September 28 2015 02:30PM
Well, I hate to do this to you, but this is really the only time that I'm going to see you again in a face-to-face setting. Well, technically, we're words on each other's keyboards, but roll with me.
You might be asking why this is the last time we'll "see" each other. There's always next game, right? Well, unfortunately, you just didn't give it 110% out there in scrimmages. You aren't getting pucks in deep during the games. You can't even blame others; if you were getting any more of the bounces, we'd send you to the Raptors.
You have been cut. Do not pass go. Do not head to the Marlies. Do not ask me why Mark Fraser is sitll here.
September 28 2015 12:42PM
It looks like the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be making his calls exclusively from home. According to a report from Toronto Sports Media, Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph will be commentating on Leafs road games from a local studio, rather than travelling with the team.
September 28 2015 10:47AM
In a matter of about 24 hours, the Leafs have done house-cleaning on all four of the players that were attending their training camp as Pro Tryouts. Early yesterday the Leafs released forwards Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi. Later on in the day, the team signed Brad Boyes, who was also in camp on a PTO, to a one-year deal worth $700k. Today the team cleared things up with its last remaining player on a PTO - former Leaf and Marlie Mark Fraser - releasing him from his tryout.
That said, this appears to be largely a technicality, as according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston the move was made because Fraser found work elsewhere. In other words, this was more-so Fraser wanting to be released from his PTO with the Leafs so that he could sign elsewhere. In this sense, the move seems largely mutual, as if the Leafs felt strongly about keeping him they likely would've pushed to sign him to a contract of their own.
September 28 2015 09:50AM
The Toronto Marlies begin traning camp today, and with that comes a roster of players, including a blend of both expected and new players. Here's who you'll see in camp over the coming days.
September 28 2015 09:29AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs knew that things would be different under highly esteemed bench boss Mike Babcock. After all, he was brought in on the highest salary to ever get paid to an NHL coach - a whopping $6.25 million per season - to try and fix the runaway train that the Leafs have become in the post-Pat Quinn era.
No one expects Babcock to be nice to the Leafs as he whips them back into shape. He's there to win a Stanley Cup, after all, not make friends and baby the players.
Well... he's meeting those 'tough love' expectations pretty well.