Report: No New GM for Leafs by the Draft, Wings Open to Trading Top Pick, Mantha

Justin Fisher
June 13 2015 08:39PM

Here's a cold hard fact for you - Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox kill it on a weekly basis with their second intermission Saturday Headlines segment. This week, they didn't disappoint, sharing several interesting reports that directly impact your beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

Most notably, Cox reports that Toronto will not be bringing in a new GM in the next couple weeks...

There's going to be one team in two weeks at the NHL Draft without a general manager, and that's going to be the Toronto Maple Leafs. They will not hire a GM before the draft. Brendan Shanahan decided he's happy to do the draft, and any deals they might make - including ones for Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, whoever - as long as he gets input from Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and the rest of their existing staff.

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Canadiens, Flyers, Bruins reportedly among eight teams Kessel will accept trade to

Ryan Fancey
June 13 2015 03:47PM

With the Leafs supposedly shopping Phil Kessel hard in the days leading up to the draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie dropped some knowledge on us regarding the options they may have in front of them.

In a piece published this afternoon ahead of tonight's Finals tilt, McKenzie explained Kessel's no-trade clause includes a list of eight teams he's willing to be traded to, and indicated which teams might be on it.

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Report: The Leafs are looking to move Kessel ASAP

Bobby Cappuccino
June 13 2015 09:52AM

It’s been no secret over the last few weeks that the Leafs have the intention of moving Phil Kessel. But that intention seems to be getting more and more serious as we approach the draft - the talk of acquiring more picks, the amount of players they seem to like in this year’s class, and the whole “there’s going to be a lot of pain” quote from Mike Babcock and company. 

But nothing has made it more obvious than this bit from Damien Cox yesterday:

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TLN Roundtable: The Best and Worst of Our Consensus Draft Rankings

Justin Fisher
June 12 2015 06:12PM

Earlier today, we posted our TLN 2015 Top 30 Draft Rankings. It's an excellent list, probably the best one on the internet, but it still caused a lot of grief and tension between TLN staff members. Since this morning, I've broken down and eaten five chocolate cakes, we've smashed no less than five windows and a lamp, and Shawn has a pen securely lodged in his leg. Let's call it... a hostile work environment.

For today's roundtable, each of us will look back on our consensus list, and share what we liked about it, how our personal rankings made it great, and how everyone else screwed it up.

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TLN's First and Final 2015 NHL Draft Rankings

Ryan Fancey
June 12 2015 10:15AM

We've been getting a lot of texts, emails, and phone calls over the last month or so from people who simply need to know "What does your top thirty look like? You folks have been doing all this research for prospect profiles and such, where are TLN's rankings, huh?"

Well, the wait is over. It's time to tip the hockey world on its head. [Not really. We actually put a lot of thought into these rankings, and they should be a good reference for the draft. I just wanted to sound tough.]

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