Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Leafs Happenings

Recently, the Maple Leafs made it official by announcing the signing of Jhonas Enroth. Jhonas is a solid backup who can steal a couple of games. He is a solid backup who understands his role and will support Anderson. Expect 20–25 starts so they can keep Anderson fresh.

The Maple Leafs have invited Brandon Prust to a PTO. I like this. He gives the Leafs an enforcer, a no-nonsense role player to protect the kids. Brandon is a leader and a strength in the dressing room. He will lead by example. He won’t get many goals, but his play will pump up the team. This a low-risk move that can only improve the team. If he makes the team, he can become a tradeable asset at the deadline.

The Leafs are still trying to find a trade partner for Tyler Bozak. Not that Tyler is not a useful player, because he is. The biggest problem is the cap hit for a third-line Centre. Tyler is a solid player who can do everything but is not a star in the offensive zone. He is a great role player who will help a team, but the Leafs will have to eat some of his cap hit.

The Leafs will continue to shop Joffrey Lupul. They continue to strike out on this front. They are selling that he is a top-six forward. The problem is, his stats do not back up that claim. The Leafs do, however, point out he was injured for most of the last season. He still has the skill, but does he have the heart?

It would be nice to have some cap room and continue to collect assets for Bozak and Lupul. Time will tell; however, I am getting excited about seeing the young guns. Is it October yet?

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