That’ll fix’em. Engvall in for Gauthier

Maybe I’m being a tad over-reactionary, but I’d argue that Keefe might be under-reacting by only making one small change to his Game One lineup…

August 3 @MapleLeafs practice lines & defensive pairings:
Nylander–Matthews–HymanMikheyev–Tavares–MarnerRobertson–Kerfoot–KapanenClifford–Engvall–SpezzaJohnsson–Gauthier
Muzzin–HollRielly–CeciDermott–BarrieSandin–Marincin
Andersen Campbell#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 3, 2020

I’m sure I’m not being too bold when I say that the minimally used fourth line was not the issue for the Leafs on Sunday night, and swapping in Engvall for Gauthier might not be a significant move.
On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt. Engvall is more versatile and is more capable of keeping up with play in the top nine. If Keefe wants to attempt some in game line juggling, Engvall is a stronger option.
The fact that it doesn’t seem the Leafs are too concerned with playing the fourth line, having situational talent could be more beneficial to the Leafs, and Gauthier, while a fine regular season fourth line player, just might lack in the ability …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Takeaways from Dubas’ guest mailbag spot with The Star

I’d like to start off by extending the opportunity to any and all Maple Leafs Hockey Ops people to take over our mailbag for a week as well. You are more than welcome to weigh-in on the hard hitting questions about which Leafs belong in a boy band and/or proper ways to slay a Minotaur. I suspect they aren’t interested, so we’ll just stick with weighing in on their quotes from The Star instead.
We have found that creating a new daily routine while at home has been very helpful. We are fortunate in that we still have a lot on the go with regards to scouting, player development and other team matters, so there is a lot to do, just in a very different way.
Dubas and Co. are hard at work on the scouting side of things, and with no shortage of time this is an efficient way to get ready for the offseason. If this is done well the Leafs should be able to make the most of the draft picks they have at an amateur level, and build out a solid plan for the little cap space they have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Darren Ferris Playbook is Evolving

On this, the first day of school, I’d like to welcome each and every one of you fine students back from what I hope was a wonderful and fulfilling summer break.
It sure wasn’t a break for me, though. I mean, yeah, nothing actually got done. But you know what they say! Money (and Twitter) never sleeps.
Anyway…
Hello! My name is Professor Darren Ferris, PhD. and welcome to the first lecture for the course “Negotiating 201: Updating the Playbook”. It’s no doubt going to be a fun semester. For those of you who have yet to take this course’s prerequisite, “Negotiating 101: An Underwhelming RFA Extension in Four Easy Steps”, all materials can be found here.
With the pleasantries out of the way, let’s get started.
Course Review
Obviously, I’m sure every single person in this class today has become familiar with my trusted — nay, patented — playbook for handling an RFA client’s post-ELC contract negotiation. Yes? If not, I’ll run through it real quick:

Step One: Roughly one year ahead of time, publicly declare that your client is in “no rush” to negotiate an extension due to a “respect” of “the process”.
Step …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Leafs unsigned prospect on the move

I’d imagine there are very degrees of excitement around this ranging from: “Why are you bothering me with this?” to “Who is that guy?” Well, that doesn’t change the fact that this is something that happened with the Leafs and we’re going to cram it into your eye holes.

MIN and TOR have a trade for the rights to unsigned junior Fedor Gordeev, who goes back into the draft if not signed before June 1. 7th round pick if he signs in MIN. Which is fully expected to happen.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 30, 2019
Cool. A 7th round pick isn’t bad. Especially when the Leafs had no intention of signing Gordeev…

Can confirm that #Leafsforever will not be signing Fedor Gordeev & Ryan McGregor to ELC’s before the June 1st deadline, meaning they’ll enter the 2019 NHL draft. Furthermore, Dakota Joshua (Ohio State, NCAA), will not sign with the Leafs. He will become a UFA on Aug 15. @TLNdc
— Jacob Stoller (@JLStoller) May 29, 2019
So yeah, that’s what went down. The Leafs could have either had Gordeev go for nothing or they could get a 7th for him. They got a 7th for him. That’s a win.
When …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation