February 26 2017 01:46PM
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On the night of February 25th, 2015, I sat in the corner of the Wheat Sheaf at Bathurst and King, talking to hockey friends, desperately trying to brainstorm ways to get David Clarkson's contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs off the books.
The best I could come up with was creating a branding partnership with a KHL team, and seeing him pull an Ilya Kovalchuk and coincidentally signing with that team. It was blatantly obvious and probably something that would piss off the NHL, but it was the closest the Leafs were going to get to getting rid of his deal with five and a half years remaining on it. I ended up just giving up on the brainstorm session and went back to my beer.
The next afternoon, David Clarkson was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, blowing the collective mind of the hockey world.
February 26 2017 11:05AM
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On Saturday Night Headlines, Nick Kypreos reported that the Leafs are inquiring about Brendan Smith and Riley Sheahan.
A number of pieces have already been written, including several by myself, analyzing the state of the Leafs' fourth line centre situation. Here, here, here, and here. One might suggest that all that can be said has been said (I definitely plan to leave it be after this unless an acquisition is made). And, other than the new factor of the pursuit of Riley Sheahan, that certainly seems true. So this piece will focus entirely on the value of Sheahan himself and the Leafs' apparent pursuit thereof.
February 26 2017 10:39AM
Just a Leafs fan and a deer.
February 25 2017 08:41PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the 'Hockey Talks!' mental health awareness night in collaboration with CAMHS tonight. They also hosted the Montreal Canadiens. With two Auston Matthews goals, the Leafs took the lead, lost it, and tied it up again.... But ultimately, it was the Habs who came away with the W.
February 25 2017 07:17PM
Tonight was the last Hockey Night in Canada broadcast before Wednesday's trade deadline, so there's no surprise the rumours were being tossed around plenty in the weekly Saturday Headlines segment with Friedman and Kypreos, two of Sportsnet's "insiders" when it comes to this stuff.
There wasn't much to be shared that hasn't been before, but there is some news to pass along about the Leafs and how they might look to add depth before the deadline passes. According to Kypreos, it looks as though the lines are open with the Red Wings to potentially make that happen.