By now you’ve probably heard the report from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun that the Toronto Maple Leafs were among at least six teams that inquired about Joe Thornton’s availability. The San Jose Sharks centre turns 35 on July 2, has a no-movement clause and is signed at $6.75-million per season until 2017. He had another great season, but how much more gas does he have left in the tank?
Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports rains on Leafs fans parades with this paragraph:
You can never, ever assume anyone is a guaranteed contender, but if Thornton is to waive his no-move in the near future, he’s only going to a five-star lock on paper. He’s not going to a team with a ton of questions, especially if it has to give up good pieces to get him. He’s got his money. He’s got his stats. There’s only one thing left, and it’s the Cup.
He goes on to say the Leafs may have kicked the tires on Thornton when they were looking at possibly trading for Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray. Friedman also has a couple of potential assistant coach candidates with ties to Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis to add to the list, and even has a quick thought on a possible outdoor game in Toronto.
Alec Brownscombe of Maple Leafs Hot Stove takes a look at both of those candidates, Ted Dent and Mark Morris. Both have been successful at the American Hockey League level and are a part of two of the NHL’s premier organizations in the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, respectively.
For all you NHL video game fans, EA Sports is getting set to release the trailer for the newest entry in the series, NHL 15, at the E3 conference in Los Angeles today. Aaron Nilsen of the Nilsen Report has a rundown of some exciting changes for this year’s game, and will post the video when it’s released.
Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province spoke with Dan Marr of NHL Central Scouting about a few of the top prospects in this year’s draft, and a couple others who are flying under the radar.