May 13 2015 10:36AM
It seems like all we've been talking about lately at TLN is the Leafs' General Manager/Head Coach search and the 2015 Entry Draft. After all, the actual Leafs roster is slightly (very) embarrassing and we'd rather just not talk about it at all.
But hey, July 1st and a new wave of free agents are on their way. And while we all largely agree that building teams through free agency is a pretty awful way of going about it, that doesn't mean Toronto's management group shouldn't be very active.
That doesn't mean that the Leafs should be in on the big names. They could very well be, but it's not like this team really wants to actively get better so soon. The rebuilding process will be long, and this team isn't anywhere near the point where they're adding a top six winger or a top four defender to put themselves over the hump. No, Toronto will more likely be active in other ways.
Last year, the Leafs made a couple moves in free agency, like signing Mike Santorelli, Daniel Winnik, and David Booth. No, none of them were big name acquisitions, but Toronto made off like bandits when they flipped both Santorelli and Winnik for draft picks at the trade deadline.
May 11 2015 07:54PM
Bylsma, you ready? Good, 'cause you're up next in our series of very real and not at all fake coaching resumes.
May 10 2015 05:13PM
Last week, Corey Pronman released his Top 100 Draft Prospects. We wrote about it here, taking a look at who Pronman ranked in the ranges that the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to pick. This week, The Hockey News released their Top 100 Draft Prospects list, so here we go again.
One of the reasons why it made sense to do this style of article again for THN's Top 100 is that there was so little overlap between THN and Pronman (besides the the fourth overall pick candidates, of course). We'll be talking about (almost) entirely different players today than we did last week.
More past the jump.
May 06 2015 01:02PM
As a Leafs fan, I'm not all that much into playoff hockey. I just can't get interested in something that, you know, doesn't involve me. Personally, I'm more of a draft guy, and that's why I get so excited when ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman drops Top 100 knowledge on us all.
Yesterday, Pronman released his list of the Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft [Warning: Paywall]. Year in and year out, it's fantastically detailed and interesting.
While this isn't a mock draft, it's still interesting to see which players are ranked in and around where the Leafs will pick. Currently without a second round pick, Toronto is set to select four times in the first 100 picks, with the fourth overall pick, Nashville's first round pick (that will sit somewhere between 22nd and 24th overall), the 65th pick, and 95th pick.
Let's take a closer look at who Pronman has ranked in those ranges...
May 01 2015 05:11PM
It's not often that one of the most well-respected coaches in professional hockey becomes a free agent, but here we are.
Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and he's now free to leave the organization and sign on with pretty much anyone he'd like. A Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold winner, Babcock will have the luxury of picking and choosing the right situation for him and his family; likely one where he'll be able to continue his winning ways rather quickly. A lot of people think that'll be Edmonton, which is kind of hilarious, but the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are also looking for a bench boss. And hey, so are the Leafs.
They aren't necessarily on the cusp of success, but Toronto has the deepest pockets in the league and can also offer Babcock something he likely won't get elsewhere - control over the roster. While the Leafs might be a good fit for Babcock though, is he really the right guy for the Leafs?
Our TLN Roundtable has their say in the matter below...