We’re now in Day 3 of overly dissecting comments Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan made to various media outlets a couple days ago. Such is the time of year known as the “off”-season in Hogtown.
According to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, Shanahan had a one-on-one conversation with soon-to-be unrestricted free agent centreman Dave Bolland, and expressed his desire to have him return as a Leaf next season. None of this is particularly surprising.
The big question will be whether or not Bolland is willing to take a relatively cheap, short-term contract to stay with the Blue and White, and how much Shanahan is willing to pay him. The Leafs have a lot of decisions to make in free agency, and they simply can’t afford to hand out another expensive, long-term deal to a third-line player.
With three Leafs prospects participating in the Memorial Cup starting this weekend and the Toronto Marlies sweeping their second-round Calder Cup playoff opponent, the pipeline isn’t as dry as a lot of pundits will have you think. Michael Traikos of the National Post spoke with Leafs head scout Dave Morrison about their perception around the league and Shanahan’s strategy for this June’s draft.
Alec Brownscombe of Maple Leafs Hot Stove is fairly optimistic about the Leafs’ situation with Shanahan at the helm, mainly because he’s confident Randy Carlyle’s tactics will be altered and the Leafs will look to add to their defense without trading Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner. All of this is speculation, but if Shanahan’s quotes can be trusted, the Leafs hopefully won’t make any more dumb moves. Keep those fingers crossed.
Chemmy of Pension Plan Puppets isn’t, uh, quite as optimistic.
As mentioned earlier, Drew MacIntyre made 30 stops and the Toronto Marlies blanked the Chicago Wolves 4-0 last night. They also won the second-round series by a 4-0 score, sweeping the higher seeded Wolves and maintaining their perfect record this postseason. Story from the Canadian Press.