June 18 2015 04:00PM
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In a double-dose of Leafs news in his rumblings blogs, Pierre LeBrun unveiled where the Leafs are at in regards to dealing Phil Kessel, and what kind of deal they are looking for with Jonathan Bernier.
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.
The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).
Read on past the jump for more.
June 18 2015 09:33AM
It looks like "The Zaitsev saga" has finally come to a conclusion.
Earlier we had a Leaf bolting across the pond when Brandon Kozun was reported to have left for Jokerit, then news began to emerge that Nikita Zaitsev of the KHL's CSKA Moscow may be joining the Leafs. But there were definitely some mixed signals.
According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Zaitsev was visiting Toronto, and the Leafs are interested in acquiring him, but he will return to the KHL for the 2015-16 season.