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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 27, 2014

Happy Draft Day! Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis spoke to the media about the Leafs’ plans heading into tonight’s draft. He’s likely going to hang on to the number-eight pick, and he’s not likely going to trade for Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza or the number-one overall pick. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the details.

Toronto Maple Leafs director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison and his team are ready for the big day. Michael Traikos of the National Post spoke to him about the pressure they’re under to land an impact player in the first round. Traikos also has some interesting quotes in his piece about the difference in drafting philosophy between John Ferguson Jr. and Brian Burke.

Jake Virtanen is a popular name among readers of this website. Bobby Cappuccino of The LeafsNation profiled Virtanen, an interesting prospect who could be available at eighth. Questions surround him regarding his subpar point totals, shoulder injury concerns and lack of defensive effort, but he certainly has a lot of tools.

Steve Dangle and Adam Wylde had Justin Fisher on the podcast to preview the draft, even though it took them 40 minutes to actually start talking about it. Lots of great Leafs and hockey talk though.

Longtime NHLer Gino Odjick posted a letter on the Vancouver Canucks website revealing he’s been diagnosed with a rare terminal disease. Doctors have told him he may only have weeks to live. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Gino and his family.

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1 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 27, 2014

  1. Andrew says:

    Doing some speculating based on news over the last few days and I think the Leafs are going to do something with Calgary or Winnipeg. I think the Leafs are going to sign Brodeur as a backup with the intention of him mentoring Bernier. Why the hell else would Brodeur be at a Blue Jays game with Leiwicke on Wednesday night? This makes me think that despite recent reports that Reimer could be here to compete next year, that the Leafs might already have something in place. Calgary obviously needs goaltending, Burke obviously loves Ritchie, who could well be available at 8, seems like a pick swap and reimer could make up part of a deal. Winnipeg is also hurting in net and Reimer being a Winnipeg native would be an immediate fan favourite (in addition to being an upgrade over what they currenty have. Winnipeg has also been rumoured to be interested in moving pieces, so perhaps something could happen between the Leafs and Jets. I’m a little over excited at the moment, let’s get this show on the road!

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