One of the most ironic things about last offseason was the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs used their final compliance buyout (meaning it didn’t count against the cap) on Mikhail Grabovski (who has 33 points this season) so they could sign David Clarkson (11 points) to a contract that, less than a year later, already has people speculating on whether or not the Leafs will buy him out this offseason.
Unfortunately, as James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail writes, without a compliance buyout, the Clarkson contract is essentially buyout-proof. So basically we have further proof that general manager Dave Nonis and his “capologist” Claude Loiselle have no idea what they’re doing.
If you missed it, defenseman Paul Ranger was named the Leafs’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy yesterday. Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press has more on Ranger and his journey to find balance in his life. (Plus, apparently he has a secret on how to win a championship in Toronto. Which is…interesting?)
A Vancouver man is suing Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane for an alleged assault from last summer. Vancouver police dropped the case but the accuser presented it to the Supreme Court of British Columbia anyway. It seems controversy follows Kane around everywhere he goes. The story is from Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Calgary Flames prospect and Hobey Baker Award finalist Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College is debating whether or not to turn pro when the Frozen Four is over. According to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post, his father isn’t really sold on Brian Burke, the Flames’ general manager and president of hockey operations. If he doesn’t sign by June 2015, he becomes a free agent.
With PDO (five-on-five on-ice combined save and shooting percentages), we can see which players are getting some lucky breaks this season, and which players are not. Scott Cullen of TSN looks at players on both sides of the spectrum, and finds a couple of Leafs have been fortunate this season.