Movers and Shakers: The Shanaplan for the Draft

Jon Steitzer
June 25 2015 02:53PM

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It's just over 24 hours until the start of the draft, and still the NHL hasn't topped the excitement of the McKegg for Hyman trade this week. Not overly surprising as it seems to be tradition to have everything go down the day of the draft in hopes it causes every other team to scramble to react. What really ends up happening is that one big trade you thought would lead to a zillion others winds up being the big trade of the weekend and other than that a few teams are just gonna shuffle the order of the draft. 

That's why it's not overly surprising when Brendan Shanahan spoke today it was less than exciting, and purposely designed to remind us that nothing is etched in stone, and nothing is imminent. Of course you can take what he said a number of different ways, and that's what we'll do.

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Movers and Shakers: Penguins interested in Kessel

Bobby Cappuccino
June 25 2015 01:07PM

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We have a match! A team that is on Kessel’s trade list is apparently interested in the scoring winger, according to Damien Cox. That team? The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have been looking for talent that can actually play with Crosby or Malkin.

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5 things: Let's say Phaneuf and Kessel gets traded

Ryan Lambert
June 25 2015 11:27AM

1. Re: The title

It's important to start off by saying that a scenario in which both Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf are not wearing Maple Leaf blue on the first day of the season is not particularly likely. These are big contracts, and while there are plenty of teams that would certainly like to have these players (though perhaps not so much at this price point), the number that both can afford them and would would to actually give up significant assets for them has to be small.

We know now what the salary cap is going to be for next season ($71.4 million), and that should facilitate a lot of trades in the next week-plus as desperate teams scramble to clear space ahead of July. Toronto's not really in a desperate cap situation, of course, but they'd like to be rid of these deals so they can get a little worse, finagle a higher pick for themselves, and hopefully rope in a few more picks or young players in the process.

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Movers and Shakers: Leafs talking to Andy Miele

Jon Steitzer
June 25 2015 10:12AM

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In an attempt to give you more than just a tweet to go on, here's a bit of a background on what we know about Andy Miele. Andy spent the entire 2014-15 season in the AHL on the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings AHL affiliate. So there's some level of familiarity with Babcock, and Babcock systems. Previous to that, Miele was in the Coyotes system and played a total of 15 NHL games since 2011 picking up two assists.

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The 2015-16 Leafs Schedule

Jon Steitzer
June 25 2015 08:40AM

Unfortunately real life doesn't have a simulation option, and the Leafs will have to play games in order to get through next year. As a result the Leafs have posted their schedule for the upcoming year. Of course, there will be exciting new faces, and a Mike Babcock coaching system that will make that more bearable than the season we just went through. 

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