Maple Leafs Training Camp News: Kapanen, Kerfoot, Mikheyev, Hyman

Maple Leafs Training Camp News: Kapanen, Kerfoot, Mikheyev, Hyman

September 16th, 2019 The recent signing of Mitch Marner to a Toronto Maple Leafs contract has raised questions about whether the team’s salary structure can be sustained. However, there is finally a wealth of news emerging from the team’s training camp. In this post, I will explore some of the salary news as well...
NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Ducks, Oilers, More

NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Ducks, Oilers, More

September 15th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown there is reactionary news out of Toronto in regards to the Mitch Marner signing. What really happened behind the scenes to help get this deal done? In Edmonton, where everyone is watching Connor McDavid closely, he took part in the first day of training camp. How...

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September 14th, 2019
Maple Leafs History

The 2005 NHL Draft was another dark year for the Toronto Maple Leafs when it came to drafting their future assets. After all, they were led into the event by, then, general manager John Ferguson Jr. who didn’t exactly impress at 2004’s edition of the NHL draft. Related: Revisiting John Ferguson Jr.'s Draft - 2004 That said, Ferguson Jr. was at the helm again in 2005 in a draft that saw the likes of Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan and Carey Price go among the top five picks. The draft saw a total of 111 players suit up for an NHL game. That’s just over 48 percent of the players selected in that year’s draft. Of those, 30 played over 500 games so far with the final pick of the draft being one of the most interesting - Nashville’s selection of Patric Hornqvist at 230th overall. However, in this piece we’ll be looking at the selections made by the Maple Leafs and Ferguson Jr. From a franchise goalie who never suited up for the Maple Leafs to a defenceman with longevity,...
September 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

It seemed like a dramatic story that was going to drag on and on. There were times when it was just about finding the right contract — in both term and dollar value — but there were also times if felt like things were somewhat personal. Was this deal ever going to get done? Why was it taking so long? Could the rest of the NHL finally move forward now? It took a while, but the Toronto Maple Leafs eventually worked it out with restricted free agent Mitch Marner, signing him to a six-year extension on Friday. As per multiple sources including, Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger, the deal was done and just shy of $11 million per season. https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/1172648134092054528?s=20 Related: NHL Rumors: Oilers, Lightning, Jets, Maple Leafs, More Marner Deal Took a Little Time When the news broke on Friday, there was a catch. Dreger quickly pointed out after saying the deal was pretty much done, that it wasn't official. His exact words were,...
September 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

As I was finishing writing this post, my phone buzzed with a message that talks had picked up between Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs since training camp opened on Friday, but that nothing has been completed yet. If that is the case, the next few days should be interesting. However, Maple Leafs fans have been teased before. Is this yet another false hope? Related: Kyle Dubas Done Discussing Marner Contract Talks Publicly In the meantime, here's some of the news and rumors about the Maple Leafs that I have been hearing about. Item One: ESPN’s Maple Leafs All-Decade Team The hockey analysts at ESPN put together All-Decade teams for all 31 NHL franchises. When they built these all-decade teams, they attempted to answer the following questions: Question One: Which players had that combination of statistical achievement and historic importance? Question Two: Which players defined the journey for teams from the 2009-10 season to the present? Auston...
September 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, one Edmonton Oilers forward seems to be retiring after serious and lingering back issues. What does that mean for the Oilers future and how does it explain the signings they did this summer? The Tampa Bay Lightning might waive or trade a goaltender and the Toronto Maple Leafs are going Fight Club-silent with the media in regards to Mitch Marner. Finally, why is Dustin Byfuglien missing Jets training camp and did Julius Honka just say goodbye to Dallas? Kyle Brokziak Retiring? All day yesterday and today, Edmonton Oilers media has been writing revealing and touching pieces on Oilers forward Kyle Brodziak. It has been revealed that he won't be able to play this upcoming season after failing his physical before training camp. Edmonton Oilers forward Kyle Brodziak (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports) Mark Spector of Sportsnet writes, "Back issues will likely force an early retirement, after an steady, reliable 917-game NHL career." This may be one...
September 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

Before the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off their training camp, general manager Kyle Dubas addressed the state of the Mitch Marner contract negotiations. During his conference, Dubas was firm that this would be the only time that he would talk about the negotiations and hopes that a deal will get done before the season starts on Oct. 2. Although he was trying to remain optimistic, everything seems to be up in the air. Both sides have been in constant talks throughout the offseason trying to reach an agreement. We often thought a deal might happen, but nothing came from these meetings. At this point, the worst is expected. Mitch Marner may miss camp and this could carry over into the regular season, which isn’t ideal for anyone. Unreasonable Contract Demands It was previously reported that in June the Maple Leafs offered Marner $11 million per season for seven or eight years. Many felt that number was an over payment for Marner but, apparently, it was not enough. As TSN...