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Toronto Maple Leafs' Free Agent Targets

 

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis got the NHL off-season going on Sunday with one of the first big trades of summer 2013. The trade market is just one way the Maple Leafs plan to improve this summer with a free agent crop that is also full of appealing players set to open up.

With July 5 only eight days away, it's time to look at who the Maple Leafs are likely to consider as free agent options when the signing period begins.

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Mike Ribeiro

Ribeiro is a 33-year-old NHL veteran who, with more than 600 points in 785 career regular season games, knows how to produce. Not onl...

Just Another Piece to the Puzzle

Anyone who is a Penguins fan can remember in 2009 when Rob Scuderi accidentally called himself the “piece” that the Penguins needed to win a Stanley Cup. Scuds, who would eventually be nicknamed the piece, became a crucial part to the Pittsburgh Penguins Cup Victory that summer. His save in the goal crease against Detroit still gives me chills. He wasn’t flashy or that great of a skater, nor was he going to knock you around. What Rob Scuderi did was provide the Penguins with a consistent, reliable, rock of a defenseman that could be trusted in any defensive situation.

Enter the 2013 season and examine the wildly inconsistent Pittsburgh Penguins. While holding ...

Power(less) Play

In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last year New Jersey's Steve Bernier was called for a five minute major and given a game misconduct when he boarded Rob Scuderi. Despite a dismal track record on extra man opportunities, the Kings blew the game open when Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis all found the back of the net. The lead was too significant and the Kings won the Stanley Cup after finishing off the Devils, 6-1. Penalties can change the course of a game as quickly as they occur.

In a short but young season where the drama is back on the ice instead of conference rooms the Kings have a problem. After three games (0-2-1) the Kings inability to capitalize on ...

Series Preview: (2) Blues vs. (7) Kings

 

Just as everyone expected, the Los Angeles Kings quickly dispatched of the President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in five games. Also (and just as expected) was the latter squad’s complete no-show on offense, perpetual state of disarray on defense and lack of physicality in nearly every single one of the five games. What took place last week was a meltdown of an unacceptable degree. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

However (!), just because Vancouver lost the series does not mean Los Angeles didn’t deserve to advance. Vezina Trophy candidate (and deserving winner) Jonath...

Kings Regain Winning Ways, Defeat Tampa Bay 3-1

Kyle Clifford puts the eventual game-winner past a struggling Dwayne Roloson. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Following two losses in the first two games of their road-trip east, the Kings looked everything but confident heading into a nationally televised game in Tampa Bay. However, any offensive rust was shaken off rather quickly and a defensive performance like no other propelled the team to a 3-1 victory earlier tonight.

The Kings notched only one goal in their previous 120 minutes of play, but recorded three tallies on a mere twenty shots against a struggling Dwayne Roloson en route to their twe...

Gritty Kings Grab 3-2 Shootout Win

Justin Williams (14) gives scores his gives his team a 2-1 lead. The Kings are 73-0-5 since April 2009 when leading after two periods. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

After all, the Kings were due for a win. The team has been alternating winning and losing efforts since the twenty-eighth of December (that’s eleven games and nearly three weeks). It’s a stretch that surely frustrates head coach Darryl Sutter, but nonetheless has the boys in white earning a pivotal two points earlier tonight.

A goaltender duel of sorts featuring Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo took the game to an extra overtime period and s...

Kings Break Out, Score 4 (!) in Win

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, the Kings scored more than 2 goals in regulation. Happiness is abound. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

The Kings were still receiving gifts one full day after Christmas had passed. Some were in the form of goals from the unlikeliest of players, while others simply came from the lackluster play of Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was given a third straight start with the injury to lead goaltender Mike Smith. Nonetheless, the Kings took the offensive bump in stride and defeated the Coyotes by a score of 4-3.

Rob Scuderi, Willie Mitchell, and Brad Richardson scored the firs...