May 07 2015 08:22AM
Paul MacLean is one of the more interesting candidates for the head coaching job of the Maple Leafs. Not because of his coaching record, not because Bob McKenzie reported that the Leafs asked for permission to speak to him during the season, but because in a world of getting hired based on who you know, Paul MacLean knows the right people.
MacLean is the former of coach of Brendan Shanahan in Detroit, specifically MacLean worked with the forwards and closely with players like Shanahan. His son is the assistant coach of the Soo Greyhounds, having been hired by one Kyle Dubas. We can possibly assume that MacLean, Hunter, and Shanahan all had a beer together at some point or another if Blues Alumni get togethers are a thing, though they all narrowly missed playing together. If we find out Brandon Pridham does MacLean’s taxes, he might be the most connected person outside of this organization.
May 06 2015 01:02PM
As a Leafs fan, I'm not all that much into playoff hockey. I just can't get interested in something that, you know, doesn't involve me. Personally, I'm more of a draft guy, and that's why I get so excited when ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman drops Top 100 knowledge on us all.
Yesterday, Pronman released his list of the Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft [Warning: Paywall]. Year in and year out, it's fantastically detailed and interesting.
While this isn't a mock draft, it's still interesting to see which players are ranked in and around where the Leafs will pick. Currently without a second round pick, Toronto is set to select four times in the first 100 picks, with the fourth overall pick, Nashville's first round pick (that will sit somewhere between 22nd and 24th overall), the 65th pick, and 95th pick.
Let's take a closer look at who Pronman has ranked in those ranges...
May 06 2015 11:06AM
The Leafs have a couple of key vacancies in the Hockey Operations Department, and we here at TLN are committed to helping the Leafs fill those positions. To speed the process along we’ve asked that applicants CC when they forward their resumes to Brendan Shanahan. The first one we’ve received is from Mike Futa, who is applying on the General Manager position.
Futa is a strong candidate for this role in that he’s spent the past 20 years in progressively more significant roles in hockey. He’s quite new to even the right hand man role, but is coming from what is considered a very deep front office which produced Ron Hextall as a new GM last summer. Futa’s experience/inexperience makes him a strong candidate for the committee approach that Brendan Shanahan has been promoting as the new structure of the Leafs front office. His strong drafting record is his greatest strength as the Leafs prepare for the youth movement.
May 06 2015 08:14AM
It's becoming quite clear that Jeff Gorton will be an NHL general manager next season, we just don't know where. In an offseason that should see plenty of front office movement throughout the league, he's one guy who seems to be among the most sought-after, and for good reason.
The Rangers have been playoff regulars for a while now, contenders more recently, and Gorton is a big reason why, assisting 71-year-old president and GM Glen Sather with building this club and by many accounts doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Teams are already knocking at the door, Sather just isn't letting them in yet.
May 05 2015 07:39PM
When Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas had finished building their hockey analytics and research department this summer, those efforts were thoughtfully dubbed by Sportsnet's Gare Joyce as an effort to construct 'Los Alamos by the Lake'.
If you're building a high tech testing facility on the lakefront equivalent of a dusty mesa, you best be in the market for a suitable Bond villain. And as it turns out the Maple Leafs might be, according to TSN's Darren Dreger:
Leafs still looking at gm + coaching options. It's believed Tor contacted Guy Boucher. Boucher told TSN 1050 an NHL team had made contact.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 6, 2015
Guy Boucher is a name we haven't heard in a while. Does he make sense for the Maple Leafs?