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08-02-2013, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bobermay View Post
Hey all!

So, I've been away from civilization for litterally the past three months, and am really behind on my leafs news.

After a little research, this is what I know:

Leafs Lost in Game 7 in a dramatic fashion.
Chicago beat Boston to win the cup
The Leafs drafted a forward from the QMJHL with their first round pick
They signed Clarkson to a large contract
They traded for Bolland
Eakins went to Edmonton.
The leafs signed a guy names Brennan (thats my name!!)

And thats... pretty much it.

It would be great to get a re-cap of this off-season and hear your opinions on them!

You missed the Bernier trade. Frattin & Scrivens with 500K in cap space retained by the Leafs, and a 2nd in either 2014 or 2015. Reimer seemed unhappy about it in an interview he did afterward. Said something along the lines of, "I'm sure they have their reasons for the move." Bernier signed to 2 yrs at 2.9 per, 1.1 above Reimer's hit. Pretty obvious the Leafs intend for him to start.

On Bolland… he fell out of favour in Chicago - played 4th line in the playoffs. Offensive black hole whenever put on the 2nd line. Beat out by Handzus/Kruger. Penciled in as the 3C next year, likely to be on 2nd PK unit. Cost 51st (D Dahlstrom), 117 (G Bergvik), EDM 4th next year.

On Gauthier… big two-way centre. Touted by several scouts to be the best defensive forward in the draft. Leafs grabbed him over Hunter Shinkaruk who fell to 25 and was picked up by Vancouver.

On Grabovski… bought out and shortly thereafter blamed Carlyle for his troubles in a scathing interview with Mirtle. Called him a "****ing idiot" and said he can't produce playing only "six minutes a game." Grabo married the day after his buyout and has yet to sign anywhere.

On July 5th… Bozak accepted the Leafs offer of 4.2 for five after wanting eight years. Weiss told that he was never contacted by Toronto and signed in Detroit for 4.9. Kessel tweeted that "(his) buddy" was back. Re-signing Kessel seems to be the motivation behind the deal. Clarkson apparently left money on the table in EDM and OTT to sign here. Murray then traded for Ryan and signed Mac, noting that his first choice would have been to keep Alfredsson and sign Clarkson.

Brennan is a prospect with offensive potential. The Leafs also signed forwards Smith and Bodie, who will likely be warm bodies for the AHL after the departures of Ryan Hamilton (who followed Eakins) and Mike Zigomanis. Goalie Christopher Gibson (not to be confused with the Ducks' John Gibson) was signed after an invite to the Leafs prospect camp - 2011 2nd round pick by the Kings.

Eakins is replaced by Steve Spott, former head coach of the Kitchener Rangers and Canada's disappointing world junior team this year.

Paul Ranger signed a 1 yr, 1 mil NHL deal with a full NTC. Ranger was a solid #2 in Tampa before leaving the league with personal issues in 2010.

Leo Komarov left to the KHL for 3 mil/1 yr, although the Leafs retain his rights for the season. Nonis offered 1.2M.

There are two players who remain unsigned: Kadri and Franson. The Leafs have just over 5 million in space with the bonus cushion. Speculation is that Liles will be bought out by Monday, which will incur a cap hit that varies between 0.875 and 2.35 for the next six seasons.

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