July 05 2013 01:45PM
When looking at the David Clarkson deal, I think it's important to take into consideration the contract length more than the salary cap hit or the quality of the player. The objective fact of the matter is that the Leafs paid too many years for a player past his prime and relatively unproven.
If you just looked at Clarkson's season on statistics website Behind the Net, you'll find a player that led the New Jersey Devils in Corsi, doing it with even competition and zone starts. If you look at the previous season, you'll find a player that was slightly above average in Corsi at +2.7 facing even competition and zone starts.
In both seasons, Clarkson's PDO is below 1000 and this is worth pointing out. Clarkson has scored 45 goals in the last two seasons. He is one of 50 players to score at least 40 goals the last two seasons, and he has done so taking 3.19 shots per game (15th of the 50) and hasn't needed a real huge shooting percentage to get it done. At just 11.0%, Clarkson is 44th in shooting percentage.
July 05 2013 11:25AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs went to free agency with four unrestricted free agents left unprotected, plus the two players that Toronto used compliance buy outs on. What happened to them early on?
It was surprising that Mike Komisarek, rather than perhaps the more highly-coveted Mikhail Grabovski or even Tyler Bozak, that signed the first deal of the six available Leafs. He got a year at $700k in Carolina, which is a risk-free redemption contract for a player that's already made his money.
Komisarek though, had trouble on the top pairing for Toronto's AHL club, but I can see why a team would be willing to give him a short term deal to see if there were any distractions in Toronto.
The second Leaf to sign though stings a little bit more. While Mike Komisarek will probably not come back to hurt the Maple Leafs, Clarke MacArthur playing in Ottawa certainly will. Though they felt the need to sign Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren to two-year deals, MacArthur never fit for some reason.
July 05 2013 10:46AM
Per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent Frazer McLaren. Mirtle reports the salary figure as $700,000 per season.
McLaren previously had a cap hit of $632,500, so he's receiving a slight and expected raise as an RFA. The Leafs claimed McLaren off of waivers from the San Jose Sharks in January of this year, deploying him in 35 games. He tallied just five points and racked up 102 penalty minutes, placing third in the NHL with 12 fights, per HockeyFights.com.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 05 2013 06:23AM
Mr. Nonis, I hope you're ready for what may be your defining moments in this city.
In just a few hours, the Toronto Maple Leafs join the rest of the National Hockey League in everybody's favourite off-ice hockey tradition; the beginning of Unrestricted Free Agency. This is, of course, a rather unique year, as the blue and white walk in with the second most available cap space in the league. As the seconds tick down, a few thoughts have crossed the minds of many. I have a few as well:
July 04 2013 10:11PM
Steve, Adam, and Chris scream for like 2 hours about the Mikhail Grabovski buyout, Seguin trade, Schneider trade, and the rest of the ongoing insanity that is the post lockout (AGAIN) National Hockey League. Enjoy, and make sure your headphones aren't cranked, or it may kill you.
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