February 16 2015 06:51AM
There's an old saying, "GMs will make trades as soon as you've written your first draft of player power rankings for the week." That might not be a common saying, but I'm sure it will apply here next week as well. I will forgive the Leafs because it has brought us what we need most, an excuse to post hilarious Jokinen photos until he's inevitability dealt for a late round pick.
February 15 2015 02:01PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs believe that Brendan Leipsic, a 20-year-old winger that the club acquired from the Nashville Predators in the Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli trade, has the skill level and the competitive makeup to be an NHL player down the road.
"The only downside in terms of Brendan is his lack of size," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said during a conference call with media on Sunday. "But as we've seen in this game particularly over the last year or so is that smaller players are finding a way to play."
"He's got a lot of ability," Nonis continued in describing Leipsic's game later a bit later on during his media availability. He's got great sense around the net, he's a great passer, but more than that he's a very competitive guy. Some of the smaller stature guys need to have that edge."
Let's take a more in-depth look at Leipsic's track record.
February 15 2015 11:40AM
As you've probably already heard, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for a 2015 first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic and veteran forward Olli Jokinen.
While the trade deadline is still a couple weeks away, today's as good a day as any to make the first move in a "scorched earth" rebuild. And while it'd be irresponsible - nay, stupid - to discuss who won or who lost this trade this early, we certainly can discuss whether the Leafs got fair value back for their biggest trade deadline chip and, arguably, their second-biggest trade deadline chip.
February 15 2015 09:50AM
The Nashville Predators gambled on three undervalued centremen in free agency this summer: Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen and Mike Ribeiro. They struck gold with Ribeiro, and have since short sold on their other less, successful, short-term bets. David Poile, doing work.
On Sunday, the Predators sent Olli Jokinen's expiring contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Mike Santorelli, Cody Franson deal. Jokinen, 36, is only part of the trade to make the math work and he was reportedly not at all pleased to be leaving a cup contender south of the Mason-Dixon line to join a dysfunctional, rebuilding team in the heart of the polar vortex:
Let's just say Olli Jokinen was less than thrilled to hear he had been traded to the Leafs.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 15, 2015
Perhaps the veteran pivot shouldn't worry to much, because it would appear that the Maple Leafs will look to flip him, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Read on past the jump for more!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 15 2015 08:55AM
The first tree has burned to the ground in the scorched earth rebuild, with news that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen, and Nashville's 2015 1st round draft pick.