September 28 2015 09:29AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs knew that things would be different under highly esteemed bench boss Mike Babcock. After all, he was brought in on the highest salary to ever get paid to an NHL coach - a whopping $6.25 million per season - to try and fix the runaway train that the Leafs have become in the post-Pat Quinn era.
No one expects Babcock to be nice to the Leafs as he whips them back into shape. He's there to win a Stanley Cup, after all, not make friends and baby the players.
Well... he's meeting those 'tough love' expectations pretty well.
September 28 2015 09:00AM
Sunday wrapped up with some exciting news. The Leafs cut Devin Setoguchi, and Curtis Glencross and returned Mitch Marner to the London Knights. The add to that, Brad Boyes has officially been made a Maple Leaf for the one time lost cost of $700k. The Leafs are now over halfway through their cuts to get down to the 23 man roster they require.
If all that isn't enough excitement for you, I finally get to take actual played hockey games into consideration when building these power rankings. That's pretty neat.
September 28 2015 07:00AM
September 27 2015 02:31PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hosted a low key reality show over the past couple of weeks called: "So you want to be flipped for a pick at the trade deadline?" The show wasn't that thrilling and the ratings weren't great, but it would appear that the club's search for a lucky depth forward to sign for the purpose of flipping at the deadline is over.
On Sunday the club elected not to give a rose to Devin Setoguchi and Curtis Glencross, both of whom were cut. The lucky recipient of a rose from Lou Lamoriello, then, is forward Brad Boyes, who, as first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs have signed to a one-year deal. The deal is worth $700k, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
September 27 2015 02:00PM
There are very, very few players on the planet that can replace Phil Kessel.
And no, P.A. Parenteau certainly isn't one of them.
That said, Parenteau isn't going to be asked to replace the 80~ points that Kessel put up. Parenteau, signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year, $1.5M deal this summer, will just need to help out in Toronto's top six and hopefully rediscover a little bit of that offensive pop that he showed off with the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in recent years. The end-goal? Play well enough to keep Toronto's young AHL core from having to move up to the NHL too soon, and hopefully play well enough to garner another asset at this year's trade deadline.