Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Dale Hunter: Why Leafs’ Babcock will like Mitch Marner

    Sportsnet "The offence is obvious. The London Knights‘ 19-year-old superstar is bludgeoning opponents with it. Mitchell Marner has 13 points in three MasterCard Memorial Cup games, but that’s not the reason — at least not the only one — Knights coach Dale Hunter believes Toronto Maple Leafs head coach..." May 27

  • Rielly: Babcock spoke more to Matthews than me at worlds

    The Score "After returning home from his gold-medal win at the IIHF World Championship in Russia, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly joined Hockey Central, where he shared that head coach Mike Babcock may have been more interested in a possible future player than one of his current..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Thinning the Leafs roster will be a challenge over the summer

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs have an interesting dilemma to work through this summer. And for a team that will draft a ton of prospects this summer, the problem will only get stickier in time. It's roster spots. Teams can have 50 players under NHL contracts playing professionally. (Players who have..." May 24

  • Former Maple Leafs coach John Brophy dies

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach John Brophy died on Monday. He was 83. " May 23

  • Maple Leafs prospect Marner lights up Memorial Cup opener

    The Score "Mitch Marner is off and running in Red Deer. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is wrapping up a successful season by playing with his London Knights at the Memorial Cup tournament featuring the top teams in junior hockey. Marner, who was named MVP of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs,..." May 21

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Marlies coach: Nylander needs to be more competitive

    The Score "Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe needs more from William Nylander. The 20-year-old, who was drafted eighth overall by the Maple Leafs in 2014, recorded an impressive 45 points in 38 regular season games for the AHL club this season, but his postseason performance has left something to..." May 15

  • Leafs' Babcock pumped about getting shot at Matthews ... or Laine

    Toronto Sun "Mike Babcock’s wife might not have known what was going on, but the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach watched last month’s NHL Draft Lottery like most Canadians — sitting on the edge of his seat at his lakehouse, with his eyes fixed on the television, living and dying with each pick. “When we got..." May 15

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Wendel Clark’s advice to the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 pick

    Sportsnet "Guess where Wendel Clark was when the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night. At a bar in Edmonton for a charity function, surrounded by Oilers fans. “They were very happy. The fans didn’t want No. 1 again. They wanted No. 4. They’ve had three No. 1’s and it hasn’t..." May 06

  • Marner’s family home caught fire before Game 1 of the OHL Final

    Sportsnet "Just after the London Knights’ 4-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs in the opening game of the OHL final Knights star forward Mitch Marner learned that his family home in Thornhill, ON., had been severely damaged by a fire. Marner, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday, was met by his..." May 06

  • Why Toronto winning the first pick in the NHL draft is so important

    The Sports Fan Journal "As the NHL playoffs move through the second round, the absence of the seven Canadian teams has been palpable. Sure, it’s exciting to watch Ovi and Sid the Kid square off against each other, and seeing John Tavares carry the New York Islanders to their first playoff series victory in 23 years was..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Numbers suggest Matthews can have big rookie year

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs likely will select Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick at the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. If they do, what can be expected from Matthews as an NHL rookie in 2016-17? Based on the recent performances of No. 1 selections, Matthews..." May 05

  • With Auston Matthews, does Stamkos make sense in Toronto?

    Sportsnet "Things just got 91 times more interesting for July 1. As Steven Stamkos, long believed to be a target for the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ future No. 1 centre role, inches closer to unrestricted free agency, his hometown now has secured the right to draft a bona fide stud prospect at the most critical..." May 02

  • Bob McKenzie: Leafs would ‘take a hard run at Steven Stamkos’ as UFA

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Monday morning. As part of a larger conversation on the Toronto Maple Leafs, how well the rebuild seems to be going with the moves made on and off the ice over the past year or so, and on if all of that – combined with the Leafs having won the draft..." May 02

  • Morgan Rielly excited after Maple Leafs' draft lottery win

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was asleep when his team was awarded the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft on Saturday, as he is in Europe preparing for the IIHF World Championship, but the 22-year-old was able to share his reaction after Team Canada's practice..." May 01

  • Top 3 picks 'unlikely' to be moved; Oilers' No. 4 pick 'in play'

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Columbus Blue Jackets - the teams with the first three selections in the NHL draft - have no intention of trading their picks. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday that the Maple Leafs, Jets and Blue Jackets are "very unlikely" to trade out..." May 01

  • Maple Leafs win draft lottery: Is Matthews in their sights?

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan only clicked through the NHL Draft Lottery simulator once. One time was all he needed. Why press your luck? Shanahan liked the results so much that he quickly closed his laptop, hoping the same outcome would pull through during the real..." May 01

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner dominating OHL playoffs

    The Score "While the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking forward to Saturday's NHL Draft lottery results, they seem to have already scored a major victory on the prospect front. With two goals and two assists in a London Knights playoff game Tuesday against the Erie Otters, Mitch Marner leads the OHL with 14..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

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  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Dubas: ‘I don’t believe I’m ready to be an NHL general manager’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Arizona Coyotes could name a new general manager in the next week or two. They’ve already had “multiple discussions with multiple individuals,” co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told the Arizona Republic this week. But whoever they end up hiring, it won’t be Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle..." April 20

  • Are the Toronto Maple Leafs plotting an offer sheet?

    Sportsnet "Forget Steven Stamkos for a minute, Toronto. And re-read these statements from the Maple Leafs bold, new, creative front office through the lens of the offer sheet. Think RFA, not UFA. In deed and in word, the Maple Leafs' tear-down has been purposeful, aggressive and has made full use of..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Leafs’ Lamoriello loves Kadri but ‘he’s not a first-line centre’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a number of significant roster changes since the end of last season, most notably trading Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Nazem Kadri’s name had often come up as another player the team might consider dealing at some point if he was not in..." April 14

  • Leafs Sign Rielly, Kadri To Six-Year Contract Extensions

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenceman Morgan Rielly and forward Nazem Kadri to new six-year contracts. Rielly, 22, led all Maple Leafs defencemen with a career-high 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) while skating in all 82 games this year. The native..." April 13

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • No Canada: Higher tax rates ‘erect roadblocks’ for teams trying to entice free agents north of the border

    Edmonton Journal "Hometown discount or highway robbery? Or maybe, when discussing what it would take for the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign Steven Stamkos this summer, it is a bit of both. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain, who is a pending free agent, reportedly walked away from an eight-year contract offer worth..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Report: Maple Leafs, Rielly have begun extension talks

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to lock up their best, young defenseman long term as contract extension talks with 22-year-old blue-liner Morgan Rielly are underway, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. "Short term seems unlikely. A longer term of five or six years seems more likely," Dreger said,..." April 11

  • Who will the Maple Leafs pick at the 2016 NHL Draft?

    Sportsnet "They did it! The Maple Leafs have officially finished dead-last in the NHL standings. At the start of the season, team president Brendan Shanahan and new head coach Mike Babcock made sure fans understood it would be a difficult season by promising pain and the start of a process to rebuild the..." April 10

  • Mission Accomplished? Leafs grab best 2016 NHL Draft lottery odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The “Shanaplan” continues to come together for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After getting pummeled in their season finale to the New Jersey Devils, the Maple Leafs “locked down” the final standings spot in the NHL for 2015-16. This gives them the best odds at getting the top pick of the 2016 NHL..." April 10

  • Leafs GM Lamoriello unsure whether Robidas, Lupul can play next season

    The Score "The morning after the Toronto Maple Leafs finished the regular season, questions abound regarding the status of two injured veteran players. Defenseman Stephane Robidas and forward Joffrey Lupul are already questionable to come off injured reserve and suit up next season, with the former's..." April 10

  • Devils' Elias scores in possible career swan song

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- In what may be the final game of his brilliant career with the New Jersey Devils, Patrik Elias went out in style. Elias, who turns 40 on Wednesday, scored one goal and recorded two assists in New Jersey's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at the Prudential..." April 09

  • Vesey says there's no favorite to sign him, father insists Leafs job won't impact choice

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey says no NHL team has the inside track to signing him, and his father doesn't expect his employment as a scout to affect his son's choice. The 22-year-old forward and his father, Jim Vesey, Sr., spoke to the media Friday for the first time since informing the Nashville Predators of..." April 09

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    The #leafs have sent Kasperi Kapanen back to the AHL Marlies, keeping him from playing a 10th NHL game. His ELC slides to next year.

  • Why Canada was shut out of Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Yahoo! Sports "There are similarities between Canada in 1970 and Canada in 2016. The Trudeau bloodline in back in the Prime Minister's office. Tim Hortons still serves fresh coffee. And, perhaps most importantly, there are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, there are differences, like..." April 08

  • Maple Leafs own last-place tiebreaker over Oilers

    The Score "In a perfect world, the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs would play each other in the Basement Bowl on Saturday night, and Auston Matthews would be in attendance. Both teams are tied for last in the league with 69 points, and both have one game left to play. The Maple Leafs will face the..." April 08

  • Former NHL coach Jacques Demers hospitalized after stroke

    Sporting News "Former NHL coach Jacques Demers, 71, was in stable condition Thursday at a Montreal hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night, CBC News reported. Demers, who is now a Quebec senator, was scheduled to appear on a radio show Wednesday in Montreal but never showed up. He was inundated..." April 08

  • Bernier, Leafs play spoiler in Philadelphia

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The search may have taken all season, but Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier finally found his confidence. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time for the Philadelphia Flyers. Playing the role of spoiler to near perfection, Bernier was under constant duress from..." April 07

  • Dubinsky scores 2 in Jackets' win in Toronto

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- John Tortorella would like to see Brandon Dubinsky shoot on the goal more. The Columbus Blue Jackets coach feels that his center misses the net too frequently with his shots. Dubinsky got the message Wednesday. Two of his shots got behind Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender..." April 06

  • How realistic is Maple Leafs chance at drafting Matthews?

    Sportsnet "Time has run out on any concerns that the Toronto Maple Leafs might submarine their draft lottery odds with a late surge at the end of a long season. Even an extra win or two can’t really do that now. With the Columbus Blue Jackets in town on Wednesday night, the only lingering question at..." April 06

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

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