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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 10, 2014

Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail touches on a variety of topics in his latest column, including trade rumours involving Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza. He writes about the possibility of the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring Thornton and trading away Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal jumps off the comment Eric made about the availability of Kadri and Gardiner and asks whether or not they would be a fit with the Oilers. His conclusion is the Oilers are in need of defensively savvy players, and those two don’t fit the bill in that regard.

Cam Charron of The LeafsNation wrote a response to Jeff Langridge’s piece from yesterday on the importance of practicing patience with prospects, particularly Tyler Biggs. I agree with Cam that the goal should be drafting and developing potentially high-impact, talented players because those are the ones you need to be successful at the NHL level. Biggs, and most of the other players on the Marlies, aren’t that.

With revenues expected to hit close to $4-billion next season after a new Canadian TV deal kicks in, the National Hockey League is doing pretty well for itself. James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail tells us what those revenues mean for the ever-growing salary cap.

When Sam Bennett failed to do a single pull-up at the NHL draft combine about a week and a half ago, the story went viral around the hockey world. Greg Wyshynski spoke to the top prospect who’s already dealing with a ton of criticism, and how that criticism is fueling him to become stronger.

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