Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri is practicing with his former junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, as he prepares to head to the World Championships in May and the Knights prepare to host the Memorial Cup. It should be fun to see Kadri, along with teammates Morgan Rielly and James Reimer, represent Canada in a major international tournament again. The story is from Ryan Pyette of The London Free Press.
Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove looked at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ crop of pending free agents in Part Two of his postseason stock watch. There will be plenty of decisions for the Leafs’ front office to make in the offseason, but will they make the right decisions?
Andrew Millichamp of Tip of the Tower did a similar breakdown of the roster to see who might stay, who might go and who might be brought in for next year. As Andrew shows, the Leafs can make significant improvements to the roster if they use their available cap space smartly.
Caitlin Campbell of Frozen Futures gave her ranking of the top three prospects in the Leafs’ system. Besides the omission of Stuart Percy, I pretty much agree with it.
Don’t worry, Leafs fans, at least the St. Louis Blues haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967, either. The problem is while the Blues are a perennial contender, the Leafs are, um, not. The story is from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.
As Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post writes, it’s been a tough year for Torontonians. But amidst the political and sporting craziness that has plagued Hogtown, the Toronto Raptors have emerged as an unlikely ray of hope.