July 03 2011 10:32AM
Twitter reports are trickling in saying the Leafs have traded Brett Lebad and Robert Slaney for Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson. The fact that the dreadful Brett Lebda is gone is a boon in itself, but Burke also managed to snag a very useful young defender in Franson as well.
July 01 2011 09:11PM
Free agency is a time generally reserved for welcoming new players into the fold, as the Oilers and Canucks did, or for being excited about the possibility of signing a true difference maker, as fans of the Flames and Leafs can be tonight.
Still, it’s also a time for departure, and each of the four cities in the Nation Network lost at least one player to another team today.
July 01 2011 09:53AM
The chat is scheduled to start at 12pm MST today, but I can convinced to start things sooner if anything major breaks. Come by and marvel at the insanity.
Pension Plan Puppets
June 28 2011 07:55AM
You shall not pass
Friday the Toronto Maple Leafs took the first step towards addressing their powerplay problems and to fill out their back end by sending a second rounder in 2012 to the Colorado Avalanche for John-Michael Liles. Liles will definitely be parachuted in to quarterback the powerplay. As Scott Cullen notes, he has six straight years of at least 15 powerplay assists. He's been a big part of a powerplay that, while not exactly lighting the world on fire, has been much better than Toronto's. JML will carry a $4.2M cap hit in the last season of his contract that will actually see him paid $4.55M. Liles is a product of the US National Team Development Program as well as four years at Michigan State University.
More scouting reports after the jump
June 27 2011 02:40PM
If you're like me, you might have gone and looked through the list of forwards at Behind The Net to find a few of the guys who performed well with good Corsi and Fenwick numbers but did not produce much due to low shooting percentages. One of the names among the many that pops up is that of Niclas Bergfors.