April 03 2013 02:40AM
It's Deadline Day in the NHL. Yesterday gave us several deals that uprooted Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy from Dallas and sent Ryan Clowe to the New York Rangers. But there are still a few names on the horizon, and generally, deadline deals that we don't expect go through.
The big names are off the table, but the Leafs have yet to make any major deals this season. They still have two interesting impending unrestricted free agents in Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak and winger Nik Kulemin may have garnered some interest. Right now the Leafs look to be comfortably in the playoffs, but they still lag behind Pittsburgh, Boston and Montreal as far as being a contender goes. Today is the last chance Toronto have to bolster the roster until after the Stanley Cup Finals. What will they do? What should they do?
April 02 2013 05:05PM
Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) April 2, 2013
My thoughts on Kiprusoff are well-known. I just wanted to put the thought out there before anything concrete happens in this un-ending "will the Leafs find a goalie they don't need" saga. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to discuss any form of extension for Kiprusoff until July 1, when he'd have one year left on his current contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to adjust Kiprusoff's $5.83-million salary cap hit next season.
April 02 2013 10:17AM
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has had a very successful career. He was a decent hockey player; suiting up for the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL, the University of McGill and he spent one season playing pro hockey in England where he racked up 45 goals and 127 assists in 49 games.
But he wanted to be in the NHL, and he knew it wouldn't be as a player so he became a coach. If you want to learn about what makes a successful coach, keep reading.
April 02 2013 09:29AM
Are you there, Leafs? It’s me, Steve.
Leafs…I don’t ask for much.
I’ve been watching you for a long time, Leafs. As far back as I can remember, I would throw on my little 93 jersey, plant myself firmly in front of the television, and watch the blue and while battle their biggest rivals.
I remember watching Mats Sundin play with guys that got put on waivers the next day.
April 01 2013 05:47PM
Calgary Flames have granted Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk to Kiprusoffs representatives #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) April 1, 2013
That said, Ward was vindicated somewhat by the word of Bruins' GM Pete Chiarelli, who said that he thought that there was a deal in place. I don't have a reason yet to distrust Aaron Ward's sources, and the general belief is that the Leafs are looking for an upgrade over Ben Scrivens. John Shannon has also mentioned it.