What the Franson, Santorelli trade tells us about how the Maple Leafs will approach the trade deadline
February 16 2015 09:35AM
It seems possible that by the March 2nd NHL trade deadline 'the Big Smoke' will refer not to the city in which the Toronto Maple Leafs are located, but to the foggy, suffocating mixture of airborne solids and gases emitted by the much anticipated Maple Leafs fire sale.
With Sunday's trade of Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson, the Toronto Maple Leafs have begun to cash in their most expendable assets. That much is clear. What remains to be seen is whether this deal is the first ember that will inevitably spark a complete combustion of the flawed core constructed by Brian Burke and Dave Nonis over the past five years.
February 16 2015 08:39AM
No matter what happened, Petter Granberg and Brandon Kozun's next games were going to be at the Air Canada Centre. After all, the Toronto Marlies play a special family day game there this afternoon against Binghamton. But thanks to a pair of call ups, their jerseys will have a Leafs logo on the chest instead.
February 16 2015 06:51AM
There's an old saying, "GMs will make trades as soon as you've written your first draft of player power rankings for the week." That might not be a common saying, but I'm sure it will apply here next week as well. I will forgive the Leafs because it has brought us what we need most, an excuse to post hilarious Jokinen photos until he's inevitability dealt for a late round pick.
February 15 2015 02:01PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs believe that Brendan Leipsic, a 20-year-old winger that the club acquired from the Nashville Predators in the Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli trade, has the skill level and the competitive makeup to be an NHL player down the road.
"The only downside in terms of Brendan is his lack of size," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said during a conference call with media on Sunday. "But as we've seen in this game particularly over the last year or so is that smaller players are finding a way to play."
"He's got a lot of ability," Nonis continued in describing Leipsic's game later a bit later on during his media availability. He's got great sense around the net, he's a great passer, but more than that he's a very competitive guy. Some of the smaller stature guys need to have that edge."
Let's take a more in-depth look at Leipsic's track record.
February 15 2015 11:40AM
As you've probably already heard, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for a 2015 first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic and veteran forward Olli Jokinen.
While the trade deadline is still a couple weeks away, today's as good a day as any to make the first move in a "scorched earth" rebuild. And while it'd be irresponsible - nay, stupid - to discuss who won or who lost this trade this early, we certainly can discuss whether the Leafs got fair value back for their biggest trade deadline chip and, arguably, their second-biggest trade deadline chip.