TLN Monday Mailbag: June 20th

Jeff Veillette
June 20 2016 06:05PM


So, uhh... another lazy Monday? I can't believe the Leafs didn't make any moves at all. There is absolutely nothing to talk about today. Oh well. We'll just have to settle for what's in this mailbag over here.


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Leafs acquire Frederik Andersen from Ducks, signed to 5 year deal

Jeff Veillette
June 20 2016 03:22PM

Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SPORTS

The Toronto Maple Leafs have bolstered themselves in net today, acquiring Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for two draft picks, including this year's 30th overall pick.

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Leafs announce both home openers for 2016-17 season

Ryan Fancey
June 20 2016 12:01PM

The NHL schedule for the 2016-17 season will be released in full tomorrow afternoon, but today there's been a trickling out of teams announcing their home opening dates. And if you're finally somewhat sick of the annual Leafs-Habs game to kick things off, you're in luck.

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9 Potentially Undervalued Free Agents The Leafs Could Target

June 20 2016 07:29AM

One area where the Leafs have been very successful over the past two seasons is in signing undervalued veterans to short-term contracts, then trading them for draft picks or prospects at the trade deadline.  For a team that badly needed to stock the cupboard with some prospects, it was a smart way to go about building future value off the back of short-term investments.  Toronto is still firmly in rebuild mode, having finished last in the NHL this season, so they may decide to go that route again, building up value and then moving players at the deadline for futures.

But even if they aren't looking to flip veterans at the deadline any more, finding players who are under-priced by the market is still an important tactic for teams to pursue in a league with a hard salary cap like the NHL has.  In a sense, the NHL has become an efficiency competition, so adding players who provide value on-ice above what they're being paid is wise for contenders and rebuilding teams alike.

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Timmins, the Leafs, my dad, and Fan Origins

Jeff Veillette
June 19 2016 02:02PM


"Why are you here?" I love reading and hearing people's stories about what dragged them into this awful disaster we call fandom. Why they picked the sport, why they picked their team. Many of us, more so than just about any fanbase for the sport on this planet, got dragged into years of misery with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

I owe my youthful biases, and possibly a lot of what my life has been, to a generational shift triggered by a construction boot 49 years ago.

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