Some thoughts on a second GTA team

Cam Charron
August 08 2012 03:00PM

Those plucky Markhamites.

First, Markham decided that they would like to become a "city" instead of a "town", and then they decide to go ahead with helping businessman Graeme Roustan's plan to build a second major arena in the Greater Toronto Area.

This arena, owned by "GTA Sports & Entertainment", is currently known just as the GTA Centre. Does this mean a second team in Southern Ontario?

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The Leafs should trade Joffrey Lupul, now

Cam Charron
August 08 2012 09:59AM

As a first line winger, I've begrudgingly accepted Joffrey Lupul as somewhat valuable and completely immovable. This is the summer after Lupul has scored a near career-high 31.1 goals per 82 games. He scored 25 in his 66 games with the Leafs this season.

This is exactly why the Toronto Maple Leafs ought to trade him. If there is any way for the Leafs to salvage the fact that they traded François Beauchemin, it comes with what happens with Joffrey Lupul.

Lupul has one more year left on his deal. He'll make $4.25M according to Capgeek. His cap hit is identical to his salary, and should the Leafs wait until the deadline to take any parts for Lupul, they won't get as good of a package. Even coming off an injury, Lupul is at his most valuable as a trading piece right now.

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Leafs prospects in action this week

Cam Charron
August 06 2012 05:32AM

The Canadian under-18 camp is live at Etobicoke's MasterCard Centre. If you're reading this early enough in the morning and are in the area, it may be worth getting out to the rink to catch a free hockey game with some top-tiered talent in an air conditioned building in August.

None of those players have been drafted, however. There are a couple of Maple Leafs draftees at the Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. The White and the Blue teams will play exhibition games against rosters sent in from Sweden and Finland this week, kicking that off today.

Tyler Biggs and Garrett Sparks, Leafs' draft picks by way of the Guelph Storm and the Oshawa Generals, were each in action.

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Nation Radio - August 4, 2012

August 05 2012 12:39PM

It's the August long weekend! Hockey may be on the back-burner for many, but that doesn't mean that Nation Radio is hurting for things to discuss. Host Allan Mitchell talks about the Oilers with Jason Gregor, the Canucks with Thomas Drance, the NHL in general with Eric T., the AHL with Jim Byers and the WHL with Guy Flaming, with a little soccer talk with Scott Francis Winder in acknowledgement of the fact that when the thermometer is pushing 30 degrees all the talk can't be about hockey.

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Leafs sign Morgan Rielly to entry-level deal

Cam Charron
August 03 2012 02:59PM



As reported by everybody, Morgan Rielly's three-year entry-level deal was signed Friday afternoon. Not too much of a story here because it's rare that a team won't sign its first round pick.

However it's interesting that the Leafs stuck with the three-year term. For the new collective bargaining agreement, part of the owners' proposal was to lengthen entry-level deals to five years. The Leafs aren't the only team to sign their first rounder, but I'm wondering whether there was no thought on the part of the team to "well, why don't we see if ELCs are lengthened in the CBA"?

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