September 05 2013 07:38AM
The guys talk about all the Leafs' current issue (and there are many), Sean Avery, and Steve has a 5-way conversation with himself. Oh, and we're selling t-shirts now (click here to buy one)...OH, and we're giving away an XBOX 360 and you need to listen to have a chance to win it.
September 04 2013 03:02PM
-A sampling of favourited tweets from Mr. Kadri
I really didn't want to write another post about Nazem Kadri. I feel like my opinion is out there, that I think the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is doing the right thing by forcing the hand of Kadri a bit. Thanks to a couple of "leaks" from reporters David Alter and Bob MacKenzie, the public seems to believe that Kadri asked for an unreasonable amount of money and an unreasonable term. Kadri fired back at Alter last month (covered here by Steve) and at MacKenzie last night.
It's a negotiation tactic, of course. I don't know what Kadri thinks he's worth, and I don't know how his agent is negotiating the deal, but anchoring is a common tactic. It's conceivable to think that Kadri told his agent "I want 5, but I'll accept 4," and his agent opened with 6 in an attempt to anchor the Leafs to a high number and let them work it down. There are a multitude of scenarios that could have arisen that don't involve either the Leafs or Kadri lying to the press.
September 04 2013 06:41AM
September 03 2013 01:02PM
I incorrectly stated back in July that Cody Franson would be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, which potentially explains why Franson didn't opt for arbitration this summer. There is a chance that Franson would have earned above the $3.5-million threshold, had the Maple Leafs walk away from it, and become a free agent this summer, but signing a one-year deal doesn't make sense for Franson, since there's a chance he's stuck in this very same process next summer.
A player gets to unrestricted free agency by playing either seven NHL seasons, ten professional seasons, or gets to age 27 by June 30. Franson won't be 27 until August 8, 2014, so he's stuck for another year as a restricted free agent if he signs a one-year deal.
A few Leafs executives and players said things today and there's a lot of white noise (more Nazem Kadri posturing—my take is here), but after the jump I'll highlight a couple of tweets from TSN's two insiders about Franson which are pretty interesting.
September 03 2013 11:12AM
via Oshawa Generals
When Milan Lucic was 16, he was cut by the Junior A Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. By 19, Milan Lucic was in the National Hockey League and producing regularly.
This is how we get to Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, in the Leafs prospect countdown, and look at the Maple Leafs' attempt to re-create Lucic, Tyler Biggs, a player they drafted with their first pick of the 2011 draft and has become a polarizing player indeed.