Mail Call: Leafs lose Dell, Hockey on Lake Ontario, Bogosian thoughts and more…

Welcome to our first mail call of the regular season. Looking at the standings, the 3-1 start looks pretty good. Watching the games  or diving into the stats on the other hand has led to a lot of uncertainty about this team. Luckily we are very smart and have all the answers that Leafs Nation seeks. Let’s get at it…

Interest in non Leafs Q ? Curious about how cap/NHL rules work re retained salary transactions.
— John Stevens (@john__stevens) January 18, 2021

We decided to hand this question over to our resident Brendan Pridham, Earl Schwartz. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who understands the CBA and the salary cap better than Earl, and we’ll continue to exploit his knowledge until a team hires him away from us.
Earl: 
In the realm of CBA topics, retained salary is relatively simple! Teams cannot retain more than 50% of a player’s cap hit in a single transaction. If a player has a $4m cap hit and the trading team agrees to retain 50%, the receiving team gets said player at a cap hit of $2m and the original team retains a cap hit of $2m. If the player’s salary …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Throwback Thursday: This week in 1999, Toronto Maple Leafs trade Felix Potvin for Bryan Berard

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday! 

This week in 1999 (Jan. 9), the Toronto Maple Leafs traded long-time goaltender Felix Potvin to the New York Islanders for defenceman Bryan Berard.
It ended an eight-year run for Potvin with the franchisee who drafted him in the second round of the 1990 draft. Potvin broke onto the scene in 1992-93 with the Leafs playing in 48 games and posting a 25-15-7 record and a .910 save percentage. Named to the all-rookie team and placing fourth in Vezina voting, it was clear that the Leafs had their goalie of the future.
Over the next six seasons, Potvin would be just that. He played in 369 games for the Leafs posting a 160-149-49 record and a .908 save percentage.
But in 1998, the Leafs inked Curtis Joseph as a free agent and Potvin only played five games before going down with a knee injury. It made the latter expendable, and Toronto made the deal.
Potvin never was able to regain the success he had in the Six, and bounced between the Islanders, LA Kings, and Vancouver Canucks before retiring in 2004 with the Boston Bruins.
Berard, meanwhile, only played in parts of two seasons with the Leafs scoring 49 points …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

The Beginner’s Guide to the 2020-21 Toronto Maple Leafs: The Offense

Hello, and welcome back to my Beginner’s Guide series for this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs. If you missed it, I introduced the series on Friday talking about the team in general, but now we get to talk a bit more about the players themselves. Today we’ll be focusing on the offensive side of the ice, so I’ll provide you with some expectations for our offense and our power play, as well as the forwards. Let’s get right to it.
The offense
Part of what has made the Leafs a consistent playoff team over the last few years is their skilled and speedy forwards. That starts at the top with our main core of Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander (and Morgan Rielly on the back end being an offensive minded player as well), and in the past few years has also trickled down on the depth charts as well.
Because of a need to move out money to improve our defense, that isn’t as much of the case this year. While we still have a pretty good bottom two lines, there are a lot more question marks this season than in …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Throwback Thursday: This week in 1992, Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Doug Gilmour in 10-player blockbuster

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday! 
This week in 1992, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a massive move acquiring Doug Gilmour in a 10-player trade from the Calgary Flames.
Gilmour, then 28, was a key cog in the Calgary Flames 1989 Stanley Cup win and in coming to Toronto the hope was that prowess would follow. While he was an offensive wizard posting the best offensive years of his career, the Leafs were unable to win a cup.
That, all the while, making a deep run into the conference finals in 1993 before falling in game seven to the LA Kings. He was electric in those playoffs scoring 11 goals and as many assists in 22 playoff games that season.
The trade was a massive deal at the time. Toronto also acquired other key pieces from that ’89 cup winning team in Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Kent Manderville and Rick Wamsley, while giving up Gary Leeman, Alexander Godynyuk, Jeff Reese, Michel Petit and Craig Berube.
Gilmour left the Leafs in a 1997 trade when he was sent to the New Jersey Devils.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #1 — RUMOURS: A landing spot for Andersen and the asking price for Nylander

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
We did it! We finally made it to number one.
The most-read article this year was penned by TLN editor Jon Steitzer who on Aug. 30 wrote about some of the latest rumours surrounding the Leafs.
Elliotte Freidman had wrote a 31 thoughts piece looking at some rumours surrounding Andersen and Nylander.
RUMOURS: A landing spot for Andersen and the asking price for Nylander

Here’s some of what Steitzer wrote:
Speaking of moving on from Andersen, here’s a potential landing spot. Now obviously the Leafs would love to get back their 13th overall pick, and would probably need to take one of the Canes goaltenders for doing so (preferably Mrazek because he’s better), but there are a lot of interesting roster players on the Canes that Leafs should be interested in as well, but I’d assume Pesce and Hamilton are off limits, obviously.
Nylander being worth a legitimate top four right handed defenseman has shades of Hall for Larsson all over it, and in that situation it’s pretty easy to pass on the idea of trading Nylander, even if you aren’t …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #2 — Elliotte Friedman on future Leaf Joe Thornton and more

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
It was back in February when there was lots of smoke around Joe Thornton and the Toronto Maple Leafs. And a few days after the trade deadline, Elliotte Friedman had some thoughts on Jumbo and the Leafs.
TLN editor Jon Steitzer wrote about it in a piece that was the 2nd more read article this year.
Elliotte Friedman on future Leaf Joe Thornton and more

Here’s some of what Steitzer wrote:
So let’s start there with Elliotte Friedman’s thought(s) on Joe Thornton coming to Toronto…
If Thornton is not sold on the Sharks, and he’s willing to seek out new life (boldly go where no one has gone before), my prediction is Toronto will be a factor. I can’t confirm this, but I believe the Maple Leafs considered adding him now.
Elliotte goes on to discuss how optically it didn’t make sense for Dubas at the deadline, but next season could make more sense…
Thornton’s made it clear he will make his salary fit. He’s a left-hand shot who could feed Auston Matthews/John Tavares from …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #3 — Friedman: Bracco, Timashov and Harpur Have Asked Leafs Management to “See What’s Out There”

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
We’re back after a small Christmas break and today we’re looking at some “trade requests.”
Last December, Elliotte Freidman reported Jeremy Bracco, Dmytro Timashov and Ben Harpur asked for the Leafs to gauge interest on them on the trade market.
TLN writer Mike Stephens broke it down, and it was the third most-read article this year.
Friedman: Bracco, Timashov and Harpur Have Asked Leafs Management to “See What’s Out There”

Here’s some of what Stephens wrote:
For Bracco and Harpur, this is relatively understandable.
Bracco finished second in the entire AHL last season in points and has established himself as arguably the most gifted passer in the Leafs organization. He had one of the most prolific offensive seasons for a 22-year-old in AHL history in 2018-19 and became a dominant force on a terrific power play. And yet, as the Maple Leafs have continued to experience horrific injury luck this season, Bracco’s name has been passed over for a promotion time and time again — save for a brief emergency recall that ultimately only netted him a day or so of …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #4 — My (horrible?) idea for a P.K. Subban to the Leafs trade proposal

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #4 — My (horrible?) idea for a P.K. Subban to the Leafs trade proposal

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
There were tons of rumours that the Leafs have been linked to over the years, but somehow PK Subban has always been in that conversation.
And on Sept. 4, TLN Editor Jon Steitzer took a look at one proposal that could make sense.
It was the fourth most-read article this year.
My (horrible?) idea for a P.K. Subban to the Leafs trade proposal

The proposed deal was this: PK Subban and the Canucks 2020 first for Frederik Andersen, Andreas Johnsson and Travis Dermott. Here’s some of what Steitzer wrote:
So as much as this deal is about acquiring Subban, it’s equally about the Leafs picking up another 1st round pick, giving them even more flexibility at the draft, or enabling them to restock for the future.
From the Devils perspective they get a decent defenseman, a decent forward, both of who can play significant minutes for them, and a goaltender that they can test out for the year and potentially flip at the trade deadline if their season goes as expected and they don’t want Andersen back for another year. This might be …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #5 — Five Potential Trade Partners for Frederik Andersen

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
It didn’t take long after the Leafs were eliminated in the return to play for the focus to shift onto the offseason.
And with that, talk of Freddie Andersen being traded resurfaced.
On August 13th, TLN writer Brian Reid took a look at five potential trade targets for Andersen. It was the fifth most-read article this year.
Five Potential Trade Partners for Frederik Andersen

As no-brainers for potential trade destinations, Reid listed Chicago and the Minnesota Wild. Two possibilities were the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, while a galaxy brain option was the San Jose Sharks.
Here’s some of what he wrote:
With the Leafs also potentially moving on from one (or both) of Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen this offseason, Kevin Lebanc is an intriguing option to fill a top nine wing role. Lebanc signed a cheap, one year, $1 million extension last summer to help the Sharks and it ended up costing him as the Sharks didn’t really put the savings to good use and Lebanc’s production dropped from 56 points in 2018/2019 to 33 points this past season. The Sharks would …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #6 — Two Leafs make their way onto the TSN Trade Bait Board

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
When TSN reveals a new Trade Bait Board, all eyes are on it.
And on Sept. 1, TSN’s dropped their first of the offseason and two Leafs made the list — Andreas Johnsson and Frederik Andersen.
TLN editor Jon Steitzer wrote about it and it was the sixth most-read article of the year.
Two Leafs make their way onto the TSN Trade Bait Board

Here’s what Steitzer wrote:

17. Andreas Johnsson
This really does come as much of a surprise, as the Leafs have capable wingers willing to work for cheap in the form of Robertson, Barabanov, and Korshkov. Replacing Johnsson and Kapanen with cheap entry level deal players that at the very least will be able to cover off the underwhelming 2019-20 seasons of Kapanen and Johnsson and at best match their 2018-19 career best years, seems like a no brainer.
Johnsson probably isn’t going to land the Leafs a mid-1st round pick, but there’s a good chance that he could be part of a worthwhile package for an area of need for the Leafs.
19. Frederik Andersen
I really feels like we’ …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation