To help us make sense of the craziness of the NHL Draft, Free Agent Signings, Trades and Leafs Development Camp, we bring in Steve Dangle from Sportsnet on episode 2 of the Leafs Lounge Offseason Roundtable. Our hosts David and Aaron also discuss the depth chart of the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs and preview what the opening night rosters might look like this coming season. If you like the video make sure to give it a thumbs up!
With three deals in the books, there are still plenty of Leafs players on the trading block. Here’s a preview of where some might be heading and what the Leafs can expect in return.
By: Aaron Greenfield
P.A. PARENTEAU + BYRON FROESE
Parenteau has had somewhat rejuvenated his career this season with the Leafs but it’s almost a guarantee that he will wear a different jersey in March (though he has expressed interest in signing with the Leafs in the offseason). The former 20-goal scorer leads the Leafs in powerplay points with six and his 30 points on the season is good for third best on the team. A lot of his offense seems to come from linemates creating the initial play and P.A. being in the right place to put the puck in the net. A contending team with a solid offense but struggling powerplay looking to improve is the team that will pursue him. Froese is a wildcard who Babcock likes and hasn’t been mentioned as being on the trading block but because I don’t think the Leafs see him in the long-term future, they may package him along for a better return. Read Article
On the podcast leading up to the Trade Deadline, we break down the trades that have happened and preview the ones that will come in the next week. We also analyze the development strategies of the Leafs prospects in terms of when young players should get promoted to the NHL.
Unfortunately this is our final podcast of the semester. On this episode, we discuss the Leafs goaltending situation, what’s wrong with the Oilers (including potential trades that might be made with the Leafs) and a preview of the upcoming month of hockey. Also in this episode is a World Junior prospect preview of Leafs prospects who might be playing in the annual tournament.
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The Leafs are on fire which has been bad for Tank Nation. On this episode, we discuss what’s wrong with Bernier, answer our Twitter question about trading a goalie at the deadline, update how our prospects have played and discuss the advanced stats in Nazem Kadri’s game.
By: Aaron Greenfield
Mike Babcock mentioned in one of his first press conferences as Leafs head coach that he wants “a number one goalie” and “doesn’t want the headaches and sleepless nights from not having a number one”. And so, it appeared, Jonathan Bernier had once again been given full rights to the cage. However, following a 0-7-1 start, it appears his days as the Leafs starting goalie are numbered. Read Article