This coming week is a busy one on the NHL calendar with the draft taking place in Nashville on Thursday (round #1) and Friday (the way too may other rounds), and then the big day coming next Saturday: free agency day.
Canada Day will be a big free agent day for the Leafs who have more than a dozen players eligible for unrestricted status, meaning they can sign a new contract here again or with any team they want. By the end of this week we'll know so much more about the strategy of new Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving.
Until then we can enjoy the NHL Awards show on Monday too! Or not. With its cringeworthy jokes, celebrity guests you've only vaguely heard of, or do remember but only from when they were famous thirty years ago, it's probably be a pass, but we do have the fun of Mitch Marner up for the Patrice Bergeron Tr... err... I mean the Frank J. Selke trophy. It would be amazing to see Marner win it, but he would have to get more votes than Patrice Bergeron who has won this five of the past eleven years and who is basically at the end of his hockey career now and so I'm certain they'll give it to him again one last time, though once again, he earned it.
If you're wondering what that smell is...
There's some people unhappy in West Lorne that while their community won the Kraft Hockeyville contest the actual NHL pre-season game associated with that win won't happen in their town, but instead in St. Thomas, which is a 30 minute drive east on the 401.
The Rangers have now fully restocked their coaching staff after their end-of-season purge.
There is a battle brewing over who has the biggest hockey stick.
Things to do in Toronto this weekend beyond the parade.