We’re now less than eleven days away from the Leafs’ first preseason game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in London, and news is starting to ramp up after a less-than-thrilling offseason. The Leafs’ annual rookie tournament is underway, the Chicago Blackhawks are throwing money around like crazy and the Leafs don’t have enough of it to get two of their most important players signed. Sigh. Ignore that sick feeling in your stomach and enjoy today’s round of links:
James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel are back in podcast form! That means the offseason is almost over! Yay! From TSN 1050.
The Leafs’ newest goaltender makes the list in his final (and only) year of eligibility. Clrkaitken of Pension Plan Puppets gives his thoughts on Bernier and the trade that brought him to Toronto.
In case you missed it, Nazem Kadri denied the report from Bob McKenzie on Twitter that his camp was looking for a John Tavares-type deal. It will be interesting to see how talks progress from here, because the Leafs don’t have much cap room to concede. From Alec Brownscombe of Maple Leafs Hot Stove.
You will never guess which team Kenny MacMillan of A Winning Habit picked, but the city this team calls its home starts with “Tor” and ends with “Onto”. I don’t expect the Leafs to be world-beaters this year, but worse than the Tampa Bay Lightning? He said it, not me.
Tyler Dellow takes a look at save percentages for goaltenders playing into their thirties, and the results are ominous for Blackhawks’ fans. From mc79hockey.
Boy I hope so. Can he play centre? From Book O’ Floob of FlamesNation.