Friedman's Comments on Justin Johnson Contract Bring Up Intriguing Concept

Cat Silverman
October 27 2015 11:38AM

Elliotte Friedman starts every one of his 30 Thoughts articles with a heavy, in-depth lede. 

His actual 30 thoughts are usually anywhere from a sentence to a small paragraph, but the heavy lede goes into depth about something thought-provoking. The topic ranges from trades to coaches, salaries to women's hockey - but this time, the topic was a salary breakdown not at the NHL level, but in the AHL. 

The Toronto Marlies have a player under contract this year by the name of Justin Johnson - and his contract, according to Friedman, could be a minor league game changer. 

*read Elliotte Friedman's full 30 Thoughts Here*

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LFR9 - Game 8 - Dog Days - Ari 4, Tor 3

Steve Dangle
October 27 2015 08:39AM

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The Leafs lost again but no more of this sunshine and rainbows stuff. The team wasn't good enough and that's why they lost. That and Max Domi is great.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Post-Game: Welcome To Your Domi Years

Cat Silverman
October 26 2015 08:32PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to lose another game, this time the Arizona Coyotes. 

Those guys were supposed to be bad, right? 

Right?

RIGHT???

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Why the Maple Leafs should let Morgan Rielly work through his shorthanded struggles

Thomas Drance
October 26 2015 04:15PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has always appeared cool, calm and collected when he's handling the puck. The skilled 21-year-old hasn't hit 30 points in a full season yet in his career, but that will come. His plus skating ability and high end offensive awareness is plain to see, and in the offensive end of the rink he's already a top-of-the-roster quality blue-line piece.

In past seasons where Rielly has been less effective - and feel free to stop me if you've heard this one about an NHL defenseman in their very early 20s before - is on the defensive side of the puck. While that would appear to be changing rapidly at even-strength, the Maple Leafs have thrust Rielly into a key role when they're down a man and the early results have been far from pretty.

Even so, the Maple Leafs should give Rielly the rope he needs to work through his early season issues in shorthanded situations.

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Deadline Rental Players Off to a Slow Start

Jon Steitzer
October 26 2015 04:00PM

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Roman Polak, James Reimer, Brad Boyes, Mark Arcobello, P.A. Parenteau, Nick Spaling, Michael Grabner, Richard Panik, T.J. Brennan, and Shawn Matthias, these are the players many of us assumed would supply the Leafs with enough draft picks to make sure the only person making selections in the mid rounds of the 2016 draft would be Tim Hunter.

It’s still a very early seven games into the 2015-16, and it’s safe to say that none of these players are exactly making a case for joining a contending team by March 2nd, and what once looked like a promising stockpile of 2nd-4th round picks, are beginning to look like potentially late round picks to at least make sure at least some return is acquired for these players.

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