Leafs Sign Depth Forward Michael Amadio

Stop the presses because we have another big Toronto Maple Leafs signing to break.
Reports say that the Leafs have signed 25-year-old center Michael Amadio to a one year contract for league minimum.

Michael Amadio gets a two-way, one-year deal with the #leafs: $750,000 NHL, $400,000 guaranteed.@koshtorontosun first on the news.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 28, 2021

Amadio has not cemented himself as an NHL player since he debuted in the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Kings. In 173 career games played, he has 16 goals and 24 assists, with career highs being 68 games played and 16 points.
In the AHL, Amadio is quite productive, putting up 104 points over a 130 game career.
In a slight twist on the Dubas-Sault Ste. Marie connection (or obsession, depending on who you ask), Amadio was born in The Soo, but did not play for the Greyhounds in major junior.
Amadio has some two-way upside, but it’s unlikely that he will be penciled in to a roster spot. Expect him to report to the Marlies (possibly as their top-line center) and only play for the Leafs as an injury-replacement on the 4th-line. At this moment, it’s a zero-risk contract that may bear some positive fruit.

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: A Missed Opportunity for the Kraken

Another expansion draft has come and went, and much like the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, a lot of fans left it underwhelmed, especially with the really good players left unprotected by other teams.
That said, there’s a big difference between the underwhelming picks by Vegas, and the underwhelming picks by Seattle. With Vegas, a lot of fans failed to consider how some players would excel in new roles. William Karlsson was an anomaly, but even Reilly Smith, Nate Schmidt, and Colin Miller excelled in larger roles when they were analytics darlings in lesser roles on worse teams. That’s not to say Seattle didn’t do that either (more on that in a bit), but there’s a bit less upside to their picks.
Also, Vegas’ expansion draft didn’t get quite have the impact on the team that you might think still. Of their 30 selections in 2017, only six players remain on the team, and two of them (William Carrier and Tomas Nosek) are bottom six forwards. Vegas made a bigger impact in the expansion draft through side deals and expanding their draft capital, creating the contender they are today.
Granted, Seattle clearly has an identity they’re …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

For better or worse, Kyle Dubas is all-in on the Leafs’ core

Another offseason media availability, another time where Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has laid down to block shots headed for the Maple Leafs’ core. Dubas held media availability today to discuss the team’s expansion draft decisions and the upcoming free agency period, as summarized here by our Jori Negin-Shecter.
Dubas dropped what is sure to be his most quoted line since “we can and we will” during a question about the 2021-22 season:

Judging by this quote from Kyle Dubas today, the 2021-22 Maple Leafs season will take on a “Last Dance” kind of vibe.
The vision isn’t changing.
It’s now or never for results. pic.twitter.com/FKspBo43Pl
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 22, 2021

That one’s going to get a lot of replay.
On one hand, it is admirable that Dubas is steadfast in his vision for this team in the face of an unreal amount of pressure and acrimony from a justifiably-on-fire fan base. The Leafs have been down this road before with more reactionary or emotional general managers and it has often led to calamitous knee-jerk mistakes with long-term negative impacts. As much as Leafs fans are angry with how things played out against Montreal, this …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays sign high school pitcher Irv Carter with a $850,000 signing bonus

The Blue Jays have signed another one of their top picks from the 2021 draft.

A few days after reaching a deal with first-round pick Gunnar Hoglund, the Blue Jays have come to terms with fifth-round pick Irv Carter on a deal with a signing bonus of $850k.

5th-rder Irv Carter signs w/@BlueJays for $850k (slot 152 value = $350,300). Thinking that will be their 2nd-highest bonus. Florida HS RHP, projectable 6-ft-4, already up to 94 mph with more to come, promising slider. Miami recruit. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 19, 2021

Unsurprisingly, Carter earned a much higher signing bonus than his recommended slot value of $350,300. He was one of the top pitching recruits out of high school in Florida and had committed to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
But, based on his reaction to being selected by the Blue Jays, it isn’t all that surprising he signed…

Calvary Christian pitcher Irv Carter and his draft party react to being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. @Irvcarter42 @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/Ml87c32uaY
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) July 12, 2021

Here’s what MLB Pipeline says about him…
Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays select RHP Chad Dallas with fourth-round pick

Another pick, another arm.

With their fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, the Blue Jays have drafted another pitcher in righty Chad Dallas from the Tennessee Volunteers.
MLB Pipeline had him ranked No. 210 in the draft. Here’s what they have to say…

After Dallas came out of the bullpen to strike out 71 in 39 innings as a freshman at Panola (Texas) JC in 2019, Tennessee recruited him as a reliever. Instead, he became the Volunteers’ No. 1 starter in his first year in Knoxville and helped pitched them to their first College World Series since 2005 this spring. He won eight of his 11 Southeastern Conference starts and beat Louisiana State with a career-high 12 strikeouts in the super regionals.
Dallas added a mid-80s cutter in 2021 and it has become his best weapon, a plus offering that destroys right-handers both in the strike zone and as a chase pitch. His low-80s curveball has depth and grades as solid at its best. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph and can reach 98, though it features only modest armside life and doesn’t miss many bats.
While his 5-foot-11, 206-pound build isn’t ideal for a starter, Dallas makes up for it with his ability to pound …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent goalies the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent goalies the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

Another Sunday is here and it is the last Sunday’s Rundown for now as we’re finishing up the last position on the ice, goalies. We covered everything so far, from free-agent left-wingers to free-agent centres to right-wingers and last week we did the defensemen that are set to become UFAs this summer. The goalie position on the other hand is more important than all the other positions in my opinion simply because Toronto only has two goalies under contract next season, Jack Campbell and Michael Hutchinson, so my point exactly.
Campbell is entering the last year of the two-year deal he signed while he was on the Kings and it is carrying an AAV of $1.65M which is an absolute steal if you ask me. Hutchinson, on the other hand, is also entering the last year of the two-year deal he signed last season and he is more than likely getting exposed to Seattle but they are more than likely not selecting him.
With those two the only goalies under contract and Frederik Andersen set to become a UFA this summer, Kyle Dubas and staff have to make a decision on what they plan to do. Either bring …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: Will Rielly re-sign, the impact of the expansion draft, and some Matthew Tkachuk clickbait

It’s another rumour column, and my stars do I miss Brian Burke at times like this. The radio silence under Kyle Dubas and Lou Lamoriello during the playoffs drives me mad. This is the one time I miss the bluster of Burke, because by now he’d be promising to acquire a first round pick, if not the first overall pick, and probably already be under investigation for tampering with a free agent. Of course none of that stuff would ever turn into anything for the Leafs, but it made for a brief period of optimism and entertainment before settling for Brad Ross and Jonas Gustavsson.
Instead here’s what is out there at the moment…
Rielly staying?
Pierre LeBrun was recently exploring what defensemen around the league might have a change of address in the offseason and one of those players mentioned was Morgan Rielly. It seems like the intention on behalf of the Leafs is to negotiate an extension following the late July blitz of Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, and Free Agency and there seems to be mutual interest from both the Leafs and Rielly for Morgan to remain a Leaf.
The interesting bit comes at the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Apparently the Leafs and Simmonds are working on an extension

The Leafs are chipping away at another pending free agent, as it appears they’re working on a contract extension with Wayne Simmonds.
Elliotte Freidman first tweeted about it earlier today, but it also lead off his 31 Thoughts column today as well.
1. Nothing is done until it is done, but it sounds like Wayne Simmonds will be back in Toronto.
Simmonds came into the 2020-21 season with a bit of hesitancy from some fans, as there were concerns about his declining play and how that would impact the team, depending on his role. But, there was also a lot to say about the impact he would have on the other players in the room, as well as his physicality.
What then happened was a surprisingly solid season from Simmonds. He had seven goals and nine points in 38 games, with five of those goals coming in his first 12 games before his wrist injury that saw him miss 18 games. After that, he wasn’t quite as noticeable on the ice, especially going into the playoffs, where he managed just one assist in seven games.
The bigger surprise was his turn around defensively. Whether or not it was just his own play, his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent defensemen the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent defensemen the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

Another Sunday is here and so is another Sunday’s Rundown. Last week we wrapped up the forward group by looking at free-agent right-wingers the Toronto Maple Leafs should target this off-season, now we look at the back end and three free-agent defensemen the Maple Leafs should try and target this summer as changes are inevitable with this team, it’s just a matter of when it will come.
Before we jump into these three defensemen that are set to become UFA’s, I’m not saying the Maple Leafs are going to target and try and sign these three guys, I’m just saying these three are the three that they should target if it was up to me and maybe land one of them if they could work around the cap and potentially let some of their own free-agents walk or even make trades of their own to free up some cap space.

1. Dougie Hamilton – 28 years old – RD
2020-21 stats – 55 GP – 10 G – 32 A – 42 PTS – 22:43 TOI
One of, if not the biggest UFA names this summer is this man right here, Dougie Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes. We all know who he is and what he brings to the …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent right-wingers the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

It’s another Sunday, and that means it’s another Sunday’s Rundown. This week we’re finishing up on the forwards as we take a look at three free-agent right-wingers the Toronto Maple Leafs should target. Last week we took a look at three centres that are set to become UFAs and the week prior we took a look at left-wingers, so it’s only right that we finish the forwards up with the right-wingers this week before we take a look at different positions.
As we all know the Maple Leafs are more than likely going to make changes to their roster ahead of next season, it’s just a matter of what and where the changes are going to be made. Is it upfront on forward, on the back end, there is just so much that we don’t know right now but with the off-season approaching soon, we’ll all find out sooner rather than later. With that said, here are three free-agent right-wingers the Toronto Maple Leafs should target.

1. Brandon Saad – 28 years old – RW/LW
2020-21 stats – 44 GP – 15 G – 9 A – 24 PTS – 14:06 TOI
The first player on this right-winger list is Brandon Saad, someone who a …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation