February 28 2015 07:42PM
Could Toronto's scorched earth approach to the upcoming NHL trade deadline include a Jonathan Bernier trade?
On Saturday night Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggested as much on the always-interesting Hockey Night in Canada Saturday Headlines segment:
"There's lots and lots to talk about with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As we expected, they could be the most active team in the National Hockey League. What's interesting is now they appear to be listening to offers for goaltender Jonathan Bernier... Now they're listening, so what that means we'll wait and see, but there are teams out there in the National Hockey league who might be interested in upgrading their goaltender. The San Jose Sharks have been talked about all season long. Dallas Stars, maybe, although they already went out and got Jhonas Enroth."
That's as interesting as it is perplexing. It also isn't the first time Cox has mentioned the possibility of Bernier being on the move, so this isn't necessarily coming out of left field.
February 27 2015 07:48AM
Are you happy with the deals so far?
Justin Fisher: I think the Leafs have done an excellent job so far leading up to the deadline, and that was before they miraculously managed to unload David Clarkson. I have nothing against the guy, but it's obvious he wasn't playing well here and that his contract was an unbelievably painful burden to a cap team like Toronto. They Leafs have added a first, second and fourth round pick as well as prospect Brendan Leipsic for three pending free agents. You can't really do much better than that.
Jon Steitzer: I am as happy as I can be by Leafs trades in the middle of a tear down. Clarkson is gone. The biggest mistake has been corrected, this is a beautiful thing. The Sekera return was much nicer than what Franson/Santorelli returned, but I'm still happy. As much as I'd love for the pick in the Winnik deal to be a 2015 2nd, I like next year's draft too. If I have a complaint it's that the Leafs retained salary on Winnik meaning they can only do one more salary retention deal this season.
February 26 2015 11:34AM
Welcome to the Zach Sill era, Toronto.
It will be defined by a lot of losses (no more than 22), a couple points, and a lot of penalty minutes.
It's a good time to be alive.
February 25 2015 08:42PM
Phil might want to start looking for a new roommate.
It looks as if the Leafs aren't quite done working the phones yet. Toronto has already shipped out their three most obvious trade pieces in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. And while we've heard some rumblings about the possibility of Roman Polak and Joffrey Lupul being dealt as well, TSN's Bob McKenzie is saying that the New York Rangers could be interested in acquiring Tyler Bozak.
NY Rangers have interest in Tyler Bozak, per @TSNBobMcKenzie . He said it won't be an easy deal to work out.— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) February 26, 2015
The above tweet from the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg is just about the best we can do right now. McKenzie's remarks were aired on NBCSN's NHL Live, and it doesn't look like a clip is available yet. We will update this post if one does surface.
February 25 2015 04:43PM
I don't know who's calling the shots In Toronto these days, but whoever it is should keep up the good work.
As you probably already know, the Leafs traded Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon in exchange for a 2016 second round pick, a 2015 fourth round pick, and depth forward Zach Sill. In relation to what other second line/third line tweeners have gotten recently, that's a pretty good haul.