The curious career path of Paul Ranger took another surprise turn as he signed a two-year contract with Geneve-Servette HC of the Swiss League. Ranger will join other former NHLers Matthew Lombardi and Alexandre Picard with Geneve, as well as former Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer. It’s too bad the Leafs didn’t decide to retain Ranger, as I felt he really improved as the 2013-14 season went on, but he likely wouldn’t be able to crack the top six next season. TSN has the story.
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke has made it clear for a while now he wants Toronto to host big NHL events like the Draft and All-Star Game. He went a step further yesterday, proclaiming he wants to host all the events in 2017, including the Winter Classic, as well as the World Cup of Hockey event scheduled for 2016. Luke Fox of Sportsnet has the details.
Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove is back for another edition of his notebook. He shares 10 thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs as we continue the quiet midsummer portion of the offseason. The Leafs have certainly made minor, albeit smart moves that seem to show they’re preparing for a rebuilding year, barring any major transactions from now until October.
William Wilson of Tip of the Tower takes a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ breakup with Nikolai Kulemin. When all was said and done, I don’t think Kulemin put up good enough offensive numbers for the Leafs to justify inking him to the type of contract he signed with the Islanders. I love Kulie, but that’s a drastic overpayment.
Clark Aitken of Pension Plan Puppets has a piece that could be titled “National Hockey League Long-Term Injured Reserve For Dummies”. Basically, LTIR is a useful option for a team that will have little cap space when October rolls around and just signed a 37-year-old defenseman coming off two broken legs.