In rejoining organization, Findlay and Watling add flexiblity and stability to minor league depth charts

Jeff Veillette
July 27 2016 04:35PM

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Thanks to many of us distracted by the Leafs' big-league signings over the course of the past few days, a couple of smaller deals were agreed upon yesterday without the much fanfare. Brett Findlay signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Marlies, while Patrick Watling agreed to terms with the Orlando Solar Bears.

While neither of these players is likely to ever really make a jump up to the show, it's still not a bad idea for the team to bring the two back for another year.

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Potential new names, similar expectations for Leafs goaltenders

Ryan Fancey
July 27 2016 11:52AM

It's no secret the Leafs have established a nice stable of prospects over the last couple years, and those key pieces like Matthews, Nylander, and Marner are at the front of all the hype around this rebuild, as they should be. But Toronto is also wading through the process of turning over the old names from the Burke & Nonis Show, and as such have now started to put together a new supporting cast to go along with these blue chippers.

There are still a few more names yet to be booted from roster, but in just the last four months Lou and company have turned over their NHL goaltender scene completely. Out are Reimer and Bernier, with Freddie Andersen now taking the reigns as the team's number one, along with strong speculation of Jhonas Enroth coming aboard. If this is the way things shake out - with Andersen and Enroth being the actual tandem - are the Leafs truly going to be better off in the crease? Or is this simply about getting some fresh names in there, an example of a front office bringing in "their guys" for the sake of it?

When we take a glance at the numbers, it appears the latter is true. Well, sort of.

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WWYDW: Marty's Future

Jeff Veillette
July 27 2016 09:20AM

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The Leafs are almost at the end of the long and winding RFA road, and they couldn't be doing a better job of it. While there are still some salary cap hurdles ahead of them this year, all seven of the players they've locked back in since April have signed for below market value, or at it but very close to the minimum. They've even avoided both their arbitration meetings this week with Peter Holland and Frank Corrado, minimizing the odds of any animosity between the player and management.

But there is still one player left, and that's Martin Marincin. The polarizing defensive defenceman has his hearing on August 2nd (next Tuesday), and we still don't know much about it. So for this edition of WWYDW, let's play a guessing game!

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jul 26, 2016 - Faizal Khamisa

Steve Dangle
July 26 2016 10:21PM

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On this episode, Sportsnet's Faizal Khamisa joins the podcast to share his incredible story of survival, ascendance in sports broadcasting, a little Jays talk, and the idea of heels and heels in hockey in all sports.

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John Tavares on signing with the Leafs: "I would not count on that"

Jeff Veillette
July 26 2016 02:48PM

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After the Leafs failed to secure Steven Stamkos away from the Tampa Bay Lightning, many heads turned to the next homegrown superstar to hit the market in John Tavares. The theoretical 2018 Free Agent would certainly make any team significantly better, including the Maple Leafs, but there has never been the same level of smoke to the homecoming rumours as there were for Stamkos.

A little over a week ago, I wrote about keeping expectations low. Today, it looks like the man himself wants you to feel the same way. Tavares was on the Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN today and stressed that his hope was to stay with the Islanders long-term.

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