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TLN Plays of the Month: July 2016

Well, that was an eventful month! What was supposed to be the glorious end to Stammergeddon and a period of relaxation where nobody quite cared about anything else ended up being much different. The Leafs instead ended up building up the depth side of the roster with a level of urgency that made us all…

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The long-term outlook of Toronto’s rookie bonuses

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot invested in their young core, both figuratively and literally. The team is looking to its youth to re-ignite the once great franchise, building themselves up from within through scouting and player development to create a sustainable environment for long-term success. They’ve also…

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TLN Roundtable: Back that pass up

The Leafs have all of their forwards signed. In fact, they might just have too many. They also have all of their defencemen signed, and there might be an abundance there too. But between the pipes?  Frederik Andersen is presumably the starting goalie after that trade and contract extension, but… who is supporting him? Our…

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5 Players that the Leafs Could Buy Out Next Week

Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Thanks to the oddities of the NHL Rulebook, the Toronto Maple Leafs now have an opportunity to shed some contracts. Their arbitration-eligible players have now all been settled with, which means a second “buyout window”, lasting 48 hours, will open up on Monday. Seeing as the Leafs have…

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Leafs sign Martin Marincin to 2-year deal ahead of arbitration

Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS It’s officially confirmed – literally nobody wants to sit in an arbitration room with Lou Lamoriello. Martin Marincin, the last remaining restricted free agent for the Leafs to sign this offseason has agreed to a two-year deal with the team.

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Kerby Rychel isn’t actually expansion exempt, but that’s fine

Photo Credit: Aaron Doster/USA TODAY SPORTS Back on June 25th, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for California-born but Ontario-raised Kerby Rychel, acquiring him from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Scott Harrington, a player who had been with the organization for less than a year, plays in a position of abundance, and hadn’t played since January…

What Will Martin Marincin’s Next Contract Be?

Embed from Getty Images Martin Marincin is the last remaining Toronto Maple Leaf with an arbitration hearing scheduled.  Peter Holland and Frank Corrado both signed short-term contracts with the team shortly before their arbitration dates, while Marincin is set for Tuesday, August 2.  Before Holland’s hearing, I took a shot at guessing what his AAV…

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The Roundup

Auston Mattews contract saga over nothing, how do the best NHL teams structure their salary cap, Trevor Linden speaks, Flames off-season report card, all signs point to Connor McDavid to be Oilers next Captain, Pacific division preview, size doesn’t matter, Evander Kane, The Tragically Hip and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Despite having all the players, the Marlies have one key hole

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com Last night, we talked a bit about the Marlies bringing back Brett Findlay and having Patrick Watling on the Solar Bears, available for whenever they may be needed. After all, AHL teams need to have depth even more than their parent clubs do, with call-ups being just as much of a…

Potential new names, similar expectations for Leafs goaltenders

Embed from Getty Images It’s no secret the Leafs have established a nice stable of prospects over the last couple years, and those key pieces like Matthews, Nylander, and Marner are at the front of all the hype around this rebuild, as they should be. But Toronto is also wading through the process of turning over the old names from the…

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WWYDW: Marty’s Future

The Leafs are almost at the end of the long and winding RFA road, and they couldn’t be doing a better job of it. While there are still some salary cap hurdles ahead of them this year, all seven of the players they’ve locked back in since April have signed for below market value, or…