June 28th, 2016 In Hurricanes Transactions, Maple Leafs Transactions, NHL Entry Draft 0 comments

Rebuilding through the Draft is a trend we’re seeing a lot of these days and this strategy is being used not just by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Carolina Hurricanes as well. Taking a look back to the beginning of the Leafs’ rebuild, you’ll see that they are currently a couple months into their third year. Toronto’s 'Shana-plan'...

June 28th, 2016 In Maple Leafs Transactions, Top Stories, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have done some excellent work over the past few of weeks. They made a couple of key trades, had a very successful draft and have started talks potential free agents. Maple Leafs News has been off for much of June, and the reason is because I moved to a different province for broadcasting work. Now that I have some time...

June 26th, 2016 In Maple Leafs Transactions, Pittsburgh Penguins, Top Stories, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

Phil Kessel traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins! The headlines screamed across the hockey media last year as the Toronto Maple Leafs finally moved the guy they just couldn't figure out. Kessel had to go, and go he went. It seemed to many involved that canning Kessel was inevitable, not only in a general sense, but also specifically as a part of the...

June 26th, 2016 In Columbus Blue Jackets, News, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired 21-year-old former 1st round draft pick (19th overall) Kerby Rychel from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional draft pick. That condition is a 5th round draft pick should the Blue Jackets waive Harrington and see him claimed, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. A move...

June 25th, 2016 In NHL Entry Draft, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

The one thing Toronto Maple Leafs' fans have wanted since the days of Mats Sundin is a number one center. That demand was finally answered Friday night in Buffalo after the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews with their 2016 1st overall NHL draft pick. There was a lot of talk leading up to the draft about whether the Leafs would...

June 24th, 2016 In News, NHL Entry Draft, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

With the first pick in the 2016 NHL Draft the Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Auston Matthews from ZSC Lions in the NLA. About Auston Matthews What is there to say about Matthews that hasn't already been said? He has drawn comparisons to Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Toews. Had he been born a week earlier, he would have challenged Jack Eichel for...

June 24th, 2016 In Anaheim Ducks, Prospects, Top Stories, Toronto Maple Leafs, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

On Monday, June 20th, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced a significant trade which would instantly alter the future of the team and the direction of their rebuild. The Leafs acquired G Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2016 1st round pick, 30th overall, and a 2017 2nd round pick. At the time of the trade, Andersen...

June 23rd, 2016 In Maple Leafs Goaltending, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

It's time to get used to the new Toronto Maple Leafs. This past season we watched as the Leafs traded away core players in Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, James Reimer, and many others to end up with a grand total of twelve draft picks. The Leafs quickly sunk to the bottom of the NHL and stayed there, which wasn't a surprise to anyone. By the end...

June 22nd, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

The NHL released its 2016-17 schedule on Tuesday and while there was never going to be any surprises when it came to match-ups, as it is the same drill each and every year, there was something that stood out as a bit of a headscratcher.  While it may not seem like that big of a deal to fans in the United States, the fact the Edmonton Oilers and...

June 22nd, 2016 In Toronto Maple Leafs, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is slated to be held June 24-25th, 2016, and for the first time since 1985 the Toronto Maple Leafs hold the first overall pick. Back in 1985, Toronto selected Wendel Clark first overall, who went on to become one of the most beloved and highly respected Maple Leafs in franchise history. A franchise corner-stone, Clark...

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