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Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggests that the Toronto Maple Leafs must take an aggressive approach to pre-draft-day trades in order to move out bodies and bring in both younger prospects and picks, and while this entry fits under, "KK Hockey" more than my blog, I (George) read this as a Red Wings fan and thought, "How did two months suddenly turn Toronto's trash into another man's treasure?"
To be in position to get the best players over the next few years, more picks are needed and winning has to become a secondary goal, which means people have to go. Phaneuf almost went at the trade deadline to Detroit, and that’s a scenario that will be revisited, even though the Leafs have yet to hire a new general manager. Shanahan feels comfortable making major deals with Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and Mike Babcock at his side, and the Red Wings may be willing to give up the futures now that they weren’t willing to relinquish in March when a deal that featured Phaneuf going to Motown for the contract of Stephen Weiss and defenceman Brendan Smith wasn’t concluded because the Leafs also wanted futures the Wings weren’t willing to surrender at that point.
Yes, because Teemu Pulkkinen scoring like a machine during two-and-a-half rounds of the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoffs = he's totally redundant.
Kessel, meanwhile, has seven years to go at $8 million per, but even in an off, off season he potted 25 goals. There’s no obvious match here, but lots of teams failed in the playoffs or missed them because they struggled to score and could have interest in the winger.
And so they're supposed to surrender major compensation for someone described by the Toronto media as nothing more than a malcontent and a cancer?
Bozak and Lupul would be the next two on the list, and if Kessel can’t be moved, they are easier to deal. Lupul has three years left at $5.25 million, Bozak three more at $4.2 million.
The Leafs have demonstrated in the David Clarkson trade with Columbus and the Phaneuf talks with Detroit they’re willing to absorb salary if that’s what it takes to make a deal. Moreover, they’re keenly aware that once the free agent market opens July 1, and with the cap likely to increase only to about $71 million, their options to move these players are likely to be reduced significantly as budgets get spent.
That doesn't mean their prices have gone up since the trade deadline, when the Leafs weren't able to consummate deals for any of the above-listed players.
Cox continues, and I'm not trying to rip the guy, but let's just say I think his take on the value of the players the Maple Leafs' press corps bashed for the entire 2014-15 season aren't any higher because other teams are desperate to take the Leafs' problem children on this summer.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:
A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.
The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.
The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.
Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.
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According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Bozak's representatives have put a contract proposal on the table believed to be a length of eight years averaging less than $5 million per season.
In 46 games this season, Bozak scored 12 goals and 16 assists and finished fifth in team scoring.
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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Tyler Bozak says the Boston Bruins are cheating.
He is, too. But the Bruins are cheating better. And that’s a big reason why the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Monday to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter-final.
“They’re the best team in the league at them (faceoffs),” said Bozak. “They’ve got the best guy in the league. (Patrice) Bergeron. It’s going to be hard to beat guys like that.
“Thought maybe they were cheating a little bit. So I tried to cheat. Your timing can be off by half a second. You’re going to have an off night. You’re not going to get away with mistakes in the circle with off-timing with the guys they have.
“I cheat, too. We all cheat. They were just cheating better.”
Bozak was tossed from the circle a number of times. The fans got on the linesmen continually. The parade out of the circle didn’t stop.
But goal waved off after it was reviewed, kicking motion.
added 9:16pm, via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 18:44 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Toronto forward Tyler Bozak directed the puck into the net with his right skate. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Toronto.
From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:
The points are starting to come.
Fourteen points is a decent total for a guy who prides himself on playing a solid two-way game. But the number that excited Tyler Bozak the most is four. Not four, as in the number of goals he has, but four, as in plus-4.
Last season Bozak was the Toronto Maple Leafs most unreliable defensive performer finishing a very chilly minus-29. Never mind the fact he started the year as the team’s No. 1 centre and wasn’t able to play at that level quite yet, or that his points-per-game average dipped from .73 in his first year in the league, to .40 last season.
Quite simply, there’s no way Bozak was going to command ice time commensurate with his skill and ability if he continued to be a defensive liability.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with highly-touted free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers, sources tell Sportsnet.
A strong two-way centre, Bozak has been generating league-wide interest since his freshman year with as many as 25 NHL teams trying to get his name on a contract.
continued and a highlight reel of Bozak can be watched below…