May 25 2015 06:36PM
I know you all hate the idea of drafting goaltenders, but hey, too bad. It's about that time again.
For all the promise that both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer bring, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending depth is thin at best. There's certainly NHL talent at the top - two relatively young netminders that are worthy of a big league job - but after that things get real complicated.
Ideally, hockey teams have goaltending prospects in several different age brackets developing all at once, spread out among different leagues so as not to create a logjam. For example, this past season the Calgary Flames had Joni Ortio developing in the AHL, Jon Gillies in the NCAA, and Mason McDonald in the QMJHL. It's not always easy to stagger out your prospects in such a way, but it's important that each netminder gets a healthy amount of ice time and opportunity.
May 25 2015 12:38PM
Contrary to recent events, coaches aren't the only people in hockey that can get paid. The Toronto Maple Leafs displayed that this afternoon by signing forward Sam Carrick to a one-year contract.
May 25 2015 11:52AM
Welcome to the next wave of prospects we'll be discussing here at TLN. Earlier this month we looked at the Leafs' options at number four, but as management has pointed out a few times, they really want to hit a homerun on the 24th overall pick acquired from Nashville in order to ramp up this rebuild. Now we'll take a look at who might be around, or just within reach and perhaps worth a draft day deal to move up and select. Starting things off: Nick Merkley of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.
May 25 2015 09:52AM
All of that Mike Babcock stuff was fun, but the draft is just one month away and it's time to start turning some of our attention back towards the Leafs' picks, namely 4th and 24th overall. If ever there was an "age-old debate" for this draft, it would be the debate about who is better between Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome, two players very much on the Leafs' radar at 4. You probably already have some sort of idea in your head about who you would take between these two players. But let's try to look at the debate more closely and objectively to try and figure out once and for all who the better player is.
May 24 2015 07:07AM
During his introductory press conference, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told reporters that Toronto will once again become a prime destination for free agent talent. Well, that didn't take very long, did it?
Appearing on TSN 1050 yesterday evening, Nashville Predators defenceman Cody Franson told Bill Hayes and Dave McCarthy that he'd be very much interested in returning to Toronto.
"100%. I've always said that I loved it in Toronto - it's been reported that I grew up a Toronto fan a number of times and it's the truth. I enjoyed playing in that city and definitely I'm hopeful that Toronto's in the mix come July 1st. My phone will definitely be on and hoping they're one of the teams that calls."