June 25 2013 09:50AM
With Dallas Eakins leaving the Toronto Marlies to join the Edmonton Oilers, it's created a vacancy in the Leafs' organization and so far, few details have emerged on how the team plans to fill it.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. Affiliates tend to take a while to name head coaches. Eakins, for instance, wasn't named head coach of the Marlies until August 4 2009. Since the roster ends up being—in a perfect world—an extension of the NHL roster, you don't need to know who the coach is headed into the offseason.
A Toronto Star journalist (in keeping with editorial policy at the Nations, we will link to his story) who is generally plugged into the Leafs organization has a theory on who the new coach of the Marlies will be.
June 25 2013 08:51AM
With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, we're going to take a few minutes to profile not one of the draft eligible players, but the man who's running the show for the Leafs - Dave Morrison.
An old hand from the John Ferguson Jr. era, Morrison was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting in 2006.
In 2013, it's fair to say that Morrison's first few shots at the draft were successful, despite lacking a number of early round picks. How successful? Read on...
June 24 2013 03:05PM
Steve and Adam sneak into the studio after midnight to record a super late (or early podcast), talking about the big Jonathan Bernier trade to the Leafs, and Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
June 24 2013 01:21PM
I generally try to avoid these types of posts, but it seems like a lot of the hockey world is talking about the amount of movement that should start tomorrow if the Chicago Blackhawks are able to close out the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight.
Dave Nonis said yesterday that he expects to make more moves prior to free agency opening on July 5. As long as Nonis is looking to add his pieces via trades rather than free agency, he's on the right path. There are a couple of good buys in the UFA and RFA markets, but adding your best pieces in free agency is one of the best ways to get hamstrung with a bad salary cap situation. Given how many teams have to work to get under the cap, there are going to be lots of players available on the trade market and in buyouts, and the Leafs are in a decent cap position, even with $3.425M going to Colton Orr, Darcy Tucker, Colby Armstrong and the salaries of Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin, so they can buy during this window.
I disagree fundamentally with the traits in hockey players that Nonis values, but at least he's looking to add to his team during the right window. There's that? Apparently, Dion Phaneuf is in play.
June 24 2013 11:30AM
There are still a lot more moves for the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer, but I'm wondering if any will be met with the polarized reaction of the Jonathan Bernier trade. My initial reaction was the same as Emily's. The Maple Leafs have been looking for a goaltender for years and years, and they finally had one come up through the system that was good enough to take the team to the playoffs and all of a sudden he's no longer good enough?
Troubling to me is that Dave Nonis has been pulling strings on a Bernier trade all season and decided now was the time to do it. Nothing he saw during last season convinced him that James Reimer was a goaltender who deserved at least a shot at a starting job during an 82-game season.