July 10 2015 03:42PM
We're already ten days into free agency and, not totally unsurprisingly, there are a number of interesting and quality hockey players still without a contract.
Cody Franson, Christian Ehrhoff, Johnny Oduya... There's lots of decent defencemen still on the market, along with a number of options at forward like Alexander Semin, Jiri Tlusty, Curtis Glencross, Sean Bergenheim, Brad Boyes. The list goes on.
Should this impact the Leafs in any way, though? Should Toronto still be in the market for another free agent or two, despite already adding P.A. Parenteau, Shawn Matthias, Daniel Winnik, Mark Arcobello and Matt Hunwick? Would money be better spent elsewhere?
These are big questions with complex answers, so we called in our expert roundtable to set things straight...
July 05 2015 03:40PM
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The Dream is back!
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed restricted free agent Nazem Kadri to a new one-year contract. According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the 24-year old centre will make $4.1M next season, which works out to be a cool million dollar raise over last year.
July 04 2015 08:41AM
It was always important that in any Phil Kessel trade scenario, the Toronto Maple Leafs got back talented, high-end prospects and/or draft picks. When they finally pulled the trigger on Wednesday, a lot of fans were underwhelmed with the return. I was one of these people.
But really, I don't know what I was actually expecting. If Toronto wanted a first round pick, a top prospect, an additional 'B-level' piece and a roster player, they got it. The second round pick turned to a third round pick isn't ideal, but I can't bring myself to care that passionately about it. The salary retention - $1.2M each year for the next seven seasons - does sting, but I don't think it will actually hinder the Leafs in the long run. I think of it like nasty scratch on the hood of a nice car... it's ugly, but the car will run just fine.
One of the reasons a lot of folks weren't terribly impressed with the haul had to do with skepticism surrounding the core piece coming back - Kasperi Kapanen.
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July 02 2015 01:39PM
It's going to be a pretty big party this year, considering I can't remember the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs had this many solid prospects.
The Leafs have just announced their Prospect Camp details. Most importantly, the Camp will run from July 7th through 12th, and split its time between Toronto and Collingwood. It will feature a total of 57 players, 26 of them being non-affiliated camp invites. (That's insanity.)
July 01 2015 04:56PM
While not everyone is a huge fan of the Phil Kessel trade, I'm pretty sure everyone is pretty pleased with the Leafs' continued smart maneuvering on the free agent market - they've just signed Daniel Winnik to a two-year contract.
Winnik AAV in TOR is $2.25— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2015
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