Wednesday 32 Thoughts news podcast, featuring interviews with Bruce Cassidy and Paul Maurice. Lots of stuff going on. Links to your preferred platform: https://t.co/io7Mr1QEpm Enjoy!
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 7, 2023
Corey Perry has been the Maple Leafs’ kryptonite for the last three playoff runs – twice with the Lightning, and once with the Canadiens in 2021. The veteran, who has played in three consecutive finals, has been the kind of player the Lightning needed to take the Toronto organization further in the playoffs: a guy who knows how to play play playoff field hockey and has the leadership to guide an inexperienced team.
“Looks like Corey Perry will finally hit the free-agent market. After all these years, will the Maple Leafs be able to make something work? Think about it.”
The media start talking about it, and Friedman is plugged. If he dedicates a point to it, even if he’s weak on the subject, it’s because he’s heard something about it. Sometimes the media tends to execute the phrase “speak things into existence” , especially in a big market like Toronto.
In December 2020, the Maple Leafs decided to sign Wayne Simmonds rather than Corey Perry. It’s interesting to imagine what might have been different had the veteran, fresh off an excellent series with the Stars, signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Already, the first-round series against the Canadiens is at the heart of the “what ifs”.
Several aspiring teams could try to obtain Perry’s services – will the Maple Leafs come out on top?
In a gust
– That hurt.
With #flaPanthers ‘ season on the brink, star Matthew Tkachuk uncertain for Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final
My STORY, plus Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald on his cousin, Chucky https://t.co/Q63dCfmNwn
– Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) June 11, 2023
– He broke into the top 10.
NHL prospect profiles: is forward Gabriel Perreault getting the attention he deserves?https://t.co/gg1PgK3MTr
– RDS (@RDSca) June 11, 2023
– Djoko wins.