 

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Monday Mailbag: July 22nd

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 22 2013 12:40PM

 

I've been messing with the idea of a mailbag on my personal blog for the past week or two, and it's gone pretty well. But I started to notice that the bulk of the questions, perhaps unsurprisingly, were about the Leafs. So, with that considered, I'm bringing that component here! At least for now. Depending on feedback, this will become a weekly thing.

Given our loss of depth forwards (MacArthur, Frattin, Komarov), do you think injuries will be a big concern next season? Who are our primary call ups at each position?

This is a solid question. The reality is, the Leafs put themselves in a very questionable salary cap situation with the moves that they've made to start July, especially if RFA contract negotiations go as expected. Going in with the assumption of no trades offloading salary (and yes, even more "depth"), any call ups would have to be able to fill the role, have a low NHL cap hit, and be waiver exempt / unlikely to be claimed so they could be sent back down when the player they're replacing returns from injury.

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