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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 11 – Carter Ashton

  Name: Carter Ashton Position: Right Wing Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba  Size: 6’3, 215 lbs 2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL) Acquired: Traded from Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2012 When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Carter Ashton for Keith Aulie as the 2012 trade deadline loomed, I couldn’t contain my excitement. For one, while many had high hopes for…

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Where Are They Now: The 08/09 Leafs

In a rather forgettable fashion, Tomas Kaberle has signed a 1 year contract with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk. It remains to be seen if his NHL days are permanently behind him, but after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens, one wonders if we’ll see him again. Anyway, this move made me think about some…

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Phil Kessel is about to get paid

via Chris Peters The National Hockey League now caps contracts at eight years, and the change most fans will notice in the coming years is that this will mean a higher salary cap hit for most of the league’s star players. In the last agreement, the long-term “back-diving” deals which are now outlawed saw players…

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 12 – Greg McKegg

  Name: Greg McKegg Position: Centre / Left Wing Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario (near London) Size: 6’0, 185 lbs 2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL) Acquired: Drafted 62nd overall (3rd Round) in 2010 Entry Draft  Trying to get a feel for McKegg’s potential has been a bit of a challenge since the day he was drafted….

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James Reimer, Jonathan Bernier, and the hot-hand

“The one thing that you always try to do is you create, ‘you win you’re in,’” Caryle told reporters earlier this summer. “And winning is what we’re here to do. We’re here to win hockey games.” This paragraph surfaced in a story written last week by Sean Fitz-Gerald at the National Post, with Randy Carlyle…

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Quick Thought: Stat Tracking

Michael Traikos had an interesting piece in the National Post about Jay McClement, his big year last year, and his thoughts on the Leafs moving forward. That’s cool, and deserved – McClement was a massive help to the penalty kill last year, and produced above everybody’s expectations. But a couple of things stated are a…

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TLN TOP TWENTY PROSPECTS: NO. 13 – Garret Sparks

  Name: Garret Sparks Position: Goalie Hometown: Elmhurst, IL Size: 6’3, 205 lbs 2013 Team: Guelph Storm, Toronto Marlies Acquired: Draft, 7th Round, 2011 We’ve ranked Garrett Sparks as the Leafs’ 13th-best prospect. So what? What does that even mean? I know for me personally, Sparks changed places more times than any other Leafs prospect while I was making my…

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 14- Brad Ross

    Name: Bradley Ross Rad Boss Position: Left Wing Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta Size: 6’1, 183lbs 2013 Team: Toronto Marlies, Idaho Steelheads Acquired: Draft, 2nd Round, 2010 If you asked me a year ago where I’d rank Rad Boss I probably would have placed him a lot higher than 18th spot I personally ranked him at. Putting aside his WHL production,…

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Nazem Kadri and the importance of a team-friendly second contract

The Nazem Kadri contract dispute turned ugly over the weekend, with Sportsnet’s David Alter reporting information about Kadri’s contract demands that was made clear came from a team source after Nazem Kadri fired back on Twitter. Perhaps the best thing Dave Nonis has done this offseason is not cave immediately to Kadri’s demands, or cave…

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 15 – Dominic Toninato

Dominic Toninato with Duluth East High School (Photo: wwwmnhockeyprospects.com)   Name: Dominic Toninato Position: Centre Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota Size: 6’1, 180lbs 2013 Team: Fargo Force (USHL) Acquired: Draft, 5th Round, 2012   It’s inevitable that Dominic Toninato’s progress will be closely tied to 2011 draft pick Tony Cameranesi’s. Both were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in…