July 23 2015 10:02AM
It may be a bit premature to discuss how Lou Lamoriello will fit in with the current make up of the Leafs front office, but when random news like this comes down on a Thursday morning and seems so radically different from the direction the organization is going in, it seems like speculating wildly as soon as possible may be the best approach. After all it’s July, and we’re not going to see another hockey story this big for quite some time.
July 23 2015 08:21AM
This management group has been full of surprises, but I think they might have just dropped the biggest one on us yet. Lou Lamoriello has stepped down as the Devils' president after nearly three decades and joined the Maple Leafs as their new general manager. [He'd recently moved on from the GM chair in Jersey to make way for Ray Shero]
July 22 2015 06:34PM
As discovered by PPP a couple days back, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs made a pretty serious offer to the Columbus Blue Jackets that involved the fourth overall pick in the 2015 Draft.
In the '2015 CBJ Draft Table' video released by Jackets TV, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen mulled over an offer from the Leafs that would see the fourth overall pick swapped for the eighth, 34th, 38th and 58th.
July 22 2015 05:49PM
On July 22, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired good hockey people Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin and hired the inexperienced Kyle Dubas. Many bloggers and tweeters praised the move and said it was the beginning of a new era, and showed that Brendan Shanahan was thinking outside the box with the kind of people he was bringing in.
July 22 2015 04:17PM
J.J. Piccinich thrived with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL in his draft year, and the Toronto Maple Leafs noticed it. The club selected the Paramus, New Jersey native 103rd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, snagging the second-highest scoring skater on that year's Youngstown roster in the fourth round.
The plan, ideally, was for Piccinich to continue his development with the Boston University Terriers. He came on board during a miraculous turnaround year for the club, where the Division I school overcame a historically bad season to dominate the NCAA in their 2014-2015 campaign. The following year, Piccinich would then be joined by another of his Youngstown teammates, centre Maxim Letunov - but that's reportedly not going to happen anymore.
Numerous sources indicate BU 96 F JJ Piccinich (TOR 4th rd pick) will sign with OHL's London Knights this season. 6th rd OHL pick in '12— Over The Boards (@OTBPuckWatch) July 22, 2015