WWYDW: Blockbuster Trades

Shawn Reis
June 08 2016 10:26AM

There's no more than three games left in another long and grueling NHL season, and it all might end as soon as tomorrow night.  With the off-season fast approaching, things are about to get real crazy real fast.  There's the NHL Awards, the buyout window, the draft, free agency...

And taking part during all of that will be lots of trade discussions between NHL GMs behind closed doors.

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Building A Champion Part 2: Evaluating The Big Three

Dom Luszczyszyn
June 08 2016 07:00AM

The first step to building a Stanley Cup champion is establishing a core. We’ve done that already in the first part of this series.

To recap quickly, there’s seven key pieces on almost every Cup contender that make up the core: an elite number one centre, an elite winger, an elite d-man, a very good second centre, a strong fourth forward, a solid goalie, and a capable second d-man.

On the Leafs, these are the likely candidates for those spots going forward:

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jun 7, 2016 - Crying Jordan Sharks

Steve Dangle
June 07 2016 06:46PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about the Penguins being on the verge of a this, Phil Kessel and the Conn Smythe, Ariel Helwani, and more!

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#AfterAuston: Analyzing the 2016 Entry Draft Goalie Class

Ryan Hobart
June 07 2016 01:57PM

This draft season brings a lot of questions for the Maple Leafs. With 12 draft selections at their disposal currently, and the potential to add more, there are a plethora of options for them at this draft.

It's widely noted that one of the organization's biggest areas of weakness is goaltending, both in terms of roster positions and in prospect depth. Our own Ryan Fancey wrote this piece on Carter Hart last week, and I thought it would be best to go a little deeper into the potential goaltender draftees. Scouring the CHL, Europe, Russia, and College hockey leagues, I've come up with several names that the Leafs might look at to bolster their prospect depth at goaltender.

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#AfterAuston: Brett Howden

Jess Pincente
June 07 2016 10:00AM

Toronto's prospect pool has become quite impressive over the past few years.  With names like William Nylander and Mitch Marner comes great excitement, and the excitement will continue this year with the drafting of a young, franchise player.  And no, I'm not talking about you, Patrick Laine (hence the #AfterAuston hashtag).

Though hockey fans typically enjoy forwards of the flashier variety, for pure entertainment sake, two-way and defensive-minded forwards are crucial to the successful functioning of a good team.  

In our next #AfterAuston profile, we will examine a player whose skill set, size and style of play allows him to do exactly that. Today, we will be profiling Brett Howden, centre for the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors.

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