Everson, McNally become free agents in aftermath of Harvard Cheating Scandal

Cat Silverman
June 21 2015 02:50PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs defensive prospect Max Everson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but his chances to slip on a blue jersey just got a little bit slimmer. 

The same, unfortunately, might be said of Patrick McNally - a fourth round pick from 2010 for the Vancouver Canucks. 

Everson and McNally were the two NHL prospects who skated only seven games for Harvard University during the 2012-2013 season, following their involvement in the 2012 Harvard Cheating Scandal -- a controversy over whether or not students in the 2012 Government 1310 class (Introduction to Congress) had collaborated on a take-home final exam. Nearly half of the 279-person class (roughly two percent of the entire freshman student body at Harvard in spring of 2012) had investigations brought against them, with an estimated seventy of the 125 students being forced to withdraw. 

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Dubas fielding trade calls, Leafs not looking to retain Kessel's salary

Ryan Fancey
June 21 2015 10:41AM

Elliotte Friedman released this week's edition of Thirty Thoughts on Sunday morning and there were a few interesting Leafs tidbits - mainly regarding their front office operations, and of course, the potential upcoming Kessel trade.

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Fiction vs. Reality: Expectations for Jonathan Bernier's New Contract

Cat Silverman
June 20 2015 02:34PM

Jonathan Bernier sent the hockey community into a somewhat-warranted tailspin (at least in Toronto, which is the centre of all things anyway) when his wife posted a picture of their baby son on Instagram with the Leafs logos on his shirt altered out of the picture. 

The whole story suggested that she and Bernier knew something about his impending contract that the rest of the hockey world didn't -- and while it may be that their son is going to be on Hockey Wives in the onesie (meaning the logo would need to be cropped out) or that he's going to get dealt, it's also entirely likely that the family just didn't want to announce ahead of the club that the Toronto Maple Leafs had elected to go to salary arbitration with the 26 year old netminder

Bernier has been a source of controversy among Leafs fans, analysts, and media personnel for what seems like forever -- so this is hardly a shock. What can we expect from it, though? 

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The Leafs' Top 5 Draft Gems

Jon Steitzer
June 20 2015 09:42AM

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It’s easy to make fun of the Leafs draft record over the past decade, largely because the team hasn’t been very good. We’ve had two general managers that have sold a bill of goods regarding size and character and prioritized getting to know the player’s family over getting to know how fast he can skate or how hard is shot is. While Burke, Nonis, Fletcher, and Ferguson are easy targets for ridicule, they did actually manage to unearth some late round gems in their drafts, something that Ferguson was particularly good at. While the GMs or possibly Dave Morrison might get a lot of the credit for these picks, the high number of Europeans that panned out certainly points to Thommie Bergman being a big part of the success.

While the Leafs certainly had a number of late round gems prior to the Ferguson era (hello Markov, Berezin, and Borschevsky), we’re going to limit this list to the 30 team, seven draft era when highlighting The Top Five Leafs Draft Gems.

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Leafs Trade McKegg to Florida for Hyman, Conditional Draft Pick

Shawn Reis
June 19 2015 02:22PM

Alright, hands up if you had Greg McKegg as the first trade domino to fall this off-season!  No one?

No but seriously, the Leafs have made their first trade of the summer, and I can pretty much guarantee it won't be their last.  Today the team announced they have traded prospect Greg McKegg to the Florida Panthers in exchange for prospect Zach Hyman and a conditional 2017 7th-round pick.

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