I haven’t covered the Leafs new office hires so lets take a look at the new faces upstairs.
A month ago the Leafs organization announced that Kyle Dubas will be coming on as Assistant General Manager. Since the season ended The Maple Leafs have been undergoing a restructure focusing on their analytics department.
Brandon Pridham will also take his new position as assistant to the GM. Pridham will assist in taking on salary cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team.
During the restructure the Leafs said goodbye to Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle.
With all the moves that have been made so far it looks like a lot of decisions will come from looking at player stats this year in the Leafs new approach. Of course we’ll have to wait till October when the skates hit the ice to see how much a role analytics will play this season.
Who did we gain and who did we lose?
Here’s a brief breakdown of some of the changes the Leafs have seen post 2014 season
Who we lost: Mayson Raymond to Calgary where he signed on for 3 years and $9.5 million. Dave Bolland was picked up by the Florida Panthers for $5.5 million over 5 years. Tim Gleason was picked up by Caroina Hurricanes after Leafs put him on unconditional waivers. Nikolai Kulemin left after 6 seasons to sign with the New York Isanders. Paul Ranger is headed back to play in the European Hockey League.
Trades: Toronto exchanged Jerry D’Amigo and a conditional 7th round pick in the 2015 draft. We also acquired Roman Polak for Carl Gunnarson and a 4th round pick.
Who we picked up: William Nyander who was 8th overall in the NHL draft. We also got a veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas and Leo Komarov from Europe’s KHL league. Also wearing the blue and white next season will be Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli. Leafs also resigned Troy Bodie and picked up Trevor Smith and Jamie Devane from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.