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.
May 18 2015 09:33PM
The Rimouski Oceanic have beaten the Quebec Remparts by a score of 2-1 in Game 7 to win the President's Cup, making Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier a QMJHL Champion.
Gauthier picked up one very, very important assist in the game, setting up Michael Joly's game winner in double overtime...
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May 18 2015 09:11PM
We've heard over and over again that it's a three-team race between the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the services of veteran coach Mike Babcock. As his decision nears, it looks like Toronto might be slipping out of contention.
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the total rebuild that Toronto is said to be going through this offseason (and beyond) may be too much of a hurdle for Babcock...
"I still think the two favourites, in no particular order, are Detroit and Buffalo. I could be wrong about Toronto, but I just think that they're at the bottom of their total restart and (Babcock) is not going to be patient enough to lose their for three or four years."
Friedman, obviously, is the man. That being said, I think it's too early to count the Leafs out. Each organization - Detroit, Buffalo and Toronto - offer a unique scenario for Babcock to ponder.
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