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Toronto Maple Leafs: Free Agency in Review

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

As the most intense part of NHL free agency winds down and hockey fans return to their every day routine, it is safe to say that most teams have their rosters set for the upcoming season. That is no different for the Toronto Maple Leafs barring a surprise from GM Dave Nonis or few minor deals.

The Maple Leafs certainly weren't quiet during the days leading up to and including the first few moments of free agency. While not all of their moves were free agent related, each one of them had a major impact on the team's roster and make up for the upcoming season.

Now it's time to reflect...

Analysis: Leafs Retain Bozak, Acquire Clarkson

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed Tyler Bozak to a five-year, $21-million contract and locked up free agent David Clarkson for seven years at $36.75-million.

General manager Dave Nonis made it clear that he thought Bozak was a key piece in the Leafs finally ending their playoff drought. While most assumed the 27-year-old would find a home elsewhere, the Leafs think they found a top-six centre they can rely on for five years.

But Bozak’s production as a first-line centre is nothing impressive, and his lack of defensive upside makes this move more difficult to digest. Consider that Bozak ranked 212th in Points/60 (production rate) last season.  His most common li...

Leafs Will Regret Buying Out Grabovski + Potential Replacements

The Toronto Maple Leafs have used their final compliance buyout on centre Mikhail Grabovski.

According to capgeek.com, the Leafs now have $24.5-million in cap space. Jonathan Bernier, Cody Franson, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Carl Gunnarsson, Frazer McLaren, and Mark Fraser remain unsigned as restricted free agents.

It's difficult to understand the decision from general manager Dave Nonis' perspective, as he recently said Grabovski would have to "earn his ice-time" next season. What he and the Leafs' management fail to understand, however, is that Grabovski was tasked with tough, defensive minutes under head coach Randy Carlyle. His offensive zone start ra...

Dave Bolland Trade: What it Means for the Maple Leafs

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

You may not have known who Dave Bolland was a few weeks ago but you probably found out about him shortly after he scored the game winning goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final this month.

Now he's a Toronto Maple Leaf.

The Leafs made another big splash in the trade market during the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday when they acquired Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for three draft picks including a second round pick this year.

Bolland, 27, doesn't have the biggest frame but plays with a ton of grit. As TCL's Ron Guillet notes here, Bolland plays mostly "tough, defensive minutes." However he stil...

Frazer McLaren Must Go

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The least-known players on the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster created one of the biggest issues in 2013, an issue that will continue until a resolution is found this summer.

Randy Carlyle has been criticized time and time again for the way he has distributed ice time since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as head coach. Perhaps no more than how he has utilized the abilities of Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, two players who are known for one thing and one thing only: their fists.

Dave Nonis, Maple Leafs GM, has been able to negotiate a new contract with one of the two upcoming free agents; Colton Orr re-upped with the team f...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wave Goodbye to Tyler Bozak

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

In case you have been living in a cave for the last year or so, let's get you caught up on the raging debate concerning Tyler Bozak potentially leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bozak's contract is up this summer.No one is entirely sure what to think of him.The Maple Leafs seem to think they need him.Major confusion ensues.

And now we're here. Two weeks from the beginning of free agency. Bozak doesn't have a contract. Nor does Clarke MacArthur. Time is ticking.

Let's focus on the third point above. Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, who many have critiqued for his distribution of ice ...

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Jonathan Bernier

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Toronto Maple Leafs' off-season may just be about to heat up.

Jonathan Bernier, once a star in net for the Los Angeles Kings and now a well-above-average backup goaltender, is a lock to switch teams this summer. Making the Bernier situation interesting is the fact the Kings reportedly have their trading partners narrowed down to two teams: the Philadelphia Flyers and the Maple Leafs.

Both the Leafs and Flyers are teams that no one would be surprised to see Bernier join. It's no secret that Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has been looking for help between the pipes since taking over from former GM Brian Burke. T...

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs About to Make a Huge Mistake?

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Stanley Cup Final is underway which not only means its time to celebrate the greatest game in the world but also that the off-season is upon us and those who aren't fortunate enough to be playing hockey into late June have some important decisions to make. Having been defeated by the Final's Eastern Conference representative, the Toronto Maple Leafs are no different.

Along with Tyler Bozak's contract, the Maple Leafs' biggest decision this summer will undoubtedly be what the team should do with Clarke MacArthur, one of their most important depth players. Regardless of how you spin it, the Maple Leafs have no reason to l...

Toronto Maple Leafs Continue to Prove Critics Wrong

Many people doubted the Toronto Maple Leafs heading into the 2013 playoffs but as the team is showing, those who did were wrong to look down on them.

You may first ask yourself what the heck that's supposed to mean when the Maple Leafs find themselves down three games to one. After all, how could a team facing elimination in game five be doing so well?

The Maple Leafs' pre-playoff "haters" certainly had reason to put the team in a negative light at least when it came to their first round matchup. Facing the Boston Bruins, Toronto's chances at advancing to the second round were noticed as being slim-to-none before the puck even dropped on ga...