What Will Peter Holland’s Next Contract Be?

Embed from Getty Images The Toronto Maple Leafs currently have five restricted free agents who still need contracts before the season starts.  Two of them are coming off entry-level contracts and do not have arbitration rights: Josh Leivo and Connor Carrick.  The other three have all filed for arbitration: Peter Holland, Martin Marincin, and Frank…

A Statistical Look At Matt Martin

Embed from Getty Images Matt Martin’s contract with the Leafs seems to be one of the most divisive additions the team has made in the post-Nonis era.  Many fans are excited about a player Mike Babcock described as “a real good skater, real good forechecker.”  Babcock added that he sees Martin as a player who…

One Small Mistake Isn’t A Big Deal. Several Small Mistakes Can Be.

Embed from Getty Images One common refrain among hockey fans is that there’s no need to worry about overpaying players, as long as you don’t overpay them by too much.  It’s the big mistakes that ruin a team, according to this line of thinking, things like signing David Clarkson to a nearly $37 million contract. …

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How Should We Expect Frederik Andersen To Age?

Embed from Getty Images When the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Frederik Andersen to a five-year contract with a $5 million cap hit, they made a pretty bold statement.  It’s clear that they see Andersen as a goalie who will backstop the franchise to success over a long period of time, not as merely a stop-gap. …

9 Potentially Undervalued Free Agents The Leafs Could Target

Embed from Getty Images One area where the Leafs have been very successful over the past two seasons is in signing undervalued veterans to short-term contracts, then trading them for draft picks or prospects at the trade deadline.  For a team that badly needed to stock the cupboard with some prospects, it was a smart…

21 Goalies The Leafs Could Target This Summer

Embed from Getty Images The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the 2015-16 NHL season without a clear #1 goalie in the organisation.  Over the past few years, Jonathan Bernier has failed to live up to the lofty expectations set for him by the management team that acquired him, while James Reimer was traded to San Jose…

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Steven Stamkos and UFA Theory

Embed from Getty Images After signing David Clarkson to a 7-year contract, Dave Nonis infamously told reporters, “I’m not worried about [years] six or seven.”  Nonis has been widely criticised for the remark, which was ridiculous in the case of Clarkson, who wasn’t even worth what the Leafs were paying him in year one.  And…

Mitch Marner Should Be In The NHL Next Season

Embed from Getty Images On May 27 TSN published an article arguing that the NHL and CHL should modify their transfer agreement to allow “exceptional” drafted CHL players to play in the AHL, which they currently can not do until their 20-year-old season.  The focus of the article is on Mitch Marner, who just finished…

Sorting Out The Muddle On Toronto’s Defence

Embed from Getty Images The Toronto Maple Leafs have a problem on defence: They have more players under contract than they have roster spots.  On the broad spectrum of problems a hockey team can have, it’s not the worst situation to be in.  It would be much worse to have too few players and find…