September 20 2014 09:11AM
Back for a second stint with the team that drafted him, Matt Frattin is a Leaf once again. Thank God, because his chemistry with, uh, other, uh, people, uh, was quite clearly the missing ingredient in last year's disastrous season. Jokes aside, Frattin had a a rough season as well, and hopes to bounce back in a familiar setting.
September 20 2014 08:06AM
After a strong showing at their Rookie Camp, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 18-year old blueliner Cody Donaghey to a three year entry level contract. One of the few non-Leafs who got invited to the team's main camp, Donaghey is a 6'1, 185lb offensive defenceman out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
September 19 2014 06:09PM
Welcome to Round Three!
Generally, the Friday TLN Roundtable is where our smart and handsome writing staff take turns tackling the tough issues, but we're switching this up a bit this time around. Last week, you got to check out some articles from the five finalists in our Next TLN Blogger contest. This week, we gave them the keys to the Roundtable and told them to be back at a reasonable hour.
The question I posed to our finalists...
Who will be the Leafs' *surprise* player this upcoming season? (Good or bad.)
Check out the answers below and when you're done, leave a comment and let us know who had the best answers. Be part of the process! Democracy!
September 19 2014 11:36AM
There has been a lot of talk lately about how the Leafs have used stats in the past few years, and that they’ve got internal ways of measuring players success. I found this interesting, because any stat they are using would seemingly defy any logical means to assess a player’s success. The other thing that can’t be ignored is the fact that the Leafs management carryovers (Nonis and Carlyle) seemingly have a love affair with the term compete level. Compete level until now has had no definition, but I felt it is time to give it one, and the proper statistic support to back it up.
September 19 2014 08:43AM
Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn't had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn't been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make 'the big mistake' has put him in the coach's doghouse on numerous occasions and given Leafs management some commitment issues. After signing yet another one-year deal, Franson becomes a UFA after this season. With a glut of defensemen on the roster, his days as a Leaf are probably numbered.