Why the KHL is the right choice for Vladimir Bobylev to make his next step

Jeff Veillette
July 11 2016 01:21PM

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Earlier this morning, HC Spartak Moscow announced their latest addition to a rapidly changing roster. To the surprise of many Leafs fans, that addition was Vladimir Bobylev, who was just drafted 122nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs three weeks ago. The 19-year-old signed a two-year contract with the KHL team with a two-way clause to give salary flexibility if he were to be sent down to the VHL, Russia's second tier.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: July 11th

Jeff Veillette
July 11 2016 08:57AM

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EVERYTHING IS BAD. FIRE EVERYBODY. QUITE FRANKLY THE LEAFS HAVE GONE TERRIBLY WRONG IF THEY DON'T MAKE AN OFFERSHEET FOR THE MOON, WHICH HAS GREAT ORBIT ADJUSTED CORSI. THIS IS ALL MATT MARTIN'S FAULT.

*snaps out of it*

Hey, there's some stuff in this mailbag...

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The end of a Long Weekend at Bernies

Jeff Veillette
July 10 2016 02:00PM

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There was always something interesting about the Jonathan Bernier era in Toronto. It started off with a move that was simultaneously unnecessary yet reasonable at the time, and it ended with the same. Bernier probably could have stuck around for a little while longer, and might have even boosted his own trade value as a sheltered backup. But outside of the world of statistical probability, his time had likely come. 

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9 Potential Backup Goalies the Leafs could Sign or Call Up Next Year

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 02:38PM

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It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have a goaltending debate once again. Jonathan Bernier is heading back to California to be the 863rd player in NHL history to wear both a Leafs and Ducks jersey in his career (don't fact check that), which leaves the Leafs with $4.1 million more cap space and a bunch of questions regarding the backup role.

After giving up a first and a second round pick for Frederik Andersen, let's assume the Leafs don't feel like selling the farm for a backup. If that's the case, what options are available on the market for the low asset cost of zero?

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Leafs trade Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim for Conditional Pick

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 10:07AM

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The Ducks giveth, and the Ducks taketh away. Just weeks after the Leafs acquired new starting goaltender Frederik Andersen from Anaheim, they've moved former starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Orange County team in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

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