July 29 2016 01:49PM
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It's officially confirmed - literally nobody wants to sit in an arbitration room with Lou Lamoriello. Martin Marincin, the last remaining restricted free agent for the Leafs to sign this offseason has agreed to a two-year deal with the team.
July 29 2016 11:08AM
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Back on June 25th, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for California-born but Ontario-raised Kerby Rychel, acquiring him from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Scott Harrington, a player who had been with the organization for less than a year, plays in a position of abundance, and hadn't played since January thanks to an upper body injury.
It was seen as a steal for the Leafs, not just because they were picking up a younger, more talented prospect who wanted a change of scenery. The silver bullet was that he also Waiver and Expansion Draft exempt thanks to his first AHL season being a "slide year" created by a long-term OHL career. As it turns out, though, speculation about his expansion status was mistaken.
July 29 2016 07:00AM
Martin Marincin is the last remaining Toronto Maple Leaf with an arbitration hearing scheduled. Peter Holland and Frank Corrado both signed short-term contracts with the team shortly before their arbitration dates, while Marincin is set for Tuesday, August 2. Before Holland's hearing, I took a shot at guessing what his AAV might wind up being based on the contracts signed by players with similar statistics over the previous few seasons. Holland ended up signing well below my guess, but I think the general method is still sound (it's similar to how arbitrators make their decisions), so I'm going to make an attempt at estimating Marincin's next contract value in this post.
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July 29 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattews contract saga over nothing, how do the best NHL teams structure their salary cap, Trevor Linden speaks, Flames off-season report card, all signs point to Connor McDavid to be Oilers next Captain, Pacific division preview, size doesn't matter, Evander Kane, The Tragically Hip and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 28 2016 08:16AM
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Last night, we talked a bit about the Marlies bringing back Brett Findlay and having Patrick Watling on the Solar Bears, available for whenever they may be needed. After all, AHL teams need to have depth even more than their parent clubs do, with call-ups being just as much of a risk to their roster composition as injury.
Certainly, that problem is being solved and then some; by my present estimates, Toronto has enough forwards to dress more than eight lines, to go with nine defencemen and three goalies. Needless to say, until trades and injuries start hitting the top two clubs, the Solar Bears might have the best forward core the ECHL has seen in a while, but despite this massive crowd, I do see one issue at the middle-most level.