Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Stamkos, Lightning storm past Leafs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has noticed his captain shooting the puck more frequently six games into the 2016-17 season. The result has been a hot start for Steven Stamkos. Stamkos scored twice and added two assists on Tuesday night as the Lightning thumped the Toronto..." October 25

  • Babcock’s had his fill of goalie questions, thanks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Babcock is aware Toronto’s goaltending hasn’t been good this season. He’s also aware that Toronto’s goaltending hasn’t been good the last few seasons. Thing is, he doesn’t want to talk about it. “It’s five games in, isn’t it?” Babcock replied on Tuesday, when asked about the Leafs’..." October 25

  • Maple Leafs place Milan Michalek on waivers, pick up Ben Smith

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Milan Michalek on waivers Monday and picked up veteran centre Ben Smith. Michalek was acquired by Toronto last February in the trade which sent Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators. The 31-year-old had a goal and an assist in five games as a member of the Leafs..." October 24

  • Maple Leafs' Roman Polak is rested, not rusted

    Toronto Sun "If Roman Polak was bothered by sitting the first three games on the Leafs’ schedule, he didn’t show it. “I was the same situation last year,” the hefty defenceman deadpanned after scoring in his return Thursday in Minnesota and blocking a team-high seven shots. “Looks like it’s some kind of..." October 22

  • Laine hat trick sparks Jets' rally vs. Leafs

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The first chapter of the Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine story was an instant classic, the kind of tale that would have Hollywood screenwriters salivating. Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in this past summer's draft, stole the show on Wednesday night by scoring a hat..." October 20

  • Staal lifts Wild past Maple Leafs

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal signed with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason looking to prove he still had some gas in the tank. So far he looks like he's nowhere near empty. Staal scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period as the Wild stayed unbeaten at home,..." October 20

  • McDavid, Matthews, Luongo named 'Three Stars' "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 16. FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS McDavid tied for the League lead in points..." October 17

  • Shane Doan credits Coyotes for emergence of Auston Matthews

    Arizona Republic "The NHL season begins with a present for long-suffering Coyotes fans: Validation. We can no longer be mocked by provincial fans in Canada, the snobs who don’t believe their national pastime belongs in a desert. We can no longer be perceived as the worst idea in hockey, a market that once..." October 17

  • Auston Matthews has the best-selling jersey in the NHL

    The Comeback "Auston Matthews has taken the NHL by storm. His four-goal debut led to a mad rush by Maple Leafs fans and hockey fans around the world to try and buy anything with the rookies name on it. All of that buzz has made Matthews’ sweater the best-selling in the NHL and one tough item to..." October 17

  • McDavid: “It’s tough to come into the league unless you’re Auston Matthews”

    The Comeback "Hockey fans are still buzzing about Auston Matthews’ insane four-goal debut. After making the Senators look silly on multiple occasions, fans are wondering what’s next for Matthews as he continues in his first season in the NHL. For most rookies, life in the NHL looks like an adjustment. That..." October 16

  • Mitch Marner's mom was in washroom for his 1st NHL goal "Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Mitchell Marner scored his first NHL goal Saturday in front of his hometown crowd, which included his parents, Bonnie and Paul. The only problem was the Maple Leafs forward's mother was in the bathroom and missed the whole thing. After Marner scored at 11:56 of the..." October 16

  • Leafs retire 13 numbers to open centennial season

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Maple Leafs retired their former “honoured” numbers in an emotional ceremony prior to the team’s home opener against Boston on Saturday. Thirteen numbers formerly designated as honoured were retired in a “change of philosophy” as the franchise began its 100th season. And the Leafs,..." October 16

  • Maple Leafs celebrate 100th anniversary by trouncing Bruins

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs spread the scoring around on Saturday night. After rookie Auston Matthews scored all four goals on Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Leafs received goals from four different players in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the..." October 15

  • Marner wants to be role model like Gilmour, Sundin were to him

    TSN "Toronto is hardly the easiest NHL city to play in. But for many a hockey player, suiting up in the blue and white is a dream born in childhood and chased with fervour. That’s what Mitch Marner did. And on Saturday night, the 19-year-old winger will make his regular-season debut for the Maple..." October 15

  • How the Leafs got it right with Morgan Rielly

    Sportsnet "By rights, the disintegration of Morgan Rielly’s hockey career should have commenced within an hour of his selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. As the old saying goes: Those the gods would destroy, they overhype. Brian Burke stood at the podium and summoned Rielly down to the stage. The..." October 15

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • Maple Leafs name Dave Keon No. 1 on list of Top 100 players

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs released a list of the top 100 Toronto Maple Leafs of all time on Friday, with the legendary Dave Keon ranked No. 1. The franchise held a special event Friday afternoon to count down the list of alumni as part of the franchise’s centennial celebration. Below is the..." October 14

  • NHL stars send funny Auston Matthews tweets

    Larry Brown Sports "Auston Matthews’ record debut caught the attention of many on Wednesday night, and it certainly was the talk of the NHL. The 19-year-old rookie No. 1 draft pick scored not one, not two, not three, but four goals in his NHL debut, which goes down as the most goals scored ever in an NHL debut...." October 13

  • Auston Matthews writes history in unforgettable debut

    Sportsnet "This will go down as a “remember where you were” kind of night. And when was the last time we could say that about anything involving the Toronto Maple Leafs? At least with something positive. Auston Matthews didn’t just make history with a four-goal performance in his NHL debut on..." October 13

  • Matthews' 4 goals not enough as Leafs fall to Sens

    The Sports Xchange "OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris believed his team's best chance in overtime Wednesday was for him to win the faceoff that started the extra session. He knew it was not a good idea to let Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews touch the puck again. "I emphasized that..." October 12

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Maple Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers

    Toronto Sun "The pain meter might be reduced for Mike Babcock and the Maple Leafs this year, but some discomfort was inevitable when trying to squish 26 players through the door of a dressing room allowed to hold just 23. General manager Lou Lamoriello made it fit by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. NHL deadline, after..." October 12

  • Lamoriello 'extremely impressed' with Marner, says he's made team

    Toronto Sun "If you’ve been thinking of buying a Maple Leafs sweater with Mitch Marner’s name and number on the back, you might want to go ahead and fork over the dough the next time you’re at the Air Canada Centre. Both Leafs coach Mike Babcock and general manager Lou Lamoriello on Monday spoke glowingly..." October 10

  • Brandon Prust won’t get signed by Leafs, still practicing with team

    Today's Slapshot "The Toronto Maple Leafs gave veteran fourth liner Brandon Prust a chance this summer. After a poor 2015-16 outing with the Vancouver Canucks, Prust found himself on the outs during NHL free agency. The 32-year-old left winger, who boasts 40 goals and 115 points in 486 career NHL games to his..." October 10

  • Maple Leafs place Laich, Greening, 2 others on waivers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed down their training camp roster again Sunday, placing Brooks Laich, Colin Greening, Byron Froese and Andrew Campbell on waivers. Laich, 33, and Greening, 30, each have one year remaining on their contracts. The Leafs roster will shrink to 25 players if all four..." October 10

  • Kapanen among 19 cuts as Maple Leafs trim roster

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs have reason to give thanks this holiday weekend — this rocky exhibition season is done and they can trim the fat for a final roster. It’s not going to be an easy process after a muddled training camp where the head coach and many players were absent, the team travelled across..." October 09

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • Leafs need to be 'way more competitive': Babcock

    Toronto Sun "With two exhibition games remaining in a Maple Leafs pre-season that feels like it has gone on forever, Mike Babcock has a solid idea of where his team stands. To an extent. “It’s very apparent to me we are going to have to get heavier in the offensive zone and way more competitive,” the..." October 07

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Zaitsev already carving out space in Maple Leafs’ core group

    Sportsnet "The entirety of his NHL experience, to date, covers one pre-season game and a handful of practices. And yet you already get the sense Nikita Zaitsev is much more than just another hopeful at Toronto Maple Leafs training camp. The Russian defenceman is a little bit like found money because he..." October 03

  • Auston Matthews to make pre-season debut Sunday against Habs

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Auston Matthews is expected to make his NHL pre-season debut Sunday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Matthews was one of six other Leafs to arrive late to training camp after playing in the World Cup of Hockey." October 02

  • Seven potential trade destinations for Winnipeg Jets’ Jacob Trouba

    Sportsnet "Simply because a player demands a trade (or asks politely) it doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee they get moved. Remember what happened with Jonathan Drouin and Travis Hamonic last season? That’s why the situation surrounding still-unsigned restricted free agent Jacob Trouba is so..." September 29

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Leafs could have the pieces to deal for Trouba

    Toronto Star "Before discussing Jacob Trouba’s future, it is worth noting three prominent NHLers demanded trades last season — Patrick Marleau, Travis Hamonic and Jonathan Drouin — and none were dealt. So asking for or demanding a trade in today’s NHL means zilch. Trouba is saying this isn’t about playing..." September 27

  • Mats Sundin impressed by Maple Leafs pick Auston Matthews

    Toronto Sun "Like most of us, Mats Sundin has spent much of the past decade wondering. When would his beloved Maple Leafs find the next showstopper, the next franchise player, the next dominant centre? Our translation: The next Mats Sundin? Then he went to the Air Canada Centre to watch his Swedes..." September 25

  • Auston Matthews already popular with Leafs teammates

    Toronto Sun "There’s a long lineup of Maple Leafs forwards looking forward to meeting Auston Matthews and not just to shake his hand and welcome him to the team. In the afterglow of the No. 1 overall pick’s coming-out performance at the World Cup of Hockey the past couple of weeks, centres and wingers alike..." September 24

  • Dreger: Kris Russell signing ‘getting closer’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Tuesday morning: On how unrestricted free agent defenseman Kris Russell has yet to sign, and on if there is a chance the Montreal Canadiens could be in play: “Well, I guess there’s a chance. Why not. I mean, Montreal has expressed some interest...." September 22

  • Maple Leafs' Lupul Unfit to Play, Will be Sidelined to Start Season

    The Hockey News "Joffrey Lupul hasn’t played for the Maple Leafs since February 2016, and it appears he won’t be with the team come October after a physical exam reportedly revealed he’s not fit to suit up. The past two seasons of Joffrey Lupul’s career have been disappointing, to say the least. The veteran..." September 22

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Stephane Robidas takes consultant role with Maple Leafs

    Toronto Sun "Stephane Robidas has resurfaced as a Maple Leafs consultant. The 39-year-old defenceman, who injured a leg in training camp last season and did not play all year, joined assistant general manager Mark Hunter and Leaf scouts here Friday for the opening of the four team NHL rookie..." September 17

  • Laich wrote about wearing 'C' for Maple Leafs in school

    Toronto Sun "If the Maple Leafs look at Brooks Laich as short-term captain, they should know he’s done some research on the topic. “I was one of those kids, a Leafs fan growing up who wrote school papers on being captain,” Laich laughed on Monday during a break at the team’s charity golf event in Milton...." September 13

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Tavares continues to shoot down Leafs-based UFA speculation

    Today's Slapshot "No matter how many times John Tavares declares his intention to stay with the New York Islanders, the speculation and hope that he might sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs refuse to die. Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, would be eligible to sign up to an..." September 06

  • Maple Leafs' Andersen out 3-4 weeks, will miss World Cup

    Sportsnet "New Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen will be out the next three-to-four weeks and miss the World Cup of Hockey. Andersen was one of three goalies — along with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss — on Team Europe for the upcoming World Cup. However, he was forced to leave an Olympic..." September 05

  • Maple Leafs' Andersen hurt during Olympic qualifier

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen left an Olympic qualifier for Denmark with an apparent injury. According to a report from Aivis Kalnins, Andersen was down on the ice for a couple of minutes before being pulled after a teammate crashed into him in Denmark's 3-0 loss to Slovenia." September 02

  • Lamoriello committed to Leafs' future: 'I wear blue' "When Lou Lamoriello was preparing for his first season as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs a year ago, everything was so different: the city, the players, the prospects, the coaches, the scouts, members of his management staff. Pretty much everything involving his job. Though such a..." September 01

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