July 02 2015 03:48PM
Someone in the Leafs front office does not like Phil Kessel. It might be Shanahan. It might be Mark Hunter. It might be Kyle Dubas. It might be Mike Babcock. Perhaps even all four. But either way, the manner in which the Leafs' most-talented player was just sent out of town really had "we need to get rid of this guy, and fast" written all around it, and I'm not entirely sure why. There's a reason though, there just has to be. It all came about so quickly.
July 02 2015 01:54PM
It appears that the Leafs are capable of signing coaches as well as players in this free agent frenzy, adding two members to the Tornoto Marlies' staff while retaining three others. Headlining the crew is Gord Dineen, who will return to the team as an associate coach.
July 02 2015 01:39PM
It's going to be a pretty big party this year, considering I can't remember the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs had this many solid prospects.
The Leafs have just announced their Prospect Camp details. Most importantly, the Camp will run from July 7th through 12th, and split its time between Toronto and Collingwood. It will feature a total of 57 players, 26 of them being non-affiliated camp invites. (That's insanity.)
July 01 2015 04:56PM
While not everyone is a huge fan of the Phil Kessel trade, I'm pretty sure everyone is pretty pleased with the Leafs' continued smart maneuvering on the free agent market - they've just signed Daniel Winnik to a two-year contract.
Winnik AAV in TOR is $2.25— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2015
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July 01 2015 03:24PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a lot of big decisions on the first day of free agency.
They dealt away Phil Kessel for Kasperi Kapanen, a first round pick, and some other nifty things (basically fleecing Jim Rutherford if you don't count the departure of Tyler Biggs, I suppose).
They also re-upped Richard Panik for $975,000 (putting my rough estimate given yesterday pretty darned close to what he ended up receiving), adding Nick Spaling for some forward depth, and brought Matt Hunwick on for some defensive veteran experience.
The most important move of the day, though, was their one-year pickup of cultish fan favorite Mark Arcobello.