July 03 2016 07:20AM
I also cannot say that I am too impressed with the Leafs 2016 draft class. They passed on a few high-quality players and selected overage players that may not have the highest ceilings. And yes, I am still bitter that they passed on Vitali Abramov. Twice, even!
Another thing I question is the Frederik Andersen trade. The move reflects a win-now mindset- one of the first of it's kind in the Leafs organization left a lot of people wondering where the Leafs are headed next season.
I know I am not an optimist. After the last few years, can you blame me? The moves made under the leadership of Brendan Shanahan had me optimistic and excited about the future. However, these past few weeks have made me begin to question what the heck the Leafs are thinking.
July 02 2016 07:11PM
The Leafs only made two signings but they're two pretty unexpected and controversial ones. Lots of Leafs Nation seems pretty pissed off. Let me take a role I usually don't: The voice of reason.
July 02 2016 03:11PM
I can't believe I'm typing this, but this afternoon it was announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed (re-signed?) unrestricted free agent defenseman Roman Polak.
July 02 2016 12:25PM
This afternoon, Boston Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont gave us a quote to update us on what Jimmy Vesey is thinking lately:
Jimmy Vesey: ‘’I’m still going to go to free agency and explore all my options.''— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) July 2, 2016
It seems that Vesey is all over the place this summer. Having first committed to leaving Nashville, then seemingly committed to joining Boston, and then being traded to Buffalo, many are uncertain as to where he'll land.
July 02 2016 09:22AM
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Since the exodus of Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis a little over a year ago, Brendan Shanahan's "Shanaplan" has had sky-high approval ratings. Many shrewd and cautious moves that immediately followed gave a lot of reason to continue that, but after a stretch of moves that are hard to strongly identify as good or bad, you can't help but wonder if it's time to start shedding away the justifications and benefits of the doubts, and start approaching their process with more intrigue.