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Leafs sign Nikita Gusev to a PTO

With the Toronto Maple Leafs tight up against the cap, and having lost Zach Hyman to free agency, the Leafs were going to need to get creative to bring in offense to replace him. While Gusev is an admittedly low bar, he still provides some intrigue, especially at the low risk bet of a PTO…

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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #18 David Kampf

David Kampf might be the least hyped Toronto Maple Leaf addition I’ve ever seen in my time as a Leafs fan. Not that he should be hyped, but with every signing and trade throughout the year, there’s always a few fans that are super excited of them, whether it’s the Kurtis Gabriels or Cody Cecis…

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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #19 Wayne Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds always seemed to be the dream Toronto Maple Leaf for a lot of fans, especially in his 30 goal power forward days from the early 2010s. Of course, when he finally joined the Leafs last season, he was not that player anymore, but fans were still excited for him to finally wear the…

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Around the NHL: Winners and losers from the start of free agency

The start of free agency is easily one of the most exciting times on the hockey calendar, as teams take this opportunity to bring in some players to help improve their roster, giving up no assets except cap space. However, in a flat cap era, cap space is an extremely important asset, and wasting it…

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Leafs sign Joshua Ho-Sang to a PTO

The Leafs have signed Joshua Ho-Sang to a professional tryout contract in what might be the move with the highest upside for them today. Ho-Sang is a former first round pick of the New York Islanders who has never been given too much of a chance, but has some promise in his brief NHL stints,…

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Leafs sign Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf

The Leafs added a couple more depth forwards to the roster today, as they signed Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf. Gabriel comes in on a league minimum deal for one year, while Kampf carries a $1.5 million cap hit for two years. Kampf joins the Leafs coming off a season with just one goal, and…

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5 Potential Bargain Forwards the Leafs Could Pursue in Free Agency

Free agency is always a wild time in the hockey world, especially in recent years considering we’ve actually had a few big names make it, like John Tavares, Artemi Panarin, Alex Pietrangelo, and potentially Dougie Hamilton (technically Alex Ovechkin as well but I think everyone knows he’s going to stay in Washington). It’s also a…

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Around the NHL: A Missed Opportunity for the Kraken

Another expansion draft has come and went, and much like the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, a lot of fans left it underwhelmed, especially with the really good players left unprotected by other teams. That said, there’s a big difference between the underwhelming picks by Vegas, and the underwhelming picks by Seattle. With Vegas, a…

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Around the NHL: Comparing NHL teams to Formula 1 teams

I’m definitely not alone in saying that Formula 1 has recently swept me off my feet and captivated me as one of my new favourite sports. After a friend told me to watch the Drive to Survive Netflix series, it timed perfectly with the start of the 2021 season in Bahrain. One exciting race later,…

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Leafs sign Travis Dermott to a two year, $1.5 million AAV contract extension

The Leafs keep chipping away at some of their smaller pending free agents, as Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs have re-signed defenseman Travis Dermott to a two year contract extension with a $1.5 million annual average. Travis Dermott signs a two-year extension with the #leafs carrying a $1.5M AAV. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July…

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Around the NHL: The awards this year were… actually good?

I’m not going to lie, I was 100% banking on the awards giving me some kind of spicy content to churn out for this week’s column, because the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association almost always messes it up in some regard every year. Draisaitl getting the Hart trophy last year, the big-braining to not vote for…