The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 26, 2015 - Blue Shirt & Khaki Shorts Day

Steve Dangle
May 26 2015 01:35PM

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On this episode the guys talk about round 3, the Leafs, and the Steve Dangle Podcast sitcom.

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Should the Leafs explore a trade for Kerby Rychel?

Ryan Fancey
May 26 2015 08:42AM

The Leafs are presumably looking to turn over as much of the roster as possible this offseason. If this is still going to be a reset with a lot of "pain" on the way, as Mike Babcock alluded to, it's likely that dismantling this current group and trying to bring in new picks, prospects, and players on entry-level contracts will be a priority. It just so happens that Columbus appears to be shopping a player who could fit that plan.

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It's Time for the Leafs to Draft Another Goaltender

Justin Fisher
May 25 2015 06:36PM

I know you all hate the idea of drafting goaltenders, but hey, too bad. It's about that time again.

For all the promise that both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer bring, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending depth is thin at best. There's certainly NHL talent at the top - two relatively young netminders that are worthy of a big league job - but after that things get real complicated.

Ideally, hockey teams have goaltending prospects in several different age brackets developing all at once, spread out among different leagues so as not to create a logjam. For example, this past season the Calgary Flames had Joni Ortio developing in the AHL, Jon Gillies in the NCAA, and Mason McDonald in the QMJHL. It's not always easy to stagger out your prospects in such a way, but it's important that each netminder gets a healthy amount of ice time and opportunity.

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Leafs sign Sam Carrick to 1-Year Contract

Jeff Veillette
May 25 2015 12:38PM

Contrary to recent events, coaches aren't the only people in hockey that can get paid. The Toronto Maple Leafs displayed that this afternoon by signing forward Sam Carrick to a one-year contract.

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First Round Targets: Nick Merkley

Ryan Fancey
May 25 2015 11:52AM

Welcome to the next wave of prospects we'll be discussing here at TLN. Earlier this month we looked at the Leafs' options at number four, but as management has pointed out a few times, they really want to hit a homerun on the 24th overall pick acquired from Nashville in order to ramp up this rebuild. Now we'll take a look at who might be around, or just within reach and perhaps worth a draft day deal to move up and select. Starting things off: Nick Merkley of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.

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