After the first official home game of the preseason last night, the Leafs are heading to Buffalo for their fourth preseason game. We’re almost halfway done with the exhibitions — almost.
We can and we will. A sentiment said by GM Kyle Dubas last summer with all three of the former top prospects that have become high-performing NHL forwards, still unsigned to second contracts.
The wait is over. Both sides have agreed to a contract and everyone can now enjoy the game itself. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Mitch Marner to a six-year contract that will carry a cap hit of $10.893-million.
The pressure is on. Teams are starting to get together and preparing for the 82 games that are ahead of them in less than a month, but some prime young stars are still on the sidelines as restricted free agents. Apparently, some of them don’t want to accept a historic long-term deal for their hometown…
If you answered “who?” reading the headline, it’s alright. Being on the Edmonton Oilers does that to players that move on from them.
The Gardiner era in Toronto is officially over, unfortunately. The American defenceman signed a four-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes at a cap hit of $4.05-million.
The Leafs will be in tough to begin the season. Two of their primary depth players, Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott, will be out for a period of time when they start a crucial year after a disappointing end to the previous one.
It isn’t a Toronto sports topic without being extremely insecure about a superstar staying long-term and trying to win a championship.
As the regular season steadily approaches, some impactful unrestricted free agents are still waiting to get signed by their new teams. But there have been an increasing amount of discussion whether a certain UFA will return to his former team as they try to contend for a Stanley Cup.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of the most interesting teams to watch in the 2019-20 regular season of the NHL. They have heaps of pressure that the entire hockey world has put on them, but are talented enough to surpass even those lofty expectations.
There’s still a couple weeks before hockey really gets going, so why not talk about chicken sandwiches and other unnecessary food topics?
Mikko Kokkonen Position: LHD Age: 18 Physical: Height: 5’11″ / 181 cm, Weight: 198 lbs / 90 kg TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: N/A Draft Information: 2019 3rd-round, 84th overall In the position that the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in, they will need to have a cycle of high-ceiling prospects reach the NHL at…