October 01 2012 04:21PM
The big news from today is obviously the Cody Franson signing, but these stories from both James Mirtle and Terry Koshan indicate that I was a bit quick in jumping the gun suggesting that Franson wouldn't be able to return to the Leafs for a lockout-shortened season.
“We would have two hurdles to clear — the lockout first and the Leafs would have to sign him,” Franson’s agent, Gerry Johannson, said on Monday afternoon.
“If those two things happen, he can return.” [Toronto Sun]
October 01 2012 12:36PM
Another puzzle piece could be out of the mix for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Cody Franson, the 25-year old defenceman with three years of NHL experience, has jettisoned and signed with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Elite League for the full 2012-13 season, the club announced Monday afternoon.
The SEL doesn't necessarily want lockout-protected contracts, and the full-season contract is indicative of something or other. Franson went, of course, un-signed by the Maple Leafs this past summer as a restricted free agent coming off a 2-year contract worth $800K per season. Presumably, he was looking for a sizeable raise, that the Leafs didn't necessarily want to give to him.
September 30 2012 10:21PM
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here: The Toronto Maple Leafs are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!
The Leafs completed their four-game sweep of the Seattle Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final to take home hockey's ultimate prize. Leafs GM Brian Burke had this to say about finally ending Toronto's drought:
September 30 2012 10:42AM
Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0
Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it's own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL'er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier's return to the NHL, and more after the jump.
September 29 2012 03:21PM
Congratulations to Paul Ranger for ranking number 1 overall in @torontomarlies fitness tests. Impressive on so many levels.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) September 29, 2012
No, I don't particularly know what this means, anything other than Paul Ranger spent the majority of his time off from hockey getting jacked.
Whatever happened for Ranger when he was off from hockey, or why he left, is elementary at this point, but it's the sort of story that a storytelling media will eat up—Ranger is a Good Ontario Boy™ with roots in the GTHL and has even coached in his hometown Whitby. His departure from the NHL was strange, and mainly because he was really, really good.