July 01 2015 03:24PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a lot of big decisions on the first day of free agency.
They dealt away Phil Kessel for Kasperi Kapanen, a first round pick, and some other nifty things (basically fleecing Jim Rutherford if you don't count the departure of Tyler Biggs, I suppose).
They also re-upped Richard Panik for $975,000 (putting my rough estimate given yesterday pretty darned close to what he ended up receiving), adding Nick Spaling for some forward depth, and brought Matt Hunwick on for some defensive veteran experience.
The most important move of the day, though, was their one-year pickup of cultish fan favorite Mark Arcobello.
July 01 2015 02:40PM
Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan just met with the media at the Air Canada to discuss today's festivities... Here are the highlights...
July 01 2015 01:56PM
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The Leafs made as significant a trade as you could imagine today, shipping star winger Phil Kessel off to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a collection of draft picks and prospects. To be more specific, the two prospects the Leafs got in this trade are defenseman Scott Harrington and forward Kasperi Kapanen. You know what that means, right? It's time to break out our favorite new tool and see how these players fare using PCS% metrics, which measures a prospect's historical likelihood of reaching 200 NHL games played. Let's begin:
July 01 2015 01:31PM
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Ok, so not quite the same big news item that we're now accustomed to, but Richard Panik will be back with the Leafs next season.
Leafs re-sign Richard Panik, one year, $975k— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2015
Phil Kessel Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for Kapanen, Harrington, Spaling and Picks (UPDATED AGAIN)
July 01 2015 10:57AM
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There it is - the big one. According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a multi-player trade.
The full details...
Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and 2nd in 2016 for Kapanen, Harrington, Spaling, 1st and 3rd picks in 2016. TOR retains $1.25M/year.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2015
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