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“Are You Babcock?”

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

“I gotta go to Babcock’s house! I gotta go to Babcock’s house!” a young Nick Robertson kept reminding his sister. “I want him to see me in my jersey and tell him I play for Little Caesars.”

It was getting late that Halloween in Northville, Mich., the Detroit suburb where Robertson’s family had recently moved from California and where he’d heard the coach of the Stanley Cup–winning head coach of the Red Wings lived with his family as well.

Little Nicky, dressed up in his Pavel Datsyuk sweater, was getting anxious during that trick-or-treating session, concerned that the jack o’ lanterns would get snuffed out before he hit the motherlode. So, naturally, his candy-fetching-per-minute analytics spiked.

“I remember it was getting late. I was running, knocking on everyone’s door. I’m like, ‘Are you Babcock?’ Then I’d run, knock on the next one: ‘Are you Babcock?’ Then, finally, I got him. I think I asked him about Datsyuk — that was my favourite player at the time.”


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Toronto’s Philosphy

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...Toronto fans need to accept the fact Dubas and his group have a philosophy that isn’t going to change, and be happy that at least the Leafs are committed to a plan that’s in tune with the times. Toronto’s real need is to get its key players — Matthews, Nylander, Marner — to learn how to perform in the playoffs with the same determination and snarl as players such as Bergeron and O’Reilly.

That and the very different skill of salary-cap management, an art many hockey fans still don’t necessarily value, are going to be the factors that determine much of the future for this hockey club.


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Video- The Latest On Mitch Marner

via TSN's YouTube page,

Darren Dreger joins the OverDrive guys to discuss Mitch Marner’s approach to his contract negotiations, the RFA market, why none of the players have been signed yet, and more.


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Afternoon Line- Don Cherry On This Year’s Draft By The Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs team who needed jam and sand paper last year drafted; 1 Russian, 2 Fins and 3 Americans all described as rather on the small size 5’9 to 5’11. The Leafs have gotten smaller and gentler… this team sits among 40000 kids who love the Leafs… it really does boggle the mind.

-Don Cherry.  Read more on this.

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GIF- Some GM’s Are Busier Than Others At The Draft

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Toronto Trades Patrick Marleau To Carolina

added 12:17pm,




Carolina release is below.

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The Latest On Mitch Marner

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Mitchell Marner can become a restricted free agent July 1, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are not certain to match an offer sheet given to him or any other player, general manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday.

Asked about the potential for an offer sheet being given to Marner, Dubas said his intention is to keep the forward but that it would be contingent on the details and other pending free agents.

"We're at the point now -- we can speak openly about it -- it would really depend on any of the players," Dubas said. "It's not just one guy. We've got a number of them."

He mentioned forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, who each is a pending restricted free agent like Marner.

"If there were an offer sheet, we'd look at what they are and what the compensation is for our team and make the decision based off that," Dubas said. "They're all very important players for us, so it's our intention they're here for as long as we can possibly keep them, but if the dollar amount doesn't make sense in terms of our internal economics in the marketplace and the compensation and such, it's going to be a decision on our end as to what we do. I wouldn't know one (way) or another without knowing where those are going to land, if they happen."


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Mitch Marner Seeking Auston Matthew’s Type Money

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

... Along the way — Feb. 5, to be exact — the Leafs signed Auston Matthews to a five-year contract with an annual average value of $11.634-million US.

Ferris, it’s believed, is seeking for Marner a similar contract, at least where the AAV is concerned, to that of Matthews. In other words, the potential of a long summer regarding negotiations looms, and never mind where the talks could stand come the opening of training camp in September.

We spoke to Ferris briefly on Wednesday afternoon. Regarding the Marner negotiations with Dubas now, Ferris would only offer a polite, “No comment.”

If Ferris is able to convince Dubas that Matthews-type money is what his client deserves, the Leafs would become the only team in the NHL with three players under contract with an AAV exceeding $11 million, as John Tavares signed for seven years and $77 million last July....

The Leafs, of course, are staring down major salary-cap issues, and now there is speculation the cap for the 2019-20 season might not hit the original estimation of $83 million.

This is not good news for Dubas, who needs every cent he can get.


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Video- Goals Of The Week And Bob McKenzie On Patrick Marleau

2:21 to watch the goals of the week and below, listen to Bob McKenzie on Patrick Marleau.


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Nikita Zaitsev Would Like To Be Traded From The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Nikita Zaitsev is looking to leave the Toronto Maple Leafs and they will try to accommodate the defenseman, general manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday.

"That will be our goal, to try to find a fresh start for him, for his own personal and private reasons," Dubas said at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine.

Zaitsev, 27, has five seasons remaining on a seven-year, $31.5 million contract ($4.5 million average annual value) he signed May 2, 2017. He reportedly has requested a trade.

Dubas said he has met with Dan Milstein, Zaitsev's agent, but would not divulge the reason Zaitsev has for wanting to leave.

"I don't want to speculate on their behalf," Dubas said. "I think that's for Dan and Nikita to address if they want to."


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