Pittsburgh Should Trade Malkin to the Leafs? No. Stop it.

Justin Fisher
April 30 2015 05:48PM

A fun little piece ran in the Edmonton Journal earlier today, talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the apparent necessity for them to move Evgeni Malkin. Jim Matheson talked about several situations in which the Penguins could move their (other) star centre, and... wait, no. Stop. Don't drag the Leafs into this...

The Leafs need a first-line centre, too. Would they go Malkin for Phil Kessel and his $8 million salary and Tyler Bozak? Kessel could play with Crosby.

Ah, crap.

Alright, let's deal with this and quickly move past it, yeah?

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The Case for Drafting Dylan Strome

Justin Fisher
April 29 2015 04:46PM

Dylan Strome appears to be the guy that most Leafs fans want to draft this summer. As I wrote this article, the little poll that sits to the right of of this site told me that 58% of TLN readers preferred Strome to Mitch Marner or Noah Nanifin, which is not an insignificant amount of you.

What makes Strome really interesting is that, much like Hanifin, there's no telling if he'll even be available by the time Toronto's fourth overall pick comes up. It's widely believed that Arizona, the owner of the third overall pick, will likely take one of the two, with the Leafs most likely choosing between whoever's left over and Marner.

If Arizona does take Hanifin (or Marner, I guess), here's three very good reasons why the Leafs should be interested in nabbing Strome.

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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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