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Leafs Sign Another Goalie

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Scott Clemmensen may not have been able to help the Maple Leafs into the playoffs last season, but he’ll get a chance to help them more directly now.
According to Star sources, the former New Jersey Devils goaltender has signed a two-way contract with the Leafs and is expected to be the club’s No. 3 goaltender this season, working with the AHL Toronto Marlies alongside youngster Justin Pogge.

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added 5:54pm, via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a one-year contract.
“Scott is an experienced professional goaltender, who will provide depth in the organization at that position,” said Ferguson.

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All About Politics, Not Hockey

from the Spi, the blog of Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

This is about Leaf politics, pure and simple. This is Richard Peddie and his political allies giving in to the demands of Larry Tanenbaum and his allies, but not totally.
Tanenbaum and Co. want John Ferguson out. Peddie, the epitome of a corporate politician, doesn’t, but understands a little compromise will buy him - and JFJ - some time.
So you pretend, through the addition of a Muckler or someone like him, to be improving the team’s hockey office, when in reality what’s going on is jostling for positions of strength at the MLSE board of directors level.
Make it about hockey if you want. But that’s not what this is. Not even for a second.

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JFJ Ride Hinges On Toskala

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Vesa Toskala turns out to be the same type of steal from the San Jose Sharks that Miikka Kiprusoff was for the Calgary Flames, JFJ will have cemented himself atop the Maple Leaf hockey pyramid for a long time.
If he’s horribly wrong, well, there will be no Ferguson defenders left.
Yep, goaltending is back to meaning that much again in the NHL after a year in which the Bettman administration flirted with entertaining the fans with offence. These people don’t understand that when the game has goals and excitement there’s a lot less complaining about schedules, head shots and attendance, but maybe they like life on the griddle better.

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Leafs & Muckler Will Talk - Poile Possible Too

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A source confirmed yesterday that the 73-year-old Muckler is interested in the new senior adviser position that team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment wants to fill this summer to give Ferguson assistance in rebuilding the struggling National Hockey League franchise into a playoff team.
Muckler will stop by for an interview session with MLSE president Richard Peddie and possibly MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum in the next two or three days.
There have been rumblings the Leafs also have interest in talking to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile. The 57-year-old Poile is under contract to the Predators until June of 2009 and it is unknown whether the Leafs have received permission to talk to Poile.

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added 7/5/07, Jim Kelley of Sportsnet reporting Poile not interested in the job.

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Toskala Extended By Leafs

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.

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Peca Can’t Be Held Hostage

Michael Peca is on Fan590 in Toronto (Hockey Central Show) and said he can’t be held hostage by the Leafs.  It is in their court to sign him but Peca would love to play with a very good friend of his, Jason Blake.

added 12:34pm, Peca feels disappointed the Leafs haven’t shown much interest in him as of today.  Can’t really pinpoint what the problem is.
added 12:36pm, Hasn’t heard from the Sabres, but Buffalo is a great city and still a good team.
added 12:42pm, (from Alanah)  Darren Dreger on ‘Leafs Lunch’ basically said that signing Peca is a cap problem (obviously) and Toronto wouldn’t consider it for over $1.5mil

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What does it feel like to sign for $20 million?

From Greg Logan’s Islander’s Beat,

Shortly after Ryan Smyth’s decision to sign with Colorado became official around 11 p.m. Sunday night, my phone rang. It was a player who had been an Islander for six years, not six minutes. It was Jason Blake.
How was he feeling after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with Toronto? Silly question.
“Awesome,” Blake said with a little laugh.

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Blake Deal Makes Sense

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

By contrast, the Leafs’ acquisition of Blake came at a relatively modest cost, an average of $4 million per season, and at 33 years of age, the Minnesotan is considerably longer in the tooth than the likes of Briere, Gomez and Drury.
A classic late bloomer, Blake had a career season last year in a contract season, and one always has to be suspicious (see Frank Thomas) of those kinds of efforts.
But Blake’s career numbers suggest that at worst he’ll be a consistent 22-28 goal scorer, which makes him the best scoring winger the Leafs own and nicely replaces the goals that will be lost by the departure of Jeff O’Neill.
Moreover, he’s got speed to burn, very helpful for a team that’s more plodding than quicksilver, he kills penalties effectively and dangerously, something lost when Mike Peca went down last season, and he brings a bit of sandpaper to the table as well.

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Report: Jason Blake to the Leafs

TSN is speculating in their broadcast that Jason Blake is “very close” to being signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More soon.

Update 7:36pm ET
TSN,

Looking to add some speed and grit, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Jason Blake to a 5-year deal worth $20 million.
The Minnesota native appeared in all 82 games last season with the New York Islanders, setting career highs in goals (40) and points (69).

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Report: Pro Scout Craig Button Leaves Leafs

According to Leafs Lunch, Chief Pro Scout Craig Button has left the organization to sign on with the Boston Bruins.

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