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from Steve Simmons of the Totonto Sun,
Who will be the next to go?
After the Dion Phaneuf trade, it seems that almost anything is possible for the rebranding Maple Leafs with a roster entirely in play. Virtually every Leafs player not named Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, James van Riemdsyk and Leo Komarov has been made available in advance of next Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
“You have to understand, these are not Lou Lamoriello’s players,” said an NHL executive. “These are not Mark Hunter’s draft picks. These are not Mike Babcock’s players.
“So there is no one claiming: ‘This is my guy or this is your guy.’ The Leafs want as clean a slate as you can get and, if that takes moving just about everybody, then that’s what’s going to happen.”
The question then becomes who? And for what?
via the Tornonto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the Colorado Avalanche’s fourth-round selection in the 2016 Entry Draft and forward Colin Smith in exchange for forward Shawn Matthias.
Smith, 22, has registered 13 goals and 21 assists in 54 games with Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, this season. In 2013, he was named to the Western Hockey League First All-Star Team after finishing fourth overall in league scoring with 106 points in 72 games with Kamloops. The Edmonton native, who skated in one NHL game with Colorado in 2014-15, was originally selected by the Avalanche in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Avs release is below...
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Rielly coughed up the puck in front of Jonathan Bernier, playing his 200th game. Derek Stepan scored the winner with 1:31 remaining.
“I just tried to turn back and it rolled,” Rielly said. “Obviously, they got it.”
Brassard added an empty-netter to seal the win for New York in a game dominated by Toronto.
Rielly apologized for the mistake. Babcock said it was part of the young defenceman’s learning curve.
“He didn’t mean to do it,” Babcock said. “He’s a good player for us. I don’t know what happened. It was one of those situations that we count on him for big minutes and make good decisions and he’s done a lot of good things, he’d like to have that back.”
more on Toronto's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers...
Watch the Rielly turnover below...
Leo Komarov receiced a match penalty for this elbow.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
And, that’s a wrap.
On Episode One. Phase One. Chapter One. Whatever you’d like to call it.
The End of the Beginning?
With the trading of captain Dion Phaneuf this week, Brendan Shanahan and Co. effectively completed the opening stage of the most ambitious, aggressive rebuild in the long history of the Maple Leafs, one that has not yet moved the club closer to becoming a champion again one day but has emphatically ended a frustrating decade of drifting no closer to that goal.
From May 2004 to May 2015 there were two CEOs, four general managers, five different head coaches, 18 starting goalies, one major ownership change, three years when the club didn’t draft in the first round, a period of investment in muscle when the rest of the league was going in the opposite direction and, lest we forget, one seven-game playoff defeat.
Phaneuf’s departure, however, ended any uncertainty the Leafs really have embarked on a definitive new path. They’ve taken it down to the studs, intentionally getting much worse in the hopes of getting much better some day.
NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for inappropriate gestures aimed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
And here comes the throat-slash...
Mark Giordano felt Nazem Kadri’s gesture wasn’t the smartest, Mike Babcock said his forward needs better control and Bob Hartley feels the NHL will make it known how they feel about such behaviour.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
From his first awkward moments as the team’s 18th captain to the brutal, bone-headed pinch on the first shift of his last game with the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf never had a chance.
Polarizing from the beginning of his captaincy, he never had a chance to live up to the great expectations Brian Burke and Ron Wilson heaped on him when they put the “C” on his sweater.
He never had a chance to win over a fan base desperate for a winner and strong leader when at the time he was a player who was tentative as a leader and tentative on the ice.
And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him, a deal that became a burden to Toronto president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
added 11:11am, And there it is.
added 11:12am, headline changed to reflect trade.
added 11:15am, Ottawa press release is below...
added 11:27am, Toronto release is below too...
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