Yesterday was the deadline for the Leafs to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents, or to lose their rights. As you can read below, they made offers to wingers Connor Brown and Zach Hyman, defender Justin Holl, and goaltender Garret Sparks. They elected not to make offers to RW Seth Griffith, C Sergei Kalinin, and G Antoine Bibeau. Giving up on Bibeau is the only real surprise, but it makes sense, because he isn’t very good.
Gunnar Carlsson: Leafs Qualify Only One Of Their RFA Goalies Read all about it here.
Elseldo: Dave Andreychuk Is The Toronto Maple Leaf In This Year’s Hall Of Fame Class Long overdue, in my humble opinion.
Katya Knappe: Updated Depth Chart And Pipeline Lists If you want to know who’s in the Leafs’ organization, we’ve updated that information post-draft.
Acting the Fulemin: Mark Hunter’s Large Adult Sons I took a look at the Leafs’ recent habit of drafting very tall defencemen.
Around The Blogosphere
Let’s just hope this is nothing:
Teams other than #Blackhawks with interest in defenseman Karl Alzner include Maple Leafs and Stars.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 26, 2017
MLHS: 2017 Draft Notebook Anthony Petrelli offers his thoughts on the Leafs’ 2017 draft, and offers some good insights. (Nobody tell him he’s spelled our second-rounder’s name as Rasananen.)
TLN: 5 Ways The Leafs Can Address Their Centre Depth As most people are aware, the Leafs’ currently-signed C depth goes three quality offensive Cs deep and then falls off a cliff into a pit. TLN has mooted some ideas to address this.
SBN: Winners And Losers From The NHL Draft Weekend Pat Iversen shares his opinions on whether various entities did or did not win at the draft.
Knights on Ice: Golden Knights Select Nick Suzuki at No. 13 I think the Knights botched the expansion draft to some extend, but their entry draft was awesome. They made multiple quality first-round picks and got my boy, Nick Hague, early in Round Two.
Puck Daddy: Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya and a Hall of Fame Friendship Two of the most beloved hockey stars of my childhood have made the Hall of Fame together, and they’re bros.
Winging It In Motown: What The Hockey World Is Saying About The Wings 2017 Draft If you grew up as a hockey fan in my generation, you had to endure endless, endless talk about how the Red Wings were the Gold Standard Organization, and it continued long after they stopped being good. Laughing at them botching a draft is good for the soul, if you ask me.
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