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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.

Tags: Jake Gardiner Jason Spezza Joe Thornton Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Vic Soga

    I can see Toronto trade Kadri, Gardiner and Franson for Thornton and Marleau. Nonis and Wilson are desperate. Gardiner to fill the hole left by Doyle. Franson to fill hole defensively left by Doyle.

    • Tim Bayer

      I don’t think that would be enough to net those two Sharks. If the Leafs do it, they’re widening the hole they have on defense and getting substantially older.

      • Vic Soga

        Nonis is on the clock. If they can sign Boyle, then Thornton and Marleau may be a go then.

  • Peter Hefner

    Captain Dion needs change of scenery last year I saw more goals scored in his own net off his stick skate etc.Granberg,Finn,Brennan are ready!