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2014 NHL Free Agency: Opening Day Live Thread


Happy Canada Day! On this important day in our nation’s history, many Canadians will spend it at the cottage or on the beach with family and friends, but they probably won’t be too far away from a television or computer. Because, of course, today is the opening of NHL free agency, and there are bound to be plenty of players signing with new teams.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were very active this time last year, buying out Mikhail Grabovski, re-signing Tyler Bozak and signing David Clarkson. They also made a draft-day trade in 2013 to bring in Dave Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks. One year later, Bolland is set to test free agency and can sign for whichever team he wants.

Other Leafs from last season in Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Paul Ranger and Jay McClement are all set to hit unrestricted free agency when the clock hits noon Eastern Time. According to insiders like Darren Dreger of TSN and Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the Leafs haven’t made significant headway in contract talks with any of their UFAs, so don’t be surprised if many of them sign with other teams. I’ve already pre-ordered my Kulemin Penguins jersey.

Follow along in the comments section as we post and react to the latest on what’s going on around the league. Can the Leafs sign one of the big fish like Paul Stastny, Ales Hemsky or Anton Stralman? Or will they settle for second-tier players like David Legwand, Dan Boyle or Stephane Robidas? We’re less than two hours away from finding out.



Tags: Dave Bolland Mason Raymond NHL Free Agency Nikolai Kulemin Paul Ranger Toronto Maple Leafs

18 Comments on 2014 NHL Free Agency: Opening Day Live Thread

  1. Tim Bayer says:

    @MikeHeika: “Stars trade Alex Chiasson, Nick Paul, Alex Guptill and 2nd pick in 2015 for Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson.”

    Bye Spezz.

  2. Tim Bayer says:

    Dreger saying if the Leafs don’t land Gorges, they’re likely to make a pitch for Robidas.

  3. Tim Bayer says:

    I like Robidas, but he’s 37 and coming off a broken leg. Probably wouldn’t give him more than a one-year deal.

  4. Tim Bayer says:

    @mirtle: “Leafs gave qualifying offers to Spencer Abbott, Carter Ashton, Jerry D’Amigo, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland and James Reimer”

  5. Tim Bayer says:

    Habs sign Malholtra. One year, $850,000.

  6. Tim Bayer says:

    Pens sign Ehrhoff. One year, $4-million. GREAT deal.

  7. Tim Bayer says:

    Oilers sign Fayne and Pouliot. Five years, $20-million for Pouliot. Four years, $3.5-million per for Fayne. Both players I wanted the Leafs to sign, although that’s a lot for Pouliot.

  8. Tim Bayer says:

    Jumped the gun on that fake McKenzie tweet. Leafs didn’t sign Dan Boyle.

  9. Jeffrey Langridge says:

    Leafs lose Raymond, Bolland and Brennan in less than an hour. Can we please make a move?

    • Tim Bayer says:

      I’m on the “Tank For McDavid” train. Don’t mind this at all.

      • Jeffrey Langridge says:

        McDavid would be nice, but I don’t think we’ll be that bad. Heck, the moves the Sabres are making, I wouldn’t be surprised if they play their way out of McDavid or Eichel.

  10. Jeffrey Langridge says:

    Nearly every team has made a move except the Leafs

  11. Jeffrey Langridge says:

    Toronto Maple Leafs trade Jerry D’Amigo and a draft pick to Columbus for Matt Frattin.

  12. Jeffrey Langridge says:

    Leafs sign defenseman Stephane Robidas

  13. Tim Bayer says:

    Leafs brought back Leo Komarov for four years at $2.95-million per year. Too much for him, but Leafs need some bodies in the bottom six.

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