Maple Leafs sign Travis Dermott to one-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that they have signed restricted free agent defenceman Travis Dermott to a one-year contract extension worth $874,125. Dermott made his Leafs debut in the 2017-2018 season and has played in 157 regular season games over the last three seasons, registering nine goals and 31 assists.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 23, 2020

Dermott has put up very strong underlying defensive numbers through the early part of his career, and he will look to earn an opportunity to do that against tougher competition this coming season as he jostles for a lineup spot with the likes of Justin Holl, Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Bogosian, and Rasmus Sandin.
The salary for Dermott’s new contract is equivalent to what his qualifying offer was so this is a deal that will provide him with a chance to prove he is a valuable part of this team’s future. With Ilya Mikheyev and Dermott signing new contracts, the Leafs lone remaining restricted free agent is the newly acquired Joey Anderson.

Travis Dermott’s new contract (one year at $874,125) is equal to what his qualifying offer was. Good value for the Leafs. And a prove-it contract for Dermott, who …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Leafs to add Eric Joyce as Director of Hockey Strategy

While the Leafs might be done with the on ice moves for a while, they are apparently not done overhauling the hockey operations department…

Hearing former #FlaPanthers asst GM Eric Joyce is joining the #Leafs in a role expected to be Director of Hockey Strategy.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 22, 2020

So a couple of questions come from this, and we’ll deal with them both.
First, who is Eric Joyce?
Well, good news, he’s got a LinkedIn page!
Eric has been an Assistant to the GM or Assistant GM with the Panthers organization for the past six years and 11 months (shame to leave right before celebrating his work anniversary on LinkedIn.) He’s been the GM of their Springfield AHL team for the past four years, and prior to that the Panther’s AHL teams in San Antonio and Portland.
Prior to Eric’s time with the Panthers, he’s spent a lot of time with in the military and security related fields, as an Army Captain and West Point graduate would. He’s also a graduate of Harvard, in case you were worried that the elitism ended with Vesey and Kerfoot.
In any sense, he seems qualified. And …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Lamenting the Leafs: Soup’s On

I’m excited to be introducing the Lamenting the Leafs podcast, a brand new show hosted by three Leafs fans from Atlantic Canada. Myself, along with my longtime friends Cam MacEachern and Keith Whipple, will strive to bring you insightful analysis of everything that’s happening in Leafs Nation and the hockey world at large, while having some fun along the way. We hope you’ll give it a listen, and if you like what you hear, subscribe to the podcast to stay up to date with future episodes.
In our debut show we discuss Kyle Dubas’ teambuilding philosophy, how the additions of TJ Brodie, Joe Thornton, Wayne Simmonds, and Zach Bogosian change the look of the Leafs lineup, and provide initial reactions to some breaking news regarding the latest Leafs signing.
Follow us on twitter @LamentingLeafs, @CarlPeelash, @keithwhipp, and @_NickRichard

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Projecting the Leafs Opening Night Lineup for the 2020-21 Season

So the Leafs did the unthinkable on Friday night and were able to convince Joe Thornton to play for his hometown team on a league minimum contract. He is the eighth player acquired by the Leafs since free agent frenzy began last week, and that results in some interesting questions on what the lineup might look like when the 2020-21 season finally starts.
In the unprecedented times that we continue to live in, when that day comes remains a mystery. There’s been plenty of talk of how the season will play out and how the teams will have their schedules built (including a potential Canadian Division). One thing we do know is that hockey will be played at some point in the coming months and the Leafs will have a different looking roster once the puck finally drops.
Until that date comes, all we can do is speculate our best guesses for what the Leafs might do with their lineups for the coming season and who might fit best in other spots. We are quite removed from when the campaign could potentially start so it’s entirely possible that my projections could be well off the mark. Add to …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Tyler Gaudet signs with the Marlies

(NOTE: That was literally the only Leafs photo of him in our library. Sorry Tyler)
Tyler Gaudet will be back with the Marlies next season…

News: We’ve signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >>
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 16, 2020

Gaudet had previously been on a SPC with the Leafs, but while he’ll be returning to his role on the Marlies, he’ll be ineligible for callups to the Leafs.
Gaudet has a long history with Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas, having played for Keefe in Pembroke, Soo, and on the Marlies, and of course with Kyle in the last two locations. He was a surprise addition to the Leafs return to play training camp over the summer, largely because of his strong defensive zone play that Keefe and Dubas wanted to the Leafs regulars to line up against.
While the 2021 season won’t see Gaudet in a Leafs uniform, I’m not sure we’ll see the door close on a future NHL contract with the club, given the fondness for him from both the head coach and GM. He’ll certainly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The ripple effects of the David Ayres game are becoming more clear

Hey, remember that time the Leafs lost to a 42-year-old Zamboni driver who worked for the team? The Carolina Hurricanes don’t want you to forget since they keep bringing it up on their social media pages once a month. While that was an inspiring story for David Ayres during his 15 minutes of fame, it’s a night that the Leafs would like to forget but can’t.
In the months that have followed that game, Martin Marincin scored a goal, a global pandemic started, some kid named Nicholas Robertson made his NHL debut, and the Leafs lost in the first round yet again. Judging by all of the moves made since the Blue Jackets forced them to travel fifteen minutes back to their real homes, it’s evident that Kyle Dubas and company were not pleased with the makeup of the roster and wanted to make some changes.
One of those new additions was Zach Bogosian, a guy who was bought out by the Sabres and went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Lightning. The last part almost did not happen because the Leafs had some interest in him around the time he was released from Buffalo. …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs sign Aaron Dell to one year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they signed Aaron Dell to a one-year, $800 million contract.

We’ve signed Aaron Dell to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 14, 2020

TLN’s Jon Steitzer was right on the money with this piece from earlier today Leafs should be shopping for a third string goaltender
From the press release:
Dell, 31, played in 33 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20, posting a 12-15-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. In 107 career NHL appearances with San Jose, the Airdrie, Alberta native owns a 48-34-12 record with a 2.76 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and five shutouts.
Dell originally signed with the Sharks as a free agent on March 4, 2015.
Dell can play a key role in this organization, serving as a mentor to a young Joseph Woll. He also serves as a reliable number three with NHL experience.

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Where the Leafs roster (and cap hit) is at today

As much as it pains me to say, the Leafs roster looks essentially done. There’s a chance that we see some minor moves involving Justin Holl, Travis Dermott, or possibly Pierre Engvall, but it seems that the deck chairs have adequately been shuffled, and even though this doesn’t look like a top tier team in the league, they are decidedly better than last year and may be capable of pulling off some surprises.


Hyman ($2.25M)
Matthews ($11.634M)
Marner ($10.893M)
Muzzin ($5.625M)
Brodie ($5M)
Andersen ($5M)

Tavares ($11M)
Nylander ($6.927M)
Rielly ($5M)
Holl ($2M)
Campbell ($1.6M)

Vesey ($900k)
Kerfoot ($3.5M)

Lehtonen ($925k)
Bogosian ($1M)

Simmonds ($1.5M)
Boyd ($700k)
Spezza ($700k)

The above roster leaves $4.185M of cap space, with Mikheyev, Dermott, and Anderson still needing to be signed. Presumably Anderson could be in the AHL, as could Boyd, and others like Malgin, Robertson, Barabanov, or Korshkov could be there in their places, but it doesn’t do much to shake that fact that there is no way of making it fit without team friendly deals by Dermott and Mikheyev, and at least dropping Holl or Dermott. There is also the fact that Mikko …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Toronto’s Busy Offseason

Since the opening of free agency, the Leafs have a number of moves. In this episode, Kevin Papetti and I break down the signings and trades that have happened. We also look into the 2020 NHL draft and discuss how the Leafs did. Below is the itinerary for this episode:
1:03 TJ Brodie
11:27 Johnsson for Anderson
21:32 Wayne Simmonds
31:10 Zach Bogosian
35:30 The Leafs defense going forward
43:00 Travis Boyd
45:20 What’s next for the Leafs this offseason
1:00:40 The 2020 NHL Draft
Where Can You Listen:


You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

A productive first day of free agency shouldn’t mark the end of the Leafs moves

Well, the Leafs were certainly active in free agency. Kyle Dubas managed to bring in fan favourite, Wayne Simmonds sharply at noon and followed up with a defensive upgrade later in the day by adding T.J. Brodie to the Leafs blueline. Two solid players that certainly provide an upgrade from Tyson Barrie and Kyle Clifford. Calling them mere replacements wouldn’t be fair, but neither would saying the Leafs are done because of these transactions.
To be fair, I don’t think Kyle Dubas would say that either. He’s very aware of the realities of his team. And aware of the salary cap. Carrying the bare minimum 20 man roster the Leafs would find themselves approximately $500k over the top of the cap ceiling and that’s before signing Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott. The Leafs will likely need to shed around $4M to make room for these players, and a bit more to address the current overage and desire for a reserve player. This probably puts all of Johnsson, Kerfoot, Holl, Dermott, Mikheyev, and Andersen at risk for finding new homes in the coming weeks.

Dubas: “Brandon [Pridham] has carved out a number of ways that we can …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation