June 10 2015 09:00AM
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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!
Over the course of Martin St. Louis' Hall of Fame worthy career the 5-foot-8 winger has won a Hart Trophy, a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal and two Art Ross trophies (including one as a 37-year-old). His resume is beyond reproach.
Built like a bumper car, St. Louis has accomplished everything a hockey player can accomplish. And as much as hockey's trend watchers are fawning over undersized players now, St. Louis has been doing Tyler Johnson-like things for more than a decade. So how can a future Hall of Fame immortal find himself ranked eighth on our countdown of the top unrestricted free agents?
It's simple really: age catches up to everyone, even the best among us, and St. Louis will turn 40 this month. Thanks to a variety of advances in the field of human performance, players are remaining effective for longer, and no one doubts St. Louis' work ethic or ability to be an outlier, but St. Louis' advancing age combined with his least productive offensive season in 13 years is sure to dampen the enthusiasm with which he's pursued on the free agent market this summer.
June 10 2015 08:03AM
With their new supposed scorched earth approach this summer and the "Shanaplan" set to take action over the next few years, most of the discussion around the Leafs since the end of this past season has been focusing on two easy targets: the team's highest-paid forward and highest-paid defenseman.
June 09 2015 07:56PM
According to TVA Sports, the Toronto Maple Leafs have invited the Rimouski Oceanic's Michael Joly to their next training camp.
Joly is a 5'11, 172lb right winger who has spent three seasons with the Oceanic. The undrafted 20-year old scored 26 goals and 45 points in 45 regular season games this year, with another 21 points in 20 games on route to a QMJHL Championship. In the MasterCard Memorial Cup, Joly added another six points in four games.
June 09 2015 04:00PM
Saying there have been a lot of changes to the Leafs front
office this offseason is a bit of an understatement. Coaches, Scouts, the
General Manager have all been let go. New scouts, Directors, and Coaches are
trickling in to take their place, but vacancies still exist.
In addition to that, there’s been some confusion regarding reporting relationships, peer groups, etc. in the front office. In an attempt to clarify what is going on, I’ve put together an estimated organizational chart for the Leafs Hockey Ops Department.
June 09 2015 02:05PM
Yesterday we took a look at some of the CHL forwards that might be overlooked leading up to the draft based on the numbers given to us by the very handy PCS% tool and Projection Project. Today we're gonna do the same thing, only this time we're looking at the blueliners. Here are 10 CHL defensemen that the projection tools feel might be overlooked: