Tag Archives: Leafs

What is Franson Really Worth?

13 Sep

Cody Franson

With Nazem Kadri signed to a 2 year “bridge deal”, focus now shifts on locking up the 26 year old blue-liner Cody Franson to a deal for the 2013/2014 season. With at least seven NHL ready defensemen set to go for Leafs‘ training camp, the cards are almost entirely in Dave Nonis‘ hand, and it’s likely only a matter of time before Franson is forced to submit to Nonis’ apparent offer of 2 years at roughly 2 million. But the question is: just how much is Franson really worth? Here at LeafHero we look to break down Franson’s last break out season and see just how good Franson has proven himself to be both defensively and offensively, along with the role that he’s carved out for himself on the Leafs’ blue-line.

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Where does O’Byrne fit?

5 Apr

O'Byrne

Approaching the deadline, the Leafs, like every team, had different weaknesses they could have looked to address. They could have brought a back-up goalie to mentor Reimer through the playoffs, a stay at home partner for Phaneuf on the blue line, and added size and face-off ability down the middle – all moves that could help the Leafs take the first of many steps from being a middle-of-a pack team to being one of the East’s better clubs.

Unfortunately for the Leafs, as the trade deadline approached prices remained high for buyers, as in two second round picks for Douglas Murray high, leaving the Leafs without many options. So, unable to address any major needs, David Nonis and company made a safe, low risk deal to help add some depth to the blue line with Ryan O’Byrne. Roughly twenty four hours and a few interviews later, what can we expect from the 28 year old bruiser? Here at Leafshero we take a closer look.

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Kadri, a Killer? Not yet.

27 Mar

Kadri Killer

Leave it the Toronto Media to jump the gun. You don’t need to look back very far to find examples of the Toronto Sun and it’s peer papers being hasty to throw heavy praise or heavy criticism to young Leaf players. It wasn’t long ago that Luke Schenn was our future franchise defender and captain, not long before that Kadri was a bust  because he couldn’t crack 100 points in the OHL , and for the older fans we remember how the  Leafs looked set for centre depth for the next decade with Wellwood/Antropov/Stajan/Steen down the middle. Funny how quickly things can change.

So fan hesitancy to jump on the early season Kadri wagon is understandable, and when the Sun’s printed the “New Killer” article early in what would be Kadri’s first season starting with the big club many of us though “Here we go again.” I too was one of them, don’t get me wrong, being a Leaf fan since birth, and a Middle Eastern man myself the idea of a young Lebanese reincarnation of Doug Gilmour leading the Leafs back into the play-off’s to end the drought sounded good, too good, and out of a fear of disappointment I shut myself out to the possibility that Kadri could maintain his scoring pace, his ferocious on ice intensity and be the next heart of the team. But, he has somehow managed to not only sustain his play, but continue to improve it.

In honour of Kadri’s recent play here at LeafsHero we look to break down Kadri’s game and draw the parallels he’s shown to the former Leaf’s great.

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