Martin Brodeur's Options in NHL Free Agency Remain Limited; Retirement Coming?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-07-24

With a week remaining in July, Martin Brodeur remains without an NHL home. If he was holding out hope at a return to New Jersey for the 2014-15 season, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello just about shut the door on that possibility on Tuesday.  From Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger: But don’t expect the Devils to bring goaltender Martin Brodeur to training camp— with or without a contract. Lamoriello said he is not considering another veteran goalie. The team signed veteran Scott Clemmensen to a two-way contract earlier this month. “At this point I don’t think so,” he said. So what are the options for the 42-year-old goaltender, who says he would like to

Maple Leafs News: Analytics Master Kyle Dubas the New AGM

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-07-24

It's either a sign of the Apocalypse or merely the 21st century, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have just unabashedly embraced advanced analytics.#165438566 / gettyimages.comI know, I thought Hell would freeze over first too.Kyle Dubas, the 28 year old wunderkind General Manager of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, has almost literally gone from rags to riches in terms of of available resources.As Cam Charron on NHLnumbers.com notes, "There's something in Dubas for everybody, no matter your hockey stripe. He was a scout at 17 when he was attending Brock University—with deep family ties to the Soo organization. At 25, he was the youngest general manager in junior hockey and tasked w

Booth: Playing for Leafs was ‘childhood dream’

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-07-24

Despite the fact he grew up in Michigan, David Booth says it was “a childhood dream” to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” Booth, who often travelled to Toronto to play in tournaments as a kid, told Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday. “I grew up watching Hockey Night [in Canada] in Detroit so it’s very, very exciting for me. “I have a great love for the city, and I’m very excited to be playing hockey for the Maple Leafs.” The Leafs signed the 29-year-old to a one-year, $1.1 million contract Tuesday, and Booth is hoping the 2014-15 campaign serves as a means for redemption. Booth missed a total of 68 regular-season games in less

Lightning Star Issues "Come And Get Me" Plea To Maple Leafs

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2014-07-24

The actions of the Tampa Bay Lightning's wantaway star Steven Stamkos suggest that he is plotting an escape to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the midst of a turbulent period of upheaval but the change that would reverberate throughout the hockey world may yet be to come. Sources close to PPP Amalgamated Heavy Industries, Kitten Ranching, and Pug Training GmBH have intimated to us that the Tampa Bay Lightning's starlet Steven Stamkos may be agitating for a move to Bay Street and his hometown Maple Leafs and the megabucks club is said to be on red alert. Stamkos grew up in Markham, a northern suburb of the city known in hockey circles as "The Centre of t

Babcock and the Leafs

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

If Mike Babcock makes it to next summer without a new contract from the Red Wings, the list of teams who would want to acquire his services could probably be the other 29. Realistically, there are likely only a few that would dish out the cash that Babcock is seeking. Of course a few million dollars is nothing for an NHL team to spend, and often times waste, but some teams are in more desperate need of a turn-around than others. Regarded as arguably the best coach on the planet, Babcock is set to make $2 million this upcoming season in Detroit - the last of his current deal - and what he's looking for beyond that is anyone's guess, but the Wings haven't hit that number yet, or he'd be loc

Power Ranking Toronto Maple Leafs' Top 6 Forwards for 2014-15 Season

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-07-24

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been busy in the offseason; however, the top-six forward group has remained intact for the most part. The team leaned upon the group most nights in 2013-14. It's clear that Toronto's brass believes strengthening the bottom six will allow the top offensive players to play more quality minutes in 2014-15. Considering possession stats, basic offensive stats and the ability to play solid two-way hockey, let's power rank the Leafs' top six forwards.Begin Slideshow

NHL Rumors III: Stamkos, Maple Leafs, Sharks and Penguins

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2014-07-24

Tweet Stephen Whyno in the Toronto Star: Lightning Steven Stamkos will be a UFA in 2016 and thought of playing for the Maple Leafs could be there. “We’ll see what happens. It’s a couple years away,” Stamkos said Wednesday. “Right now I’m focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I […]

Booth Joins Maple Leafs To 'Revive My Career'

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2014-07-24

David Booth is ready with a list of reasons he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs: He can play for an Original Six team close to home with a chance for some significant ice time. "There's just so many things that I'm excited about," Booth said...

[Thursday LL] More to talk about

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2014-07-24

It feels like we're steamrolling through the summer at this point. 60 days until the Leafs' preseason opens. Leafs Links: The culture change we actually needAs general manager of the Greyhounds, Kyle Dubas horrifically mishandled the team's response to sexual assault charges against three of the Soo's players. Mirtle: Dubas hire signals new era for Maple LeafsMirtle's latest on the new AGM. Two Diametrically Opposed OffencesDellows' latest compares the Leafs and the Kings. Around the league: Ryan O'Reilly, Avs avoid arbitration, settle on two-year, $12 million dealtwo years, 6M AAV Buffalo Sabres sign free-agent defenceman Andre Benoit to 1-year contractpoor guy, couldn't even get a co

(Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2014-07-24

Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero) is a good follow on Twitter for his daily insights and data visualizations, usually with a Leafs focus. Yesterday, he put together an updated chart on the Leafs off-season additions and subtractions (stats encompass the last three seasons): Overall, the Leafs’ new additions have had their past linemates own more of the shot attempts with them than away from them. Better than the alternative, but what the Leafs’ coaching staff changes or

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