Toronto Should Resist The Urge to Trade Down at the Draft

Justin Fisher
June 25 2015 07:34PM

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This afternoon, Brendan Shanahan said something that made me very happy.

That's nice.

I've been told by a lot of different people lately that the Toronto Maple Leafs really like the Brandon Wheat Kings' Ivan Provorov. So much so in fact, that they might trade down a couple spots where they still believe they could get him, and pick up an additional asset. I'm not so sure that's a good idea.

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Movers And Shakers - Leafs Set Price on Bozak

Justin Fisher
June 24 2015 04:15PM

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Is everyone's favourite first line centre on his way out of town?

This is a very, very interesting tweet on several levels. For one, apparently Toronto's front office has taken enough time away from the Phil Kessel/Dion Phaneuf trade efforts to actually set a price on Tyler Bozak. Also, I'm a little surprised that it's only a second round pick. Lastly, someone out there has to have a need for centre depth and a spare pick lying around, no?

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WWYDW - Three-On-Three OT

Justin Fisher
June 24 2015 05:47AM

It's expected that the NHL Board of Governors will soon approve an overtime format change that will do away with the five minute four-on-four overtime period we know and love, and replace it with a single three-on-three overtime period.

The shootout, which we certainly know but do not love, will remain for now. With the new three-on-three format though, it's expected that more games will be decided without relying on mini-games.

With that, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will now need to build at least a few three-man units to prepare for the new format. The four-on-four format wasn't terribly interesting, as you would more often than not drop a winger from your top two lines and send them over the boards. In three-on-three, Babcock can get a little more creative.

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TLN's Official 2015 Mock Draft

Justin Fisher
June 19 2015 12:13PM

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Welcome to TLN's 2015 Mock Draft - surely the best mock draft on the internet. Last week, five of our writers came up with our consensus Top 30 Draft Prospects in this month's NHL Draft. This week, those same five wannabe GMs took over the draft tables of the entire league, and called the shots as they saw fit. 

The rules were simple: Ryan won our draft lottery, so he would pick first. Jon would follow, then Bobby, myself and Shawn. After five picks we'd run through the order again, each of us taking control of the team that happened to be picking at the time. We then had to give a brief explanation as to why we drafted who we drafted, and we suspect that Jon did a lot of copy/pasting.

You're going to love our mock draft below. You're also probably going to hate it at times as well. Either way, let us know how right and/or wrong we are in the comments below.

And without further delay, the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock...

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Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf

Justin Fisher
June 17 2015 03:58PM

A couple weeks back we looked at the the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Toronto's top player, Phil Kessel. Today, we do the same for team captain Dion Phaneuf, who will almost certainly be shopped around the league as the Leafs look to strip down their roster, clear cap space, and rebuild through the draft.

In recent years, Dion seems to have lost a step, and our own Ryan Fancey discussed how quickly and dramatically Phaneuf could regress by the time his current contract is up. With a cap hit of $7M over the next six seasons, the Leafs would be better off moving on quickly. Phaneuf doesn't exactly help the rebuild, and you may as well try to get as much value out of him now as possible.

Click past the jump for the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf...

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