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 >> https://t.co/n3KeNpk072 pic.twitter.com/b7sNg2iKuC
— 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

Toronto Marlies re-sign Rich Clune to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced on Thursday that the team has re-signed veteran forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. Clune first joined the organization for the 2015-2016 season and has suited up in 164 games for the Marlies over the last five seasons, racking up 18 goals and 25 assists.

Dicky is back!
We’ve signed forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >> https://t.co/MRLrf4A1j0 pic.twitter.com/1yyviN8s3b
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 15, 2020

Clune’s value to the organization has stretched far beyond his contributions on the ice, serving as a mentor of sorts for many of Toronto’s young prospects as they come through the AHL system. Kyle Dubas and his staff have shown again and again that they value what Clune brings to the organization despite the fact that he has played just 31 games in the last two seasons.

Rich Clune is coming back for another season with the Toronto Marlies.
He’s become such a respected voice in that dressing room. Ask almost any #Leafs prospect who’s done time in the AHL, and there’s a story there about an impact Clune has had on them.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 15, 2020

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the Canadian Division could happen, and the Leafs (Canada’s team) will own it

There are few things the NHL does or even considers that could benefit the Leafs. In fact things like revenue sharing, salary caps, putting the Leafs in the same division as the Lightning are signs that the NHL has no interest in doing right by the team that props it up the most. Canada’s Team has been done dirty, but there are signs that could be changing.

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley to @BrianBlessing on Vegas Hockey Hotline on facing Nate Schmidt/Canucks: “Yeah, but they’re going to be in the Canadian division.”
— David Schoen (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) October 14, 2020

Buried at the bottom of that quote about two teams that no one cares about is something that directly impacts the Leafs. The assertion by an NHL owner that there will in fact be a Canadian division next season.
You might need a refresher on what teams those are because they either suck or don’t matter, but here is how those teams finished last season:









At first glance it might be appalling …

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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

Toronto Marlies sign Rourke Chartier to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced Wednesday that the team has signed center Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. The 24 year old former 5th round pick sat out the entirety of the 2019-2020 season due to lingering post-concussion symptoms.

News: We’ve signed forward Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >> https://t.co/VuMKG3TFvK pic.twitter.com/q8k1tfCqHV
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 14, 2020

Chartier suited up for 13 NHL games with San Jose in the 2018-2019 season but will serve purely as depth for the Marlies if and when the next AHL season gets underway. In 121 career AHL games, Chartier has tallied 30 goals and 44 assists for 74 points.

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Aaron Dell makes things interesting in net for the Leafs

It can’t be a coincidence that not 10 hours have gone by since The Leafs Nation posted an article on third string goalies and highlighting Aaron Dell as the superior option that the Leafs went out and signed Aaron Dell to a one year $800k contract.
Wait, I’m being told it can absolutely be considered a coincidence, or at the very least us stating the obvious doesn’t count as some brilliant insight that Kyle Dubas couldn’t do without.
Anyways, Aaron Dell was far and away the best free agent goaltender available. You could make a case that he was a better option than guys like Braden Holtby or Henrik Lundqvist (at this stage of their careers) and stating that he is better than Mike Smith again feels like stating the obvious, but nevertheless it’s enjoyable that the Leafs third string goaltender is better than the first string guy on the Oilers.
At a quick glance, this was excellent business by Kyle Dubas, and after years of having nowhere to look after Andersen, the Leafs find themselves three deep with quality NHL netminders. Dell is probably a cut above being a third string guy, and there in …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / 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
Details: https://t.co/SgtzT0Ayw0 pic.twitter.com/Ji7bFRYN6m
— 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

Maple Leafs have a strong case against Ilya Mikheyev in arbitration

One thing that may have been lost in the shuffle a busy Day 2 of free agency for the Leafs is that winger Ilya Mikheyev filed for salary arbitration after being unable to come to terms with the Leafs on a new contract prior to the arbitration filing deadline.
The Leafs had qualified Mikheyev earlier in the week so as to retain his negotiating rights. What is interesting is that the NHL’s qualifying offer rules dictate that the Leafs had to give Mikheyev a two-way offer with a 5% raise on his base salary of $832,500 from last season, meaning that if Mikheyev were to accept the QO his cap hit for next season would have been a few dollars short of $875,000.
That’s not going to happen, though. Considering his immediate contributions to the Maple Leafs this season it is understandable that Mikheyev and his camp may be expecting more than a 5% bump in base salary, especially when taking into account Mikheyev’s total compensation including his signing bonus was $925,000 last season. However, there are a few things that may be working against Ilya and his agent when it comes to his arbitration case, which may make settling beforehand the smartest …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Noelle Needham hired by the Chicago Steel as Assistant GM

It’s nice to see that the Leafs have such talented people that they grow in the industry, but unfortunately that leaves Toronto down a scout in the Midwestern United States…

READ: https://t.co/4WxJMMYA2G pic.twitter.com/vpvMy65AdX
— Chicago Steel (@ChicagoSteel) October 8, 2020

From the press release:
The Chicago Steel announced Thursday two additions to the club’s hockey operations department. Noëlle Needham was hired as Assistant General Manager and Adam Nicholas will serve as Player Development and Hockey Research Consultant.
Needham has been an amateur scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs since the 2018-2019 season in addition to coaching the Sioux Falls Power 16U AAA team. The Elkton, S.D., native co-founded Legend Hockey in 2009 following her collegiate career as a forward with the University of Minnesota State-Mankato.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to join the Steel organization,” said Needham. “I’m excited to join an organization that has an unmatched commitment to excellence and a passion for player development. I want to thank the Steel ownership, Ryan Hardy, and the staff for …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Ranking The Free Agent Goalies On Everything BUT On-Ice Performance

Friends, if you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I have a bit of a goalie thing. I love goalies. (almost) All goalies. They’re weird, and intense, and flexible, and fun.
This off-season is showing us an unprecedented number of free-agent goalies. Each time a new name enters the mix, my heart rate picks up a bit.

The NHL doing it’s best to make my dream of an almost entirely goalie Leafs roster a reality. https://t.co/JSz5mQGrtp
— Mer (@MerOutLoud) October 8, 2020

I was told I had to rank my “is for me?” goalie list:

we’re gonna need an “Is for me?” goaltender rankings from you.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) October 8, 2020

So here we go. My ranking of the free agent goalie list, going off of available information right now, and totally based on my personal opinion of these goalies and nothing analytic at all.
I’m using this list:

The available goalie market right now is pretty insane.
• Henrik Lundqvist• Braden Holtby• Corey Crawford• Anton Khudobin• Jacob Markstrom• Thomas Greiss• Cam Talbot• Jimmy Howard
Certainly isn’t making the Golden Knights job of shopping Fleury any easier. https://t.co/lPtgpv2N5f
— Jesse Granger (@ …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation