Maple Leafs trade Kapanen to Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Kasperi Kapanen back to the team that drafted him, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Heading to Pittsburgh are Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg, and Jesper Lindgren. Coming back to Toronto is pending RFA Evan Rodrigues, minor league defenceman David Warsofsky, prospect Filip Hållander, and the Penguins 1st round pick in the 2020 … Continue reading Maple Leafs trade Kapanen to Penguins

What getting Alexis Lafrenière means for the New York Rangers

The New York Rangers were one of eight teams to be eliminated from the NHL's qualifying round thanks to losing three straight games at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes. It marked the end of what should be considered a strong year for the franchise. After finishing with the 5th worst record in the Eastern … Continue reading What getting Alexis Lafrenière means for the New York Rangers

The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2014-2015

With the hiring of new President Brenden Shanahan, Maple Leafs fans knew change would likely come, but to what degree and how fast was still unknown. Shanahan seemed determined to give this team’s core a chance to play some games in front of him before he started making monumental decisions on this team’s future. So, … Continue reading The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2014-2015

The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2013-2014

Unlike most years, July 5th marked the start of the new Calendar year in the NHL. This was yet another unnecessary one-time-only change thanks to the lockout. This first day of free agency was set out to be a very busy one for GM Dave Nonis. After freeing up a whole lot of salary cap … Continue reading The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2013-2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Mikko Lehtonen

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the team has signed defenceman Mikko Lehtonen to a one year entry level contract worth $925,000. Lehtonen is a 26-year-old defenceman from Finland who spent this season playing for Jokerit in the KHL where he registered 17 goals and 32 assists in 60 games. After he and Jokerit … Continue reading Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Mikko Lehtonen

The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2012-2013

July 1st proved to be another busy day for Brian Burke, but with already one major addition to the core with JVR, it was a day to add to the depth of this team. Penalty killing specialist Jay McClement was signed to a two year, 3-million-dollar contract. Matt Frattin also earned himself an NHL contract … Continue reading The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2012-2013

The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2011-2012

The Previous season on July 1st, the circus of the NHL was focused on free agent superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, but the Maple Leafs stayed out of the chase. This year though, the prize free agent was centre Brad Richards and the Leafs certainly wanted him. He was the first line centre the Leafs have been … Continue reading The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2011-2012

The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2010-2011

The free agent class of July 1st, 2010 was not filled with out-of-this-world talent, really it was just Ilya Kovalchuk. Now there were some fans hoping the Maple Leafs could land the Russian superstar, although it didn’t seem that likely. However, there were still some really good quality NHLers hitting the market that weren’t Kovalchuk, … Continue reading The Toronto Maple Leafs Decade Journey: 2010-2011