June 30 2016 03:08PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced their roster for this summer's development camp, expected to take place between July 4th and 9th at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto and Gale Centre Arena in Niagara Falls. It's a gigantic, 41 player roster, so let's break this down bit by bit.
Stamkos speaks: Lightning captain discusses leaving money on the table, loyalty and sleepless nights considering Toronto homecoming
June 30 2016 12:26PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning centreman Steve Stamkos addressed the media on Thursday following his decision on Wednesday to prematurely end any speculation and re-sign with the club that drafted and developed him for eight years.
Stamkos, the NHL's single best sniper, declined to discuss specifics about his meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs or any other teams. He told the media that he realizes he left money on the table, but felt it was worth it to "follow his heart" and remain with a club that has a chance to win a Stanley Cup (or two) with the group that Steve Yzerman assembled. Stamkos also admitted that the thought of a hero's welcome in the six was a tantalizing prospect that kept him up at night.
June 30 2016 12:00PM
As everyone is obviously aware, the Stamkos Sweeptakes are over, and they ended in the most boring fashion possible. There won't be a bidding war, we won't be glued to Twitter like we were when Babcock was hired, none of that. It's no doubt a bit of a letdown for Leafs fans, but really nothing in the division has changed, so that's good. He didn't go to Detroit or Buffalo or Montreal, so no harm no foul really.
But Toronto still has to get ready for the free agency period, which gets rolling tomorrow. Like I mentioned here a couple days ago, it's difficult to imagine them going after any marquee names like Lucic, Eriksson, or whoever as a backup plan to Stamkos, but there are still some guys out there who can probably chip in and help in what will be another important development year for plenty of the roster.
June 30 2016 09:45AM
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Pittsburgh Penguins winger and Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel, formerly of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be hosting his day with the Stanley Cup in the city he still considers his second home, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
June 30 2016 09:01AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a gift and a curse right now, and that's the abundance of questionable, short term contracts remaining on their roster. Many of their veterans are getting paid more than their performance indicates they're worth, but those deals are also expiring in short order.
Jonathan Bernier is one of those players. The 27-year-old struggled for much of last year and appears to have been usurped by the dependable, slightly younger Frederik Andersen, and is now Toronto's $4.15 million backup goaltender for next year.
It's a sticky situation. But, if the Leafs wanted to rid themselves of it, they're in good position to do so starting tomorrow.