Maple Leafs Have Options If Marner Gets Offer Sheets

Maple Leafs Have Options If Marner Gets Offer Sheets

June 13th, 2019 The biggest question facing the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer is what they’re going to do with Mitch Marner. Set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, Marner and his agent, Darren Ferris, are reportedly looking for a huge payday. With Nikita Zaitsev and Patrick Marleau still on the...
Maple Leafs' Cap Situation Not as Bad as It Seems

Maple Leafs' Cap Situation Not as Bad as It Seems

June 12th, 2019 Since last year, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been constantly labeled as a team that would be in “cap trouble.” Those two words have been linked to the Maple Leafs since William Nylander signed his extension and then when Auston Matthews signed his. And now, it’s Mitch Marner’s time to...

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June 9th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

No pun intended, but Nazen Kadri is in tough. By default, he’s the Toronto Maple Leafs’ enforcer and it’s a job that’s killing his career. It’s not that he can’t or is unwilling do it, but the role comes at a cost to his own game and to the team. Related: Is It Time for the Maple Leafs to Trade Kadri? I believe, if he’s going to remain with the Maple Leafs, he needs to relinquish that role. Otherwise, he probably should be traded. Maple Leafs Need Kadri to Play Kadri is arguably the best third-line center in the NHL, but he also could be a great number two center. That he’s the Maple Leafs' number three center gives the team the top combination of centers in the NHL. Kadri wants to play in Toronto. That desire was evident when, at the end of the season, he all but promised never to be suspended again during the playoffs. But promising is one thing; making that a reality is another. Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri speaks to reporters after a locker...
June 8th, 2019
Maple Leafs Management

On May 11, 2018, Kyle Dubas was named the 17th general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After spending four years in the organization as an assistant, he took over as GM following the departure of Lou Lamoriello. One year later, Dubas is set to experience his first real test this off-season. A Busy Offseason Ahead Dubas has a lot on his plate. The Leafs have three forwards who are RFAs, three defensemen who are UFAs and two players who have requested trades. He has difficult negotiations ahead of him with Mitch Marner. Marner is one of the Maple Leafs' best players and with salary cap restrictions piling up, the task of signing him to an extension is going to be complicated. Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov) Rumours of offer sheets being extended to Marner have been circulating all season, as detailed by SportsNet's Luke Fox. Whether or not the rumour becomes reality does not change the fact that Marner is going to be a...
June 7th, 2019
Maple Leafs Prospects

With the 2019 NHL Entry Draft just around the corner, let's take a look back at last year's draft to get an idea of what could be in store this time around. Kyle Dubas' first season as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs is now in the rear-view mirror and we have had a full season to look at the progress of his first draft class. The hope of this exercise is to get an idea of Dubas' draft patterns as well as get a progress report on the youngest players in the Maple Leafs' system. Rasmus Sandin (First Round, 29th Overall) The consensus is that Sandin has supplanted Timothy Liljegren as the top prospect in Toronto's system. He is described as a cerebral defenseman who uses his spacial awareness and decision-making to control the puck. At 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds, the left-handed defenseman isn't known for his physical play but uses his positioning to leverage every inch of his frame. The 19-year-old Swede was able to jump straight to the AHL and flourish. Sandin...
June 6th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In light of Nikita Zaitsev’s decision to ask for a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is a lot of news and rumors swirling around Toronto. While there’s some good news from the organization, there’s also some bad news. Here are some insights into what’s going on around the team. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Tavares, Nylander, Franson, Zaitsev & More Item One: Newfoundland Growlers Capture ECHL They were an expansion team, but the Newfoundland Growlers captured the 2019 Kelly Cup as the ECHL champions by beating the Toledo Walleye 4-3 on Tuesday. Not only was it the team’s first championship, but it was the province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s first professional sports championship in any sport at any level. https://twitter.com/NLGrowlers/status/1136064734107770880 The Growlers were also the first team to claim the ECHL title in its first season of existence since the Greensboro Monarchs did it in 1990. Congratulations to the team...
June 6th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

The NHL draft is an extremely busy time of year for scouts and general managers. Every team is developing its own strategy and list of players who they could select and have as part of the organization's future. Since the Toronto Maple Leafs' rebuild began, we’ve seen a change in philosophy by drafting high-end speed and skill. Those players are slightly more difficult to come by in the later portions of the draft where the team now finds itself selecting. But who’s to say they can’t find another gem in the second round where they pick 53rd overall. Here a few things to keep in mind for what the Maple Leafs could do at the draft. Accumulating Picks It’s no secret that general manager Kyle Dubas has been a wizard at wheeling and dealing draft picks to try and move up and down at the draft to get the player he wants. With a number of players on his roster rumoured to be on the way out, it’s possible he could acquire another pick in the draft, be it late first or...
June 5th, 2019
Winnipeg Jets

In today's NHL rumor rundown, Patrik Laine's agent posturing on contract negotiations? Are the Toronto Maple Leafs learning anything from their dealings with William Nylander and what team has just popped up as interested in Jason Zucker? Jets and Laine in Potentially Awkward Spot Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun comments on David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period's report this weekend that Patrik Laine could explore a variety of options if he doesn’t like numbers the Winnipeg Jets are using to negotiate the forward's extension. Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) Wiebe suggests this could just be posturing by Laine’s agent and considering that contract negotiations are expected to pick up here in the upcoming weeks and that the player is seeking upwards of $10 million per season, that makes sense. The other side of this is that if Laine's agent Mike Luit doesn’t like what he hears he and the sniper could explore an offer sheet similar to how...