GIF: Morgan Rielly beats Lightning's Vasilevskiy with clinical wrist shot

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 07:42PM

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Even in the midst of a thoroughly depressing Toronto Maple Leafs season, a sublime talent like Morgan Rielly can score a goal lovely enough to make even the most hardened, cynical Leafs fan smile.

Early in the third period of Tuesday night's Maple Leafs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rielly took a-cross seam pass from Nazem Kadri, out-waited Andrey Vasilevskiy with the patience of Job, and beat the young Russian-born netminder with a perfectly placed wrist shot.

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How the NHL's new executive compensation system will make it costly to replace Leafs GM Nonis

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 05:19PM

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If Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan decides to replace general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek with the best talent available this spring, it will be an enormously costly decision.

Executive compensation hasn't been a thing in the NHL since the Peter Chiarelli drama back in 2006, but it will be again beginning this offseason. Though the NHL Board of Governors approved this change in June, more details of precisely how the system will work were reported on Tuesday.

Basically if the Maple Leafs are intent on tapping a highly-regarded coach under contract to replace interim bench boss Peter Horachek, it'll cost them at least a third-round draft pick. More interestingly, if the Maple Leafs want to replace Dave Nonis before the 2015 NHL Entry draft with a current NHL executive, it's reportedly going to cost them a second-round pick. 

Read on past the jump for more.

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LGD - Tampa Your Expectations

Justin Fisher
March 31 2015 01:59PM

Sure, the Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of their first victory since what feels like the Middle Ages, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, one of only five teams in the league that have already clinched a playoff berth, so I certainly hope you weren't looking for a winning streak.

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Zack Sill. The New Face of the Leafs. #mycolumn:

Bobby Cappuccino
March 31 2015 09:00AM

When the Leafs traded Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins, everyone focused on the picks the Leafs got for him. They represented a solid return. But no one, except me, talked about how the addition of Zack Sill made that trade a steal for the Leafs.

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March 31 2015 07:00AM

If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!

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