June 21 2015 10:41AM
Elliotte Friedman released this week's edition of Thirty Thoughts on Sunday morning and there were a few interesting Leafs tidbits - mainly regarding their front office operations, and of course, the potential upcoming Kessel trade.
June 20 2015 02:34PM
Jonathan Bernier sent the hockey community into a somewhat-warranted tailspin (at least in Toronto, which is the centre of all things anyway) when his wife posted a picture of their baby son on Instagram with the Leafs logos on his shirt altered out of the picture.
The whole story suggested that she and Bernier knew something about his impending contract that the rest of the hockey world didn't -- and while it may be that their son is going to be on Hockey Wives in the onesie (meaning the logo would need to be cropped out) or that he's going to get dealt, it's also entirely likely that the family just didn't want to announce ahead of the club that the Toronto Maple Leafs had elected to go to salary arbitration with the 26 year old netminder.
Bernier has been a source of controversy among Leafs fans, analysts, and media personnel for what seems like forever -- so this is hardly a shock. What can we expect from it, though?
June 20 2015 09:42AM
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It’s easy to make fun of the Leafs draft record over the past decade, largely because the team hasn’t been very good. We’ve had two general managers that have sold a bill of goods regarding size and character and prioritized getting to know the player’s family over getting to know how fast he can skate or how hard is shot is. While Burke, Nonis, Fletcher, and Ferguson are easy targets for ridicule, they did actually manage to unearth some late round gems in their drafts, something that Ferguson was particularly good at. While the GMs or possibly Dave Morrison might get a lot of the credit for these picks, the high number of Europeans that panned out certainly points to Thommie Bergman being a big part of the success.
While the Leafs certainly had a number of late round gems prior to the Ferguson era (hello Markov, Berezin, and Borschevsky), we’re going to limit this list to the 30 team, seven draft era when highlighting The Top Five Leafs Draft Gems.
June 19 2015 02:22PM
Alright, hands up if you had Greg McKegg as the first trade domino to fall this off-season! No one?
No but seriously, the Leafs have made their first trade of the summer, and I can pretty much guarantee it won't be their last. Today the team announced they have traded prospect Greg McKegg to the Florida Panthers in exchange for prospect Zach Hyman and a conditional 2017 7th-round pick.
June 19 2015 12:13PM
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Welcome to TLN's 2015 Mock Draft - surely the best mock draft on the internet. Last week, five of our writers came up with our consensus Top 30 Draft Prospects in this month's NHL Draft. This week, those same five wannabe GMs took over the draft tables of the entire league, and called the shots as they saw fit.
The rules were simple: Ryan won our draft lottery, so he would pick first. Jon would follow, then Bobby, myself and Shawn. After five picks we'd run through the order again, each of us taking control of the team that happened to be picking at the time. We then had to give a brief explanation as to why we drafted who we drafted, and we suspect that Jon did a lot of copy/pasting.
You're going to love our mock draft below. You're also probably going to hate it at times as well. Either way, let us know how right and/or wrong we are in the comments below.
And without further delay, the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock...