What's New, Leafs? A Pussycat. Whoa Whoa Whoaaaa.

July 03 2016 04:25PM

#tbt Tempelton at the Mem Cup 😂😂

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Noted cat enthusiast Kerby Rychel joins the Toronto Maple Leafs to bring things to the table. Here’s the thing - I know very little of him other than I had been following him on Instagram just so I could look at pictures of his cat Templeton. And that says A LOT because so much of my life is spent trying to care about my friend’s cats.

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Why A Matt Martin Buyout Will Never Happen

Shawn Reis
July 03 2016 10:01AM

With the Leafs signing fourth-liner Matt Martin to a contract worth $10 million, there's been lots of talk already about how the Leafs will probably regret that contract in the future. By extension, there's been lots of talk about how the Leafs might eventually get out from under that contract.

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12 things to consider about the Matt Martin signing

Jeff Veillette
July 03 2016 08:42AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off their offseason earlier this weekend by signing a Sarnia Sting legend, born in Ontario, and represented by Newport Sports to a multi-year contract. No, it wasn't Steven Stamkos, but ex-New York Islanders winger Matt Martin. This signing has polarized the community a bit, so let's take in some of the positives, negatives, and in-betweens.

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Do the Leafs recent decisions reflect the clubs' overall mentality?

Jess Pincente
July 03 2016 07:20AM

Things were so good for a while. Yesterday, the Leafs signed Roman Polak.  Yes, it is only a one-year deal, and he's a "good guy to have in the dressing room".  Whatever.  I cannot say that I am too impressed with that signing.  I cannot say that I am too impressed with the signing of Matt Martin, either.  His contract is not awful, but I find that deal somewhat hard to justify.

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.  

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Steve Dangle
July 02 2016 07:11PM

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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.

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