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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Mitch Marner vs. Dylan Strome

Shawn Reis
May 25 2015 09:52AM

All of that Mike Babcock stuff was fun, but the draft is just one month away and it's time to start turning some of our attention back towards the Leafs' picks, namely 4th and 24th overall.  If ever there was an "age-old debate" for this draft, it would be the debate about who is better between Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome, two players very much on the Leafs' radar at 4.  You probably already have some sort of idea in your head about who you would take between these two players.  But let's try to look at the debate more closely and objectively to try and figure out once and for all who the better player is.

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Should the Leafs Bring Back Cody Franson?

Justin Fisher
May 24 2015 07:07AM

During his introductory press conference, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told reporters that Toronto will once again become a prime destination for free agent talent. Well, that didn't take very long, did it?

Appearing on TSN 1050 yesterday evening, Nashville Predators defenceman Cody Franson told Bill Hayes and Dave McCarthy that he'd be very much interested in returning to Toronto.

"100%. I've always said that I loved it in Toronto - it's been reported that I grew up a Toronto fan a number of times and it's the truth. I enjoyed playing in that city and definitely I'm hopeful that Toronto's in the mix come July 1st. My phone will definitely be on and hoping they're one of the teams that calls."

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Report: John Cassaday Likely Next MLSE President & CEO

Shawn Reis
May 22 2015 09:55PM

Long before there was a search for a new GM or head coach, there was the search for a new President & CEO of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, the group that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Last August, it was announced that current President & CEO Tim Leiweke would be stepping aside to pursue other career interests, with lots of speculation that Leiweke was unhappy having to deal with a notoriously difficult group of owners.

Reports have begun to surface that suggest John Cassaday, who recently stepped down as the President & CEO of Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment, will be the person to replace Leiweke, who was slated to officially step down from his role with MLSE on June 30th.

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Leafs Set To Hire Jim Hiller as Assistant Coach

Jeff Veillette
May 22 2015 03:26PM

Mike Babcock may be the new man leading the bench in Toronto, but the head coach can't do it all on his own. As such, the focus has shifted to his assistants, and from the looks of it, the Leafs have added one one of Babcock's previous assistants in Jim Hiller.

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