July 06 2015 12:40PM
I’ve had the privilege of being too busy over the past few days to have the opportunity to witness the constant outrage over the Kessel trade on twitter and various other places online. Part of me hoped that all the dirt kicking would stop, but childish articles from Steve Simmons seemed to pour more gas on the fire. (Note: Why the hell does anyone still read or care about Simmons?)
Anyways, I thought I’d weigh in with my very simplistic view on why I support the Kessel trade, and believe it had to happen now, and why it’s time to move past it. (Fun Fact: You can still like Phil Kessel on the Penguins. I like Malkin, he plays on the Penguins. I hate the team, but he’s sure nice. I think I’ll do the same with Phil.)
July 06 2015 08:16AM
After taking the weekend off the Leafs definitely don't have a case of the Mondays, and got back to work early signing Shawn Matthias.
#Leafs announce they have signed forward Shawn Matthias to a one-year contract.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) July 6, 2015
Shawn Matthias gets a $2.3M, one-year deal from #leafs.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 6, 2015
The GTA-ing of the Leafs continues as the 27 year old Mississaugan has signed a one year deal with Toronto.
July 06 2015 07:46AM
Watching the Maple Leafs next season is likely going to be a grind. The team should be vastly improved defensively under Mike Babcock, but the personnel just isn't there to finish, and things now appear particularly bleak with Phil Kessel shipped out of town.
The way things look now, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Leafs push the puck in the right direction more than they have these last few years - Arcobello, Parenteau, and the return of Winnik should help there - but they'll be on the wrong end of some frustrating losses with such little star-power. If they want to take a stab at replacing some of Kessel's offense, however, there is one free agent out there who's still looking for a new home.
July 05 2015 03:40PM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports
The Dream is back!
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed restricted free agent Nazem Kadri to a new one-year contract. According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the 24-year old centre will make $4.1M next season, which works out to be a cool million dollar raise over last year.
July 05 2015 10:10AM
At 28 years old, Clune has really been around the block in the pro hockey world. He's made stops in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL since 2007, playing for Iowa, Idaho, Manchester, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Milwaukee.