Why a flat salary cap would be extremely beneficial to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Jeff Veillette
February 01 2017 03:26PM

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Nearly every time Elliotte Friedman drops one of his "30 Thoughts" columns, the hockey world stops and scrambles to react to whatever neat nuggets of information he spent days hiding under his sleeve. Today's was a particularly interesting one: the Salary Cap might stay stagnant this upcoming season, making no movement from the $73,000,000 teams are operating under this year.

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Time Has Made Mike Gillis' Draft Record Look Better - But It's Still Bad

Jeremy Davis
February 01 2017 01:33PM

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The emergence of several players after Mike Gillis was fired, including Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, and Brendan Gaunce, and even strong AHL showings from Jordan Subban, Alex Grenier, and Joe LaBate have served to dull the pain from a decade of poor results during the Ron Delorme era, the pinnacle of which coincided with Gillis’ reign as GM.

A short time ago, Anton Rodin made his debut with the Vancouver Canucks, and in doing so he was the eighth Mike Gillis-drafted player to make his NHL debut after Gillis was fired. The addition of Rodin and core players like Horvat and Hutton to the Canucks lineup make Gillis’ draft record look vastly better than it was, and some have speculated recently that his drafting might be better than we thought.

Well, that’s not really the case. Vancouver’s draft history over the last fifteen years has been so abysmal that anything looks good. Even with these new young players brightening the ranks, Gillis’ draft record is still not good. And I have evidence.

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Report: Cap to remain flat next season

Zach Laing
February 01 2017 01:01PM

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the NHL's salary cap will be remaining flat next year.

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By The Numbers: Jets should start taking chances on players like Mark Barberio

Garret Hohl
February 01 2017 12:33PM

Mark Barberio hit the waiver wire earlier today. The Jets could use a player like Barberio.

It is time that the Winnipeg Jets make a move on a player like this. I will show why the team needs to start taking advantage of situations like this.

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The Leafs should put in a waiver claim on Mark Barberio

Jeff Veillette
February 01 2017 11:18AM

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The Montreal Canadiens, archrivals of the Toronto Maple Leafs and leaders of the Atlantic Division, have an abundance of defencemen and players returning to their lineup. As such, today was a tough decision day for them, and their first move as such has been to place Mark Barberio on waivers.

In this case, there is absolutely no reason why the Leafs shouldn't put a claim in.

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