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James Van Riemsdyk traded to Leafs for Luke Schenn

The Luke Schenn re-vitalization project didn’t get off the ground. Just as the assembled hockey media was ditching Pittsburgh for the weekend, Brian Burke took the time to make the biggest deal of the year so far, sending Schenn to Philadelphia in exchange for James Van Riemsdyk. Courtesy Dreger: Breaking News!!!!Toronto trades Luke Schenn to…

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Canucks GM Mike Gillis shoots down any Luongo to Toronto speculation

Creepy Over the weekend it was expected that maybe the time was right for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs to make a deal involving a goaltender, specifically, Roberto Luongo. However, the only trade involving the Leafs on draft day was that they dealt one of their goaltenders to a Canadian team. The negotiating…

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-round picks

With the 125th pick, the Leafs selected Dominic Toninato of Duluth-East Greyhounds in the Minnesota high school system. Toninato was ranked 149th in NHL Central Scouting, after a strong second half of the season that saw him score 61 points in 25 games.

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Matt Finn selected 35th overall

There was some talk after the first round of the draft, where Guelph Storm defenceman Matt Finn was left standing, that he may fall to his hometown team Toronto for the No. 35 pick. As it turns out, Finn, listed 6’0″ 197 by the Storm, became the second defenceman chose by Burke, and the second…

The Five Top-Ranked Players Left At The 2012 NHL Draft

The first round of this year’s draft saw some surprising selections. At the very top, Nail Yakupov went first overall as the Oilers opted for the consensus best player, but there were reaches and slides sprinkled throughout. Filip Forsberg, ranked 2nd on the consensus list, fell to 11; Teuvo Teravainen was pegged as a top-10…

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More on Rielly from Leafs’ scouting director Dave Morrison

(Bruce Bennett/Getty) PITTSBURGH — The Maple Leafs’ director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison didn’t necessarily confirm Brian Burke’s assertion that number five overall pick Morgan Rielly was the highest player ranked on the Leafs’ board, but admitted that “we had him pretty high.” “We went for a high-end skill talent. We wanted a guy that can…