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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 17, 2014

Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove was watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the rest of us and came up with 10 lessons the Toronto Maple Leafs can learn from the top teams in the National Hockey League. Among them: Find a fourth line that can actually play, bring in some defensemen who can play tough minutes and acquire a centre who can go head-to-head with Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Sidney Crosby and other top offensive centres. It’s easier said than done, but I can’t say I disagree.

Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has some scattered thoughts about the offseason happenings around the league. One alarming thing he alludes to is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ website’s obsession with all things Dave Bolland. It’s worrisome because he’s not even under contract for next season, yet it seems very likely the team is going to re-sign him for way too much money.

Greg Sinclair of Pension Plan Puppets presented at the first ever Alberta Analytics Conference and shared some of the information he learned. There’s some pretty cool stuff in there about the NHL and how they’re embracing (or in some cases, not embracing) the use of analytics.

Patrick King of Sportsnet joined the ranks of mock drafters who foresee the Toronto Maple Leafs taking Nick Ritchie with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at the end of the month. I wouldn’t mind that pick, but if things go the way King thinks, I would like the Leafs to take Willie Nylander, who I see as a bona fide first-line centre.

Ville Leino of the Sabres, David Booth of the Canucks and Aaron Rome of the Stars were all put on waivers with the intention of being bought out today. Teams have until tomorrow at noon to make a claim for either Leino or Booth, while Rome already cleared waivers.

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1 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 17, 2014

  1. A13276 says:

    This was the Kings year – everything went right for them. Team discipline had as much to do with them winning it all as pure talent. The Pens have had Crosby and Malkin back to back for the past five years and are further from winning the Cup than they were before last season. Oh and that was with Ray Shero as GM and Dan Bylsma as Coach – two guys most Leaf fans would die for. Who is the 2nd line centre for the Chicago Blackhawks; a team that went toe to toe with the Kings? I don’t know either! But Michael Handzuz and Peter Regin (a Senators reject) received an awful lot of ice time. Some perspective please and proper context. You were looking upon the Raptors as a lost cause just before their recent success! Did they have a sudden influx of world class talent – no! Team discipline is what the Leafs need vast quantities of and it should be easy to get; that’s what Leaf fans should be shouting for!

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