June 03 2015 11:26AM
Up next in our look at the Leafs' potential options late in the first round we're going to the Q, with Anthony Beauvillier of the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Of all the prospects we've been reviewing, it seems as though Beauvillier slots in the closest to that 24th overall selection in a lot of mock drafts or rankings, so there's a good chance he'll be there should Shanahan want to step to the podium and call his name.
June 03 2015 11:00AM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
June 03 2015 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/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!
If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.
The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per NHLNumbers.com, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.
Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.
June 02 2015 07:32PM
The Sun is setting, the summer is approaching, and it's a Tuesday night. Time to party, right? Nah. I'm not ILoveMakkonen. Mannequins are weird, and I spent enough time near them at a hair convention this weekend. Drake is busy with the Raptors. We're just going to go with the mailbag instead. Like we do every Tuesday. Except for the 99% of the Mailbags that were posted on Monday. Uhh, lets start.
June 02 2015 01:00PM
It's a month until the Free Agency period opens, and with it the expectation that
Dave Nonis does something incredibly stupid the Leafs remain relatively quiet. Of course, that doesn't mean the Leafs will have anything close to a full roster based on who they will likely let walk and their intention to properly develop their prospects in the minors. While it's likely that most of the current holes in the roster can be filled by taking on contracts being dumped from other teams via trades, there will likely be a need to at least dip their toes into free agency at some point and attempt to find some hidden gems (a la Mason Raymond, Clarke MacArthur, Daniel Winnik, and Mike Santorelli.)
There are certainly some worthwhile players who may come available like Andrej Sekara, Mike Green, Justin Williams and Michael Frolik, but overpaying for well known names isn't where the Leafs are at today, instead here are ten players that the Leafs could consider without blowing the budget and could potentially flip in deals similar to the Winnik and Santorelli/Franson deals pulled off this season. At least three of the names on this list are incredibly familiar to Leafs fans.