April 02 2013 05:05PM
Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) April 2, 2013
My thoughts on Kiprusoff are well-known. I just wanted to put the thought out there before anything concrete happens in this un-ending "will the Leafs find a goalie they don't need" saga. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to discuss any form of extension for Kiprusoff until July 1, when he'd have one year left on his current contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to adjust Kiprusoff's $5.83-million salary cap hit next season.
April 02 2013 10:17AM
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has had a very successful career. He was a decent hockey player; suiting up for the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL, the University of McGill and he spent one season playing pro hockey in England where he racked up 45 goals and 127 assists in 49 games.
But he wanted to be in the NHL, and he knew it wouldn't be as a player so he became a coach. If you want to learn about what makes a successful coach, keep reading.
April 02 2013 09:29AM
Are you there, Leafs? It’s me, Steve.
Leafs…I don’t ask for much.
I’ve been watching you for a long time, Leafs. As far back as I can remember, I would throw on my little 93 jersey, plant myself firmly in front of the television, and watch the blue and while battle their biggest rivals.
I remember watching Mats Sundin play with guys that got put on waivers the next day.
April 01 2013 05:47PM
Calgary Flames have granted Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk to Kiprusoffs representatives #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) April 1, 2013
That said, Ward was vindicated somewhat by the word of Bruins' GM Pete Chiarelli, who said that he thought that there was a deal in place. I don't have a reason yet to distrust Aaron Ward's sources, and the general belief is that the Leafs are looking for an upgrade over Ben Scrivens. John Shannon has also mentioned it.
April 01 2013 01:54PM
So Dave Nonis held a small conference in Toronto this morning. No particular purpose I can see, just to update folks on the looming trade deadline and the Maple Leafs' approach. There's a full transcript at the Globe & Mail and I wanted to focus on Nonis' comments about his team's goaltenders.
Is adding experience in goal part of your thinking?
Nonis: Experience and depth. We feel like where we are with our goaltending with the Marlies as it’s been pretty good. But there’s not a lot of playoff experience with those goalies. We’d like to get them some… If we had someone there that played a lot of playoff games, some NHL playoff games, and was a real good third, then we wouldn’t be in the market at all. But having someone there that could help in the event that we would need them would just make sense for us. But I have to caution everybody that it’s only if it makes sense for us and if the price tag is reasonable. If not, we’re comfortable with what we have.