July 05 2014 08:35PM
According to, well, every major mainstream media outlet on the planet, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a couple of players electing for arbitration. James Reimer was already known to be the one of them, but it's since come out that Cody Franson will be joining him.
July 05 2014 04:56PM
Cody Franson didn't have a very good 2013-2014. His offensive numbers, a strong point for Franson throughout his entire career, dwindled. He had a career-low 0.69 even strength points per 60 minutes rate, and failed to have a very good puck-possession season despite playing over half of his minutes with Jake Gardiner, arguably Toronto's best defenceman.
Despite the tough year, the 33 points in 79 games and a tangible step back from his numbers of one season ago, Franson filed for arbitration, the second of two Maple Leafs to do so, and will probably remain a Leaf this upcoming season.
July 05 2014 09:44AM
While in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Habs blogger Andrew Berkshire and myself hopped in a cab that already had two people in it. We started talking and it turned out those two other people were player agents Darryl Wolski of 2112 Hockey Agency and Aaron Schwartz of The Hockey Group.
Darryl and Aaron joined us on a lunch meet up and told us their stories and unique perspectives. While Darryl had been a player agent for a number of years, Aaron had only recently stepped aside from playing hockey to become an agent just six months ago.
Both agents agreed to an interview after lunch, sharing what it's like to be an agent, misconceptions of the job, how to get started, and more.
July 04 2014 07:49PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't sign anybody today! How weird is that, after a pretty active start to free agency? Well, let me tell you something; we may have a transaction soon. According to a couple of reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
July 04 2014 09:33AM
James Reimer was among the first restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration this season. That means that I had to spend a good portion of my morning going back over all the arbitration rules, since I tend to forget them over the summer.
The key thing to note is that by filing for arbitration, Reimer can no longer negotiate with other teams and other teams can not sign the young goaltender to an offer sheet. I was wondering if that might be a route taken by a rogue team seeking to improve their goaltending situation, being able to pay up to about $3-and-a-half million without giving up too much, but that door is closed right now. The Leafs must sign or trade Reimer.