Leafs fans preparing for most toxic offseason ever
The Toronto Maple Leafs face an impending offseason in which almost half of its roster will be free agents, Auston Matthews will be entering the final year of his contract and the fanbase will be eager for change on the bench and in the front office if the team fails to rally from a 3-0 second-round deficit to Florida.
On the latest playoff edition of Zone Time, Julian and crew also explore how the Seattle Kraken are proving that balance and depth can win in the NHL and celebrate Leon Draisaitl, who is playing like he's tired of losing.
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William Nylander is worth $10M but not to Maple Leafs01:00:06Toronto forward William Nylander is reportedly looking for a new contract north of $10M but while playoff performances suggest the 27-year-old is as valuable as his better-paid teammates, the Maple Leafs can't afford to sign another double-figure deal.On the season finale of Zone Time, Julian and crew also ask which general managers should be allowed to cook and who should be shut down after the free-agency flurry, and they make some bold offseason predictions.
Why does everyone want to leave Calgary?43:37The Flames face a potential crisis this offseason with Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund, Tyler Toffoli and Noah Hanifin all entering the final year of their contracts, and none of this group of key players willing to consider an extension in Calgary.Also on this week's edition of Zone Time:Matvei Michkov a 'no-brainer' pick in NHL draftNo-trade clauses: NHL teams are to blame not playersThree free agents the Maple Leafs should pursue
Henrik Lundqvist tops Hockey Hall of Fame class52:08Former New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is certain to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. On this week's episode of Zone Time, Julian and crew debate the Hall of Fame cases for goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Corey Crawford, and they also discuss the teams and GMs under pressure in the NHL offseason.
Panthers lost magic touch when it was needed most38:21Florida has struggled to contain the Golden Knights' offense in the Stanley Cup Final, while the Panthers have also lost the scoring touch that fuelled their run through the playoffs.Also on this week's edition of Zone Time:Jonathan Marchessault's story deserving of Conn SmytheAidin Hill latest to defy NHL goaltending logicHow much is Pierre-Luc Dubois worth to the Montreal Canadiens?
Is Kyle Dubas the bad guy? Is Mike Babcock the bad guy? Is Vegas the bad guy?59:12A section of Toronto fans are accusing Kyle Dubas of disloyalty after he was hired as President of Hockey Operations by the Pittsburgh Penguins but Omar and the Zone Time crew believe it's time to move on from the Dubas era and respect the former Leafs GM decision.On this week's episode, Arun joins Julian, Sam and Omar to discuss:Connor Bedard speaking outWhat Leafs fans should expect from Brad TrelivingHow did Mike Babcock make it back to the NHL?NHL expansion to Salt Lake CityIs Vegas still the bad guy?
Should Matthew Tkachuk be face of the NHL?01:13:41As two Florida franchises prepare to play for a championship, Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk joined the NBA on TNT panel during the pregame show. Rubbing shoulders with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, Tkachuk looked at ease but can the NHL capitalize and market its stars better? Also on this week's show:Would Kyle Dubas prefer a longer-term project in Ottawa over a win-now mission in Pittsburgh?Why the Flames must avoid a Johnny Gaudreau 2.0NHL Trivia: Changing places & being traded
Buck stops with Brendan Shanahan if Leafs go south59:22Kyle Dubas is out as Maple Leafs general manager but president Brendan Shanahan remains. If Toronto fails to improve on its 2022-23 showing next season, regardless of who the coach or players are, Shanahan will be held responsible for the course correction gone wrong. The Zone Time ask what kind of GM do the Leafs need and discuss if Sergei Bobrovsky is playing himself into the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Leafs or bust for Kyle Dubas but Matthews wants to stay46:35Everything is up for debate in Toronto after the Maple Leafs disastrous second-round loss to the Panthers. General manager Kyle Dubas says he'll either resign in Toronto or take a break while all signs point to head coach Sheldon Keefe taking the fall for the team's failure. Meanwhile, with one year left on his contact, Auston Matthews says his intention is to extend his stay in blue and white. Canada's Stanley Cup hopes are over for another year after the Oilers lost to the Golden Knights. Edmonton's window is still open but Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl missed a golden opportunity to go all the way.