Three stray thoughts on a Tuesday

Cam Charron
July 02 2013 12:38PM

It's a real nice day out today and, to be quite honest, I don't want to spend it inside blogging, so I'll throw together a few items for your daily consumption. Today's a good day to opinion on all things David Clarkson, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov.

David Clarkson vs. ???

I don't know whether the Leafs have interest in David Clarkson or not, but after trading Matt Frattin and likely losing Clarke MacArthur, the Leafs are going to need another winger to fit into the Top Six. Not that Frattin or MacArthur spent a whole lot of time up there last season, but the Leafs suddenly went from being very strong and wing to somewhat thin.

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Leafs Select Andreas Johnson in 7th Round

Justin Fisher
July 01 2013 02:21PM

With their final selection of the day, the Toronto Maple Leafs took Swedish winger Andreas Johnson in the seventh round, 202nd overall.

"He's a skilled, strong winger. Not tall, but he's got a thicker build. Very intelligent and skilled… We wanted to take a chance on that skill," Dave Morrisson told reporters of the Johnson pick following the draft.

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Leafs Draft Goaltender Antoine Bibeau in 6th Round

Justin Fisher
July 01 2013 12:46PM

Adding some depth at the goaltending position, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected P.E.I. Rocket netminder Antoine Bibeau with their sixth round pick, 172nd overall. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - July 1, 2013 - Draft Day Aftermath

Steve Dangle
July 01 2013 10:43AM


Steve Dangle and Adam Wylde talk about the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as it's happening, the Dave Bolland trade, the Cory Schneider trade, and why Steve isn't a fan of strip clubs.

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Benoit Pouliot, an attractive option for Toronto, will be a UFA on July 5

Cam Charron
July 01 2013 10:13AM

Here's a bit of a shocker. The Tampa Bay Lightning have told Benoit Pouliot that they won't qualify him, meaning that Pouliot will head to unrestricted free agency on July 5.

This is a player that the Toronto Maple Leafs should immediately begin negotiating with and sign to a cheap depth contract for a couple of years. Perhaps seen as a bit of a redemption contract. After being drafted fourth overall in 2005, Pouliot has not lived up to expectations, bouncing around between four different organizations, and potentially going to sign with his fifth this summer.

He has never scored 20 goals. He has never scored 35 points. He has never played 1000 minutes in a season, and he is probably going to be a very undervalued second- or third-line winger. At this point, a team would be wise to forget about the fact that Pouliot never lived up to the hype as a fourth overall pick in the Sidney Crosby draft and focus on what it is Pouliot has done over the last four seasons or so.

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