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William Nylander – 2016-17 Player Preview

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2016-07-28

Career Summary The eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft, William Nylander has progressed about as well as could’ve been expected since his draft year. There is a compelling argument to be made that Nylander was deserving of a higher draft choice in the first place. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Nylander is the son of long-time NHLer, […] The post William Nylander – 2016-17 Player Preview appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

In rejoining organization, Findlay and Watling add flexiblity and stability to minor league depth charts

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-07-27

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.comThanks to many of us distracted by the Leafs' big-league signings over the course of the past few days, a couple of smaller deals were agreed upon yesterday without the much fanfare. Brett Findlay signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Marlies, while Patrick Watling agreed to terms with the Orlando Solar Bears.While neither of these players is likely to ever really make a jump up to the show, it's still not a bad idea for the team to bring the two back for another year.

Getting to know Auston Matthews - in his own handwriting

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-07-27

Who doesn't love handwriting memes? Matthews' is the most important. It is late July. Auston Matthews was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs a little over a month ago; he also finally signed with the Leafs just under a week ago. Hooray! ... Now we still have to wait well over a month to see him in a Leafs jersey proper. Development camp is one thing, training camp will be a whole other thing, pre-season a thing, actual NHL games we still have to wait another, like, 11 weeks. Not hooray. This is very difficult. But to help pass the time before we meet Matthews on the ice for real, we can meet him off the ice, via Craig Custance and ESPN. My favourites from the bunch? He starts

Potential new names, similar expectations for Leafs goaltenders

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-07-27

Embed from Getty Images It's no secret the Leafs have established a nice stable of prospects over the last couple years, and those key pieces like Matthews, Nylander, and Marner are at the front of all the hype around this rebuild, as they should be. But Toronto is also wading through the process of turning over the old names from the Burke & Nonis Show, and as such have now started to put together a new supporting cast to go along with these blue chippers.There are still a few more names yet to be booted from roster, but in just the last four months Lou and company have turned over their NHL goaltender scene completely. Out are Reimer and Bernier, with Freddie Andersen now

The Leafs need to trade some players

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-07-27

It's getting downright crowded down the left wing. Having depth at any position is a good thing, but only up to a certain point. The Leafs currently have 22 forwards who should (not including Frederik Gauthier and Brendan Leipsic) play at least some time in the NHL next season, and only have room to play 12 or 13 of them. Meanwhile, on defence, the team has eight defenders who are likely to play in the bigs, and so carrying an extra forward may not be an option - they currently need the space to keep their defencemen. It sure looks like a trade is coming. The following table represents the Leafs' forward depth in what should be approximately the order the team sees the players.

WWYDW: Marty's Future

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-07-27

The Leafs are almost at the end of the long and winding RFA road, and they couldn't be doing a better job of it. While there are still some salary cap hurdles ahead of them this year, all seven of the players they've locked back in since April have signed for below market value, or at it but very close to the minimum. They've even avoided both their arbitration meetings this week with Peter Holland and Frank Corrado, minimizing the odds of any animosity between the player and management.But there is still one player left, and that's Martin Marincin. The polarizing defensive defenceman has his hearing on August 2nd (next Tuesday), and we still don't know much about it. So for this edition of

NHL Rumors: Latest on Evander Kane Trade, Kris Russell and More

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-27

The NHL rumors market tends to slow this time of year, but it has just enough juice to compete with other majors leagues such as the NBA.  How could it not? Guys like Evander Kane potentially find themselves on the trade market, and many teams and individuals head to arbitration meetings—if not work something out before the clock expires. It's a tense time, with contenders opening up the checkbooks on what still remains on the market. Players themselves have options, though this wild offseason has made league hierarchy more difficult to analyze than usual. Here's a look at the most notable rumors making the rounds.     Kris Russell Update Teams in need of help on the bl

From the Branches: Rule 40 -- keep your mouth closed in Rio

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-07-27

Only the Olympic athletes sponsored by large brands can say the words “Olympic,” “Rio,” “medal,” “gold,” “summer,” “games” or “2016” before the games. Also, there's sewage in the water. The more I read about the Olympics in Rio, the more gravely concerned I am that the Olympics are largely bad for places that do not have an existing infrastructure that can support the games. Rio's Olympic village has poor construction, rendering the buildings uninhabitable. There is sewage in the bay that will hold some of the boating and swimming competitions. The police are on strike. Zika-infected mosquitos are everywhere. But, if you're an Olympic athlete, this is your o

NHL Rumors: Red Wings, Islanders and Maple Leafs

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2016-07-27

On the Detroit Red Wings and Petr Mrazek … Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: As of last night it doesn’t appear that the Detroit Red Wings and Petr Mrazek will reach an agreement on a new deal before their arbitration hearing that is schedule today. “Ideally, I’d love to negotiate a deal

Leafs Sign Undrafted Trevor Moore to Three-Year Deal

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-07-27

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed undrafted left wing Trevor Moore out of the University of Denver to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. This is generally pretty late in the summer to see a player with remaining college eligibility decide to turn pro. It’s no doubt a huge disappointment for Denver, who has now lost two-thirds of the dominant Pacific Rim line that helped the school land a birth in the 2016 Frozen Four, where they were defeated in the semifinals by the eventual champion North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Only incoming sophomore and 2016 San Jose Sharks draft pick Dylan Gambrell will be back for anothe

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