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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: August 30, 2014

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Mike Minard — an ex-St. John’s Maple Leafs goalie and current assistant coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL – was sentenced to two months in prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to charges of sexual misconduct. Minard confessed to police he had a “sexting” relationship with a 13-year-old girl. QMI Agency has the report.

Frederik Gauthier is the next prospect up in Pension Plan Puppets’ Top 25 Under 25. The 6-foot-4, 19-year-old centre has elite defensive potential but his offensive game leaves a lot to be desired. Can he be a legitimate option as a third-line centre at some point? Clrkaitken has the post.

The guys at The LeafsNation are much higher on Dominic Toninato than the folks at PPP. Toninato comes in at 16 in the TLN ranking while he finished 25th on PPP’s. He played a lot of minutes in all situations in his freshman year at Minnesota-Duluth, but he wasn’t able to produce very much. Jon Steitzer has the story.

Most of us are pretty excited about the impact the new forwards can bring to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but David Johnson is much more uncertain, as he shares for Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli and David Booth are good possession players, but they have very poor on-ice shooting percentages. How will this affect the team’s ability to score goals?

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