March 05 2016 01:48PM
It's going to be a very different looking Battle of Ontario this evening, with Dion Phaneuf returning to Toronto for the first time since being traded to Ottawa nearly a month ago. And while I'm very excited/blessed to be watching William Nylander and all the other youngsters playing in the NHL, I'm most excited to see which Leaf will challenge Phaneuf to a fight. I'm assuming it's going to be one of the newer Leafs, so my money is on... hmmm... Colin Greening? Yeah. Colin Greening.
March 01 2016 10:36AM
The trade deadline has come and gone, and while Toronto wasn't at all active on deadline day they still accomplished a tremendous amount of work in the months leading up to it. In total, 12 bodies and one draft pick were moved out by the Leafs and 11 bodies (three of them prospects) and six draft picks came back the other way.
Was it a great effort by Toronto's front office? Absolutely, but we know that not all trades are made equal. Which was your favourite? Which did you hate? Let us know below...
February 29 2016 02:33PM
Lou Lamoriello has zero chill, and says Toronto will buy out Jared Cowen's contract this offseason.
Sometimes post-deadline press conferences can be pretty dry, especially after making exactly zero deals on deadline day, but Lamoriello casually made the announcement just an hour after the cut-off. First, Lamoriello explained that acquiring Cowen was a necessity in order to facilitate the Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, and then he dropped the hammer...
"We have talked to Jared. With his situation and with one year left, and with his cap hit, he will not be playing another game this year. Our intention is to buy him out on July 1st."
Damn. That's just ice cold. Forget the Leafs, Cowen won't even be suiting up for the Marlies. Toronto wants to avoid him getting injured at all costs.
February 29 2016 02:09PM
Well, this was unexpected. Despite having a number of assets expected to move, the Maple Leafs failed to complete any sort of trade before the 3:00 pm deadline. That means pending free agent P.A. Parenteau and demoted defender Jared Cowen are still in Toronto.
February 29 2016 07:43AM
Who's ready to freak out with me? According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Toronto's top prospect could make his NHL debut tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Damien [Cox] mentioned on Saturday night that we could be seeing William Nylander in the Toronto lineup soon, and there are some rumblings that it could be tonight," Friedman revealed while sitting on Sportsnet's trade breakers panel.
UPDATE! IT'S BIGGER THAN THAT.