July was fun. In July, we could pretend that there were great players the Maple Leafs could sign or trade for that they could actually afford. August is about reconciling our minds to choosing which third liner plays too many minutes.
Tonight on Canada’s greatest Top Six Fakes....
Michael Bunting vs Nick Ritchie.
Meanwhile these were the signings, all deals avoiding arbitration:
Neal Pionk— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 11, 2021
4 years x $5.875M
23-24: $7.5M (M-NTC)
24-25: $6M (M-NTC)
M-NTC: 6 team no trade listhttps://t.co/wICPUzmbQZ
Sam Reinhart— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 11, 2021
3 years x $6.5M
21-22: $3M base salary + $2M signing bonus
22-23: $6M + $2M SB
23-24: $4.5M + $2M SBhttps://t.co/LeAkslZI86
Jakub Vrana— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 10, 2021
Detroit Red Wings
3 years x $5.25M
Very sad news yesterday that Tony Esposito died.
On Tony Esposito: One from the heart, reflecting on a friend, and a legend. #RIPTonyEsposito https://t.co/KbxFesdepA @TeamCanada1972 @NHLBlackhawks @CanadiensMTL @NHLAlumni @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/x8fdmJU2xa— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) August 11, 2021
When I was a kid, I always really liked the younger brothers, the lesser known, less famous sibling. And Tony was hardly unknown, but he wasn’t Phil, so naturally he was my favourite. I think that’s where I got my interest in goalies from, too. How about those pads, though.
Condolences to Phil, the rest of the family and everyone who was a fan.
Our Top 25 continues, and remember, you have until Monday to vote in the Community Vote. We’ve had to compress the start of the event this year thanks to the weird NHL schedule, but we will start posting our articles on Monday with number 25.
2021 Maple Leafs Top 25 Under 25: The Unranked - Pension Plan Puppets
Two players under NHL contract got zero votes.
As the offseason progresses, teams are making vaccine rules for their arenas:
Canucks looking at proof of vaccination for entry to Rogers Arena and Abbotsford Centre pic.twitter.com/od4gZ2Gllu— Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) August 12, 2021
The NHL and NHLPA will have to negotiate the protocols that apply to players and team staff.
And this was announced yesterday:
Coming October 1:— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 11, 2021
Amazon Prime's "All or Nothing," featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This should be...fun?
Here's a teaser!https://t.co/tPMegoHjWM
By October, I might be of a mind to watch it, but just the teaser had me rolling my eyes several times.
Happy Thursday, everyone, enjoy the lovely summer weather!