July 06 2015 07:46AM
Watching the Maple Leafs next season is likely going to be a grind. The team should be vastly improved defensively under Mike Babcock, but the personnel just isn't there to finish, and things now appear particularly bleak with Phil Kessel shipped out of town.
The way things look now, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Leafs push the puck in the right direction more than they have these last few years - Arcobello, Parenteau, and the return of Winnik should help there - but they'll be on the wrong end of some frustrating losses with such little star-power. If they want to take a stab at replacing some of Kessel's offense, however, there is one free agent out there who's still looking for a new home.
July 05 2015 03:40PM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports
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 05 2015 10:10AM
At 28 years old, Clune has really been around the block in the pro hockey world. He's made stops in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL since 2007, playing for Iowa, Idaho, Manchester, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Milwaukee.
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.
More past the jump...
July 03 2015 01:27PM
On this episode, Philly Cheeseman going to the Penmans, signings, and silliness.