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Toronto Maple Leafs
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger the Toronto Maple Leafs may consider moving defenceman Cody Franson a restricted free agent looking at a major payday.
The Leafs still have significant room under the NHL salary cap – according to capgeek.com with 20 players under contract the Leafs have just over $6 million available to sign their restricted free agents. Add in roughly a million to sign Mark Fraser and the club has roughly $5 million left for their two big-ticket restricted free agents: Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.
And that’s problematic particularly if (as Dreger’s report indicates) Franson is looking for something in the ballpark of $4.0 million per season.
We’ll start with Kadri. The 22 year-old had a brilliant season putting up 44 points in 48 games (the second best total on the team) along with a plus-15 rating. There is at least one significant caveat on that total – while Kadri’s clearly a very good player the Leafs also converted shots at a 14.4% rate with him on the ice...
BEST OF MAXIM
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The noise over the length of Dave Nonis’ new deal was just that, noise. Every general manager in hockey today should start with a five-year deal. It takes that long to see the fruits of your first or second drafts develop. In these salaried cap times, that’s the best way to do business, so long as you believe in the general manager ...
Yesterday I continued my look at sabermetrics and hockey but posting the worst 20 players in the 2013 season by their raw Corsi rating. The worst player last season was Jay McClement of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He posted a -286 Corsi in the season. That means his opponents attempted 286 more shots than Toronto did at even strength while McClement was on the ice. If McClement...
An observer of the week of silence in the Mark Fraser contract dispute with the Maple Leafs opined that "sometimes it's best to say nothing."
That played out Tuesday morning when the fiesty defenceman and the club dodged a date with NHL salary arbitrator Fred Horowitz and agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million US.
It's not known yet who blinked with the...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration for the second straight RFA, the first being Carl Gunnarsson, as they have re-signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year, $1.275 million contract. Fraser, 26 (will be 27 in September), was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round (84th overall) back in the 2005 NHL Draft. After playing two years [...]
Justin Bieber and the sports world just keep crossing paths.
Over the last few months, the Biebs has been spotted at games , Floyd Mayweather's daughter's birthday , ruining NHL meetings , touching the Stanley Cup and even angering a couple of his NFL neighbors with his alleged high-speed antics in their posh neighborhood.
And for all this, he gets rewarded by the Toronto...