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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May 18 2015 11:46AM
A few days ago, TLN Jon Steitzer wrote about the idea of the Leafs trading down from their current draft positions of 4th overall and 24th overall in order to stockpile more picks or assets. For a team that doesn't have a whole lot going on in their prospect pool besides William Nylander, that's not a half bad idea.
But what about going the other way? What about trading up in the draft?
Yes, it would require the Leafs to deal assets they might not want to, and yes, the memory of trading up for Tyler Biggs is still fresh in our minds. Still, let's not pretend that trading up is a guaranteed bad move. It's an option that the Leafs need to consider, because good organizations consider all angles and explore all opportunities.