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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, 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...

Maple Leafs Buy Out Komisarek

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

As per reports across multiple news outlets, the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally done what everyone had been waiting on for years: they bought out the remainder of Mike Komisarek's five-year, $22.5 million contract.

Komisarek was a hot commodity, big-name free agent when the Maple Leafs signed him off the open market in the summer of 2009. He had played very well during his time with the Montreal Canadiens but that play was simply not meant to travel with him to Toronto.

It was believed the Maple Leafs were trying to trade 31-year-old struggling defenceman on various occasions as he spent time with the AHL's Toront...

Maple Leafs Announce Preseason Schedule

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced their 2013 preseason schedule today.

As per the team press release:

The Leafs will play their eight-game preseason schedule over 14 days, starting in London, Ontario on Sunday, September 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Home-and-home series will take place against the Senators, Sabres and Red Wings, and a second meeting with the Flyers will be played at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs’ preseason schedule concludes on Saturday, September 28 when they host the Red Wings at 7 p.m.

The home-and-home series with the Detroit Red Wings will be a sneak peak of what is sure to be the ne...

What the Bolland Acquisition Means for Grabovski

This past Sunday at the 2013 NHL draft the Maple Leafs made a trade for Centre Dave Bolland, who is fresh off his second Stanley Cup championship. The trade addressed a key need for the Maple Leafs, a centre with size and physicality who has proven to be a clutch performer. Bolland may have only had 6 points in the playoffs but 3 of those came in the last 3 games of the Stanley Cup Final. Perhaps the acquisition has no greater effect than on current Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski.

Under Coach Randy Carlyle, Grabovski saw some hard defensive minutes and not a whole lot of quality offensive situations. With Dave Bolland slotted in for the third line defensive role this frees up ...

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...

Leafs Acquire Bolland for Three Draft Picks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired centre Dave Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round draft pick and two fourth-round draft picks (one in 2014).

Bolland isn't the first-line centre the Leafs covet, but the 27-year-old played tough minutes on the Blackhawks, with only 46.1 per cent of his faceoffs coming in the offensive zone and ranking third among forwards in Corsi QoC (quality of competition) last season. He's a defensive centre that should solidify the Leafs' third line in terms of shutdown ability, especially with Jay McClement on the fourth line.

Bolland, who has a $3.375-million cap hit before hitting free agency next summer, isn't grea...

2013 NHL Entry Draft: Leafs Select C Gauthier

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected C Frederik Gauthier 21st overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Gauthier is 6-foot-5 and weighs a whopping 215 pounds at 18 years old. He produced 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He was ranked 18th overall on the ISS' final draft rankings.

Corey Pronman, prospects writer for ESPN and Hockey Prospectus, wrote on Twitter that Gauthier is a "very good defensive center. Took all the tough assignments and draws. Big man who skates very well for his size. He’s not a tremendous offensive player, but Gauthier can make plays with the puck. Has 2nd line potential scoring-wise."

With t...

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.


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...

Acquiring Stastny Makes Too Much Sense For Leafs

If Paul Stastny is being shopped at the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, general manager Dave Nonis must do everything in his power to acquire the 27-year-old.

With breaking news of Vincent Lecavalier being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, some wonder if the Leafs should throw all their eggs in that basket. While Lecavalier is productive, notching 81 points in his last 103 games, he’s 33 years old and will likely have upwards of 10 teams interested in his services. Is Nonis prepared to enter a bidding war and potentially give out a long-term contract for an aging player? He has made it clear that his vision for the Leafs is to import young players that can make an impact now b...