The Leafs have been somewhat active in free agency this year. We are now a long way from the days of Brian Burke, the former CEO, of essentially boycotting the launch of Free Agency with his famous line “this is the worst time to make deals in hockey”. Of course, we are also now a long way from his days when the salary cap increased by 7-10% every year, which covered the many mistakes he had made in his business outside of that period.
However, outside of TJ Brodie, Kyle Dubas has mainly focused on signing deep players with Joe Thornton being the newest and tallest – literally, but not financially as he signed at minimum wage yesterday. of the league.
Is there more to come? There could still be some trades to clear the defender blockade, which would open up a comfortable amount of ceiling space to recruit a new player, but the choices among the free agent rosters are slim now. Who is still out there that the Leafs would or could sign, even with, say, a defenseman’s job like Justin Holl?
Perhaps an original reflection is in order.
Ok, listen to me: Nail Yakupov for 4C.
– Katya beau (@KatyaKnappe) October 17, 2020
GTHL players get temporary pass to join outlaw hockey leagues, raising public health questions – The Star
The ban was temporarily lifted following pressure from hockey families after the GTHL decided to end all on-ice activity – even though petty practices are still allowed under provincial guidelines – until least in January after the Ontario government ordered limits in Toronto and Mississauga. The ban is also temporarily lifted for coaches and officials within the GTHL.
Shut Up and Dribble: Safety of NHL players is still not a priority – The Link
According to a study by Global News in 2014, NHL owners pay more than $ 218 million in player injury fees on an annual basis – this includes physiotherapy, surgeries, and various rehab measures. These costs would only increase as the injury rate rises, making the 82 game format for 2020-2021 even less financially feasible.
Coyotes’ director of goaltending is part of growing NHL trend – NHL.com
Brian Daccord has contributed to an expansion of goaltending jobs in the NHL. He hopes to do it again now as the Arizona Coyotes’ director of goaltending operations. Daccord took office five years after being hired by the Leafs as the NHL’s first full-time goaltender scout.
Los Angeles Kings sign Quinton Byfield for entry-level deal – Jewels From The Crown
The second overall choice makes it official.
[PODCAST] The Voice of Toronto Maple Leaf TV Chris Cuthbert #inthepressrow – Toronto Sports Media Blog
Chris and Jonah discuss his roots, hosting a game from a distance when power died out in Montreal, his preparation for Sidney Crosby’s Olympic gold goal, and that transition to Hockey Night in Canada covering the Maple Leafs.