Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly was not on the ice at practice on Thursday and it’s expected the veteran forward will be placed on waivers.



  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Eklund raises a good point, Nonis has made 8 million in cap space available that he didn’t have too two days before puck drop. What is the rush to waste a ACB on an expiring contract in Connolly?

    • 93killer93 says:

      I really think Nonis is working on something bigger. If this was just to give young guys a shot they had alternatives, like sending him to the minors, or leaving him as a healthy scratch.

  2. 93killer93 says:

    Also Eklund is reporting the Leafs are one of the teams interested in Redden. I wouldn’t mind giving him a shot on a one year deal under $1mil.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    It would be silly to buy him out.

    Like how silly it was for them to buy out Armstrong That move puzzled me. Yes, his injuries and such were bad, but he again was an expiring contract. Its silly and seemingly absentminded on Burke’s part.

    even putting him on waivers and having him claimed would not have put $1 mil in cap hit on the 2013/14 cap. Maybe he was just too proud to have one of his big signings who was an alternate captain be placed on waivers and demoted.

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya and it was that “pride” or stubbornness or whatever you want to call it, that was ultimately Burke’s biggest shortcoming. Too many times we’ve had to rationalize questionable moves such as that, trying to figure out where Burke’s head was at when he made those types of decisions.

      We have lots of cap space right now, we could’ve afforded to have Armstrong on the team this year and saved the cap space next year.

      I’m just surprised that a team actually had some kind of interest in Lombardi.

  4. mojo19 says:

    As for Wade Redden. Honestly, I thought he was brutal in the Cup final of ’07. He was coughing up the puck left and right, and his play really started to slip. He looked like a borderline 3rd pairing d-man matched up against top players like Selanne and MacDonald, and Getzlaf and Perry.

    After that the Sens kept him in favour of Chara which was ridiculous to many, but some who were fooled by the name power of Redden thought he still had good hockey left. So he signs that ridiculous deal, and we all know how that went.

    I have no interest in Redden. His play started slipping 6 years ago, he has an alleged coke problem (this from a buddy of mine who works for the Sens, take it for what its worth). I really don’t think we should put this guy on the team, he was struggling during a lot of his time in the American hockey league over the last couple seasons. Do you really think he has anything left to offer? He’s a name, that’s it.

  5. mojo19 says:

    If you want to add a veteran on the bench, go for Brendan Morrison or Jason Arnott or Mike Modano (expressed interest in playing in Minnesota, but won’t come to Toronto, I know…) but not Redden or Gomez. They are finished.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Oh, hey guys, I have a question. I thought I had heard that under the new CBA players who were sent to the minors would still have their salaries count against the cap. Is this true, are there exceptions/loop holes? Can anyone shed some light?

    So if Connolly is demoted will his $4.75 cap hit stay with the team?

  7. Up to 900k or 1 million will not count against the cap, from what I heard.

  8. nordiques100 says:

    Until a) Kadri proves himself or b) JVR is eventually turned into a centre, I doubt Bozak being moved right away.

    There is very little centre depth in terms of centres who can be even below average, never mind credible on one of the top two lines. And with such a quick startup to the season, Carlyle will lean on past chemistry to get the team going.

    So for now, i see him staying.

    The Connolly move was like i said above, cleaning up the Burke mess. Not necessarily a prelude to a bigger move.

    Though not a Burke “mess”, I do think MacArthur won’t last the year as a Leaf. Not because he is a bad player, but more to open the door to another young player like Frattin.

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya. I would like to see Bozak and MacArthur moved at the deadline if we can get a decent enough return. Both will be rentals, so 2nd rounder, or maybe a half decent prospect and later pick would be okay.

      Then depending on how the season is going maybe we move Kadri up at that point and give him more minutes. Again, who the hell knows, it really depends on how the season unfolds.

  9. Dreger says: “For clarification, the Leafs don’t intend on buying out Connolly. If he clears he will very likely be assigned to the Marlies”

    • doorman says:

      This is a good thing, why waste a buyout, when said buyout has no next year term and would count against this years cap anyway. On a different note, wish there was room for frattin, he plays hard. But glad rielly was sent back down, a longer camp may have gearnered him a season start, but it is the right thing to do for his long term development, IMO.

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