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Afternoon Line- John Tavares

I know there will still be some people who feel I should have been traded — or asked for a trade at the deadline. (I respectfully disagree. I was Captain of the team, and I took that role seriously. My focus was on staying in the moment, and doing everything I could to help the Islanders win.) I also know there will still be some people who think I strung everyone along, throughout my free agency, just to get attention. (I didn’t … and if you know me, this one’s pretty funny.) And I for sure know there will still be some people who think I signed a wink-wink contract with the Maples Leafs, in secret, on Christmas morning of 1997. (Not true, though for the record I would have if they’d offered.)

And I guess what I just wanted to say is: that’s fine.

I don’t even mind at all. I really, truly do understand it. I get the passion, and I get the emotion, and I get the competitiveness and the obsessiveness and I get … all of that. It’s like I said, you know: I’ve been a fan since before I was three years old. I’ve been there.

But it’s also important to me that I don’t sell anyone short, here. It’s why I wanted to write this letter in the first place: so that all of you Islanders Faithful really do know how much I cherished our time together. Because I was born in Toronto — and that’s never going to change. But I grew up on Long Island — and now that won’t change, either.

-John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Players' Tribune.  Read much more from Tavares.

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Canucks Or Leafs?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Trevor Linden was hired as the Vancouver Canucks’ president on April 9, 2014. Brendan Shanahan was hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ president two days later.

As you may be aware, the Canucks and Leafs have taken divergent paths since both men took over their respective franchises. The Leafs are coming off a 105-point season, have just signed John Tavares and appear to be positioned for a long run as an elite NHL team.

The Canucks are coming off 26th-, 28th- and 29th-place finishes and while they’ve assembled some good young pieces, they appear to be two seasons away from competing for a playoff spot … and that’s being generous.

So where did the Leafs go right and where did the Canucks go wrong? How have the Leafs reinvigorated their franchise while the Canucks failed in their stated goal of remaining competitive while rebuilding their core? Obviously, the answers to those questions would fill a book but we’ve been given 1,000 words to enlighten the masses.

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The New York Islanders Acquire Matt Martin From The Toronto Maple Leafs

from the New York Islanders.

The New York Islanders have acquired forward Matt Martin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Eamon McAdam.

Martin, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Maple Leafs, accumulating 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists) and 183 penalty minutes in 132 games. He was also chosen as Toronto's nominee for the King Clancy Award, given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. The Windsor, ON, native began his career with the Islanders, playing seven seasons with the team that selected him in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. 


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John Tavares Joins The Toronto Maple Leafs


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The Leafs Have Money To Spend On UFAs

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

With Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner a year away from signing big contracts, presumably, and with William Nylander on the docket this summer, can the Leafs afford to add a significant piece in free agency once July 1 hits?

“We have the best cap people in the league, I hope, so we will try to figure that out if the opportunity presents itself,” Dubas said at the American Airlines Center.

“We’re confident right now with our cap situation that we can do really whatever we want to do at this point. Nothing is going to stop us and hold us back. That’s how we will proceed here through the entire summer.”

The Leafs have approximately $25 million US in salary cap space with the bar now set at $79.5 million.

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It Is Now Kyle Dubas And Everyone Else In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

When Brendan Shanahan started navigating his way through the Bermuda Triangle he’d built in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office, there was no way for him to keep all of Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas happy.

He weighed his options and elected to hang on to his most precious resource. He named Dubas the general manager on May 11.

That left the others with a choice to make.

For Lamoriello, it meant either staying on in a powerless senior advisor role with the Leafs or finding more influence elsewhere. We should not be surprised he’s now the New York Islanders president of hockey operations – working alongside his son, Chris, and in possession of “full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.”

For Hunter, passed over in favour of a man 23 years his junior for the Leafs GM job he desperately coveted, it meant swallowing his pride or moving on. He did what many people in that situation would do.


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The Latest On Mark Hunter

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Expectation is that while Mark Hunter is departing TOR, because he has time remaining on his contract, one of the conditions of his departure is that he will not be permitted to work for another team until after 2018 draft and free agency period.

Which is to suggest he won’t necessarily be restricted from working for another team for the remaining year of his TOR contract, but it will be later in the summer before he would be permitted to do so.

TOR could have had Hunter run the 2018 draft but didn’t want someone who had expressed a desire to leave the organization doing it. So they agreed to part ways now, albeit with a condition on when he could begin working for another NHL team.

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How Will Dubas And Babcock Get Along?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

With Lamoriello all but gone and assistant GM Mark Hunter probably going as well with the ascension of Kyle Dubas to GM, that seems to be it for the team of rivals assembled in Toronto by president Brendan Shanahan that includes coach Mike Babcock.

Dubas is wicked smart and the right man at the right time to take over the NHL’s most progressive operation. But the dynamic with Babcock — who has five years at over $6 million remaining on his contract, reports to Shanahan and had no trouble drawing boundary lines that he would not permit even Lamoriello to cross the last three years — will be fascinating to watch.

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It makes no sense for Lou Lamoriello to join the Islanders unless ownership gives the commander-in-chief command of the franchise. Any other concept or job description would be fatally flawed.

That means that Lamoriello, who is expected to talk with Scott Malkin/Jon Ledecky in the wake of being eased into a do-nothing senior adviser’s role in Toronto a few days after the Leafs’ first-round elimination, must be given complete control of the hockey operation — regardless of whether he assumes the title of general manager and handles the day-to-day duties generally associated with the position.

Lamoriello must set the agenda for the department and must have final say over personnel decisions....

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The Lou Lamoriello Talk And The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The well-worn seat underneath Garth Snow is unquestionably warming up.

The much-maligned Islanders general manager now is in the direct line of fire with ownership going above his head to speak to the legendary Lou Lamoriello about some sort of front-office job, as reported on by two Canadian news outlets Friday night.

Lamoriello, the legendary former GM for the Devils as they won three Stanley Cups, just had his role with the Maple Leafs change from GM to special adviser. He was replaced as GM on Friday by young Kyle Dubas, and it has been reported Lamoriello would like out of his contract that would keep him as an adviser for the next three years.

Lamoriello had the same role as an overseer with the Devils when they hired Ray Shero as the GM in 2015, but he lasted only one year before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the Maple Leafs.


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The New GM For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Kyle Dubas is the new general manager of the Maple Leafs. That is a surprise to no one. His appointment came out of a first-among-equals front office battle with fellow assistant general manager Mark Hunter.

Dubas holds the big chair now. He won the only vote that mattered — the determination of club president, Brendan Shanahan.

Hunter, clearly disappointed at finishing second in a two-horse race, isn’t saying whether he’s staying or going with the Leafs. Neither Shanahan nor Dubas were clear about Hunter’s future in the front office, which is, to say the least, slightly troubling.

Dubas looks like a general manager, sounds like a general manager, is young and authoritative and occasionally just vague enough to be well suited for the frenetic job in the busiest hockey market on the planet. His appointment comes with Lou Lamoriello being slid into a position of consultant, assuming he stays with the Leafs, and Hunter being in this state of unspoken limbo, as the Leafs most regarded hockey man, assuming he stays. There are some broad assumptions here.

Today, the Leafs front office can be described as deeper and stronger and more vastly experienced than most in the NHL.


read on, also included Toronto Raptors talk who fired their coach yesterday...

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