On July 10, the NHL and NHLPA officially announced the return of hockey. Although surprisingly not much has been made of the agreement, I believe that the two sides extending the Collective Bargaining Agreement through at least 2025-26 is a big deal.
With nearly 80% in favour among NHLPA membership, the NHL and NHLPA have officially ratified the four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement extension, ensuring six years of labour peace as the league navigates the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Return-to-Play protocols for Stages 3 and 4.
As we inch closer to the qualifying rounds, teams are preparing for Aug. 1. While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto offer reassurance that the players will be in a safe environment where cases are on the decline.
As good as the Toronto Maple Leafs have been recently, it’s been 51 years since they last won the Stanley Cup, longer than any other team. They are also second to the Florida Panthers in that they haven’t won a playoff series in 14 years.
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I want to review Phil Kessel’s time with the team. I also want to share speculation about which Maple Leafs are likely to make Team Canada for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The long-necked forward has a big rise in the ranks after a solid rookie season. The first couple of weeks on the Top 25 involve plenty of faint hopes that any rational fan has to recognize probably won’t ever reach the NHL.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The biggest mystery box of all tantalized us with its potential. Coming in at #10 is the last 2020 NHL draft pick of the list — Mister X, our second round pick that is currently at 50th overall.
I came across an interesting bit of history doing my research for this post. That is, as sportswriter Lance Hornby noted, “Since 1917, more than 1,000 men have worn the Blue and White in Toronto’s NHL history.
Christian Bonin/TSGphoto.com A goalie marks the largest divergence we have in the community vs. expert voting. Who would have thought a Marlies goalie with a 0.879 sv% for what was the 2019-20 season would rise to #14 in our community vote?
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll look at what we know about the hub cities, the proceeding conversations about a new CBA, and share some of Maple Leafs’ favourite son Wendel Clark’s insights about what returning to hockey might mean to players this season.
At this point, the Stanley Cup would have been awarded, we’d know where Alexis Lafreniere has ended up, and we’d be at the start of the free-agent frenzy period. Unfortunately, the world had other plans.
Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images Last year’s interesting defence prospect vaults into the top 12. Mikko Kokkonen, a defender taken last year at 84th overall, comes in high this year in a tie for 11th place.
Rask has stabilized the Boston goal for an entire era of Bruins’ hockey. For the Bruins, dealing for Rask was one of their better deals of the last 20 years. For the Maple Leafs, they’d probably like to have this one back.
The above title is somewhat facetious, as the Toronto Maple Leafs, like other 11 Eastern Conference teams, are going to be physically confined within “the bubble” and playing in front of empty seats at Scotiabank Arena.