May 28 2015 07:12PM
It appears as if Toronto isn't done poaching coaches from the Detroit Red Wings.
It's believed Mike Babcock has reached out to Tony Granato about joining him with Leafs. DET also wants Granato back.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
Leafs have asked permission to speak to DET assistants Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer. Both likely to join Mike Babcock's staff.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
We already knew that Hiller and Brewer in particular were rumoured to be heading to Toronto, but I'm not sure I've heard any firm reports about the Leafs' (and Babcock's) interest in bringing in Granato until now.
May 27 2015 07:09PM
It's easy to pick a good hockey player with the fourth overall pick, but as swell guy Kyle Dubas has already told us, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to hit a home run with their 24th overall selection as well. Good teams pick good players when the good players are supposed to be all gone, and the idea is that the Leafs want to be a good team.
We at TLN have already begun prepping you with profiles of players that might be available to Toronto come pick #24 - here's Nick Merkley and Travis Konecny and Thomas Chabot. We'll continue to roll a lot more of these profiles out as the Draft nears, but that doesn't mean you guys have to sit quiet until then.
May 25 2015 06:36PM
I know you all hate the idea of drafting goaltenders, but hey, too bad. It's about that time again.
For all the promise that both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer bring, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending depth is thin at best. There's certainly NHL talent at the top - two relatively young netminders that are worthy of a big league job - but after that things get real complicated.
Ideally, hockey teams have goaltending prospects in several different age brackets developing all at once, spread out among different leagues so as not to create a logjam. For example, this past season the Calgary Flames had Joni Ortio developing in the AHL, Jon Gillies in the NCAA, and Mason McDonald in the QMJHL. It's not always easy to stagger out your prospects in such a way, but it's important that each netminder gets a healthy amount of ice time and opportunity.
May 24 2015 07:07AM
During his introductory press conference, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told reporters that Toronto will once again become a prime destination for free agent talent. Well, that didn't take very long, did it?
Appearing on TSN 1050 yesterday evening, Nashville Predators defenceman Cody Franson told Bill Hayes and Dave McCarthy that he'd be very much interested in returning to Toronto.
"100%. I've always said that I loved it in Toronto - it's been reported that I grew up a Toronto fan a number of times and it's the truth. I enjoyed playing in that city and definitely I'm hopeful that Toronto's in the mix come July 1st. My phone will definitely be on and hoping they're one of the teams that calls."
May 21 2015 08:44AM
The Ontario Hockey League won't have any general managers left by the time the Leafs are done with 'em.
Add Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito to list of new faces on #Leafs hockey dept team. Interesting to see in what capacity.— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 21, 2015
There you have it - the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone back to the OHL as the continue to fill out their front office staff. Jim Paliafito joined the Saginaw Spirit in May 2009 as the organization's head scout, then moved up to the Assistant General Manager's role a year later, and was promoted again as General Manager another year after.