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from Damien Cox of The Spin,
It's fair to say the conversation around Phil Kessel changed somewhat with his performance during last spring's memorable playoff clash with Boston, and with Kessel apparently in improved physical shape this summer heading into a contract year, there's every chance he may finally become the consistently explosive player the Leafs (and Brian Burke) believed they were getting in 2009.
If that happens, or even if it doesn't, an eight-year deal in the $70 million range is in the offing, and all indications are that Kessel wants to stay in Toronto and that the Leafs are determined to keep him and pay him the huge money.
If that's the case, the Leafs need get this matter wrapped up before Christmas, rather than have it linger into next winter and close to the trade deadline.
Beyond that, Kessel's image in the city will be intriguing to watch, particularly with teammates like Joffrey Lupul and newly arrived David Clarkso...
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Coming off a season in which he led the Toronto Maple Leafs to their first playoff berth in eight seasons it would have been easy for goaltender James Reimer to take the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier personally instead Reimer says he's looking forward to the competition and intends to support the former Kings backup as much as he can.
“First and foremost we wear the same...
via the Toronto Star,
The Toronto Maple Leafs are joining other NHL teams and clubs in other sports in beginning a dynamic pricing policy for tickets to their games, based on the opponent and when it’s being played.
The prices will be divided into five different categories: Super Premium, Premium Plus, Premium, Regular and Preseason.
Restricted free agent centre Nazem Kadri is still in a holding pattern in contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 22-year-old centre may be feeling the pinch.
Working out at the team's practice facility in Mississauga on Tuesday Kadri told reporters that talks over a new deal are weighing heavier on his mind as training camp draws closer.
"The closer it comes...
Via Sportsnet, the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby spoke to Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent Nazem Kadri about the state of his contract negotiations with the Leafs, and Kadri was apparently none too pleased with the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' suggestions that Kadri's demands are unreasonable:
“I know I’m being pretty reasonable, taking all that cap...
Former Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has reportedly inked a one year deal with the Washington Capitals (courtesy of CBS Sports)
Yes Caps fans we may have finally found our second line center!
As per a tweet sent out by Igor Eronko, a reporter for Sports.ru, stating that according to an ONT report (Belarus TV) the Capitals and the former Toronto Maple Leafs star have agreed...
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com.
Jonathan Bernier stepped on the ice at the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility Tuesday wearing enemy colors, and he couldn't have been happier.
Bernier was one of four NHL goaltenders taking part in the CCM/Reebok Goalie Summit, a gathering that allows them to try on their new pads and shoot some promotional material for the company...
Mikhail Grabovski's agent says client still making a decision. @IgorEronko reports Belarus TV says #Caps will sign him.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 22, 2013
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
The greediness of the franchise knows no bounds. There was nary a blush in the spring when the Leafs jacked ticket prices by up to 75 per cent. Did you see an empty seat in the house — by the start of the second period, I mean. We know the platinum 1 per centers don’t settle in until midway through the first.
Brian Burke has himself a new gig a completely new gig. The former GM of the Maple Leafs among others is taking a seat on the Board of Directors for Rugby Canada. Yup rugby.
Burke returned to the Ducks a team he was general manager for before Toronto in a front-office position after he was fired just before last season began by the Maple Leafs and has remained out of a GM job since...
By Randall Ritchey (THG_Ritchey)
Steve Dangle has made a name for himself in the Hockey IndustryImage courtesy of Steve Dangle
There are thousands of sports fans around the world who would love to carve out a career in the sporting industry. While it’s never an easy task, many of those who set their minds to it and work diligently, eventually find a role somewhere in the sporting...