It’s starting to look like Leafs assistant coach Dave Hakstol will be the head coach of the Kraken

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-24

During Saturday Headlines it was reported that the Leafs assistant coaches might be pursuing better opportunities elsewhere, and today we’re getting a bit of an idea around Dave Hakstol’s better opportunity… One name that has surfaced as a possibility for the head coach job with expansion Seattle is that of Dave Hakstol, the former Flyers HC who was assistant coach with the Maple Leafs this past season….@TSNHockey @TheAthletic — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 24, 2021 Kraken

TJ Brodie was everything he was asked to be

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-24

In the not-so-distant past, the Toronto Maple Leafs had garnered the reputation of being something of a, to put it bluntly, complete dumpster fire defensively. Be it the ever looming narratives surround the likes of Jake Gardiner, or just the complete lack of defensive prowess that came with the likes of Cody Ceci, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zaitsev, Ron Hainsey, Roman Polak, or Matt Hunwick (you know, just to name a few,) the Leafs backend more often than not was a glaring liability over the better

Leafs have the cap space to address roster holes but not to improve significantly

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-24

It’s the annual tradition of being in salary cap hell. We make light of it, largely because all it takes it one trade to seemingly rid yourself of it, or one expansion draft claim (read: Kerfoot) away from a bit more flexibility existing as well. Still, that doesn’t change that the Leafs have about $12.5M available to address four forward positions, one defense position, one goaltender position, and any reserve players they wish to put on their roster this year. That’s 85% of their cap sp

Puck Soup: What's the Point?

Source: Down Goes Brown
Date: 2021-06-23

On this week's episode of the Puck Soup podcast:- The playoffs are full of surprises. Is that good?- Our thoughts on Montreal's run to the final- The Lightning rout the Islanders- Current Conn Smythe favorites- That wild Lady Byng rant that made no sense- The worst final ever, OUFL Chinese food, and more... >> Stream it now: >> Or, listen on The Athletic or subscribe on iTunes. >> Get weekly mailbags and special bonus episodes by supporting Puck Soup on Patreon for $5.

Toronto Six announce they’ve signed Saroya Tinker

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-23

The Toronto Six announced the signing of Saroya Tinker this morning for Season 7 of the NWHL. In Season 6, both Tinker and the Toronto Six made their NWHL debuts at the Lake Placid tournament-style season back in January/February this year. The Oshawa native returns home to join the only Canadian team (so far) in the NWHL. The bubble season in Lake Placid didn’t go totally according to plans, especially so for Tinker, whose first season with the Metropolitan Riveters was cut short due to COVI

Dermott could be moved before the expansion draft, and other trade insights from Frank Seravalli

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-23

In his new feature column, right here on the Nation Network over on Daily Faceoff (not so humblebrag) Frank Seravalli assembled a list of 20 players who are very much the topic of trade conversation this summer. And while our little corner of the internet likes to focus on potential Rielly or Marner moves, the one that Frank suggests is a far more likely one for the Leafs, and that is trading Travis Dermott in advance of the Seattle expansion draft. Seravalli on Dermott (who was 16th on his lis

It’s everyone gets a trophy day for the Leafs

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-23

As you may have noticed, it’s award season. Arguably one of the stupidest things the NHL does, but at least they’ve done away with the award show (hopefully permanently.) The highlight of the season is less about who wins the awards, and more about who throws the biggest meltdown over the dumbest bullshit. It seemed like the early front runners for the award hilarity was the flood of writers outraged that Oskar Lindblom won the Masterton for returning from cancer over Patrick Marleau’s pl

We’re not mad just disappointed with the 2021 playoff underperformer team

Source: Down Goes Brown
Date: 2021-06-23

The NHL playoffs are an endless grind of grief and disappointment, a joyless slog filled with underperforming stars and unfair outcomes that serve no purpose beyond sapping whatever remaining traces of happiness might still exist in the deep crevices of our exhausted brains. Nobody enjoys any of it, and there is growing consensus that postseason hockey should be banned. The maddening spiral of pointless cruelty and abject misery serves only to foster a sense of deep foreboding as we crawl towar

Pierre Engvall is a fine placeholder in the lineup

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-23

Pierre Engvall has taken a path that we’ve seen many of the young prospects not named Matthews, Marner, and Nylander have taken over the last few years. He started out as the exciting new toy, had a solid start with the team, before fading into mediocrity. Kasperi Kapanen, Travis Dermott, Andreas Johnsson, we’ve seen it many times during this era. But throughout all of this, Engvall emerged as a decent utility forward in the bottom half of the lineup, and producing okay results in the proce

Rumours: Dylan Strome is available and could be a fit for the Leafs

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2021-06-22

Buried at the bottom of Bruce Garrioch’s snapshot column was the following tidbit: The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to move forward Dylan Strome. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft by Arizona, Strome had only nine goals and 14 points in 40 games last season. He would be eligible for the expansion draft. This should be interesting to Leafs fans for a few reasons, so indulge me as I take you on this journey you really don’t want to go on. First, Dylan Strome represents an opportunity

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