September 04 2013 06:41AM
September 03 2013 01:02PM
I incorrectly stated back in July that Cody Franson would be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, which potentially explains why Franson didn't opt for arbitration this summer. There is a chance that Franson would have earned above the $3.5-million threshold, had the Maple Leafs walk away from it, and become a free agent this summer, but signing a one-year deal doesn't make sense for Franson, since there's a chance he's stuck in this very same process next summer.
A player gets to unrestricted free agency by playing either seven NHL seasons, ten professional seasons, or gets to age 27 by June 30. Franson won't be 27 until August 8, 2014, so he's stuck for another year as a restricted free agent if he signs a one-year deal.
A few Leafs executives and players said things today and there's a lot of white noise (more Nazem Kadri posturing—my take is here), but after the jump I'll highlight a couple of tweets from TSN's two insiders about Franson which are pretty interesting.
September 03 2013 11:12AM
via Oshawa Generals
When Milan Lucic was 16, he was cut by the Junior A Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. By 19, Milan Lucic was in the National Hockey League and producing regularly.
This is how we get to Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, in the Leafs prospect countdown, and look at the Maple Leafs' attempt to re-create Lucic, Tyler Biggs, a player they drafted with their first pick of the 2011 draft and has become a polarizing player indeed.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 03 2013 02:41AM
The beard is ranked at 1.5 on the top prospects list, so we'll be focusing on it's owner today
If there was ever any prospect that was meant to be described as the "Swiss Army Knife" of the Leafs organization, this is the man you're looking for. While he probably won't reach the "elite player in hiding" label that some optimistic Leafs fans had given him immediately following the 2008 Entry Draft, there is no doubt in my mind that the Leafs have a long-term NHLer on their hands of Jerry D'Amigo.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 30 2013 03:04AM
Name: Carter Ashton
Position: Right Wing
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Size: 6'3, 215 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Traded from Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2012
When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Carter Ashton for Keith Aulie as the 2012 trade deadline loomed, I couldn't contain my excitement. For one, while many had high hopes for what Aulie could become (so far, he's fresh off a 7 point season with the Bolts), he was having a terrible year with the Leafs and Marlies. The "steadiness" he showed with the Leafs the year prior was gone, and when handed the opportunity to run the defence of his AHL team, he was caught flat footed, frequently out of position, and unable to make anything resembling an offensive contribution. I had gone from a fan to a critic in record time, to the point of thinking his departure was addition by subtraction, at least for immediate result. But primarily, I was really excited about the return.