If you missed it, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported Nikolai Kulemin and Dave Bolland will likely test free agency as they remain far apart in contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also had news regarding restricted free agent Jake Gardiner and other pending unrestricted free agents in Mason Raymond, Paul Ranger and Jay McClement.
CJ was on a roll as he also reported Ryan Callahan and the Tampa Bay Lightning were close to signing a contract extension last night. The six-year, $34.8-million deal was made official this morning. That comes out to $5.8-million per season.
With the rumours of contract talks progressing well between Jake Gardiner and the Leafs, he’s likely not getting traded, or at least for now. The other young Leafs player who constantly appears in trade talks is Nazem Kadri. Steve Dangle of The LeafsNation outlines why those trade talks make little, if any, sense, considering Kadri’s age, value and the Leafs’ mediocre centre depth.
Joshua Ho-Sang is probably the most polarizing prospect in the draft. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has a feature on the young player many NHL teams are shying away from because of his willingness to speak his mind and confident (some would call it cocky or brash) attitude.
NHL equivalency is a method used to try and predict how many points a player playing outside the NHL would score if he played in the NHL. Byron Bader of FlamesNation presents a case for NHLe to show players with high numbers often end up as productive NHLers. Using this method, the Leafs might want to seriously consider taking Nikolaj Ehlers or Robert Fabbri in the first round.