Toronto Maple Leafs: Connor Carrick Must Play by James Tanner

Even in the driest period of the offseason, there is still plenty to talk about when it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

You know the drill. As always, the EIL staff have been working overboard to keep you informed at every angle. With so many articles hitting the, as the kids say, interwebs, it’s easy for some to slip through the cracks.

So, here are a few notable pieces from this past week.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Come On, Kyle. We’re Getting Bored!

James speaks from the heart in this one. Every day I sit at my desk, desperately refreshing the Leafs PR Twitter account for a morsel of Leafs news. Other than the hirings of some scouts, I’ve been left empty-handed.

So, James pleads for Kyle Dubas to do something, anything, to make the dog days bearable.

“The Leafs clearly can’t go into this season with Ron Hainsey and Nikita Zaitsev playing in their top four, so why not just, you know, make August slightly more exciting and get that trade done now so we have something to keep us entertained?  I mean, it’s not as if I can watch baseball.

Where’s the Press Conference to announce the simultaneous re-signing of Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and William Nylander to contract extensions?  You just know the guy who gave us John Tavares isn’t going to just sign them one at a time like some normal human.  The only way to possibly top himself is for Dubas to do it all at once.”

Toronto Maple Leafs: Dylan Larkin Contract Consequences

If you hadn’t heard, the Detroit Red Wings signed Dylan Larkin to a lucrative extension last week, effectively ending the stalemate between the two parties that had been dragging on for the entire summer.

In this piece, Hunter asks the most important question of all: how does this impact the Leafs?

“Against the Leafs Larkin finds the score sheet. In 11 games, Larkin has 4 goals and 4 assists when opposing the Maple Leafs. Looking over his statistics, Larkin is a threat on the ice that the Leafs will have to deal with for another 6 years.

But the most important aspect of Larkin re-signing is how the contract could be used during the William Nylander contract negotiations.

As we wait to see when Nylander and the Leafs will come to terms, Larkin’s deal will play a role in negotiations, because it is now apparent that Nylander will make more money than Larkin. We all know Nylander is going to make more than $6 million, and now he can use Larkin as a tool to earn more.”

Toronto Maple Leafs: Morgan Rielly Can Win the Norris

We all love Morgan Rielly, right? Well, Josh believes he has Norris potential in his future. Do you agree? If you don’t, read on to get a new perspective.

“Last season, Rielly was one of the best defensemen in the NHL. In 76 games played, he registered 6 goals, 46 assists, 25 PP, 21:36 ATOI, 48 hits, 84 blocks, 34 takeaways, 6.8 point shares (PS) and a 51.4 CF%. His goal, assist, PP, PS and CF% totals were all career-highs.

He was also one of only three defensemen to play against top competition, scoring 50 points and post a positive possession rating.  The other two were Victor Hedman and Drew Doughty.”

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