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#2
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Willie Nylander
July 02, 2014, 08:18:25 PM
Our new top prospect!

"I would have not made that pick without talking to the agent or the player," Theofanous said in a phone interview. "We have not had any communication with [the Steelheads]. It is not William's intention to play [major junior] next season. It's his intention to play for the Maple Leafs. Beyond that I have no comment."

Several Ontario Hockey League teams contacted the Maple Leafs after the draft to inquire about the possibility of playing junior next year, but Mississauga was not one of them. No teams from the Western Hockey League or the Quebec Major Junior League put in a call to the Leafs about their likely plans for Nylander, believing that he would only play close to Toronto if he played major junior at all. The Leafs let the teams know that Nylander is not under contract with Modo and is free and clear to come to North America. It's not clear if any of these OHL teams that contacted the Leafs were in touch with Theofanous.

"We went into this with our eyes wide open," Steelheads GM and coach James Boyd said. "There's a very good chance that William plays in the NHL next season. And there's an option that he plays in the AHL next season. We're going to honour that. We think he's the top goal scorer in the world in this year's [NHL] draft class, a phenomenal talent. If there's a a slim possibility that he plays major junior next year, that's a swing for the fences we have to take. We may talk to the Leafs at some point but not right now. We'll have to see how this plays out."


I'm sure there's going to be lots of talk about him before October rolls around. #Exciting
#3
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leaf Free agent Target(s)
June 30, 2014, 03:25:41 PM
Lots of free agents, but I put a mix of the top guys there. Didn't put any goalies on the list, but I suppose if you only have a goalie in mind, you could pick "other".
#5
I didn't know where to put this, there will likely be a flood of them during the silly season. This seems better than starting a new thread for updates that are of a smaller variety.

TORONTO - Editor's note: Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was one of several special guests at a charity fundraiser put on by Toronto businessman Mike Wilson on Wednesday night. All proceeds went to the Safe School Network and the theme of the night was facing off against LGBTQ bullying. Our Steve Buffery caught up to Nonis for an interview about all things Leafs.

I thought this part was relevant.

QuoteQ: Will this make the off-season pretty crazy?

Nonis: It will be busy, but it may not be lots of changes because, wanting to make changes and being able to are completely different. If we see some deals there, whether it's free agency or trades, that we think help us, both short and long term, then we'll do it. But it's getting increasingly more difficult to make deals in the cap system with the number of players that are signed around the league. Teams have internal budgets that are affecting things, there are a lot of teams that want to do something, but they're having a hard time making changes and that makes it more difficult.

I think now and the draft, there will be some things for us to look at.

Q: Trade wise?

Nonis: Yeah. It's getting busier. There's talking but there's nothing right now that we're close to doing. But it's picked up a lot.

I know it will get busier once we get to Philadelphia.
#6
NHL Transactions / Capology...
June 17, 2014, 05:48:04 PM
I'm starting this thread to more or less start a conversation. I'm by no means a whiz when it comes to this subject, but it interests me and I think we have the quality of members here to do this topic some justice.

I look around the league during this crazy time and see all the players that end up getting bought out and it's sparks the same question for me;

At what point do we start asking whether the agents/ players are hosing the teams, or there are just a lot of bad talent evaluations going on, mostly league-wide?

I've held a partial belief that some players motivation goes down after they sign these crazy high dollar deals and multi-year contracts. But is it increasing in frequency, or are we paying too much attention to it as fans?

Buyouts seem like they increase from year to year, (and I'll need help from the stats guys) but the GM's still keep signing over-valued deals to some players. Free agency has a lot to do with that and I'm sure some general managers make some mistakes just because of the pressure of the competition, but it sure seems like the players benefit a whole lot more than do the teams in these situations.

I've always liked the idea of non-guaranteed contracts, but that will most likely never happen. Players right now are getting paid for both future potential and pass performance. The CBA is cut and dry, it's business, but something rubs me the wrong way about the gamble on the potential being unfair to the teams, does it bug anybody else?

I don't know how far I want to go with this topic, I don't have much of a plan, but I think it's a good topic none-the-less to keep a thread on.

Discuss
#9
Might as well start this years version of the Armchair GM thread, cutting from last year's.

I built this roster based on somehow landing Statsny in free agency.

I traded picks and prospects, along with Lupul and the rights to Reims and Franson and ended up with Evander Kane and Giordano. I don't know how attainable Giordano is, but I think Kane is available. We could likely replace Giordano with another top 4 rearguard, but the premise is that we need one. Anywhooo.

CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
CapGeek Armchair GM Roster

FORWARDS
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Paul Stastny ($7.500m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
Evander Kane ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Peter Holland ($0.851m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Leo Komarov ($2.000m)
Jerry D'Amigo ($0.700m) / Brian Boyle ($2.000m) / Carter Ashton ($0.851m)
Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / Trevor Smith ($0.700m) /

DEFENSEMEN
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m)
Jake Gardiner ($2.900m) / Mark Giordano ($4.020m)
Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) / Petter Granberg ($0.800m)
Korbinian Holzer ($0.788m)

GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
Al Montoya ($1.300m)

BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
Tim Gleason ($0.833m)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,636,000; BONUSES: $950,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,464,000

Face-offs are covered, top line center covered, size on the wings covered, revamped bottom 6 forwards covered, back-up goalie covered, promotion of some prospects in the system and a team that's harder to play against I think.

Realistic? Who knows? Things could go a lot of different ways this summer, especially with all the chatter and guesses by insiders that there will be a lot of movement this summer. Big names also available they say. I've heard Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau and Mike Richards.

How are people thinking in terms of how much movement will happen this off-season, now that Shannahan is involved?
#11
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Liles on Waivers
September 29, 2013, 12:08:17 PM
Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 58s

Jean Michael Liles also on waivers in TOR.

I liked Jean!  ;D

EDIT:
Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 5m

TOR puts Korbinian Holzer and T.J. Brennan on waivers.
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#12
Michael Russo ‏@Russostrib 3m

Backstrom agrees to three-year deal...

The Wild has agreed to terms with its winningest goalie in franchise history.

Niklas Backstrom has agreed to a three-year deal. I don't have an exact cap hit yet, but it's less than $4 million annually.

Backstrom, the Wild's goalie of seven years, won 24 games last year before sustaining a sports hernia before the playoffs. He has won 184 games.
#18
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                            (28-21-6)                                                      (22-24-9)                         

TV: NHLN-US (HD); CBC, RDS (HD) AM 640


Mats Sundin Banner Raising Night

Forwards:
Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin
Lombardi - Connolly - Crabb
Brown - Steckel - Boyce

Defence:
Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Liles - Franson
Gardiner - Schenn

Goaltenders:
Reimer
Gustavsson


Forwards:
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole
Moen-Eller-Kostitsyn
Bourque-Plekanec-Blunden
Campoli-Gomez-Darche


Defence:
Gorges-Subban
Gill-Diaz
Kaberle-Emelin


Goaltenders:
Price
Budaj



Toronto Point Leaders
Goals: Kessel - 29
Assists: Lupul - 34
Points: Kessel - 57
+/-: Gardiner & Schenn - +10
Wins: Gustavsson - 16
Save %: Reimer – 0.911
G.A.A.: Reimer – 2.71
Shutouts: Reimer & Gustavsson - 3



Montreal Point Leaders
Goals: Pacioretty - 22
Assists: Desharnais - 27
Points: Pacioretty - 41
+/-: Gorges + 13
Wins: Price - 20
Save %: Price - .916
G.A.A.: Price - 2.36
Shutouts: Price - 3


Preview:


Season Series: This is the fourth of six meetings this season between the two Original Six rivals who will close out their seasons against each other on April 7. Toronto shut out the Habs 2-0 on opening night before topping the Canadiens 5-4 in overtime two weeks later. In their last meeting, Montreal beat the Leafs 3-1 thanks to third-period goals from Raphael Diaz and Lars Eller.

Big Story: Despite back-to-back losses at Winnipeg and Philadelphia, Toronto is still in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race while Montreal's hopes of making the postseason are hanging by a thread. The Canadiens have shown some signs of life in winning their last three games and Scott Gomez scored his first goal in more than a year Thursday night, inspiring spirited celebration among his teammates. With two months left in the regular season, this could be a pivotal matchup for both teams.

#21
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Mats Sundin Tribute thread.....
February 07, 2012, 12:53:36 PM
In light of Mats' big night on Saturday, I thought we could start a thread to talk about him and post some pictures of the big Swede..... The eyes of a man determined to win every game.

Oh Captain Our Captain!


Number: 13
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 231
Shoots: Right
Born: 13 Feb 1971
Birthplace: Bromma, Sweden
   
Acquired: Acquired from Quebec along with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia's first round choice in 1994 Entry Draft (Nolan Baumgartner) in exchange for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and Toronto's first round choice in 1994 Entry Draft (Jeffrey Kealty) June 28, 1994. Originally Quebec's first choice, first overall, in 1989 Entry Draft.
Drafted: QUE / 1989 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall)

The Trade that made it all happen..



I don't have a lot of the old moments captured, hopefully you all have photos of Mats' time with our Leafs. Saturday night should be a tear jerker, I can't wait to see his number finally where it should be.....

I've never seen a Maple Leaf player so happy when one of his teammates scored a goal. There are so many wonderful moments to list, hopefully we can make it a long one, all the way up to Saturday night.

We miss you Mats!
#22
From LeBrun

Leafs' trade talk

The Leafs' newfound depth, especially on defense, has the club working the phones to see if there's any interest in some of their players. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and center Tyler Bozak are among the names that have been discussed, but as of Wednesday, we're told nothing was close with any team. The Leafs could also start the season with eight defensemen on their roster.


I know Burke has to do his best to get numbers down, but I don't really like the Bozak talk. Now maybe Bozak would fetch something of value, but, he could also turn out to be a long lasting quality player for us as well. Personally, I would rather we wait an see what we have in him. It all depends on what is offered of course, but with his solid rookie numbers, he could turn out to be one of those players that leaves here and blossoms somewhere else and I wouldn't like that. This could be the Turris/ Bozak rumour they're talking about, but I thought I would mention it, because it's coming straight from LeBrun.

Gunnarsson on the other hand may be the guy that the organization deems expendable, with the contract of Komisarek not being movable at this point and the emergence of young Gardiner. I think I'm okay with that, but obviously, my first choice to leave would be Komisarek. We could get a good pick for Carl I think, but maybe Burke is looking to package in order to land a bigger fish, we'll have to wait and see.