Maple Leafs Training Camp Preview: Battles, Quests and Menu Selection

Clippings from another Stanley Cup parade in a city other than the name Toronto had long been swept off the streets, and the latest season of alterations was well underway.

Sheldon Cave was attending his first personal training as a Maple Leafs coach prior to his first “regular” season in the position.

However, Keefe said, not much has changed.

The disappointment of another super-fast postseason, another missed feature of the home snowmobile, is still spinning in his head with all those potential linear combos.

But the positives from the record-breaking regular season and the influential qualifying test for the two-time champion didn’t change either.

Keefe threw himself into the Leafs’ summer improvement projects with a bounce of optimism, encouraging ‘the belief we have in our group and how close we are to beating a very good team. However, we’re motivated because we, well, ‘failed to get it done again’.

The hope is that the combination of bitter defeat, petty defeat, and the sweet, contagious belief that the hockey club is on the verge of collapse has made minimal change to the roster.

Outside New men’s padsMost of the players who report to the Ford Performance Medical Center on Wednesday will be as familiar with each other as they would in the long summer.

Keefe is right. No, not much has changed.

A few tweaks here and there, starting this week at camp, and maybe the result is.

Current salary cap area: 0 dollars
Director general: Kyle Dupas
Coach: Sheldon Keefe
Assistant coaches: Spencer Carbery, Dean Chenoweth, Mane Malhotra, Curtis Sanford (goalkeeper)
Unsigned players: Rasmus Sandin (RFA), Zach Aston Reese (PTO), Dylan Ferguson (PTO)

Press question: Where and when does Rasmus Sanden fit in?

Like other papers submitting medical reports and preparing to take ice, Sandin still sitting and waiting.

One of the NHL’s Few Premium Restricted Free Agents In a contractual bind, the 22-year-old defender has long had the confidence and promises. But his biography and influence are short.

If the left-hander isn’t interested in signing a deal similar to that laid out by Timothy Lilligreen’s two-year friend, the $2.8 million deal, a one-year proof sheet is perhaps the simplest way to put that distraction into the background. (Mickey Anderson’s recent one-year, million-dollar deal with Los Angeles could provide the model.)

How the Sandin saga shakes up will have a ripple effect on the roster.

If the Swede signed up for good money, should another salary be dumped into the trade so that a leaf could be the ultimate complaint on opening night? (Righty Justin Holl is the rumored bait.) And any left-handed move to the right so Sandin can get more turns? (Marc Giordano feels he is the only candidate.)

If Sandin and Dupas can’t find common ground, the defensive man’s seventh slot opens up the opportunity to recruit an inexpensive free agency like Jordi Bean or Victor Mitti to impress them in pre-season. This menu flexibility can save the tweeners from the October waiver wire.

On the contrary, with Liljegren missing camp due to injury (As first reported by Chris Johnston), Sanden could find himself with an increase in leverage – and ice time.

(The Leafs will comment on the nature of Liljegren’s injury Wednesday.)

We are intrigued to see how it all goes.

Watch Bootcamp Battle: Solve the puzzle at the bottom six

Keefe will once again be blessed with elite professional players at the forefront of his squad. However, intrigue and competition for the bench must rage.

For now, we’ll short the 50-point unselected companion man Alexander Kerfoot on the left wing alongside John Tavares and William Nylander in the top six, knowing full well that the coaches are content to throw Kerfoot anywhere and likely to give the other attackers crack to excrete it. In such a privileged place.

(Calle “Four More Years” Järnkrok, Pierre”I think I can score 20“Ingaval and Nick” Pop Time “Robertson and Adam” Have You Seen Me in the World? Gaudette are all favourites for an offensive move and could get some line-up progression.)

The configuration of the lower six, in particular, will be interesting, and there is no shortage of options.

We see Stanley Cup winner Nicolas Obey-Coppell as the only fourth streak lockout.

If true, that leaves two places open for Gaudette, surprise PTO Zach Aston-Reese, respected veterans Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Clifford, and Marlies like Robertson, Joey Anderson and Curtis Douglas to get rid of.

As with many over-powered teams, final cuts may not be made entirely on merit.

Considerations for caps, assignment eligibility, experience, and role will be considered.

Expected line outside the camp

Michael Banting – Auston Matthews – Mitchell Marner
Alexandre Kerfoot – John Tavares – William Nylander
Pierre Engvall, David Kamff, Kaley Yarnrock
Zach Aston – Reese – Adam Godet – Nicolas Obe – Kopel

Morgan Riley – TJ Brody
Jake Muzin – Justin Hall
Mark Giordano – Timothy Lillegren

Matt Murray
Ilya Samsonov