Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Holland cleared waivers

    Toronto Sun "Centre Peter Holland cleared waivers Saturday, leading to an interesting countdown to his previously scheduled salary arbitration hearing Monday with the Maple Leafs in Toronto. While no other team put in an offer for the 25-year-old, it would have had something to do with the uncertainty of..." July 23

  • Maple Leafs sign Josh Leivo to two-year deal

    NHL.com " The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the hockey club has signed forward Josh Leivo to a two-year contract." July 22

  • Maple Leafs sign Carrick to 2-year deal, worth reported $1.5M

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed restricted free-agent defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract, the team announced." July 22

  • Maple Leafs place Holland on waivers

    Today's Slapshot "The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed restricted free agent Peter Holland on waivers, according to various sourced around the league. The news was originally reported by Tim Wharnsby of the CBC." July 22

  • Maple Leafs lock up RFA Josh Leivo for two years

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like the Toronto Maple Leafs will give Josh Leivo every opportunity to stick with the big club in 2016-17. The team announced that they signed Leivo to a two-year deal. The real news here is that Leivo reportedly scored a one-way deal, according to CapFriendly. The contract will pay..." July 21

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Maple Leafs sign Auston Matthews to entry level deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first overall pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry level contract Thursday. Matthews’ contract includes the maximum amount of bonuses and salary, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston." July 21

  • Leafs’ Lamoriello balks at bonus demands of Auston Matthews

    Toronto Star "Toronto Maple Leafs top draft pick Auston Matthews remained without a contract on Wednesday, the sticking point apparently over performance bonuses that GM Lou Lamoriello has historically avoided in his time as an NHL executive. There is no reason to panic yet, with hockey still two months..." July 21

  • Breaking down the conditional pick in Leafs’ Bernier trade

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs will only receive a draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade if the goaltender reaches the Stanley Cup Final next season, Sportsnet has learned. There were four conditions placed on the pick included in the July 8 trade, according to..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Garret Sparks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to a team release, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Garret Sparks to a one-year, two-way deal. Cap Friendly tells us that the deal is worth just $575K (league minimum) at the NHL level. The 23-year old made his NHL debut last season, playing in 17..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Five goalies the Maple Leafs might pursue

    TSN "After trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for an experienced pro to play 20-plus games next season behind number one goaltender Frederik Andersen. “Acquiring [Andersen] was a big deal for our team,” head coach Mike Babcock said. “We..." July 12

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Lamoriello has 'total confidence' Matthews inks entry-level deal soon

    Toronto Sun "He has yet to play a real game for the Maple Leafs, but amid the 2,000 people who came to the Gale Centre to watch Auston Matthews, a few already sported No. 34 sweaters with his name. And the big kid was a crowd-pleaser Friday in the initial development camp scrimmage, bowling over J.J...." July 10

  • Maple Leafs looking for experienced backup goalie

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a backup goalie after trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Saturday. The Maple Leafs need someone to play behind Frederik Andersen, who was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Anaheim on June 20. "Now we..." July 10

  • Parenteau’s return to Islanders: predictable and sensible

    Pro Hockey Talk "New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has impressed over the years by finding gems and great value, yet this off-season has been … divisive. Essentially trading Kyle Okposo for Andrew Ladd and losing Frans Nielsen leaves the team in an odd place, but signing P.A. Parenteau for cheap stands as..." July 10

  • Bernier had no idea trade was coming, happy to land with Ducks

    The Score "Jonathan Bernier is looking forward to taking flight with the Anaheim Ducks. Traded Friday by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2017 conditional draft pick, the 28-year-old goalie did not expect to be on the move, but appears quite pleased about his destination. "I had no idea there was a trade..." July 09

  • Maple Leafs trade Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim Ducks for conditional pick

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired a conditional pick from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier, 27, played in 38 games (36 starts) for Toronto during the 2015-16 season, posting a 12-21-3..." July 08

  • Shanahan won’t get involved in negotiating Auston’s contact

    Toronto Sun "When Shanahan hired Lou Lamoriello last year, the former was still part of an ad hoc management team in the wake of Dave Nonis’ firing and told the media he’d retain a say in major decisions. The Auston Matthews contract bonus situation could be one. The hold-up for an entry level deal is..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Fruits of Shanahan era ready to blossom as Maple Leafs trend younger

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner were born about five months apart in 1997, and it’s entirely possible both teenage prospects will be suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL next season. The Maple Leafs may be turning 100 years old next year, but the centennial edition of the team is..." July 06

  • Flyers sign T.J. Brennan to multi-year contract

    TSN "The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with defenceman T.J. Brennan on a multiyear contract extension. Tim Panaccio of CSN reports the deal is a two-year, two-way contract worth $625,000 annually. twitter embed Brennan, 27, has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey..." July 05

  • Excited Martin sees Leafs heading in right direction

    The Score "Matt Martin, the Toronto Maple Leafs lone signing from the first day of free agency, is excited to begin the next chapter of his career. The bulldozing winger said Toronto's management team is part of what drew him to the team. "I was able to talk to Lou and Mike on the phone and kind of get..." July 04

  • Auston Matthews wears majestic number 63 at development camp

    Pension Plan Puppets "Who had two thumbs and wore 63? David Bolland. But no fear, this historic camp number has turned up again on the sleeves of humble newcomer Auston Matthews. Shawn McKenzie reported today that he was spotted on the ice wearing this number for development camp, which is surely meant to show him that..." July 04

  • Agent: Russell didn't turn down Leafs' offer

    TSN "Kris Russell has not closed the door on signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his agent Allain Roy said Sunday. Roy took to Twitter to shoot down rumours that Russell had rejected a contract from the Leafs. He did not say whether the defenceman has received interest or an offer from the Maple..." July 04

  • Lupul on NHL in Vegas: 'I don’t think that’s a good fit for either of us'

    The Score "Can Joffrey Lupul see himself playing for the NHL's Las Vegas expansion franchise? The question was posed to him by Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, with Lupul offering a refreshingly honest response. "Me? Vegas? I don’t think that’s a good fit for either of us."" July 04

  • Maple Leafs sign free agent Justin Holl

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed free agent defenceman Justin Holl to a one-year entry-level contract. Holl, 24, skated last season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording five goals and 16 assists for 21 points. He also..." July 03

  • Maple Leafs take step backwards with recent acquisitions

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs' philosophy has slightly shifted in a year's time. Last offseason, in the first year under its new regime led by Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello, Kyle Dubas, and Mike Babcock, the Leafs' promised pain - which definitely occurred over the course of 82 games -..." July 03

  • Maple Leafs glad not to splurge with ‘too much money’ going around

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes the biggest “winners” of free agency are the teams that decided not to get on the dance floor. The cash thrown around on July 1 has been dizzying; The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno places the spending at about $650 million. With Steven Stamkos off the market, the Toronto Maple..." July 02

  • Islanders sign Parenteau to 1-year deal

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have signed free agent forward P.A. Parenteau to a one-year, $1.25-million contract. Parenteau spent the 2015-16 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading the team with 20 goals." July 02

  • Maple Leafs bring Polak back on 1-year deal

    Pension Plan Puppets "Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have brought back UFA defenseman Roman Polak. Polak played 55 games with the Maple Leafs last year, scoring one goal and twelve assists before being traded, along with Nick Spaling, to the San Jose Sharks for Raffi Torres, and 2017..." July 02

  • Maple Leafs interested in Kris Russell

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to bolster their blue line when free agency begins July 1. The team is looking to add a top-four defenseman, TSN's Darren Dreger reported during Thursday's "Insider Trading," adding that the team has "shown interest" in pending unrestricted free agent Kris..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs 'kicking tires' on Wisniewski

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are showing interest in free agent James Wisniewski, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. Wisniewski is heading to unrestricted free agency after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final year of his contract Thursday." July 01

  • Senators sign forward Casey Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract

    NHL.com "The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has signed forward Casey Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry an annual value of $874,125 in the National Hockey League and $70,000 in the American Hockey League. A native of Anchorage, AK, Bailey was..." July 01

  • Toronto Maple Leafs sign Matt Martin to FOUR year contract

    Pension Plan Puppets "Hours into free agency and Maple Leafs fans waited to see if the new regime would continue their slow and patient rebuild or jump in with both feet. Backes to Boston, Radulov to Montreal, Hamhuis to Dallas, Staal to Miinnesota. These deals calmed our nerves a bit. Then they were..." July 01

  • Rangers Sign Nathan Gerbe and Michael Grabner

    Hockey Fights "New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forwards Nathan Gerbe and Michael Grabner. Gerbe, 28, has skated in 394 career NHL games over parts of eight seasons (2008-09 – 2015-16) with Buffalo and Carolina, registering 58 goals..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs' Cowen in arbitration case over buyout terms

    Pension Plan Puppets "According to Friend Of The Blog James "James Mirtle" Mirtle, Jared Cowen and the Leafs are disputing whether or not he's injured--and if he's injured, Cowen cannot be bought out. According to Bob Mackenzie, the Leafs have now missed the first buyout window." July 01

  • Signing with Leafs would mean big endorsement payday for Stamkos, marketers say

    TSN "If the Toronto Maple Leafs win the race to sign Steven Stamkos, expect another competition to heat up – the battle by corporate Canada to sign him to endorsement deals. At 26, Stamkos has been a high-profile hockey star for close to a decade. He has 50- and 60-goal seasons to his credit,..." June 29

  • Phil Kessel's Toronto Career Forever Memorialized In Jamaican Sports Bar

    The Big Lead "Phil Kessel won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month. He won the Cup in his first season after being run out of Toronto where he spent the previous 6 years of his career. Kessel’s relationship with the Maple Leafs remains a complicated one, but there is at least one sports..." June 29

  • Dion Phaneuf talks Toronto, Phil Kessel’s Cup party: ‘I’ll be there’

    Sportsnet "Think back 16 months ago, Toronto. Before the oh-so-sweet lottery win and the fevered Steven Stamkos anticipation and the new No. 1 goaltender and those slick new throwback sweaters that pop like hope. Flash back to the Globe and Mail‘s memorable report of the “scorched earth” Shanny-plan, in..." June 29

  • Jonathan Bernier: I was expecting Leafs to go get another goalie

    ESPN "When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for goalie Frederik Andersen last week, the other masked man in Toronto wasn’t exactly shocked. But now he's plenty motivated. "You know what, I'll be honest, I wasn't surprised on the trade to get another goalie," Jonathan Bernier said over the phone..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • The Leafs re-wrote the rules for the 2016 draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "From the day the Leafs hired Mark Hunter, the jokes have written themselves. Watch the Leafs draft all of the London Knights. Now they know all the OHL secrets, watch them empty the league at the draft. They'll get Tkachuk somehow! And the reality has turned out to be very, very..." June 26

  • Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews first overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "When the Toronto Maple Leafs stepped climbs the stairwell towards the podium at Buffalo's First Niagara Center, it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would select Auston Matthews with the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. On Friday night, in front of thousands of Leafs fans who..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Nicolas Mattinen 179th overall at the 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "As the 2016 NHL Draft began to wind down on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued to draft for size, taking London Knights defensemen Nicolas Mattinen. Mattinen, fresh off winning the Memorial Cup despite frequently being a healthy scratch, is a 6-4, 220-pound defensemen whose reach made..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Nikolai Chebykin 182nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "With their final pick of the 2016 NHL draft the Toronto Maple Leafs went back to Russia and grabbed forward NIkolai Chebykin from the Russian junior league. In his second year in the MHL Chebykin scored 13 goals, 22 assists in 39 games. He was the 50th-ranked European skater by NHL Central..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Jack Walker 152nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "Continuing their trend today of picking overagers in the draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs picked Jack Walker, a left winger/defense from the WHL's Victoria Royals. In his fourth year in the WHL, the Edina, Minnesota native scored 36 goals, 48 assists (84pts) in 72 games for the Royals. Walker..." June 26

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