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

What In The What? A look back at this week in Leafs Nation.

Welcome to a new segment, where we collect bad takes, dismantle arguments and dispel myths being circulated in sports publications and social media about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#3. ‘The fix is in! The draft lottery is definitely rigged for Toronto.’
The outcome of the NHL’s draft lottery was chaotic hilarity or unmitigated disaster depending on who you ask, but there’s a poetic justice in an extremely-flawed draft format going just about as bad as it possibly could.
Having a mystery team win the Alexis Lafreniere lottery predictably set Twitter on fire, with some folks warming up their takes on the burning embers:

Since the Leafs are incapable of doing it themselves, the NHL is doing it for them. The fix is in and they’ll get this kid. But they’ll still screw things up. https://t.co/l8Lvo39eiF
— Norris McDonald (@NorrisMcDonald2) June 27, 2020

I do not mean to pick on Norris here, but I have seen a lot of this type of comment since the outcome was revealed. People are terrified of the Leafs being good in the first place, but giving them a 12.5% chance of landing Lafreniere if …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

What could/should a new contract for Jake Muzzin look like?

Yesterday on TSN’s Insider Trading segment, Bob McKenzie shared the beautiful news that the Leafs are beginning contract negotiations with Jake Muzzin. Normally the idea of the Leafs re-signing a 31 year old defenseman, as well as the idea of Kyle Dubas negotiating any kind of contract would be a cause for panic, but if anything has been abundantly clear over the past month, it’s that the Leafs need (a healthy) Jake Muzzin.
What does it look like it would cost the Leafs?
Well, looking back at some unrestricted free agent top four defensemen, it’s pretty clear that Muzzin could wind up making almost anything…
Player
Age
Team
Term
Cap Hit
Date Signed
Josi
29
NAS
8
9.059
29-Oct-19
Faulk
27
STL
7
6.5
24-Sep-19
Spurgeon
29
MIN
7
7.575
14-Sep-19
Gardiner
29
CAR
4
4.05
6-Sep-19
Myers
29
VAN
6
6
1-Jul-19
Stralman
32
FLA
3
5.5
1-Jul-19
Edler
33
VAN
3
6
20-Jun-19
Karlsson
29
SJ
8
11.5
17-Jun-19
Schmidt
27
VEG
6
5.95
25-Oct-18
Ellis
27
NAS
8
6.25
14-Aug-18
Hjalmarsson
31
ARI
2
5
1-Jul-18
Johnson
31
PIT
5
3.25
1-Jul-18
Green
32
DET
2
5.375
30-Jun-18
Vlasic
30
SJ
8
7
1-Jul-17
It’s safe to say that Muzzin is not Josi or Karlsson, but cases can be made for similarities to a lot of other players on this list. The two most recent precedents of Alex Edler (3 yrs @ $6M) …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation