February 29 2016 02:33PM
Lou Lamoriello has zero chill, and says Toronto will buy out Jared Cowen's contract this offseason.
Sometimes post-deadline press conferences can be pretty dry, especially after making exactly zero deals on deadline day, but Lamoriello casually made the announcement just an hour after the cut-off. First, Lamoriello explained that acquiring Cowen was a necessity in order to facilitate the Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, and then he dropped the hammer...
"We have talked to Jared. With his situation and with one year left, and with his cap hit, he will not be playing another game this year. Our intention is to buy him out on July 1st."
Damn. That's just ice cold. Forget the Leafs, Cowen won't even be suiting up for the Marlies. Toronto wants to avoid him getting injured at all costs.
February 29 2016 02:09PM
Well, this was unexpected. Despite having a number of assets expected to move, the Maple Leafs failed to complete any sort of trade before the 3:00 pm deadline. That means pending free agent P.A. Parenteau and demoted defender Jared Cowen are still in Toronto.
February 29 2016 08:40AM
As of last night it seemed like defenseman are going to be a major focus as we approach today's 3pm Trade Deadline. The two bigger names that seem sure to be moved are Kris Russell and Dan Hamhuis. Both have expiring contracts and both are playing on teams that are looking to sell off as many assets as possible. With playoff teams like Tampa Bay, Dallas, Florida and Boston all said to be interested in strengthening their back-end, there will be teams that may be pursuing one or both of Hamhuis and Russell that will be left out when the trades go down. That brings up the idea of Matt Hunwick being a very interesting.
February 29 2016 07:43AM
Who's ready to freak out with me? According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Toronto's top prospect could make his NHL debut tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Damien [Cox] mentioned on Saturday night that we could be seeing William Nylander in the Toronto lineup soon, and there are some rumblings that it could be tonight," Friedman revealed while sitting on Sportsnet's trade breakers panel.
UPDATE! IT'S BIGGER THAN THAT.
February 29 2016 06:50AM
Good morning TLNers! It's the biggest trade day on the NHL calendar, and while Toronto has already completed a number of deals (Dion Phaneuf, James Reimer, Daniel Winnik, Roman Polak, Shawn Matthias, Nick Spaling... holy hell, that's a lot of trades), there's still a couple expected to drop today. Hell, Toronto might be the most active team in the NHL today even after their busy February.
Here are all the latest rumours surrounding the team, and what we expect to go down before the 3:00pm trade deadline...