WWYDW - Trading Down

Justin Fisher
April 29 2015 09:34AM

This week at TLN we've been profiling the most-likely candidates to be drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On Monday we talked about Boston College's Noah Hanifin, and yesterday we covered London's Mitch Marner. A little later today, we'll be posting our next entry in the series (pssst... it's Dylan Strome). 

Of course, it's certainly possible that the Leafs don't pick fourth overall. If the offer is right, Toronto could choose to trade down. And man, would that have to be a hell of an offer.

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The Case for Drafting Noah Hanifin

Justin Fisher
April 27 2015 01:33PM

Ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs were locked in with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the debate over who they should target has focused on a handful of players - Erie's Dylan Strome, London's Mitch Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. Also, there were a few who mentioned Lawson Crouse's name but they've since been silenced. Permanently.

This week, we'll be taking a closer look at each of these three players (plus a couple surprise dark horses that are not named Lawson Crouse). Today, we'll start with Hanifin, and focus on the three key reasons why he'd be a good fit for the Leafs.

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TLN Roundtable - Which Restricted Free Agents Would You Bring Back?

Justin Fisher
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.

Justin Fisher

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.

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Edmonton Oilers Win the Draft Lottery, Leafs Will Pick 4th

Justin Fisher
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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Brendan Shanahan had a Fantastic First Year

Justin Fisher
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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