Quick Hits: Maple Leafs, Sobotka, Kreider, O’Reilly and Islanders

  • Steve Simmons: There is something brewing today with regards to the Maple Leafs. Should expect a significant announcement at some point today.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded $2.725 million in arbitration. He when returns to the Blues/NHL, that is what he’ll make. Lou Korac: It’s unlikely that the Blues will trade Sobotka’s rights.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Chris Kreider requested $2.8 million in arbitration, with the Rangers submitting a two-year offer of $1.9 million and then $2.2 million.
  • Ken Campbell: Ryan O’Reilly requested $6.75 million in arbitration, with the Avalanche submitting $5.525 million.
  • Chris Botta: There are no snags or news regarding the Islanders sale. Andrew Barroway has made a huge offer for the team. There is other interest in the team, but no offers have been submitted.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars re-sign Antoine Roussel to a four-year, $8 million contract: $1.6 million, $1.8 million, $2.2 million and $2.4 million.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues sign defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way deal.


  1. MattG

    July 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Were you referring to the front office movements for the leafs when you said something significant would happen?

  2. Mark Easson

    July 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I’m guessing that is what Simmons was referring too.

  3. RobXV

    July 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    @MattG I hope not the leafs haven’t done much this off season

  4. Chris

    July 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Thank God the Leafs haven’t done much this off season.

    I’ve had enough Clarksons, Komisareks, Fingers, and Jason Blakes.

    Any time the Leafs have done well in signing UFAs it’s been the quieter signings like Clarke MacArthur and Mason Raymond.

    I’d rather have 7 million in Cap space than pay it to Paul Stastny. Just because you pay a centreman 7 million dollars does not make him elite.

    People trash the Phaneuf signing whereas his numbers destroy Niskanen’s and Niskanen got very close to what Phaneuf has.

    I’m glad they let Poulin and Loiselle go. I’m so sick of their smug faces and paternalistic attitudes towards Leaf fans; always trying to sell us on the mediocrity they’ve been drafting and acquiring and dismissing things like analytics when teams like Chicago make excellent use of them.

    The idea that the Leafs somehow knew what 29 other teams didn’t, or were somehow above what other teams were doing, instead of adopting winning strategies of these organizations tdespite being fucking atrocious nearly every year grated on me.

    This kid will want to prove himself and will hopefully bring the Leafs in to the 21st century.

  5. ChrisB

    July 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Finally seeing some of the “culture change” Shanny has been talking about the past couple months.

    Little bit surprised at Poulin, considering how the Marlies have been doing lately, but his media scrums were pitiful, to say the least. Not too many people were buying what he was selling, that’s for sure.

    Not surprised at all about Loiselle. He was basically Nonis’ numbers guy, and dealt with alot of the contract negotiations and cap management issues.

    They both were old school guys, and Burke holdovers. With Dumas coming in, it should help give management a much more modern approach to things going forward. Curious to see how Loiselle’s former responsibilities are divvied up between Nonis and Dumas, or if another hire is coming.