The Steve Dangle Podcast - Aug 2, 2016, Kristina Rutherford

Steve Dangle
August 02 2016 05:51PM

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On this episode, Sportsnet writer Kristina Rutherford joined the podcast to tell some of her incredible stories about Phil Kessel, John Scott, Jaromir Jagr, J.A. Happ, Jose Canseco, and much more!

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July Deep Dive: An imperfect, but acceptable month

Jeff Veillette
August 02 2016 04:15PM

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I don't think this was the summer that many people expected. Some expected massive, foundation-shaking moves, while others expected radio silence. What we got was somewhere in between, and it left a lot of questions to be asked. But looking strictly at July, how did the Leafs do?

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You can now buy the new Leafs jerseys

Jeff Veillette
August 02 2016 09:53AM

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Let the great rise of hockey-related revenue begin! The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially put their 2016/17 home and away jerseys on sale on their RealSports Apparel website, giving fans their first chance to wear the faux-back logo in the way that the players will on the ice. Here are a few things to note about the whole thing.

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Somebody might have broken Mats Sundin('s statue)

Jeff Veillette
August 01 2016 03:32PM

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It's August 1st, and outside of us looking at salary data and calling it a borderline captastrophe (I'll see myself out), there isn't exactly really a lot to talk about today. I wouldn't blame you if, instead of surfing the internet, you went outside and explored the world, or at least played Pokemon or something.

Friend of the blog Avry Lewis-McDougall did just that, cruising by the Air Canada Centre and noticed something... what the hell happened to Mats Sundin?

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Toronto's Dicey Salary Cap Situation: The Limits of the Bonus Cushion

DragLikePull
August 01 2016 03:11PM

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It's pretty evident that the Leafs are in a very tight situation in regard to the NHL's salary cap at the moment.  As of the time I'm writing this, General Fanager has the Leafs at just $55,916 in cap space.  CapFriendly, which uses a slightly different list of players, has the Leafs with a little bit more room: $435,000.  Since the Leafs still need to sign a back-up goalie, that's obviously not a great place to be in.  But both cap sites are actually over-estimating how much space the Leafs have left, and that's because of the way that rookie bonuses work.

A couple of days ago Jeff Veillette listed all of the possible bonuses that the Leafs might have to pay out over the next couple of seasons.  There are 15 players under contract to the Leafs who have the potential to hit performance bonuses next season.  However, many of them will play few or even no minutes for Toronto in 2016-17, so we don't need to take account of all of them.  But if we add up all of the players who are likely to make the opening night roster, the potential damage from bonuses is still pretty large.

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