Maple Leafs Notes: Nieuwendyk Back With Toronto, Prospects Camp, Stajan and More

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IJuly 8, 2008

Nieuwendyk Joins Leafs Front Office

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have hired former player Joe Nieuwendyk for the front office. 

Nieuwendyk's official title will be special assistant to the general manager.

Nieuwendyk played 1257 games in the NHL with Calgary, New Jersey, Dallas, Toronto, and Florida.

While some may question the moves Fletcher has made to the on ice product of the Maple Leafs (me not being one of them, but that's a different story for a different day), you cannot argue with what he has done to the front office of the organization.

Since coming on as the Maple Leafs' GM Fletcher has shuffled the scouting staff around, hired well respected Al Coates as director of player personnel, and now adds Nieuwendyk, a GM in training to an already reshaped office.

Nieuwendyk, Fletcher, Coates, and Doug Gilmour, who is also with the Maple Leafs office, all have that Stanley Cup connection dating back to their days with the Calgary Flames.

Prospects Camp Underway

The Toronto Maple Leafs' prospects camp is underway in Toronto this week.  It is the first chance for media and fans alike to get a look at the up and coming prospects of the Leafs, including most of the 2008 draft class.

Luke Schenn, who had much of the spotlight through day one, looked solid on the ice. Many hockey people in attendance said he was "well ahead of the curve" and "has a serious chance to make this team in October."

For videos of the prospects camp, check out the Maple Leafs' official website.

Stajan Re-ups

I posted this yesterday, but I also said I would add my two cents a little later.

As many of you know I am a big Matt Stajan fan and I am very happy that he and Toronto avoided arbitration and came to an agreement on their own.

Stajan is a very smart two-way player who can really play the game at both ends of the ice. 

I have to agree with Josh Lewis in that I also believe Stajan is capable of delivering more offense, and hopefully that will be tapped into this upcoming season.

His defensive game is good. His penalty killing is good as well.  He is a great leader and locker room guy. Now we just need to see already decent offensive numbers bumped up a little more. 

After all, looking at the Maple Leafs' roster, it will be goal scoring by committee more than ever.  Every line needs to chip in.  Stajan's role could increase.  If it does, look for more scoring to follow

New Scoreboard Coming To ACC

No word yet on the annual ticket increase (you know it's coming though), but the Maple Leafs and the Air Canada Centre are in the process of installing a new videoboard for the ACC that will allow fans to catch the action, as well as replays in high definition, using the latest LED technology.

For a video on the scoreboard, check out the Maple Leafs official site.