According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, at least six teams have already contacted Dave Bolland since the negotiating window for pending unrestricted free agents opened Wednesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly offering him a contract somewhere around five years at $4.2-million per season, while Bolland is looking for at least seven years at $5-million per. The big question will be whether or not a team is willing to pay Bolland more than what the Leafs are offering.
Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke is saying outrageous things to the media again. The head honcho of the Leafs’ ownership group wants Toronto to get high profile events such as the Draft, All-Star Game and Winter Classic, and even went as far to say the NHL’s unwillingness to put any in Toronto recently “shows a lack of respect to this city”. He also said that “as goes Toronto, so goes the success of the NHL”, which is blatantly false. Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun has the details.
Do high personal taxes in Ontario put the Leafs and Ottawa Senators at a disadvantage as far as attracting top-flight talent? Sean Speer and Charles Lammam of The Fraser Institute think so. For a city in which some people still think every player was born with an innate desire to wear the blue and white, this article is an interesting read.
Bolland rumours aside, Darren Dreger of TSN is also saying the Leafs are still showing interest in trading for the number-one overall pick. Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has received calls regarding the pick, but Dreger believes if they make a deal, it won’t happen until tomorrow.
If you missed it, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun had a legendary meltdown on TSN Radio 1050 when the show he was co-hosting had Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.com and Sportsnet on as a guest. Dellow made a comment about how buying out Mikhail Grabovski was a mistake on the Leafs’ part, and Simmons lost his proverbial mind. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports transcribed the best parts of the interview. Enjoy.