April 24 2015 11:53AM
The Leafs already did a pretty good job of flipping the majority of their unrestricted free agents for assets at the Trade Deadline, but there's still a number of players who will need new contracts before they take to the ice next season. Below, our TLN Roundtable discusses Toronto's current restricted free agents, and decides who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go.
Let's get this out of the way first, since it's obvious that Toronto shouldn't be letting Nazem Kadri or Jonathan Bernier go by way of free agency. Kadri is the kind of player the Leafs should be signing for four-plus years at as low a salary as they can, and I'm still not convinced it's time to give up on Bernier. That's not to say I wouldn't trade him and roll with James Reimer if the offer was right, but you can't simply let him walk. Both of the Leafs' big fish RFAs need to stay.
April 18 2015 06:19PM
Nine-point-five percent just couldn't cut it.
The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL Draft Lottery (ugh) and the opportunity to draft the crazy-talented Connor McDavid (this is ridiculous).
Toronto, on the other hand, will retain the fourth overall pick.
Don't sweat it too much, though - the Leafs will still be landing a top prospect in June.
Assuming that Jack Eichel (the consensus second-best prospect) won't fall on draft day, there's three players whose names have been closely tied to Toronto.
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April 15 2015 07:53PM
It's been just a year and a handful of days since Brendan Shanahan was introduced to a throng of media as the newest Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor. He faced the same throng again on Monday afternoon, explaining why he fired practically half of his staff a day before.
One would think that, due to the Leafs being terrible and the need to fire several senior hockey executives, Shanahan probably had a pretty bad season himself.
Not true. It was beautiful.
For once in Toronto's sad existence, someone had the foresight to say "this is crap" and "this crap is not working" and most importantly "this crap will not work ever."
It was a refreshing change of pace for Leafs fans, and lead to three events executed by Shanahan over this past season that unapologetically pushed this organization in the right direction.
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April 14 2015 09:46PM
The Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off tonight and I don't think I've ever seen a bracket more engaging or unpredictable. The first round matchups couldn't have turned out any better, providing us with enough narratives to give a mittenstringer a seizure.
April 14 2015 11:31AM
Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people, they should've given up on that in October!
In all seriousness even sad sack Toronto sports fans can get in on the playoff fun this year with the Nations Draft Playoff Pool. It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.
Read on for more details!