September 10 2015 06:41PM
Finally, one of the best free agent defencemen available this offseason has found a home. A horrible, horrible home. But a home nonetheless.
The Buffalo Sabres have officially signed former Leafs defenceman Cody Franson to a two-year contract that carries an annual cap hit of $3.325M. Franson spent the past four seasons in Toronto before being dealt to the Nashville Predators, the team that Franson broke into the NHL with, at the trade deadline with Matthew Lombardi.
In return, Toronto received prospect Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen (who was flipped to the St. Louis Blues), and a 2015 first round pick (which was flipped a couple times for more picks).
Franson's arrival in Buffalo is really interesting for a couple reasons, but mostly because of the cash (or lackthereof). For a defenceman of Franson's ilk - not the fleetest of foot, but a 6'5, right-handed shot with a healthy amount of offensive skill - $3.3M per year is a very reasonable price tag.
September 10 2015 03:28PM
The Steven Stamkos situation in Tampa is starting to get more and more interesting, and with hockey season slowly getting under way in the form of rookie tournaments and training camps, we'll see if he can get locked up with the Lightning soon.
As you're likely aware, Stamkos and his hometown Leafs have been linked for quite a while in the NHL rumor circles, and it seems every week we're likely to get more gas on that fire.
September 10 2015 02:00PM
It's here, it's here, it's finally here. There's gonna be a hockey game Friday night! It doesn't matter that it's the pre-preseason, it's Marner and Nylander and Kapanen and then a twenty foot cliff and a bunch of other players we're excited to see after having to endure a painful summer filled with Pan-Am Games, depth forward signings, and #Fransonwatch.
If you are in London you're #blessed with the ability to go and watch live hockey at 7:35 PM ET Friday through Sunday, and there are pregame skates at 11:30 am as well. If you are a Rogers subscriber in the GTA, the games is on Rogers TV. If you aren't a Rogers subscriber or live outside of the GTA than you have to sit around hoping that no one does the unthinkable and illegal streams the game online. That's just not fair to the cable provider.
September 10 2015 12:21PM
Though he was originally a first-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brad Boyes never got the chance to wear the blue and white in a meaningful game. Now, a dozen years after his departure, the Mississauga native gets a chance to right that wrong, joining the Leafs on a PTO.
September 10 2015 08:00AM
Yesterday we started the process of giving lip service to some of players who didn't receive votes for our Top 20 Prospect list. A few of them we still have some hope for and others were Petter Granberg. Today we finish up with the remaining prospects so we can be in compliance with our duties and the president of the internet will recognize us as an accredited Leafs blog.