June 24 2013 01:21PM
I generally try to avoid these types of posts, but it seems like a lot of the hockey world is talking about the amount of movement that should start tomorrow if the Chicago Blackhawks are able to close out the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight.
Dave Nonis said yesterday that he expects to make more moves prior to free agency opening on July 5. As long as Nonis is looking to add his pieces via trades rather than free agency, he's on the right path. There are a couple of good buys in the UFA and RFA markets, but adding your best pieces in free agency is one of the best ways to get hamstrung with a bad salary cap situation. Given how many teams have to work to get under the cap, there are going to be lots of players available on the trade market and in buyouts, and the Leafs are in a decent cap position, even with $3.425M going to Colton Orr, Darcy Tucker, Colby Armstrong and the salaries of Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin, so they can buy during this window.
I disagree fundamentally with the traits in hockey players that Nonis values, but at least he's looking to add to his team during the right window. There's that? Apparently, Dion Phaneuf is in play.
June 24 2013 11:30AM
There are still a lot more moves for the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer, but I'm wondering if any will be met with the polarized reaction of the Jonathan Bernier trade. My initial reaction was the same as Emily's. The Maple Leafs have been looking for a goaltender for years and years, and they finally had one come up through the system that was good enough to take the team to the playoffs and all of a sudden he's no longer good enough?
Troubling to me is that Dave Nonis has been pulling strings on a Bernier trade all season and decided now was the time to do it. Nothing he saw during last season convinced him that James Reimer was a goaltender who deserved at least a shot at a starting job during an 82-game season.
June 24 2013 09:48AM
As I'm sure everyone is well aware by now, on Sunday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, and a second round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for their back-up goalie, Jonathan Bernier.
June 23 2013 03:37PM
It's been a pretty crazy day for Leafs fans. We've had the Bernier trade, the talks of Phaneuf being on the block, and now it looks like Mike Komisarek will be bought out by the club.
I don't believe the player or agent have been told directly, but expect Mike Komisarek to be bought out by the Leafs.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2013
This isn't a big surprise by any means, but it does use one of the Leafs' compliance buyouts that could have been used on a salary dump from another team, or potentially John-Michael Liles.
Either way, Nonis is really going to work right now and it's creating a lot of discussion around the team. Looks like a wild couple of weeks coming up.
June 23 2013 02:33PM
Welp. Holy crap. The Leafs got Jonathan Bernier.
Here's what I think of the deal, what this could mean, and a text statement from Ben Scrivens.