Friedman: "Serious offers... starting to come in" for Phil Kessel

Jon Steitzer
June 08 2015 10:51AM

When Elliotte Friedman talks Phil Kessel it's always worth a listen, and that's what happened Monday morning on Sportsnet 960 in Calgary (via Today's Slapshot). Elliotte reiterated his points from his 30 Thoughts and Saturday Headline comments on Kessel that Justin Fisher has previously summarized on TLN that things are beginning to heat up on the Kessel trade front.

“From what I understand teams are calling the Toronto Maple Leafs and asking ‘If we're serious about doing this, what is the price going to be?"

The new insight from Elliotte Friedman is after the jump.

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Jake Gardiner coveted by Avalanche?

Ryan Fancey
June 08 2015 09:47AM

Trying to pinpoint Jake Gardiner's value has been a tough task since he joined the Leafs four years ago, and how he's viewed as a trade chip both internally and externally is especially hard to speculate on. Because he's been seen as a bit of a wildcard among fans and media, he's also prone to being dropped into trade rumors often. 

The Avalanche are a team apparently looking to make some changes this offseason, and shoring up their blue line is, or at least should be, a priority. And now Gardiner's name is surfacing again.

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Marlies Hire Sheldon Keefe As Head Coach

Jeff Veillette
June 08 2015 08:03AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the hiring of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe, to take over the bench duties of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #9—ANTTI NIEMI

Lowetide
June 08 2015 08:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Antti Niemi is the most famous free-agent goalie available this summer and that should result in a big payday. NHL teams in need of a starter can look for a trade—and there are quality options available, reportedly in Ottawa and Vancouver—but adding free agent is merely a cap hit and that will have major appeal for many teams.

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Leafs Showing Interest in 2015 Draft Prospect Mikko Rantanen

Justin Fisher
June 07 2015 03:43PM

At this point, it appears as if the Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly "interested" in pretty much every projected first round prospect. 

According to a report in Finland's Ilta Sanomat, the Leafs invited draft eligible Mikko Rantanen to visit Toronto. More past the jump...

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