Leafs win Jared Cowen dispute, locking in buyout

Jeff Veillette
December 07 2016 10:39AM

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The Leafs don't even hit the ice for another six or so hours, but they've already picked up their first win of the day. After months of concern and an arbitration hearing, it's finally been confirmed that their buyout of Jared Cowen was, indeed, legitimate and that he's off the books.

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Karri Ramo signs PTO with Toronto Marlies, Enroth Clears Waivers

Jeff Veillette
December 06 2016 10:21AM

It was only a matter of time before it happened. Karri Ramo, who has constantly been linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs' goalie situation throughout this year, has signed a Professional Tryout contract with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

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Analyzing Toronto's Game Score from November

Dom Luszczyszyn
December 06 2016 09:09AM

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After every month of hockey, it's good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That's my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October's here. (Apologies for the lateness here, Corsica didn't update right away after the month ended and then the weekend hit which is generally a content graveyard so here we are).

For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it's a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity and player value that I developed over the summer. It basically combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.

The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs November looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.

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Joseph Woll, Jeremy Bracco named to USA Preliminary Roster for WJCs

Jeff Veillette
December 05 2016 03:47PM

Prospect preferences are about to get much more patriotic in Toronto, as the World Juniors are just three weeks away from beginning, well, at the Air Canada Centre in the Centre of the Universe (TM). At the end of the day, though, most in this city want to see the Leafs' prospect succeed almost as much as Team Canada, even if it means they play for different countries.

Today, it was revealed that two recent draft picks might get the chance to do just that, as Jeremy Bracco and Joseph Woll have been named to Team USA's preliminary rosters.

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Kasperi Kapanen is ripping apart the AHL, so keep him there

Jeff Veillette
December 05 2016 03:12PM

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When we did our prospect rankings in August, I was significantly less bearish about Kasperi Kapanen than the rest of the staff. More specifically, I had him in my Top Five when I made my first draft of the team, sat down, realized that the draft was largely intuition, and started looking at every prospect's career trajectory.

It clicked to me at that point that as much as I loved watching Kapanen fly down the ice, and as much as I had heard the world be spoken of him before he came to the Leafs... he hadn't done a heck of a bunch.

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