Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Leafs' Aaltonen headed to KHL for 2018-19

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs forward prospect Miro Aaltonen is heading back to the KHL for the 2018-19 season, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Dreger reports that Aaltonen's agent, Todd Diamond, has informed the Maple Leafs of his decision.  The 25-year-old..." June 21

  • Maples Leafs sign Calvin Pickard to one-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract worth $800,000 on Wednesday. " June 20

  • Connor Carrick Signs One-Year Deal With Toronto Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs have finalized a deal with one of their restricted free agents, signing defenseman Connor Carrick to a one-year contract. The contract will carry a $1.3MM salary according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. " June 20

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Preparing Pitch For John Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is certainly no guarantee that John Tavares even reaches free agency, he’s now less than a week away from being allowed to sit down with teams around the league. Should he not sign an extension with the New York Islanders before that time comes, teams all across the NHL are..." June 18

  • Maple Leafs’ Dubas not feeling pressure ahead of NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "This was the off-season before the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the draft lottery jackpot. Dave Nonis and the coaching staff had been fired, Mike Babcock had been hired and Lou Lamoriello was still working in New Jersey. For a 101-day stretch the fate of hockey’s richest organization..." June 18

  • Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup can motivate Maple Leafs, Babcock says "The Toronto Maple Leafs should draw some motivation from Alex Ovechkin finally breaking through and winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "They were able to watch Washington do it at their own level, and see a 32-year-old guy like..." June 18

  • Maple Leafs see brighter future after AHL title "Toronto Maple Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum stood at center ice at Ricoh Coliseum on Thursday, smiling and soaking in every precious sight and sound of the euphoric chaos. Fireworks crackled over his head. Blue-and-white confetti fluttered from the rafters. Toronto had just won the..." June 16

  • Maple Leafs GM: 'No definitive decisions' on unrestricted free agents, open to moving up in draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While winning a Calder Cup championship historically bodes well for that AHL head coach, so far it doesn’t look like it will help Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe with getting an NHL gig. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that no NHL team has requested permission..." June 16

  • Sheldon Keefe expects to be back behind Marlies bench next season

    Sportsnet "Given how prominently Sheldon Keefe’s name has been mentioned in the NHL coaching carousel of late, it seemed natural to assume he’d be jetting off for greener pastures now that he’s helped the Toronto Marlies win the Calder Cup. Not so. In fact, the..." June 16

  • Marlies’ Game 7 win ends Toronto’s pro hockey championship drought

    Sportsnet "As the crowd roared to cheer each member of the Toronto Marlies when he lifted the Calder Cup over his head, Garret Sparks already had grander visions dancing in his head. “It’s the first hockey championship in 50 years – over 50 years,” said the team’s..." June 15

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Announce Affiliation With Newfoundland Growlers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Newfoundland Growlers are one of the ECHL’s newest teams, and they now officially have an NHL affiliation. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have agreed to an affiliation with the Growlers that will begin in 2018-19, and will continue the three-tiered development..." June 14

  • Why signing John Tavares is an idea the Maple Leafs should pursue

    Toronto Star "John Tavares to the Maple Leafs. The idea has been floated a million times. It’s taking on a life of its own. And it can work so that the Leafs would boast Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and Tavares next season and be a powerhouse down the middle. It makes sense on..." June 14

  • Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner may prefer to sign new deals next summer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "New Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has already reached out to the agents for center Auston Matthews and winger Mitch Marner, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports (video link).  He also notes that Toronto’s preference would be to get deals done with both players at the same time but McKenzie..." June 12

  • What does Auston Matthews' agent change mean for the Maple Leafs?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews changed agencies last week, the Maple Leafs are suddenly wondering what that means for them? After a turbulent offseason so far with their star player, which includes a poor playoff showing, two meetings with head coach Mike Babcock and an..." June 10

  • Toronto Maple Leafs' keys heading into '18 offseason

    Yardbarker "Last summer, Toronto added a pair of key veterans in free agency in Patrick Marleau and Ron Hainsey with the hopes that they would help lead a young team armed with another year of experience to bigger and better things.  They had a strong regular season but were still ousted in the first..." June 10

  • Canucks GM Benning looks back at when he was drafted by Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "Jim Benning figures every top prospect in this year’s entry draft has been scouted 60 or 70 times by someone from the Vancouver Canucks. The general manager isn’t sure how often each National Hockey League team scouted him as a player 37 years ago when Benning was one of..." June 10

  • Shannon: Meeting between Matthews, Babcock all part of process

    Sportsnet "Much was made of Toronto Maple Leafshead coach Mike Babcock heading to the desert for a meeting with Auston Matthews last month.  Sportsnet’s John Shannon revisited the topic during a conversation on Good Showon Friday, one day after sharing some..." June 09

  • Edmonton Oilers acquire college winger Nolan Vesey from Toronto Maple Leafs, then sign him

    Edmonton Journal "With those pesky Stanley Cup games finally put to rest, the Edmonton Oilers got back to the serious task of building a powerhouse on Friday, acquiring college winger Nolan Vesey from Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional 7th round draft pick in 2020. Like his older brother Jimmy,..." June 08

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Leafs’ Auston Matthews switches agencies

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews has switched agencies, moving from CAA Hockey to Orr Hockey Group. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’ agent, made the jump, which prompted the 20-year-old to make the change. " June 06

  • Mats Sundin weighs in on Leafs’ lack of a captain

    Toronto Star "Mats Sundin said he loved being captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs even if, at times, wearing the C seemed a heavy load. “I enjoyed it, but it was a burden,” Sundin said Monday. “Toronto has done a good job of building a good team now. But it is a tough city to be a..." June 06

  • Zach Hyman: Lamoriello’s departure won’t change Leafs’ culture

    Sportsnet "In July 2015, Lou Lamoriello signed on as the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ general manager, the Hall of Famer joining Mike Babcock and Brendan Shanahan to form a franchise-altering triumvirate in the club’s front office. The trio helped push the team towards back-to-back playoff..." May 30

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Maple Leafs sign goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to a two-year, two-way contract, the team announced on Tuesday. The contract comes with average annual value of $675,000 in the NHL. Kaskisuo split the 2017-18 season between the AHL’s..." May 29

  • Matthews not automatically next Maple Leafs captain, Sundin says "Auston Matthews may seem like the obvious choice to become the next captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but former captain Mats Sundin said that may not necessarily be the case. "It's easy to say Auston Matthews, he should be the captain," Sundin told TSN 1050 on Friday...." May 26

  • Shanahan bets on fresh faces in Leafs’ quest for Stanley Cup

    Sportsnet "Until this week, there were five key people in the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey operation. They still have the two most important ones, namely president Brendan Shanahan and head coach Mike Babcock. The authority held by those two men remains clear and unchanged by the personnel moves..." May 24

  • Dubas adds ex-Canucks executive Laurence Gilman to Leafs’ front office as assistant GM

    Toronto Star "With Laurence Gilman and Brandon Pridham now named as his top assistants, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has firmly taken control with quick-strike moves to fill the holes left by the departures of Lou Lamoriello and Mark Hunter. That would appear to it — at..." May 24

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Promote Brandon Pridham To Assistant GM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After two key executives have left in recent days and another was promoted to the role of General Manager, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a void to fill in their front office. They’ve continued to move people up the ladder today to try and fill it, as Brandon Pridham has been promoted to..." May 23

  • Leafs’ assistant GM Mark Hunter quits

    Toronto Star "New Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has two gaping holes to fill in the hockey department with the departures of senior advisor Lou Lamoriello and assistant GM Mark Hunter. Lamoriello was announced Tuesday morning as the president of hockey operations for the New York..." May 22

  • Lou Lamoriello is taking over the Islanders in huge move

    New York Post "The Islanders are turning to Lou Lamoriello to take over the franchise in some capacity — as either president of hockey operations, general manager or both — according to a report from The Athletic. Lamoriello, formerly general manager of the Devils and Maple Leafs, will..." May 21

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Lead Bonus Overages List

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are at the top of at least one list. CapFriendly released a list of teams with Bonus Overages for this year, which result from players on their entry-level contracts hitting their standard bonuses. Nine teams’ performance bonuses went over the..." May 20

  • Pierre Engvall earns Maple Leafs deal: ‘He’s kind of a horse’

    Sportsnet ""Yeah, Pierre! Got a contract!" It’s a sunny spring Friday in the city. A long weekend beckons most, but the Toronto Marlies are about to put in cold work — back-to-back Eastern Conference final games versus the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms —..." May 19

  • Kasperi Kapanen Not Yet Joining Toronto Marlies For AHL Playoffs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Marlies are about to begin a playoff series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tomorrow, and the team has all hands on deck. All hands but one at least, as Kasperi Kapanen doesn’t seem to be joining them after being eliminated from the IIHF World Championship yesterday...." May 18

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Four Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs were busy today, inking four international players to entry-level contracts. Jesper Lindgren has signed a three-year contract and Pierre Engvall inks a two-year deal, while Par Lindholm and Igor Ozhiganov officially sign their one-year contracts. All four should come as..." May 17

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Babcock details visit with Matthews: 'It's not going to be rosy every day'

    The Score "Following reports of a rift stemming from the Toronto Maple Leafs' exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, head coach Mike Babcock visited star player Auston Matthews in his native Arizona earlier this month. Babcock says the face time allowed them to work out any..." May 14

  • Dubas Has Many Decisions To Make In Toronto

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Just a couple of days into his new job and people are starting to see the challenges ahead for Toronto Maple Leafs new general manager Kyle Dubas. To start, the 32-year-old GM has been with the organization for four years and must deal with older, more experienced personnel, including 55-year-old..." May 13

  • Nothing shocking about Leafs choosing Kyle Dubas to be GM

    Sportsnet "It is, on its face, a dream job. It hasn’t always been the case, not even close. Just about every other time it ended ugly. A good number of times it started out ugly and ended uglier. No matter, circa 2018, the post of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager is a dream job and it’s all Kyle..." May 11

  • Maple Leafs GM Dubas talks time Shanahan blocked possible move to Avs

    Sportsnet "Kyle Dubas was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday, yet less than one year ago the possibility of him leaving the organization briefly arose. In May of 2017, the Colorado Avalanche asked and received permission from the Maple Leafs to talk with the then-assistant GM about a..." May 11

  • Leafs GM job means huge challenges, opportunities for Dubas

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier today, the rumblings were confirmed, as the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that 32-year-old Kyle Dubas was promoted to the level of being their new GM. By many accounts, the push for Lou Lamoriello’s successor came down to Dubas or more experienced executive Mark Hunter. However Leafs..." May 11

  • Lou Lamoriello Talking To New York Islanders About Front Office Position

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though we’ve heard rumblings and rumors ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Lou Lamoriello would not return as GM, there was never any confirmation that the legendary executive would actually consider a position with the New York Islanders. Now, John Shannon of Sportsnet is reporting..." May 11

  • New Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas’s off-season checklist

    Sportsnet "Kyle Dubas is about to find out what being in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs is all about. The Leafs promoted the 32-year-old on Friday, making the Brock University graduate the 17th general manager in franchise history. He’ll be taking over a team that’s seemingly put its darkest days..." May 11

  • Kyle Dubas named Maple Leafs general manager

    Toronto Sun "Kyle Dubas is the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 32-year-old, one of two assistants to Lou Lamoriello the past three years, was announced as the team’s 17th GM in a Friday morning press release issued by team president Brendan Shanahan. A press conference, where the fate..." May 11

  • The pros and cons of the Toronto Maple Leafs signing John Tavares

    Sportsnet "Every year, there is at least one “Will the Toronto Maple Leafs get (insert player here)?” storyline. This year’s player is Brad Richards Steven Stamkos John Tavares. You can groan about it all you want but you know this is going to get talked about until Tavares signs somewhere, even if..." May 10

  • Report: Lamoriello has no intention to stay on as Maple Leafs advisor

    The Score "It's only been 10 days since Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan announced the decision to transition Lou Lamoriello from his role as general manager into a senior advisor position. However, the legendary front-office exec has no intention of filling that role, sources told The..." May 10

  • Latest On Toronto Maple Leafs Pursuit Of Igor Ozhiganov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For several months, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the expected landing spot of KHL defenseman Igor Ozhiganov. That feeling has stemmed from the visit that Lou Lamoriello and Mike Babcock took in August of 2017, to meet with Ozhiganov and attempt to recruit him to Toronto. It’s the same..." May 10

  • Maple Leafs’ McElhinney talks pressures of playing in Toronto

    Sportsnet "It’s always an honour and an exciting opportunity for even an NHL player to be invited to represent his country. The downside of playing at the IIHF World Championship, though, is that it means your team is out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Toronto Maple Leafs starter Frederik Andersen got the..." May 09

  • Six potential destinations for pending UFA Joe Thornton

    Sportsnet "The San Jose Sharks could be active in the player market this summer, with projected cap space as high as $20 million if the salary cap rises to the $80-million range. This could put them squarely into the thick of the John Tavares sweepstakes, should the Islanders star test free agency. At the..." May 08

  • Leafs’ Babcock in Arizona to meet with Auston Matthews

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is in Arizona to meet with star forward Auston Matthews with the intention of clearing up any differences, according to the Headlines panel on Hockey Night in Canada. “The expectation is the two of them are going to talk or have talked this weekend as..." May 06

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