Leafs Set To Sign Tyler Bozak

According to Damian Cox of thestar.com, and according to Sportsnet.ca, the Toronto Maple Leafs are about to sign prospect Tyler Bozak as a free agent.

http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/2009/04/another-piece-of-the-puzzle.html

Bozak was one of the half dozen highly sought after US College free agents that have become available in recent weeks. Bozak was on the Leafs radar as well as several other teams, but according to Cox, its Toronto who has won the bidding for Bozak’s services.


Bozak got notice playing in BC where he tore things up in the BCHL with 128 points. He had a solid freshman season with the U of Denver and while he missed half the season this year due to injury, still managed 23 points in 19 games.

Bozak, from Regina, would be the 2nd collegiate free agent signed by Toronto this week after they picked up Christian Hanson earlier. Bozak carries less size, but may have more offensive upside.

The Leafs are in desperate need to get younger, deeper and more skilled and players like Bozak and Hanson will help to add depth to an organization that lacks it.

Hanson is going to be in the Leafs lineup barring a last minute change, against the Flyers tonight in Philly. Bozak could very well get in to one of the Leafs final 4 games of the season, likely next week against the Devils or Sabres.

This is a coup for the Leafs. They have a thin prospect cupboard but have added to it the last week with these 2 players and maybe a 3rd could be had as the Leafs do have some interest in Matt Gillroy.

Opportunity, money, whatever the reason was, its been a good week for the Leafs and this will be momentum the organization can carry on into what should be a very interesting summer in Leaf Nation.


105 Responses to Leafs Set To Sign Tyler Bozak

  1. mojo19 says:

    haha, nice habs logic nords. 

    Bottom line, neither the Leafs or the Habs have any hope of winning the cup this year (Leafs already out, habs soon to follow) so why even argue over little things?

    We can have some good debates if either of us puts together a legit competitor, and maybe we meet in the playoffs, that would be something, and that woudl really kick the rivalry into high gear.

  2. cam7777 says:

    I can't imagine a more clean hit than the Grabovski hit on Markov.  That's an absolute joke if you think that's boarding.  It's not even in the same league as what Kostopoulos did to VanRyn, or anything that the Kostitsyn's get away with in every single game.  Give your head a shake.  Even the announcer's could find no fault with the hit. 

    Yea, Grabovski did eventually spear him, but you know what?  When the refs don't defend the players who are on non-playoff teams, and they just let the other team take liberties, slash, hook, board, cross-check (even in the face) and high-stick with no calls, then yea, Grabovski has no choice but to stand up for himself.

    As Don Cherry says, "you wouldn't as a human being tolerate that stuff being done to you," so why should it be okay on the ice?

    The Laraque incident is a wash, because Laraque could have been given about 3 interference calls, and a charging call on the same play.  Again, Kubina as an Assistant Captain, and good teammate, cannot let the refs dictate what happens to his players.  You can't let Laraque go around running rookies uncalled, and then stand by and let him fight someone grossly out of his league.  That's just ridiculous.  Laraque is a joke, and doesn't belong in the league.  He's just way too dumb.  There are smarter door knobs.

    The refs non-calling the Kubina step-in is more an acknowledgement by them that they should not have let the situation come to that.

    Again, listen, this isn't a shot against the habs (except Laraque personally, because I think he's literally retarded), it's just a breakdown of the events in that particular game.  I'm sure you will see the same bias happen against the Habs if they were to run up against Pittsburgh, Chicago or Washington in the playoffs.  But I just don't see how it isn't clear that the league plays favorites nowadays with how brutal the officiating is.

    Oh, and you are of course right about the season series.  I thought there had only been 5 games played so far between them, and that next Saturday was also a Habs/Leafs season finale.  I forgot about one of their earlier encounters.

    Still, you should have owned that season series.  We were supposedly the worst team in the league according to you, with no prospect depth or current depth. A tied season series is a win for the Leafs in my book. 

  3. shakrmakr says:

    You have got to be the most uneducated fan on here!

    Do you even realize that most draft picks don't pan out cause it is a huge leap from junior to the NHL and that they aren't even fully developed to be judge on how well they will be? So it is doesn't matter if they are drafted or not. At least with college free agents these players have developed and matured so you  can assess their skill set properly. And what is it costing the Leafs by signing these guys? Nothing!!! its win-win for the Leafs.

    Chipchura a good prospect? It shows how you rate Montreals prospects with complete rose colored glasses. The guy comes from my neck of the woods and he is a career minor leaguer. He hasn't even produced a point per game in junior nevermind the AHL. All of the prospects are a waste for the Habs cause they tend to lack toughness, so it will be a while before they go anywhere even with so called "cupbored of prospects"…….and it is cupboard not cupbored kid

  4. shakrmakr says:

    You have got to be the most uneducated fan on here!

    Do you even realize that most draft picks don't pan out cause it is a huge leap from junior to the NHL and that they aren't even fully developed to be judge on how well they will be? So it is doesn't matter if they are drafted or not. At least with college free agents these players have developed and matured so you  can assess their skill set properly. And what is it costing the Leafs by signing these guys? Nothing!!! its win-win for the Leafs.

    Chipchura a good prospect? It shows how you rate Montreals prospects with complete rose colored glasses. The guy comes from my neck of the woods and he is a career minor leaguer. He hasn't even produced a point per game in junior nevermind the AHL. All of the prospects are a waste for the Habs cause they tend to lack toughness, so it will be a while before they go anywhere even with so called "cupbored of prospects"…….and it is cupboard not cupbored kid

  5. shakrmakr says:

    You have got to be the most uneducated fan on here!

    Do you even realize that most draft picks don't pan out cause it is a huge leap from junior to the NHL and that they aren't even fully developed to be judge on how well they will be? So it is doesn't matter if they are drafted or not. At least with college free agents these players have developed and matured so you  can assess their skill set properly. And what is it costing the Leafs by signing these guys? Nothing!!! its win-win for the Leafs.

    Chipchura a good prospect? It shows how you rate Montreals prospects with complete rose colored glasses. The guy comes from my neck of the woods and he is a career minor leaguer. He hasn't even produced a point per game in junior nevermind the AHL. All of the prospects are a waste for the Habs cause they tend to lack toughness, so it will be a while before they go anywhere even with so called "cupbored of prospects"…….and it is cupboard not cupbored kid

Leave a Reply