Sign Up / Log In

The Faceoff Circle is a membership supported hockey website. If you want to help continue the growth of the platform, you can name your price of contribution and gain access to premium features!

Already a member? Log in here.

Full Articles

The Vaccination Thing, And Respect

The Vaccination Thing, And Respect

National Hockey League training camps have started back up for the 2021/22 season, which means, freaking out over line combinations, breaking down bag skating clips, and checking out what Brandon Tanev’s facial expression will be this time. It also means a topic of discussion that will be more pertinent this season than any other – vaccination status. This will be the third NHL season that […]

Read More
Should Montreal call Carolina's bluff on Jesperi Kotkaniemi?

Should Montreal call Carolina’s bluff on Jesperi Kotkaniemi?

Most in the new-school hockey world feel that the offer sheet is one of the most under-used aspects of potential roster growth in hockey today. It’s a weapon that, if well used, could get you a quality young asset from another team without giving up players of your own – just money and draft picks. Or, it could just end up pissing them off, which […]

Read More
It's time to stop beating the Marner contract dead horse

It’s time to stop beating the Marner contract dead horse

On Thursday, two high-end NHL forwards signed matching eight-year, $62 million contract extensions with their teams. Andrei Svechnikov got his from Carolina, and Sean Couturier got his from Philadelphia. A little weird that they’d match given that they play for different teams, have different expiry statuses, have different play archetypes, and are several years apart in age, but hey, I don’t make the rules in […]

Read More
Leafs sign Nick Ritchie to two-year contract

Leafs sign Nick Ritchie to two-year contract

After signing Ondrej Kase last night, the last of the main Toronto Maple Leafs roster’s cap space appears to be spoken for as of this morning. First reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the team is closing in on a deal with free agent forward Nick Ritchie, locking him in for two years at an Annual Average Value of $2.5 million. The team confirmed the signing […]

Read More
Maple Leafs sign Ondrej Kase to 1-year Contract

Maple Leafs sign Ondrej Kase to 1-year Contract

Just when you thought they were done, the Toronto Maple Leafs stuck again, taking advantage of the proverbial leftovers pile. After announcing a handful of minor league signings earlier in the day, the team snuck in a Friday night special, signing Ondrej Kase to a one-year contract. According to the official press release, the deal will carry an annual average value of $1.25 million. Kase […]

Read More
Leafs sign Kampf, Gabriel, Biega, Dahlstrom to contracts, Ho-Sang to PTO

Leafs sign Kampf, Gabriel, Biega, Dahlstrom to contracts, Ho-Sang to PTO

The news keeps rolling. After signing Petr Mrazek, Michael Bunting, and Michael Amadio, and trading for Brennan Menell, the Leafs have added four more signings in David Kampf, Kurtis Gabriel, Alex Biega, and Carl Dahlstrom. They’ve also confirmed that they’ll be inviting forward Josh Ho-Sang to training camp on a professional tryout. Kampf is the big fish out of this group, by far the most […]

Read More
Leafs sign Michael Bunting to two-year contract, add Amadio

Leafs sign Michael Bunting to two-year contract, add Amadio

As Free Agent Frenzy continues and the Maple Leafs both have a goalie signing and a defensive trade sorted out, word has come out confirming their most predictable forward signing, and the price tag that comes with it. According to semi-retired TSN insider Bob McKenzie, Toronto have signed Michael Bunting at a cost of $950,000 per season for the next two years. The first thing […]

Read More
Maple Leafs acquire Brennan Menell from Wild

Maple Leafs acquire Brennan Menell from Wild

Hot off the heels of signing Petr Mrazek to a three-year contract, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first trade of Free Agent Frenzy Day. In a deal with the Minnesota Wild, the blue and white have acquired defenceman Brennan Menell in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2022. The condition on the pick is that the Maple Leafs use Menell in 30 […]

Read More
Maple Leafs sign Petr Mrazek to 3-year, $11.4 million contract

Maple Leafs sign Petr Mrazek to 3-year, $11.4 million contract

Unrestricted free agency hasn’t officially gotten under way yet, but as we all know, that doesn’t stop NHL teams from getting to work. The Maple Leafs have done just that, signing netminder Petr Mrazek to a three-year deal that carries an annual average value of $3.8 million per season, according to reports from Kevin Weekes and Frank Seravalli. The news comes, rather hilariously, as we […]

Read More
Some Leafs Thoughts on Late Free Agency Eve

Some Leafs Thoughts on Late Free Agency Eve

Unrestricted free agency begins on Wendesday afternoon, and understandably, many are extremely excited about this. It’s the most active non-hockey time of the hockey season, after all! One team that’s been relatively quiet, though, is the Toronto Maple Leafs, which has some frustrated. After another tough first round exit, many want to see wholesale changes in the organization, though there’s little agreement on what those […]

Read More