First Round Targets: Jeremy Bracco

Bobby Cappuccino
June 18 2015 04:00PM

If I told you that there was a player in this draft that outscored Patrick Kane's production in the US U18 team by 26 points, what would you say? What if I told you he is likely to be available in the latter half of the first round, and the Leafs could draft him at 24?

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LeBrun: Asking Price on Kessel Very High, Bernier Negotiations in Progress

Bobby Cappuccino
June 18 2015 03:10PM

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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Leafs File for Arbitration on Bernier

Bobby Cappuccino
June 18 2015 11:32AM

Remember the whole #BabyGate onesie fiasco with Bernier's kid yesterday? Well, turns out there was something going on.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:00AM

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Leafs interested in Zaitsev from KHL, but nothing signed yet (UPDATED AGAIN)

Ryan Fancey
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.

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