The TLN Three Stars: Justin Bieber brings good luck to the Leafs in their win over the Kings

If you were on the fence about staying up for the Leafs playing on the west coast, hopefully you made the right decision and tuned in. Or at the very least hung in there until it was clearly getting out of hand for the Leafs and used that as a way to enjoy Leafs hockey but still make it to bed before midnight. If you did that, good for you. If you decided to skip the game, and this is your first read of what has happened, well… guess what? The scoring problem is fixed thanks to Jonathan Quick.
While there isn’t any shortage of positive takeaways from the game, I’ll start off with the Debbie Downer angle, and point out the targeted head shot on David Kampf in the first period…

David Kampf is clipped high by Kupari pic.twitter.com/EJ42g1boRW
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 25, 2021

Kampf was kept out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons, and we’ll soon learn whether he’ll be returning to the Leafs lineup in the near future. Worst case scenario is that we get a brief look at Kirill Semyonov.
Hopefully we’ll soon get encouraging …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs acquire Big Save Dave from Calgary

For all the talk about how the Leafs were staying the course with the Campbell/Andersen/Hutchinson trio, we can now say we were mislead…

TRADE: We’ve acquired goaltender David Rittich from Calgary in exchange for a 2022 third-round selection. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/9sLAeLvWvQ pic.twitter.com/q2wJXOxdoZ
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 12, 2021

A third round pick is a reasonable price for a solid NHL goaltender, not too high, not too low, but for anyone hoping for Linus Ullmark or Chris Driedger, David Rittich is a step down from that calibre. For anyone hoping for the returns of former Leafs, James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier, well, you’re out of luck too.

Leafs get goalie insurance. Flames retain 50 percent of Rittich’s salary/aav. Which they needed to do to get it to a third-round pick https://t.co/FxLqer6pSU
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021

The salary retention is a big part of why the Leafs paid a 3rd, although it’s a 2022 3rd (you know, when the draft is good again.) The cap hit is the same as the hit on Nick Foligno and it now appears the intention is to shut down Andersen until playoff time.
 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Egor Korshkov to stay in KHL for rest of season

Egor Korshkov to stay in KHL for rest of season

Egor Korshkov is staying with his KHL team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, until the end of their season, said a source close to the 24-year-old.
Lokomotiv is currently third in the KHL’s Western Conference and their last game is on February 27th, which would mean the 24-year-old may not return to Toronto until then. If Lokomotiv makes the playoffs, it’s possible that he isn’t back until the end of April. Korshkov currently leads all Lokomotiv players in scoring with 19 points in 27 games and is 30th in all of the KHL.
There were a lot of question marks regarding if the Russian winger would make the Maple Leafs, or be a part of the possible “taxi squad” when the NHL season starts. But with this news, he may not play with the Leafs at all this upcoming season.
The NHL is currently working with the NHLPA to try and have a start date of January 1st, but with the NHL’s salary deferral/escrow asks (according to Pierre Lebrun), the start date may be pushed back. If that happens, it’s possible Korshkov can return to North America in time to play with the Maple Leafs or Marlies.
There are …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

How the Leafs can creatively bypass the salary cap

With the salary cap staying flat at 81.5 million for the 2020/21 NHL season, most teams are seeking out solutions for managing their finances and the Maple Leafs are no different. Because of the hard cap, rich teams like Toronto aren’t able to flex their financial muscle in the same way that certain MLB or soccer clubs can.

…Or can they?
Sure the team can’t spend over the salary cap and aren’t able to directly send cash to other teams but Kyle Dubas and co. have shown a willingness to get creative when necessary. We saw it most recently at the 2020 trade deadline when the Leafs received a fifth-round pick as part of a three-way trade that saw them take on 1.1 million of Lehner’s cap hit.
Having Brandon Pridham as an Assistant General Manager gives the team some insider information as he helped draft the CBA. Between that knowledge and the comical amount of wealth the franchise holds compared to other teams, there’s some potential to bend but not break the rules. While the Leafs have gotten in trouble for doing so in the past, unless there’s an official rule against what they’re doing, all …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation