Phil Kessel told the media yesterday he likes the changes the Toronto Maple Leafs have made personnel-wise and doesn’t think another late-season collapse is in the cards. I should hope not. Kessel should hope the added forward depth will free him up to get more offensive zone starts and allow the team to distribute his minutes better. There was no denying he looked tired down the stretch after playing a full campaign as well as the Olympics. Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press has more.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle will be hired by the National Hockey League as Director of Player Safety. The post was left vacant in the middle of last season when Brendan Shanahan joined the Leafs as president. Loiselle spent seven years working for the league before joining the Leafs’ front office in 2010. Chris Peters of CBS Sports has more.
Andrew Millichamp of Tip of the Tower summarizes some of the roster battles to keep an eye on as training camp approaches. With so many veteran bodies at forward, the battle for spots six through 12 will be heated. The most intriguing question, in my opinion, is who ends up in that second-line right wing spot.
Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation answers a variety of questions from readers in what is commonly known in the business as a “mailbag” post. He talks about Spencer Abbott’s chances of making the big club, whether or not Garret Sparks and Christopher Gibson can handle Toronto Marlies goaltending duties and what the Leafs would have to do to make enough cap room to sign Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban.