It’s starting to look like Leafs assistant coach Dave Hakstol will be the head coach of the Kraken

During Saturday Headlines it was reported that the Leafs assistant coaches might be pursuing better opportunities elsewhere, and today we’re getting a bit of an idea around Dave Hakstol’s better opportunity…

One name that has surfaced as a possibility for the head coach job with expansion Seattle is that of Dave Hakstol, the former Flyers HC who was assistant coach with the Maple Leafs this past season….@TSNHockey @TheAthletic
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 24, 2021

Kraken expected to name their first coach today. Hearing it is not Rick Tocchet. They’ve kept us guessing, but among other recent interviews whose name has not been out there: TOR assistant Dave Hakstol.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 24, 2021

Darren Dreger added that “all signs are pointing to this” and Chris Johnston has noted that there were multiple interviews between Hakstol and the Kraken, so basically by the time I finish writing this sentence, I expect that it will be have made official.
Hakstol has been largely responsible for the Leafs defense turnaround in the past couple of seasons, and as a former head coach of both the Flyers and the University of North Dakota, it seemed likely that he would try to find a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Report that Leafs Assistant Coaches are in demand

On the Saturday Headlines segment, Elliotte Friedman shared that teams have asked permission to speak to Leafs assistants regarding roles with other clubs. This is interesting because at this point are we particularly attached to any of the Leafs assistants? And while no specifics were really given about who is asking and who is potentially on the way out, it’s an opportunity to rehash who the Leafs have and whether they are likely to want to move on.
Manny Malhotra was a highly touted acquisition last offseason, given his success in Vancouver and that fact that he was a good Mississauga boy returning home. Given Malhotra’s success as defensive minded forward during his playing days, the fact that he was running the powerplay seemed like he was being miscast, and it certainly showed throughout the majority of the season and the playoffs.
His time with the Leafs probably doesn’t do much for him getting a look at the next step in his career, and given the rocky year his preference might be a one and done year and look for an assistant gig elsewhere.
Dave Hakstol is the one assistant left over from the Babcock years, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Grading all three Raptor trades from the trade deadline

Toronto Raptors: Grading all three Raptor trades from the trade deadline

The Toronto Raptors were among the main headlines entering the NBA trade deadline day as they had two of the more valuable players up for trade. They ended the day a much different team, as Kyle Lowry survived the trade rumors that The Raptors entered the NBA trade deadline having Kyle Lowry and Powell up for trade […]
Toronto Raptors: Grading all three Raptor trades from the trade deadline – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Waiver Wildness: A Tyler Ennis reunion coming?

During the recent Saturday Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that the Leafs were in the market for an additional forward. Which makes sense given that both Joe Thornton and Nick Robertson are out for a month and some of the healthy forwards are still getting adjusted to Toronto’s system.
Which is why the news of who was placed on waivers this afternoon could not have been better for the Leafs:

Waivers today:
Tyler Ennis (#LetsGoOilers) & Greg Pateryn (#GoAvs).https://t.co/gjOvqcSdnQ
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) January 25, 2021

You may recall that Tyler Ennis played with the Leafs during the 2018-19 campaign and did well by scoring 12 goals, eight assists, and 18 points in 51 games. By many accounts, the players and organization loved him and his hard work earned him a Bill Masterton Trophy nomination. He split time between the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers last year and had his best statistical performance since the 2014-15 season as he recorded 37 points in 70 games.
In terms of why the Oilers would want to put Ennis on waivers in the first place, my guess is so that he can shuffle back and forth between the main roster and …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Friedman has suggested the Leafs are kicking tires on Brenden Dillon, so we’re gonna look under the hood

You probably didn’t watch Saturday Night headlines this week because why would you willing watch a Senators and Habs game, just to get one possible little nugget of a potential trade rumour on the second intermission?
Simply you wouldn’t and you shouldn’t. Instead Sportsnet thankfully puts the clips on their website and at our leisure we discovered that Elliotte Friedman believes that the Sharks are making their unrestricted free agents like Melker Karlsson and Brenden Dillon available, and the Leafs have kicked tires on Dillon.
On Friday I put Dillon on a list of rental players I could more or less wrap my head around the Leafs going after. (Click the link for the full list, but here’s what I had to say about Dillon)
 Dillon’s salary is a drawback at $3.27M this year, but if San Jose retains or will take on Cody Ceci as part of the deal it doesn’t seem impossible.
Dillon would be a chance for the Leafs to add some physicality to their lineup and most importantly to their blueline. While I know eyes are rolling at the thought of this, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Friedman on Tyson Barrie: “I think there is an understanding that so far it hasn’t worked”

On last night’s edition of Saturday Headlines, among a wealth of other Leafs-related discussions, Elliotte Friedman reported that the team have received trade inquiries on Tyson Barrie.

The other name that’s come up a lot this week is Tyson Barrie. There’s been a lot of chatter around him. He has not asked for a trade, however, I think there’s an understanding that so far it hasn’t worked, that this is a very important year for him because he’s a free agent, and I think we all recoginize how we would feel about that.
I’m hearing Toronto has recieved calls on him and so far they’ve rejected the idea and they don’t want to trade him. But there is interest and because Colorado is retaining half of his salary, he’s at $2.75 million. We’ll see where it goes over the next month, but I do think there’s a recognition that this can’t continue for him.
Barrie was brought in over the off-season to give Toronto a second offensive punch from the blueline behind Morgan Reilly. That hasn’t happened so far. Through 22 games, Barrie has just six assists and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation