Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Leafs’ Matthews, Zaitsev to make return vs. Predators

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs are getting their most dangerous player back as forward Auston Matthews will make his return to the lineup Thursday against the Nashville Predators. Matthews has missed Toronto’s past 10 games with a shoulder injury. The Leafs went 5-3-2 in his absence." March 22

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Sounds like Auston Matthews will finally return for Leafs

    Pro Hockey Talk "All things considered, the Toronto Maple Leafs have weathered the storm when it comes to Auston Matthews‘ injuries. Granted, there are likely “What if?” games, with Tuesday’s disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning standing as an example. Would the Maple Leafs have coughed up a 3-0 lead..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Leafs’ Shanahan says ‘no decision’ made on Lamoriello’s future

    Sportsnet "If you’re wondering about the status of Lou Lamoriello’s contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, don’t count on getting an answer any time soon. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman spoke with Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan Saturday morning about Lamoriello’s future as GM, and relayed the..." March 18

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews sheds non-contact jersey at practice

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news regarding their best player Saturday morning. Auston Matthews wore his normal practice jersey at the team’s skate ahead of a Hockey Night in Canada showdown with the Montreal Canadiens, indicating he could be nearing a return to the lineup. The..." March 17

  • Maple Leafs holding their own with Matthews, Andersen out "Surrounded by a gaggle of cameras and microphones, Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was unaware of the two interlopers who were eavesdropping on his interview inside the visitors dressing room at KeyBank Arena on Thursday. Peeking through the pack of bodies, Toronto defensemen..." March 16

  • Leafs recall Sparks, downplay Andersen injury

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock downplayed Frederik Andersen's injury on Thursday, despite the team recalling Garret Sparks from the AHL on an emergency basis. "I don't think there's much going on there," Babcock said of Andersen. "He wasn't going to play tonight..." March 15

  • Matthews tests shoulder during Maple Leafs practice "About 15 minutes into practice Tuesday, the puck went into the corner. Moments later, so did Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews. That wasn't the problem. Defenseman Roman Polak was. This would be a telling moment for Matthews in his attempt to return to the lineup. Matthews, 20,..." March 14

  • Jamie Benn chimes in on strange goalie interference call: 'Huh?'

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins thought they had cut the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lead to 3-1 late in the second period Saturday night when Brian Dumoulin slid the puck by Frederik Andersen. However, the goal did not count, as the Pens’ blueliner was assessed a goaltender interference penalty despite the..." March 11

  • Evgeni Malkin doesn’t lack credit in Maple Leafs room

    Sportsnet "“Do you want the credit, or do you want the wins?” Mike Babcock poses this rhetorical question during a discussion about Evgeni Malkin, he of three Stanley Cup rings, one Hart Trophy, and permanent status as the second-best player on his own team. But the coach could also be subtly talking..." March 10

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Maple Leafs grooming D.J. Smith to become an NHL head coach

    Sportsnet "Mike Babcock is willing to let a good man go. The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach will not stand in the way of growth; he’s not afraid of empty-nest syndrome. Todd McLellan, Bill Peters, and Paul MacLean all graduated from Babcock assistants to head coaches in their own right. MacLean even..." March 08

  • Matthews skating, but Maple Leafs taking long view with franchise star

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs are eager to finish a practice with one of the best players you could choose to start a franchise. Auston Matthews skated alongside his teammates Wednesday at the club’s practice facility for the first time in two weeks. Although the Leafs leading goal-scorer left the..." March 07

  • NBC cuts away from NHL Stadium Series game for local news

    Awful Announcing "The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs played an outdoor Stadium Series game on Saturday night in Annapolis, MD, and the game was televised nationally on NBC. Midway through the third period, there was a power outage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the game was delayed for..." March 05

  • Maple Leafs should rest workhorse goalie Andersen

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this season, much of the discussion about the Edmonton Oilers’ struggles revolved around the possibility that Cam Talbot was worn out from 2016-17. At least when people weren’t making trade jokes. There’s no denying that Talbot carried a heavy burden last season, starting a Brodeurian..." March 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Mike Babcock on Capitals: They still think we’re kids

    Sportsnet "Those fireworks that explode and then explode a second time into smaller fireworks, they streaked the black sky with fiery webs of red, white and blue. Hockey players were escorted by bagpipes to a pristine, windswept rink positioned on a 35,760-square-foot graphic of an aircraft carrier,..." March 04

  • Maple Leafs phasing out Lou Lamoriello as GM after season, report says

    Sporting News "The Maple Leafs' rebuild has seen Toronto go from picking first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017, to looking like they'll get back to the postseason in 2018. But now, one of the leading executives behind the club's transformation reportedly is considering a..." March 04

  • Leafs’ Auston Matthews skating while battling injury

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews didn’t join his Toronto Maple Leafs teammates at the U.S. Navel Academy for Saturday’s outdoor game, but he continues to make progress towards a return. The star centre has been nursing a second-degree shoulder sprain since getting sandwiched with a hit on Feb. 22 and is skating..." March 03

  • Plekanec getting used to new normal with Maple Leafs "Tomas Plekanec said it three times. "It's hard to erase 15 years over a couple days." The 35-year-old center, the newest member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was talking in general terms. It's been 16-plus years since the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the third round (No. 71) of the 2001..." March 03

  • Maple Leafs’ Kadri on why he clicks with Marner, Marleau

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been amongst the NHL’s hottest teams since the turn of the calendar and one major reason for that is the collective success of the line featuring Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau and Mitchell Marner. The Maple Leafs are third in the Atlantic behind Tampa Bay and Boston..." March 02

  • Stadium Series expected to be played as scheduled "Despite high winds hitting the Annapolis area today, the National Hockey League continues preparations for tomorrow's 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. " March 02

  • No fear for Maple Leafs in peaking too early

    TSN "“Hold on to your hats,” Mike Babcock said as he exited the interview room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Maple Leafs’ head coach was referencing the wind, as his team prepares for what may be the windiest NHL outdoor game ever played on Saturday night at the United States Naval..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Leafs’ decision to move Plekanec up more bad news for Kapanen

    Sportsnet "If the lunchtime practice is a measure, then it will be Tomas Plekanec skating between Zach Hyman and William Nylander for the foreseeable future — the foreseeable in the NHL being the first shift of the next game, which for the Toronto Maple Leafs is in Washington Saturday night. Otherwise the..." February 28

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Maple Leafs won’t rush Auston Matthews back into lineup

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been diagnosed with second-degree shoulder separation, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. Matthews was injured late in Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders. He was officially listed as day-to-day and missed Saturday’s tilt versus the Boston..." February 25

  • Leafs solidify with Plekanec; remain players ahead of deadline

    Sportsnet "Not only did the Toronto Maple Leafs address their biggest need by prying serviceable centre Tomas Plekanec out of Montreal, they left themselves room to do more work ahead of the trade deadline. With the Canadiens retaining 50 per cent of Plekanec’s remaining salary in Sunday’s deal, the Leafs..." February 25

  • Canadiens trade Plekanec, Baun to Maple Leafs

    Montreal Gazette "The Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran centre Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel and Toronto’s second round draft pick in 2018. The Czech Republic native has six goals and 18 assists over 60 games this season with..." February 25

  • Why Mitch Marner always serves Maple Leafs’ bench minors

    Sportsnet "The next time the Toronto Maple Leafs commit a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, you can bet Mitchell Marner will be the one skating directly to the box. Whether Marner was involved in the bungled line change or not has nothing to do with it. Marner, who hasn’t been featured on the penalty kill..." February 24

  • Babcock on Matthews injury: Day to day 'usually means 10'

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock gave an update on Auston Matthews' injury timeline, hintin the star forward could be out for at least 10 days. "We always tell you day-to-day and that usually means 10 and then we go from there," Babcock told reporters in reference to Matthews'..." February 24

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • A Matt Martin return to Islanders could be ‘business as usual’

    Sportsnet "There’s a chance the streak Matt Martin never wanted ends here. An undisclosed member of the Toronto Maple Leafs forward core — a talented, chemically combustible dozen that has been slicing through the competition at an 11-2 clip without their toughest member in uniform — is sick..." February 22

  • Facing free agency, Tavares will stick-handle gracefully around Toronto media

    SNY TV "The biggest drama surrounding the Islanders' visit to Toronto on Thursday may not be the game itself, but those five minutes when John Tavares faces another round of interrogation from the largest and peskiest press corps in the NHL. Tavares will handle the Toronto media like the gentleman he..." February 21

  • San Jose Sharks Acquire Eric Fehr From Toronto Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded veteran center Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Fehr had been playing for the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, loaned away earlier this year after being buried in the minor leagues. " February 20

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Maple Leafs' Gardiner tells Kessel he's playing Saturday vs. Penguins

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner told Phil Kessel that he will play on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins." February 17

  • Maple Leafs trade Soshnikov to Blues for 4th-round pick

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the teams announced Thursday. Soshnikov has failed to register a point in the three games he has played with the Maple Leafs this season. The Russian winger..." February 15

  • Leafs not feeling pressure to make waves at trade deadline

    Sportsnet "The seal has been broken. So, who’s next? With the Ottawa Senators dealing Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings for Marian Gaborik (plus a depth forward swap of Nate Thompson for Nick Shore) Tuesday night, NHL fans breathlessly wait to see what their team will do with just 12 days of..." February 14

  • Maple Leafs are on Nash’s 12-team trade list

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs may be a long shot to land Rick Nash, but they are one of the 12 teams on the New York Rangers winger’s approved trade list, TSN confirmed on Monday. Nash, perhaps now the most sought-after player ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline with the Rangers’ imminent sell-off,..." February 13

  • Maple Leafs telling teams James van Riemsdyk not available

    Sportsnet "At least two teams that inquired about Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk were told that he’s not available prior to the trade deadline, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. However, despite that, the impending free agent has yet to receive any contract extension offer from the..." February 11

  • Two years after Phaneuf trade, Leafs content to keep growing without a captain

    TSN "Almost two years ago to the day of their Saturday night matchup against the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs punctuated the worst season in franchise history by trading then-captain Dion Phaneuf to their division rivals in Ottawa. Sending Phaneuf off from the team hotel in Calgary on..." February 10

  • Erik Gudbranson won’t solve Maple Leafs’ problems on defence

    Sportsnet "It’s no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs, while a strong contender in the Eastern Conference, could use some help on defence. Their left side is actually pretty strong, with Morgan Rielly having a great season and Jake Gardiner suddenly taking off, followed by a promising young player in Travis..." February 10

  • Leafs’ Matt Martin talks healthy scratch life: ‘I get so much anxiety’

    Sportsnet "It’s the buzz that most bothers the man who was brought in to keep the flies off. As has become the new normal during Toronto Maple Leafs games, Matt Martin and Josh Leivo won’t be on the ice or up in the press box when the puck drops on the Battle of Ontario Saturday. Instead, they’ll be..." February 09

  • Patrick Marleau is ice cold in 2018

    Hardball Talk "When the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Patrick Marleau to a three-year, $18.75 million contract, even many of the deal’s proponents admitted that the team will probably wiggle out of that last year, somehow. (Some of the arguments made sense, although the gymnastics could get a little tricky, as..." February 06

  • Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul seems at peace with probable end of career

    Sportsnet "Joffrey Lupul doesn’t sound like someone who is contemplating a comeback. One of the first things he says while being introduced on the “Member Guest Podcast” is that he’s “a retired hockey player whose [golf] handicap is ballooning.” The 34-year-old is not technically retired. Tuesday marks..." February 06

  • Josh Leivo reportedly requests out of Maple Leafs

    Sporting News "On a deep Toronto Maple Leafs team, lineup spots can be difficult to come by, and Josh Leivo, who has played 12 games for the Maple Leafs this season despite spending the entire year at the NHL level, has often been the odd-forward-out for the Leafs. Apparently, the 24-year-old is tired of..." February 04