Why The Leafs Trading Up At The Draft (Could Be) a Good Idea

Justin Fisher
May 18 2015 11:46AM

A few days ago, TLN Jon Steitzer wrote about the idea of the Leafs trading down from their current draft positions of 4th overall and 24th overall in order to stockpile more picks or assets. For a team that doesn't have a whole lot going on in their prospect pool besides William Nylander, that's not a half bad idea.

But what about going the other way? What about trading up in the draft?

Yes, it would require the Leafs to deal assets they might not want to, and yes, the memory of trading up for Tyler Biggs is still fresh in our minds. Still, let's not pretend that trading up is a guaranteed bad move. It's an option that the Leafs need to consider, because good organizations consider all angles and explore all opportunities.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: World Hockey Championship Edition

Jon Steitzer
May 18 2015 09:00AM

If you thought we were done with reviewing actual games played by Leafs players, you are greatly mistaken. May has provided us with the tournament that's second only to the Spengler Cup for "Dear Gord, why is this a thing?" reactions. Of course, Canada one this year, so I'm sure most people are viewing this is as the greatest international tournament outside the Olympics. To them I say "I can't wait until next season when Crosby turns Canada down and Matt Stajan is the first line center." 

Anyway here are the rankings...

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Can The Leafs Afford to Give Up a Pick for a New Coach/GM?

Justin Fisher
May 17 2015 11:00AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching and general manager search could prove costly.

As we're all now aware, new rules are in place that force NHL teams that hire a coach or GM from another team's organization to send a draft pick the other way as compensation. Back in April, Sportsnet reported that the cost for plucking a coach or GM midseason would be a 2nd round pick, while hiring one in the offseason would only be a 3rd round pick. The team who's coughing up a pick can choose to do so in any of the following three seasons.

Also according to the Sportsnet report, a coach's season ends when his team is eliminated from the playoffs. That must mean teams can also negotiate compensation outside of the NHL's set rules, since Detroit has had Mike Babcock suitors sign a permission form to speak with him, and agree to give up a third round pick if he leaves the Red Wings. Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning weeks ago.

Since we know that the Leafs have signed one of those forms for permission to speak to (and hire) Babcock, we also know that they're ready to sacrifice that 3rd round pick. Is that something that the Leafs - a bottom feeder team that has vowed to build through the draft - can afford?

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Simmons: Leafs could revisit MacLean, DeBoer possibilities if Babcock falls through

Angelo Montilla
May 17 2015 08:58AM

The Mike Babcock sweepstakes are heating up.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and Co. recently travelled to the world hockey championships in Prague where they made another pitch to the soon-to-be most coveted coaching free agent on the market.

But what if the Leafs fall flat in landing Babcock? What's Plan B?

More past the jump...

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Friedman and Cox Have Some Big Updates on the Leafs' Coaching and General Manager Search

Justin Fisher
May 16 2015 02:40PM

It's all getting very real, very fast. 

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox revealed some pretty interesting news during this afternoon's Hockey Night in Canada "Saturday Headlines" segment regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a new coach and general manager. Some pretty significant names were dropped, so let's break it down...

Mike Babcock

According to Friedman, the Leafs have filed for permission from the Detroit Red Wings to hire head coaching candidate Mike Babcock. Yes, Babcock's technically about to become a free agent, but Detroit was smart enough to make interested teams sign an agreement stating that if they hired the veteran coach before his contract actually runs out, they'd need to cough up a draft pick.

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