Gunnarsigned: Three More Years

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 23 2013 01:08AM


The Leafs fan populace needed something new to talk about, and fast, as cycle three or four of "let's tear apart the July 5th transactions" was set to begin. Who would've thought that the new topic at hand would involve good news? Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carl Gunnarsson came to terms on a three year extension, set to pay an average of 3.15 million per year to the Swedish defender. 

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Monday Mailbag: July 22nd

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 22 2013 12:40PM


I've been messing with the idea of a mailbag on my personal blog for the past week or two, and it's gone pretty well. But I started to notice that the bulk of the questions, perhaps unsurprisingly, were about the Leafs. So, with that considered, I'm bringing that component here! At least for now. Depending on feedback, this will become a weekly thing.

Given our loss of depth forwards (MacArthur, Frattin, Komarov), do you think injuries will be a big concern next season? Who are our primary call ups at each position?

This is a solid question. The reality is, the Leafs put themselves in a very questionable salary cap situation with the moves that they've made to start July, especially if RFA contract negotiations go as expected. Going in with the assumption of no trades offloading salary (and yes, even more "depth"), any call ups would have to be able to fill the role, have a low NHL cap hit, and be waiver exempt / unlikely to be claimed so they could be sent back down when the player they're replacing returns from injury.

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Know a Writer: Jesse Spector

Steve Dangle
July 21 2013 09:59AM

Since the first interview in the Know a Writer series was so well-recieved, how could I not do more?

Our next featured sports writer has recently made a transition to baseball, but has been one of my favourite hockey writers for a while now. As a weirdo with a YouTube channel, I am drawn to people who think outside of the traditional box. Jesse Spector is one of those fresh thinkers.

Now you can get to know him.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - July 19, 2013 - Guess what? OLYMPICS!

Steve Dangle
July 20 2013 09:23AM


Oh hey look! It's beer!

On the new Steve Dangle Podcast, we talk about Olympic projections (and predictions), the new divisions, Christopher Gibson signing with Toronto, Mike Kostka signing with Chicago, and Adam interview Miley Cyrus. Like, for real.

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Maple Leafs sign Finnish goaltender Christopher Gibson

Cam Charron
July 19 2013 03:21PM

Per the Internet, which is always a wonderful source... 

A signing like this normally wouldn't warrant a post, but it's worth pointing out that in all the hemming and hawing about the Canadian Hockey League's ban on imported goaltenders, Christopher Gibson was actually the only import taken in the first two rounds of the draft in the last six years.

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