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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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All Kyle Dubas

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

In a wide-ranging interview with NHL.com at the Scouting Combine, Dubas discussed the possibility of opponents making an offer sheet to Marner and others if he remains unsigned, his relationship with coach Mike Babcock, and the success of the Bruins, who have ousted Toronto in the first round in two straight seasons.

To what extent is getting Marner signed the priority right now? Any progress to that end?

"It's a big story. The reality is, Mitch is a great player. We've been very clear how we feel about him as a player and a person. He's been a great Maple Leaf. He should be a Maple Leaf his whole career. I think Mitch and Darren have both stated that at times. We're going to keep working with Darren to move this along and progress it ahead and come to an agreement which will make Mitch feel like he's compensated at the level he's deserved and us with a way to navigate our way ahead. I think if we're all willing to work towards it we'll get there. That's what we have the time for here."

There is speculation Marner might speak with other teams if he isn't signed by the end of the NHL Draft (on June 22). What's your take?

"I don't know if that's ever happened with a restricted free agent. So I would be surprised. And I've never been led to believe that's the preferred destination or outcome. We'll see."

You are perceived in some circles as a new-world thinker; Mike as an old-school coach. How do you view that comparison?

"Different styles, different ways of operating … if you have everyone wanting to do things the same way, if you all go off a cliff, you're going off a cliff together. When you have people that think differently, you prevent that. You add different things from one another, you learn from one another. Both of us are open from learning from one another. Yes, we have different ways of operating. We have different beliefs within the game, but there also is some real synergy there as well. Trying to find the best way to move our team forward is the key, and I think that is the objective of everyone in the organization. It's all good."


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Nazem Kadri Would Be A Good Fit In Winnipeg

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Let’s present the case for acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs pivot Nazem Kadri, who would most definitely fit the criteria.

Kadri is a hard-nosed player with plenty of skill.

Although he’s coming off a bit of a down season by his standards, he still recorded 16 goals (including five game-winners) and 44 points in 73 games – numbers that would have left him sixth on the Jets in scoring.

Kadri is a two-time 30-goal scorer and has 161 goals and 357 points in 561 NHL games.

He’s produced offence at a consistent level and he’s also a major pain in the behind to play against....///

The Maple Leafs aren’t going to give him away and the deal could be a tad complicated.

But what about a package that involved Jack Roslovic?

He’s shown flashes with the Jets, producing nine goals and 24 points in 77 games last season.

Roslovic wouldn’t likely to be riding shotgun with his old U.S. National junior team linemate Matthews, but he could work himself into regular work on the third line and eventually grow into a top-six role.

The other thing to consider here would be Trouba, especially if the defenceman would consider signing an extension.


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Brendan Shanahan Signs A Six-Year Extension In Toronto

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan has signed a six-year extension with the club through to the 2024-25 season.

"On behalf of the MLSE Board of Directors, and certainly our company and fans as well, we are very pleased to see Brendan continue in his role as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs," said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board for MLSE. "Brendan's positive impact on this team has not only been felt on the ice, where the team is on an impressive path, but throughout the league, with the Leafs alumni, and in the community. We look forward to continued success for the Maple Leafs under Brendan's leadership over the next six years."

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John Tavares Is Returning To Toronto After Oblique Injury Preparing For The World Championship

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Mike Babcock Will Return As Toronto’s Coach

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Video- Elliotte Friedman On The Status Of Mike Babcock

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How Are Things In Toronto These Days?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The sophomore GM is sticking to his guns, despite his group’s seven-game ouster by the Boston Bruins, who are now entrenched in a punchy, big-boy series with a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that also eliminated the team with more talent, on paper. The very team Dubas is using as his model for these Leafs.

“My conviction about speed and skill has not been shaken at all,” Dubas said from the podium during last week’s dissection of a disappointment. “I do think, like any team, as our guys get older, they’re going to naturally get heavier and grittier. As they accrue these scars and scar tissues from experiences like this, mentally they’ll deal with it.

“I wish there was a switch we could flip naturally to get there, but it comes only with experience.”......

So, if we can agree that Dubas won’t shy away from a shakeup based on FOPO, what could another Tavares-level splash for Dubas look like in the summer of 2019?

Well, here’s some wild brainstorming, because it’s too early for substantial trade rumours (check back near the draft) and Dubas himself has proclaimed no one safe.

• Firing Mike Babcock. Removing the Leafs’ confident, decorated alpha-dog four years before the most expensive coaching contract in NHL history expires? Well, that would certainly take guts. That Dubas didn’t offer an endorsement of his coaching staff when given the opportunity last week raises eyebrows.

• Trading William Nylander. Think of DeMar DeRozan being blindsided by the Kawhi Leonard deal, then try not to remember Nylander saying Dubas assured him he wouldn’t be moved as long as he was steering the ship. The team believes in the player. Nylander is much better than his 2018-19 suggests, which is precisely why he could yield a bounty if traded.

• Disposing of the Patrick Marleau contract. 


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Remembering Red Kelly

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

It was last June, at an event to celebrate the Hockey Hall of Fame's 75th anniversary and the 25 years at its current Toronto location, that the full impact of Red Kelly's career and life was on display.

Kelly, along with fellow Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, each sat at a table with admirers lined up to greet them.

"It was amazing," Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said in a phone interview Thursday. "Red and Ted were at two tables next to each other at dinner and there were lineups of guys wanting to talk to them. They were like rock stars."

Those waiting to meet and greet Kelly and Lindsay weren't fans or groupies. They were fellow Hall of Famers like Bobby Clarke and Serge Savard. And they all were in awe of the two men sitting in front of them.

"It was an incredible scene," McDonald said. "I mean, what better endorsement can you have? All the men in that room were some of the best that had ever played the game. And they acted like kids getting to meet their hockey heroes for the first time.


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Red Kelly Has Passed Away

Statement from the Kelly Family via the Detroit Red Wings

Hockey legend Red Kelly passed away this morning in Toronto at the age of 91. Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments. He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year. We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.

added 2:14pm, Statement from Gary Bettman below.

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