According to Bob McKenzie, the Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke. Dave Nonis has been announced as the next permanent general manager. He was introduced today at a press conference alongside Tom Anselmi, the president of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
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The Justin Schultz saga has finally ended with the former Anaheim Duck signing with the Edmonton Oilers. The Toronto Maple Leafs were very interested in the blueliner's services, but were eventually turned down as Schultz decided to join the young and prospect-laden Oilers.
The Leafs placed oft-injured winger Colby Armstrong on unconditional waivers today in an effort to buy the 29-year old out of the last year of his contract. Armstrong arrived through free agency in 2010, but never had the impact that his $3.0 million dollar / year contract commanded. Instead of having Armstrong eat the $3.0 million in cap space this year, the Maple Leafs opted to buy him out, saving $2.0 million in cap space this season, and $1.0 million actual cash.
We’re unsure at this point if the fresh roster spot will go to a young player like Matt Frattin, or if the money will go towards a UFA signing.
Either way, both parties needed to head in separate directions and this move accomplishes that.
According to a Darren Dreger tweet, Martin Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson as an agent and will hit the open market when the bell tolls on July 1st. For a team that lacks a proven starter in net, you would have to think the Maple Leafs would be interested, given the rumour mill that they’re hot after Roberto Luongo, and have mild interest in Jonathon Bernier out of LA.
I’d be all for signing Brodeur to a short 1 or 2 year contract, given that he just took the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s worth the gamble considering we’d be giving up zero assets to acquire him.
Also, this is a good read on the topic : Martin Brodeur – The Maple Leaf?
Martin Brodeur very likely to test free agent market. Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson (CAA) to represent him. Bidders get ready!
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2012
The cliff dive continues today for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and increased its velocity towards final impact when the team announced forward Nikolai Kulemin would be out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks with a broken finger. Kulemin was having a tough season offensively, notching only 7 goals and 21 assists in 70 games. He had 57 points (30g-27a) last year, playing in all 82 games for the Leafs.
As a result, the lines had to be mixed up a bit, and here they are as per various outlets:
Phil Kessel – Tyler Bozak – Clarke MacArthur
Matt Frattin – Mikhail Grabovski – Carter Ashton
Tim Connolly – David Steckel – Joey Crabb
Jay Rosehill – Matt Lombardi – Colby Armstrong
The Leafs are in Tampa tonight to play the Bolts. The Lightning have been playing better as of late, so hopefully they can beat us tonight. The only solace this season at this point is for a high draft pick.