March 31 2015 05:19PM
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If Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan decides to replace general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek with the best talent available this spring, it will be an enormously costly decision.
Executive compensation hasn't been a thing in the NHL since the Peter Chiarelli drama back in 2006, but it will be again beginning this offseason. Though the NHL Board of Governors approved this change in June, more details of precisely how the system will work were reported on Tuesday.
Basically if the Maple Leafs are intent on tapping a highly-regarded coach under contract to replace interim bench boss Peter Horachek, it'll cost them at least a third-round draft pick. More interestingly, if the Maple Leafs want to replace Dave Nonis before the 2015 NHL Entry draft with a current NHL executive, it's reportedly going to cost them a second-round pick.
Read on past the jump for more.
March 31 2015 01:59PM
Sure, the Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of their first victory since what feels like the Middle Ages, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, one of only five teams in the league that have already clinched a playoff berth, so I certainly hope you weren't looking for a winning streak.
March 31 2015 09:00AM
March 31 2015 07:00AM
If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!
March 30 2015 06:45PM
The tides have turned. Peter Horachek is a genius. Tyler Bozak is going to come from behind and win the Rocket Richard in the final games. G-Man is going to finish top ten in team plus/minus. Everything is going according to plan.
Okay, maybe that's a stretch. Though, technically, Garret Gamble is actually 6th in team plus/minus right now. Anyway, today is Monday, which means its time to answer some mailbag questions!