June 30 2015 08:18AM
Ken Holland has a problem. He’s been waking up in the night with cold sweats, invisible bugs are crawling on him constantly that he has to scratch, and at least 20 seconds of every minute he’s thinking about where he’s gonna get his next fix. Ken Holland has a Mike Babcock addiction. Unfortunately for him, it’s become an expensive addition to have, especially if you want pure Mike Babcock, the market is limited and Toronto isn’t selling any of their good stuff. This has left the Red Wings in search of a new supply, and they’ve found the next best thing.
June 29 2015 04:30PM
The say the answer to the headline is almost always no, and in this situation we’ll clear that up immediately, and say that’s correct. The answer is no. Of course, this is assuming the conventional approach, where the Leafs go and throw too much money at a player who has impossible expectations attached to them and will receive more money than God for the next seven years. Yeah, we don’t need another Clarkson, Komisarek, Blake, Finger, or (insert the name of one of the other many of other players this applies to).
That being said, there are two interesting options that make me reconsider completely sitting out the opening of free agency.
June 29 2015 03:37PM
Both Nazem Kadri and Richard Panik have earned qualifying offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, meaning they don't become unrestricted free agents on July 1st.
This is, for the most part, a very good thing.
June 29 2015 01:07PM
I’m not one for sitting around and watching the second day of the draft, since it’s A) often difficult to follow and B) typically falls on a beautiful Saturday in late June, so I am admittedly late to weigh in on anything draft related. Amongst the numerous picks that now give the illusion of the Leafs having a stocked cupboard of prospects, was a beautiful trade where Toronto picked up a 6’4, 23 year old puck moving defenseman for a half eaten Power Bar and a stick of juicy fruit (actually Brad Ross and a 4th round pick, but the value is similar). Marincin comes to Toronto as a RFA, so along with Bernier, Kadri, and Panik, he’ll be one of the few internal contracts the Leafs will need to immediately deal with. And as The Leafs Nation’s resident Edmonton expert, I’m going to attempt to assess what that cost might be.
June 29 2015 12:10PM
Teams have until noon EST on Tuesday, June 30th to initiate the buyout process for any players they plan to pay not to play - meaning that teams have one more day to place any buyout candidates on unconditional waivers.
Neither the Nashville Predators nor the Buffalo Sabres waited for tomorrow.
Cody Hodgson is on unconditional waivers and will have his contract bought out. Since he's under 26, it will cost $6.333M over eight years.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 29, 2015