Can Babcock make van Riemsdyk the guy in Toronto?

Ryan Fancey
August 06 2015 07:56AM

A story that's been at the front of the Leafs' offseason since the Babcock hiring is how the team can go forward with "rehabilitating" Dion Phaneuf's game in the coming year(s). Phaneuf has recently seen his value dip to perhaps its lowest point, so for the purposes of getting some return on their $7-million investment or facilitating a trade to get out from under it, management obviously wants to see some improvement. 

However, beyond Phaneuf there are other interesting potential "turn-around" cases on this team. Another example would be Nazem Kadri, who will be under a close eye this season after the Leafs gave him an "Impress us this year and we'll make you rich" contract/promise.

But someone who's maybe been a little bit stuck in the middle and not receiving a ton of discussion in this regard is James van Riemsdyk. 

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Relive The 2009-2010 Toronto Maple Leafs Season

Shawn Reis
August 05 2015 12:45PM

This is a season dear to my heart in a weird sort of way.  The team, as we will come to remember, was really bad.  But the 09-10 season was the first time I indulged in a full season of hockey since before the 2004-2005 NHL lockout.  And before that time, I had always flip-flopped around to different teams.  The one constant though was that I hated the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Something changed when I gave hockey another chance though - for whatever reason, this team just called my name.  And for better or for worse, I've been cheering them on ever since.  So let's take a trip down memory lane, and see how this season turned out for us blue and white faithful.

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WWYDW: Second Buyout Window

Jon Steitzer
August 05 2015 11:00AM


Now that the Leafs have gone through the arbitration process with Jonathan Bernier they've earned the opportunity to utilize a second buyout window this summer. The fact that the Leafs made it through the first one without taking any action probably means we can expect the same thing this go around. The Leafs are presently sitting pretty when it comes to cap space, they have a little bit of wiggle room on players contracts still being available, thanks to the entry level slide rule. And they've already got the Gleason buyout as well as salary retained from Gunnarsson and Kessel floating around the organization as dead cap space that may deter them from adding more. 

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Relive the 2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs Season

Justin Fisher
August 05 2015 09:35AM

The 2008-09 season was pretty much a year in limbo for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With Cliff Fletcher at the helm, the organization had pretty much been on autopilot until Brian Burke, our truculent saviour, arrived from the California shores and fixed this God awful mess in November. Still, it was too late for Burke and new head coach Ron Wilson to avoid Toronto's worst win-loss record in over a decade.

Click past the jump to relive all the gory details...

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Aug, 4, 2015 - Lenny Kravitz

Steve Dangle
August 04 2015 10:06PM


On today's episode, Bernier's contract, the future of NHL media and tracking, and Jesse crying with laughter.

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