Goaltending, Boston loss are stories that will stick as Leafs approach camp

The story of James Reimer and who will tend the Leafs

The Maple Leafs enjoyed their annual charity golf outing , the Leafs and Legends event at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, Tuesday and since this was the first event in months the media questioning was devoted to tried and true talking points.

There are no better go-to subjects than a potential goaltending snit – witness the goings on in Vancouver over the last few years – so the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier to challenge incumbent James Reimer promises to be on the front burner.

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Special delivery: Leaf season tickets come with a twist for Toronto man.

Robert Hyndman is flanked by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement. Robert

Robert Hyndman, flanked by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement, had his season tickets hand-delivered by the Maple Leafs. Robert’s father-in-law Les is on the left.

Robert Hyndman is living the Canadian dream.

He works at a beer store, has for 34 years, and he has Leafs season tickets.

But life recently got even better.

Robert answered a call to his door to receive his ticket package delivered by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement.

The promotion is held in conjunction with Purolator and it’s a dandy. A media throng descended on ...

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Will he be ready: The Morgan Rielly story.

What to do with Morgan Rielly will be a question for the Leafs come training camp.

 

At 19, is defenceman Morgan Rielly ready to play in the NHL?

That’s the magic question for the Maple Leafs to ponder at this week’s prospect camp.

The answer…who knows?

What to do with Morgan Rielly will be a question for the Leafs come training camp.

There’s no doubt that ideally, Rielly, the Leafs first-round pick in the 2012 draft and fifth overall, would play for the Marlies where he could continue to compete against men. Then, if the Leafs deemed him ready, Rielly could be recalled at the team’s convenience.

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Spott’s Secret To Development

Steve Spott is the new Marlies head coach

For Steve Spott, it will be same as it ever was.

Spott, 45, is a week into his new job as head coach of the Toronto Marlies. Spott takes over from Dallas Eakins who was hired to be the Edmonton Oilers head coach.

A host of Marlies veterans including Ryan Hamilton, Will Acton and Greg Scott will not be back.

Assuming 23-year-old Joe Colborne finds his way to the Leafs, the Marlies will be in the hands of young players such as Greg McKegg, Spencer Abbott and Jerry D’Amigo.

Spott, who came to the ...

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Lure of the Leafs a key Nonis asset.

David Clarkson's adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Make an offer.

Hold your breath.

Let the crest do the rest.

That’s the recipe Leafs GM Dave Nonis used to land the most coveted player in the free agent sweepstakes and repatriate a valued member of last year’s team.

David Clarkson’s adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Right winger David Clarkson came to Toronto because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Tyler Bozak, in Nonis’ estimation, turned down more money elsewhere because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Dave Bolland raved about the chance to be a Leaf a week ...

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Nonis’ dream summer continues with signing of David Clarkson

David Clarkson's tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.

David Clarkson’s tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.

 

The Maple Leafs have landed the number one target in the free agent sweepstakes in David Clarkson.

Clarkson, a 29-year-old right-winger scored 30 goals in his last full NHL season and 15 more in 48 games last season. The Toronto native agreed to a seven-year deal with the Leafs.

Originally signed by the New Jersey Devils as a free agent, Clarkson adds to a talented corps of top-six wingers that includes Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and James ...

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Joffrey Lupul’s wonderful, fantastic, amazing summer.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, model and international man about town this summer.

Here’s a sentence you never figure to read in a hockey story: “It’s nice to step out of your comfort zone whether it’s writing articles for a magazine or posing in the nude.”

Yes, it has been a wonderful summer for Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul. He has been a model for ESPN’s The Magazine Body Issue, a music correspondent at Bonnaroo, one of the world’s great music festivals and a member of the jet set at the Cannes Film Festival.

But for Lupul, fun time is over.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, ...

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Phaneuf and Kessel big part of puzzle as Leafs enter free agency

The contractural implications of signing Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel will influence the moves Leafs GM Dave Nonis will make.

 

What the Maple Leafs do in the next few days is directly linked to Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel.

Don’t believe me?  Okay, tag along.

Some elementary mathematics (I never went higher) should illuminate exactly where the Leafs stand entering unrestricted free agency and what kind of room they have moving forward to take on another substantial contract.

In buying him out the Leafs saved themselves four more years of a $5.5 cap hit on Mikhail Grabovski, whose play fell through the floor after the 29-goal season that earned him his rich deal.

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Jonathan Bernier Takes The Questionnaire

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Jonathan Bernier is nothing if not amenable.

The 24-year-old Bernier, acquired June 23 to challenge James Reimer for the Maple Leafs crease,  readily undertook elements of the famed Proust Questionnaire in a recent conversation with yours truly.

The questionnaire is about 120 years old and not hockey-specific so I modified it for the occasion. In deference to Mr. Proust, I bold-faced the hockey and sports parts.

Tell me about the first goal you gave up in junior hockey?

“My first goal against in junior was scored by my brother, Marc-Andre.  I was 16-years-old and ...

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Leafs add winning ways with Bolland.

The Leafs acquired Dave Bolland because he has done this - twice.

The Leafs acquired Dave Bolland because he has done this – twice.

At a cost of three draft choices, the Maple Leafs have added their second  Stanley Cup-winning player.

The first, of course, was Jonathan Bernier. The second is Dave Bolland.

Bolland scored the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks a week ago and contributed eight goals and 16 points in the Hawks 2009-2010 Cup run. He scored seven goals and delivered as many assists in 35 games during the lockout-shortened regular season.

In addition to the two Cups, Bolland has ...

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