Leafs and Kessel closing in on new contract

Ryan Fancey
September 30 2013 07:16PM

It appears the Leafs and Phil Kessel are trying to get some ink on paper prior to the start of the regular season tomorrow night. From Sportsnet:

Sportsnet.ca has learned that negotiations on a contract extension between the star winger’s agent and the Toronto Maple Leafs were taking place ahead of Tuesday’s regular season opener in Montreal. With the player unwilling to engage in talks once the schedule is underway, the sides held discussions to see if a last-minute deal could be reached before that happened. As of Monday night, it was unclear whether they would be able to agree on a long-term extension in time.

It's interesting that this would surface all of a sudden on the eve of the season. I'm not quite sold on Kessel insisting he won't negotiate once the games get going, but with this late push, it appears Nonis doesn't want to find out. If something could come together quickly, this would be great news for fans heading in to tomorrow night's game. Keep an ear out.

And now some updates from Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger in the late hours. Looks like this deal could be done:

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Brian Sutherby
September 30 2013 05:57PM

I have been thrust in charge of most things Streakcred because I’m the person around here that likes to win every useless thing in the world and I’m quite proud of it. With a mantle full of fishing titles and fantasy sports trophies I set out to dominate this year’s Streakcred. I’ve trained long and hard for this.

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Leafs make three personnel moves, set opening night roster

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 04:21PM

The last moves have been finalized. The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent down John-Michael Liles, called up Troy Bodie, and send Frazer McLaren to the long-term injured reserve, setting their opening night roster.

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Flortheast Division Previews: The Toronto Maple Leafs

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 12:54PM

-via @TheStanchion

Over the next few days, we'll take a brief look at the teams in Toronto's newest division. The division is called the "Atlantic" but only three of the teams in the division are even close to the Atlantic Ocean. Given there are six teams in the Northeast and two in the state of Florida, the hockey community as a whole has decided to rebrand this division "The Flortheast". We will get team bloggers from each group to profile their teams as we get ready to start the season…

Today's second preview comes from the former editor of this blog, Cobourg, Ontario's own Julian, or "PPP" who blogs over at Pension Plan Puppets. He will take a look at the Maple Leafs.

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John-Michael Liles clears waivers, will likely report to Marlies

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 10:04AM

-Image from Twitter via Mark Masters

Rosters must be set by 5 p.m. Eastern today, meaning that all teams need to be salary cap-compliant and under 23 men. The Toronto Maple Leafs don't have to worry about rosters limits: it's the minimum number of players they can carry around that should worry them at this point, as too much salary cap waste has cost the team potential gameday reinforcements, but we'll get to that later.

The first big news is that Morgan Rielly may have made the Maple Leafs, as one of the seven defencemen on the ice. John-Michael Liles, however, was not. He was placed on waivers yesterday and should expect to be sent down to the Toronto Marlies after having cleared. I'm guessing that the Maple Leafs dangled Joe Colborne as bait in an effort to deal Liles at some point, so it was probably wishful thinking that a team would claim Liles and his $3.875-million salary cap hit with three years remaining. Chances are, he's not on the Leafs roster, especially not if Rielly is. 

This leads to a couple of questions.

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