Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Maple Leafs name Mark Hunter Assistant General Manager " The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the club has named Mark Hunter as Assistant General Manager. Hunter, who first joined the Leafs as Director of Player Personnel in October 2014, will share the role along with current Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas." August 22

  • Maple Leafs sign goalie Jhonas Enroth to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs filled out their depth chart by signing goaltender Jhonas Enroth on Monday afternoon. Enroth, 28, will earn $750,000 on a one-year deal and is expected to be the No. 2 goalie in Toronto, behind new starter Frederik Andersen." August 22

  • Leafs prospect Grundstrom makes brutal empty-net miss

    The Score "Frolunda forward Carl Grundstrom pulled a Patrik Stefan during Champions Hockey League action Friday night, completely missing what should've been an easy empty-net goal." August 20

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Morgan Rielly starts World Cup preparation early "Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was already excited about playing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, but his expectations increased even more after having dinner with Auston Matthews in Toronto a few weeks ago. "We talked for a long time and when we started..." August 13

  • NHL hot for Jimmy Vesey, and Harvard star is narrowing list for Monday

    Boston Herald "Decision day fast approaches for former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey, who next week will make one NHL club very happy. As of midnight Monday, the high-scoring left winger will become an unrestricted free agent, and, probably, the richest member of the Harvard Class of ’16. Likely all 30 NHL..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Where Jimmy Vesey ends up adds to summer intrigue

    North Jersey "Yet it’s also a month of great anticipation. The players will start filtering back to their respective teams’ training facilities to begin skating informally — some are already there – before training camps open next month, both for the league’s 30 teams and the eight squads participating in the..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

    Die By The Blade "The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville..." August 08

  • What will the Maple Leafs do with Joffrey Lupul?

    The Hockey News "’s Kristen Shilton recently listed five questions the Toronto Maple Leafs must still address this summer. Among them was what to do about right winger Joffrey Lupul. The oft-injured Lupul, who turns 33 in September, has two seasons left on his contract at an annual salary-cap hit of $5.25..." August 08

  • Auston Matthews named Swiss NLA Rookie of the Year

    Pension Plan Puppets "The thing about rookie of the year awards is they're one-shot deals. You really only get one chance at being a rookie - and while there may be good crops all around, only one of them will be recognized as having the best inaugural year of his class. So it's a tight, one-off battle. And Auston..." August 06

  • Babcock says Marner has 'good chance' of cracking Leafs roster

    The Score "As the Toronto Maple Leafs approach year two of the Mike Babcock era, one of the ongoing questions surrounding the club entering next season is the status of prospect Mitch Marner. The 19-year-old was selected fourth overall by Toronto in 2015, and has outgrown the junior level, scoring 242..." August 06

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Marner, Strome playing in junior would be Hockey Canada's gain

    Toronto Sun "The idea of winning the gold medal at the 2017 world junior championship, naturally, appeals greatly to Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome. After all, the blue-chip National Hockey League prospects were part of the Canadian side that finished sixth at the 2016 tournament in Finland, a disappointing..." August 01

  • Maple Leafs’ Michalek can help ‘show young guys the way’

    Sportsnet "Scan the 2016-17 roster of the young Toronto Maple Leafs. Of the players not cast away on Robidas Island, only one, Brooks Laich, has more National Hockey League experience than Milan Michalek, easily the most useful right-now player the club acquired from Ottawa in February’s Dion Phaneuf..." July 30

  • Maple Leafs sign Martin Marincin to two-year deal " The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Martin Marincin to a two-year contract. The average annual value of the contract is $1.25 million ($1.2M in 2016-17, $1.3M in 2017-18)." July 29

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Tavares: 'Would not count on' me joining Maple Leafs

    The Score "First, it was Steven Stamkos spurning the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now, another superstar forward says he isn't planning to play for his hometown team. John Tavares put any lingering doubts about his future to rest and dashed the hopes of Maple Leafs fans in an..." July 27

  • Maple Leafs sign Trevor Moore to 3-year, entry-level contract

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Trevor Moore to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday, the team announced. Moore joins the club as a college free agent, after going undrafted while playing the last three seasons at the University of Denver. " July 26

  • Maple Leafs sign Corrado to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided arbitration for a second time Monday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Frank Corrado." July 25

  • Leafs sign Holland to one-year, $1.3M deal

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs and Peter Holland have avoided salary arbitration with the centre signing a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the team Monday. Holland went unclaimed on waivers over the weekend." July 25

  • Leafs close to signing G Enroth

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a backup goaltender to the newly acquired Frederik Andersen could be at its end. Swedish outlet Expressen's Johan Svensson reports the team is nearing a deal with Jhonas Enroth. The 28-year-old Swede spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, backing up..." July 25

  • With arbitration hearing looming, Corrado and Leafs aren’t that far apart

    Pro Hockey Talk "Frank Corrado should be used to waiting by now. He had to wait 28 games before the Leafs inserted him into the lineup for the first time last season and now he’s waiting for a new contract. There’s still a gap between the two sides, but it doesn’t appear to be very significant. Corrado and the..." July 24

  • 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 " 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 "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 "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

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