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July 01 2016 06:26AM

RoundUp

Stamkos says no to Leafs, Taylor Hall traded, Canucks get fined, Lucic isn't going home, Holland deserves praise for dumping Datsyuk contract, Flames almost pull off big trade, everything you need to know about free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Report: Maple Leafs unable to buy-out Jared Cowen in 1st buy-out window

Thomas Drance
June 30 2016 07:42PM

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For reasons that appear to be rather complicated, the Toronto Maple Leafs have not used a buyout on the contract of defenseman Jared Cowen, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:

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Report: Maple Leafs 'interested' in Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
June 30 2016 06:41PM

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Could the Toronto Maple Leafs, believed to be one of the more progressive and analytics-forward organizations in the National Hockey League, be considering an offer for Kris Russell - easily one of the most polarizing players of the BehindtheNet era? 

They're certainly interested, according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.

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How the Leafs have approached July 1 during the Shanaplan era so far

Thomas Drance
June 30 2016 06:04PM

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When the market opens tomorrow at noon Eastern Standard Time, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have the available salary cap space to be major players.

The Maple Leafs don't have many key restricted free agents to sign (none of Peter Holland, Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado, or Martin Marincin will command a big ticket). They have a couple of big contracts could be placed on LTIR once the season begins. Because of this, Toronto could responsibly spend as much as about $12 million on the free agent market. 

It seems unlikely that the Leafs will have any inclination to use all of that space, though, especially now that we know for sure that Steven Stamkos is staying put. As part of projecting what the Maple Leafs might do, though, perhaps it's worthwhile to look back at what the club has done on July 1 in the years since Brendan Shanahan became president. 

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Why the Leafs should be all over James Wisniewski

Jeff Veillette
June 30 2016 03:57PM

Sometimes, another team's loss can be your own gain. Today, the Carolina Hurricanes bought out James Wisniewski after an illustrious single-shift career, to ensure that their emerging young defensive corps can keep building together. This leaves the Leafs with perhaps the only non-Stamkos veteran worth seriously exploring this offseason.

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