Get To Know: Orlando Solar Bears

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 25 2013 12:04AM


Lost in the moderately interesting stories of the past few days, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a new ECHL affiliate. The blue and white recently agreed to join the Minnesota Wild in usage of the Orlando Solar Bears for the players who don't make the cut with the Toronto Marlies. Let's talk a bit about who they are, and what this means.  

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Leafs Sign Paul Ranger

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 24 2013 10:34AM


As per Darren Dreger and Damien Cox, the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with Paul Ranger on a 1 year deal worth around 1 million dollars. A bit of an unexpected move considering the cap crunch, but a very shrewd one nonetheless. Read on: 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - July 23, 2013 - Secrets

Steve Dangle
July 23 2013 09:54PM


Steve Dangle and Adam Wylde talk about secrets in the NHL (that everybody knows), steroids, and Steve getting his hours cut at the CBC...oh, and Deadmau5 for some reason.

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Gunnarsigned: Three More Years

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 23 2013 01:08AM


The Leafs fan populace needed something new to talk about, and fast, as cycle three or four of "let's tear apart the July 5th transactions" was set to begin. Who would've thought that the new topic at hand would involve good news? Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carl Gunnarsson came to terms on a three year extension, set to pay an average of 3.15 million per year to the Swedish defender. 

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Monday Mailbag: July 22nd

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 22 2013 12:40PM


I've been messing with the idea of a mailbag on my personal blog for the past week or two, and it's gone pretty well. But I started to notice that the bulk of the questions, perhaps unsurprisingly, were about the Leafs. So, with that considered, I'm bringing that component here! At least for now. Depending on feedback, this will become a weekly thing.

Given our loss of depth forwards (MacArthur, Frattin, Komarov), do you think injuries will be a big concern next season? Who are our primary call ups at each position?

This is a solid question. The reality is, the Leafs put themselves in a very questionable salary cap situation with the moves that they've made to start July, especially if RFA contract negotiations go as expected. Going in with the assumption of no trades offloading salary (and yes, even more "depth"), any call ups would have to be able to fill the role, have a low NHL cap hit, and be waiver exempt / unlikely to be claimed so they could be sent back down when the player they're replacing returns from injury.

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