Babcock's History with Older Defensemen and How Phaneuf Fits In

Jon Steitzer
July 10 2015 11:27AM

Last season there was plenty of talk about Dion Phaneuf seemed destined to join the Detroit Red Wings, it seemed like a distinct possibility at the trade deadline, and we were at the point where many of us started debating whether taking back Stephen Weiss’ contract would make the deal worth it. Ultimately Phaneuf never moved, hasn’t moved, and may never move, but the Leafs have acquired Mike Babcock who may have been the primary voice in the Wings organization looking to acquire Dion. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 10 2015 06:30AM


Canucks front office moves, the Leafs re-sign Martin Marincin, the Oilers take Justin Schultz to arbitration, the Flames cap crunch and more in this week's Roundup.

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Leafs sign Martin Marincin

Ryan Fancey
July 09 2015 02:12PM

The Leafs have signed Martin Marincin to a one-year contract, per the team, and Chris Johnston reports the deal is worth $700,000.

Marincin was brought in a couple weeks ago when the Leafs dealt a fourth-round pick and Brad Ross to the Oilers in exchange for the 23-year-old blue liner.

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Assessing the Leafs Offence Through Passing Data

Jon Steitzer
July 09 2015 01:06PM

Once upon a time the Toronto Maple Leafs had a player called Phil Kessel. With this special player offence just kind of happened for their hockey team and whether he was playing with Joey Crabb or Tyler Bozak he managed to make goals happen. One day the Toronto Maple Leafs realized that they were a pretty awful hockey team and decided to trade Phil Kessel to a place where he could be happy and they could young players who might one day make them better. Some fans accepted it, other fans did not, but all fans are left with the one lingering question, “who will drive the Leafs offence now?”

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Leafs trying to get two elite centers in the prospect pipeline

Ryan Fancey
July 09 2015 11:51AM

In just a few days it seems the problem that's caused the Leafs (and their fans) the most headaches in recent years might be solved. Toronto has apparently gone from having no centers to all the centers. 

Well, maybe not so fast. But they're definitely trying.

The Leafs have had a glaring weakness in their lineup for a while now, and many other teams have fallen in the same boat. Acquiring an elite-level center is nearly impossible it seems, and in the last two summers Toronto has, somewhat oddly, managed to draft two top-notch prospects - Marner and Nylander - who can both play wing and down the middle. Because of their size, however, they've gone on to be projected as wingers at the NHL level by most. But that might have to change.

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