June 26 2015 03:15PM
After years of back and forth, the Toronto Maple Leafs have roared back from behind to win the Phil Kessel trade over the Boston Bruins.
As you might remember, former Leafs GM Brian Burke wasn't at all that fond of the long rebuild. That's why, in 2009, Burke sent a 2010 first round pick, a 2010 second round pick and another 2011 first round pick to the Boston Bruins for a 21-year old Phil Kessel.
At the time, it looked suspicious. Toronto didn't have any prospects of note, and could have really used those three picks. A year later, it looked even worse. The Leafs would finish second last that season, and the Bruins would draft an absolute stud in Tyler Seguin (and Jared Knight in the second round). Two years later, when Boston selected Dougie Hamilton with that other first round pick, well... Yeah, it was bad.
And today? Oh man... Not bad at all.
June 26 2015 06:32AM
For a while now, we haven't really talked about Erie Otters centre Dylan Strome.
That doesn't mean that Strome tumbled down the draft rankings, or that we at TLN soured on him... We actually stopped talking about him because it'd been suggested to us pretty strongly that the Arizona Coyotes were pretty much set on drafting him with the third overall pick.
We stopped talking about Strome in the same way we've never really talked about Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It was irrelevant.
That might be changing pretty quickly.
It certainly sounds like Arizona is leaning towards trading the No. 3 overall pick. Multiple teams interested, incl CBJ, WPG and perhaps BOS— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 26, 2015
Most of the teams interested in getting the No. 3 pick want it to draft a D, either Noah Hanifin or Ivan Provorov.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 26, 2015
June 25 2015 07:34PM
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This afternoon, Brendan Shanahan said something that made me very happy.
Shanahan wouldn't rule out moving up or down with 4th overall pick, but "Right now we’re expecting to pick fourth."— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 25, 2015
I've been told by a lot of different people lately that the Toronto Maple Leafs really like the Brandon Wheat Kings' Ivan Provorov. So much so in fact, that they might trade down a couple spots where they still believe they could get him, and pick up an additional asset. I'm not so sure that's a good idea.
June 24 2015 04:15PM
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Is everyone's favourite first line centre on his way out of town?
Asking price for Tyler Bozak appears to be a second round pick.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) June 24, 2015
This is a very, very interesting tweet on several levels. For one, apparently Toronto's front office has taken enough time away from the Phil Kessel/Dion Phaneuf trade efforts to actually set a price on Tyler Bozak. Also, I'm a little surprised that it's only a second round pick. Lastly, someone out there has to have a need for centre depth and a spare pick lying around, no?
June 24 2015 05:47AM
It's expected that the NHL Board of Governors will soon approve an overtime format change that will do away with the five minute four-on-four overtime period we know and love, and replace it with a single three-on-three overtime period.
The shootout, which we certainly know but do not love, will remain for now. With the new three-on-three format though, it's expected that more games will be decided without relying on mini-games.
With that, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will now need to build at least a few three-man units to prepare for the new format. The four-on-four format wasn't terribly interesting, as you would more often than not drop a winger from your top two lines and send them over the boards. In three-on-three, Babcock can get a little more creative.