Toronto Maple Leafs Important Summer Dates to Remember
The Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off the summer in style this week.
Although they couldn’t advance (more because of bad officiating than bad play) and win their first Stanley Cup after the expansion, the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the best teams in the NHL and will enter next season as one of the favorites to win the 2023 Cup.
The Leafs will pick themselves up and try to get even better next season. That means a ton of work to do over the next two or three months before training camp.
It all started very well with the resignation of Mark Giordano, and of course the Hart and Ted Lindsey trophies that went to Auston Matthews are also incredible.
The fact that the Leafs have yet to sign Jack Campbell is incredibly auspicious, and it gives me hope that they can avoid making a major mistake and give Campbell the net in the long run.
So with all of that in mind, here are some important dates to keep in mind for the summer.
Important Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL Dates
The first round of the NHL Draft will take place on Thursday, July 7, with the rest of the draft taking place the following day.
The draft takes place in Montreal, where, coincidentally, the Canadiens have the first overall pick. They are very likely to take Shane Wright. A nice prospect, but not of the Matthews/McDavid level. At least, probably not.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will pick the 25th, assuming they make their pick, which is likely a 50/50 proposition.
After the draft, there will be a few quiet weeks, but then free agency opens on July 28, at noon.
It’ll be weird that there aren’t a ton of huge signings on Canada Day, but I like how the action spreads out a bit better throughout the summer.
The Toronto Maple Leafs should take advantage of this weather to add a big star to their roster. Maybe there is one who would be interested in a one-year deal to win a Cup with a stacked squad?
Evgeni Malkin would be the dream, but heck, I’d settle for Johnny Gaudreau or Filip Forsberg. I’m kidding of course, but why not? The Leafs are on the verge of winning, if they have the guts and the creative juice to make it happen, there’s plenty of heading space.
Why not just double the recipe that made them a top team (win aside) and put another elite player up front? A long-term deal with a UFA is probably inadvisable, but if they can put Giordano on the blue line for peanuts, why not Malkin?