February 16 2015 11:48AM
The buzzards are beginning to circle...
According to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, the Florida Panthers might be looking to add some significant firepower to their roster in the form of one Philip J. Kessel.
From the man himself...
Panthers are interested in Kessel but aren't going to give up young stud #flapanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) February 16, 2015
This is, uh, well... pretty obvious? I'm pretty certain that 29 teams in the NHL are interested in acquiring Kessel, one of the league's premier goal scorers, if they can do so without giving up any of their "young studs". That being said, at least we can now identify at least one team with a level of certainty.
What the Franson, Santorelli trade tells us about how the Maple Leafs will approach the trade deadline
February 16 2015 09:35AM
It seems possible that by the March 2nd NHL trade deadline 'the Big Smoke' will refer not to the city in which the Toronto Maple Leafs are located, but to the foggy, suffocating mixture of airborne solids and gases emitted by the much anticipated Maple Leafs fire sale.
With Sunday's trade of Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson, the Toronto Maple Leafs have begun to cash in their most expendable assets. That much is clear. What remains to be seen is whether this deal is the first ember that will inevitably spark a complete combustion of the flawed core constructed by Brian Burke and Dave Nonis over the past five years.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 16 2015 08:39AM
No matter what happened, Petter Granberg and Brandon Kozun's next games were going to be at the Air Canada Centre. After all, the Toronto Marlies play a special family day game there this afternoon against Binghamton. But thanks to a pair of call ups, their jerseys will have a Leafs logo on the chest instead.
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.