June 04 2012 01:49PM
For a Monday in early June, it was actually a pretty busy day for hockey news, with a couple of stories relating to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
First, obviously, is the announcement from MLSE that the Toronto Marlies have come to terms with head coach Dallas Eakins and his two assistants for a three-year extension to coach the Leafs' AHL club.
June 04 2012 09:49AM
So the talk in this town for the last week or so has been about Roberto Luongo, or more specifically, Roberto Luongo joining the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While Luongo is a very good goaltender who was one of the best in the league last season, it's a move that doesn't make a lot of sense for Toronto, despite how badly the team need a goaltender in the short-term. The problem is that they also need cap space in the long term, and investing a lot of money in a goaltender on the wrong side of 30 is probably not the best thing Brian Burke could do at this point, even if funds were moved the other way.
June 03 2012 08:07PM
Usually, as the NHL playoffs wind down, Leafs-related news tends to dry up. Fortunately for us, the Toronto Marlies have stepped up to fill the void, and are now in the finals for the Calder Cup, giving us several storylines to follow.
Follow me over the jump for Marlies chatter and more.
June 03 2012 01:46PM
During the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup, Leafs Nation's Andrey Osadchenko was able to catch up with Leafs prospect Greg McKegg of the London Knights. McKegg was selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft as a member of the Erie Otters. He was traded to London in the middle of the 2012 season and was part of the team that won the OHL Championship.
- How much do you think you role has changed in London comparing to Erie where you were the captain?
- A little bit, I guess. But I still think I brought some of the same qualities over. Obviously in Erie I was more of a goal-scorer. Especially, this season because the team was so young. Then I came here and the team was so deep. It changed a bit but I still brought some of the same qualities over.
June 03 2012 12:19PM
Mikhail Grigorenko at the NHL Draft Combine late last week.
Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press
The NHL Draft is rapidly approaching, and with the top-prospects in Toronto for the Draft Combine last week, excitement about the event is beginning to crest (especially in Edmonton). Between the upcoming draft, the hiring of Bob Hartley in Calgary, and the Oilers continued search for a head-coach: there were plenty of topics to discuss. Also, there's some meaningful hockey being played apparently, and something called "the Stanley Cup Final" gets a fair bit of air-time as well.
Joining Allan this week were Terry Jones, Jason Gregor, Jonathan Willis, Timo Seppa and Kent Wilson.
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