Leafs interested in Zaitsev from KHL, but nothing signed yet (UPDATED AGAIN)

Ryan Fancey
June 18 2015 09:33AM

It looks like "The Zaitsev saga" has finally come to a conclusion. 

Earlier we had a Leaf bolting across the pond when Brandon Kozun was reported to have left for Jokerit, then news began to emerge that Nikita Zaitsev of the KHL's CSKA Moscow may be joining the Leafs. But there were definitely some mixed signals.

According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Zaitsev was visiting Toronto, and the Leafs are interested in acquiring him, but he will return to the KHL for the 2015-16 season.

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Draft Numbers: Scandinavia and the First Round

Shawn Reis
June 18 2015 08:59AM

As the Draft Numbers series starts to wind down it's time we tie up some loose ends.  Today we'll be taking a look at the forwards playing in the SM Liga as well as the forwards and defensemen playing in the three major Swedish leagues (Swedish Hockey League, Allsvenskan, and SuperElit) in an attempt to get a better idea of how some of the top players in this year's draft class fare by the numbers historically.

Quick refresher: what we'll be doing is looking at the players from these leagues drafted in a specific range of the first round since 2005.  Then we'll be plugging in the top players from this year's draft class playing in those leagues to see what sort of company history puts them in.  From there, we'll see if we can start to come to any meaningful conclusions about the top players from those leagues from this draft class.  Here we go:

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Brandon Kozun signs with KHL's Jokerit

Ryan Fancey
June 18 2015 08:59AM

Here's one free agent the Leafs won't have to worry about; Brandon Kozun is off to the KHL after signing to play with Jokerit, based in Helsinki, Finland, for the upcoming season.

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Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf

Justin Fisher
June 17 2015 03:58PM

A couple weeks back we looked at the the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Toronto's top player, Phil Kessel. Today, we do the same for team captain Dion Phaneuf, who will almost certainly be shopped around the league as the Leafs look to strip down their roster, clear cap space, and rebuild through the draft.

In recent years, Dion seems to have lost a step, and our own Ryan Fancey discussed how quickly and dramatically Phaneuf could regress by the time his current contract is up. With a cap hit of $7M over the next six seasons, the Leafs would be better off moving on quickly. Phaneuf doesn't exactly help the rebuild, and you may as well try to get as much value out of him now as possible.

Click past the jump for the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf...

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The NationDrafts Winner Is...

baggedmilk
June 17 2015 01:10PM


You picked your team. You watched the playoffs. You hoped to score prizes and Internet glory. Today, we make a dream come true as we announce the winner of the 2015 NationDrafts Playoff Pool. 

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