The Toronto Maple Leafs are holding their annual prospect camp in the city this week. This year’s edition will include 29 young players, quite a trimming from the usual 40-odd participants in recent years. You can take a look at the roster over at the Leafs’ website. Lance Hornby has more on the busy list of activities this week along with some arbitration news, which Cody Franson was the latest to file for.
Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has a short post on said filing of arbitration by Franson. He explains the difference between team- and player-elected arbitration, and how that might work in his favour.
Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has some notes on the Leafs’ assistant coaching search, Matt Frattin’s prior success on Nazem Kadri’s wing, Josh Gorges shunning Toronto and the future of Franson in the blue and white.
William Wilson of Tip of the Tower thinks letting Mason Raymond sign with the Calgary Flames was a bad move by a Leafs team in need of a top-six winger. I agree Raymond’s offense will likely be missed, but I was never a fan of his play away from the puck.
A lot of teams spent a ton of money over the first week of free agency to try and improve, but which ones actually accomplished that goal? Allan Mitchell of Bleacher Report ranks the teams he thinks did.