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Where Are They Now? Mark Parrish

Where is that big-bodied forward that played for the Islanders in the early 2000’s?

Where is that forward that used to be part of the 7’s line with Michael Peca and Shawn Bates?

Where is Mark Parrish?

Where Are They Now? Brad Isbister

The first player that will be looked at in the new revamped ‘Where Are They Now’ is Brad Isbister. For those who don’t remember Isbister was apart of the Islanders team that finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs in 2001-2002 season.

Isbister was drafted in the 3rd (67th overall) 1995 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets; this was the same draft the Islanders selected Wade Redden then moved him in a package to the Ottawa Senators for the 1st overall pick in 1995 Bryan Berard.

Free Agency 2012: Capitals Get Joey Crabb

The first acquisition for Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee is forward Joey Crabb from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He signed on a one-year deal worth $950,000.  

The right winger had 11 goals, 15 assists and 101 hits in 2011-2012, his first full season in the NHL. At 29, he has scored 18 goals and has 32 assists in 144 games with Toronto and Atlanta after being a seventh-round pick in 2002.

Crabb is projected to be a bottom-six guy for new Capitals coach Adam Oates, possibly teaming up with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. He could play some on the penalty kill and he's not afraid to drop fists either. He ends up catching m...

Leafs Sign McClement; Re-sign Frattin

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed center Jay McClement for two years with a $1.5-million cap-hit, as well as re-sign forward Matt Frattin to a two-year deal worth 850K per season.

The signing is hardly a big splash from general manager Brian Burke, but that’s probably a good thing. McClement will likely play on the third or fourth line, and log significant minutes on the penalty kill. He led the Colorado Avalanche, and was third among forwards in the National Hockey League, in SH TOI/G with 3:06. McClement only averaged 10:03 of even-strength ice-time so his skillset is suited for the penalty kill---an area that has decimated the Leafs since the lockout. He should mesh well ...

Wilson on the Leafs' Radar?

There is no credible hockey insider linking Colin Wilson to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This article is purely speculative based on tweets from Paul Hendrick, of Leafs TV and mapleleafs.com.

To put it simply, here are Hendrick’s tweets in succession:

“Brian burke is back talking with pred gm david poile before going back to leaf draft table.#tmltalk”

“Schenn to flyers for jvr...leafs not done yet.#tmltalk”

When asked if the potential trade could go down today, which was Saturday at the time of the tweet, Hendrick replied, “Quite possibly.”

It’s possible the trade turned cold. It’s also possible the general ma...

Leafs Should Trade Lupul

Joffrey Lupul had a great season: He notched 25 goals and 67 points in 66 games, played in the All-Star Game, and was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy. His season ended abruptly with a separated shoulder, but it remains his most successful since joining the National Hockey League.

That being said, Lupul probably isn’t a point-per-game player. Some think the numerous injuries he’d sustained halted his development and he is just now displaying his capabilities. Whatever the case may be, Lupul’s trade value is the highest it’s ever been, and the Leafs have an excess of wingers with the arrival of James van Riemsdyk---Nazem Kadri could be ready, too.

Analysis: Leafs acquire van Riemsdyk for Schenn

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for left-winger James van Riemsdyk.

The trade isn’t a big surprise considering van Riemsdyk has been on the market since the trade deadline. At that time, it was believed the Leafs would have to ship Schenn as well as additional assets to land the 22-year-old forward, but things have changed, and the Flyers may be looking to acquire Bobby Ryan in his place.

Van Riemsdyk is by no means a punishing forward, despite his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame, but he injects some skill into the Leafs’ lineup and should find a spot on the top-six unit. The move could also light a fire under Nikola...

Toronto Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly with the 5th overall pick

 

The Leafs selected Morgan Rielly with the fifth overall pick in Friday's 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

Rielly, 18, is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he scored three goals and 18 points in as many games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League.

The six-foot, 190-pound defenseman is known for his playmaking abilities and is an effective skater and puck-mover.

The Vancouver-native possesses awareness at both ends of the ice, and while he isn’t a physical defenseman, he is positionally sound.

Rielly, a left-handed shooter, returned from a torn ACL on April 20 for the WHL playoffs, in which he produced three assists in ...

Leafs need an established goaltender, not another project

If the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to acquire an established goaltender, Brian Burke will have to explore the trade route.

Considering the unrestricted free agent class is absolutely skeletal in terms of starting goaltenders, and Burke’s abysmal track record in free agency, that should sit well with most Leafs fans.

The issue, of course, is that one of the prime goaltending options is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs were not interested in granting a second year to Vokoun, so the 36-year-old goaltender wound up with the Penguins at an affordable cap-hit of $2-million for the next two years. I can’t help but...

If Staal is available, Leafs must pounce

General manager Brian Burke has limited options to bolster the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center position.

Much like goaltending, which is another priority this off-season, the market is bare. If Burke wishes to ensure better odds for a playoff berth next season, the goaltending and center positions will have to be addressed.

How exactly that can be accomplished remains to be seen.

This year’s unrestricted free agency crop lacks depth across the board, but particularly so at center, with Olli Jokinen being the top among the list.

Bad news.

So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.

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