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  • Maple Leafs’ Igor Ozhiganov signs with KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan

    CBS Sports "Ozhiganov, as expected, signed a two-year contract with AK Bars Kazan (KHL) on Friday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. Ozhiganov's return to Russia was already in the works, though where the blueliner was going to play was still up in the air. " May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Shanahan: Maple Leafs 'will have cap issues' as long as we're contenders

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan understands the challenges that lie ahead for his team in the salary cap era. The 50-year-old executive signed a six-year extension with the club Tuesday and was transparent about the Maple Leafs' cap situation as they..." May 16

  • Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan extended for six years

    Pension Plan Puppets "“On behalf of the MLSE Board of Directors, and certainly our company and fans as well, we are very pleased to see Brendan continue in his role as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board for MLSE. “Brendan’s positive impact on..." May 14

  • Sheldon Keefe wants to be in NHL, but is in no rush to leave Marlies

    Sportsnet "Sometimes the strongest relationships are the ones where both sides are free to butt heads and speak freely, no holds barred, no tiptoeing around feelings or judgments. Like the necessary muscle pain after a gruelling workout, it’s the type of temporary, screaming pain that leads to..." May 14

  • 3 ways the Maple Leafs can fix their faulty penalty kill

    Sportsnet "Of the long list of flaws Toronto Maple Leafs general manger Kyle Dubas shouldered blame for during his season-ending, buck-starts-with-me press conference — the William Nylander stalemate, another flat third period in another Game 7, the shortage of Nestle Drumsticks in the press box..." May 11

  • John Tavares Out One Month With Oblique Strain

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s already been a difficult off-season on the injury front for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will likely not have Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott when the 2019-20 season begins following recent surgeries. So, when it was announced on Thursday that star John..." May 11

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • John Tavares, Travis Dermott add to Maple Leafs' injury woes

    Toronto Sun "The injury news keeps getting worse for the Maple Leafs. A week after Zach Hyman had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and hours after news broke that John Tavares was returning from the world championships in Europe with an upper body injury, the club announced young defenceman..." May 09

  • Maple Leafs sign Teemu Kivihalme to a one-year ELC

    Pension Plan Puppets "When Jesper Lindgren and HPK beat out Kärpät for the Liiga championship on Saturday, I thought that might get us Lindgren on the Marlies. Instead, it’s brought the Leafs a Finnish defenceman from the losing side. Teemu Kivihalme turns 24 in a few weeks, and is a..." May 07

  • Mike Babcock To Return As Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Despite plenty of fans calling for his head, and some recent speculation given his connection with Ken Holland, Mike Babcock will be the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2019-20. Bob McKenzie of TSN spoke to Toronto GM Kyle Dubas, who gave a full vote of confidence to his head..." May 06

  • Maple Leafs sign Ilya Mikheyev to one-year contract

    Toronto Sun "Another Russian is coming. The Maple Leafs announced on Monday they have signed right winger Ilya Mikheyev to a one-year, entry-level contract for 2019-20. The addition of Mikheyev follows the addition of forward Egor Korshkov, who was signed to a two-year entry-level..." May 06

  • 6 ways Leafs GM Dubas could make Tavares-sized splash this off-season

    Sportsnet "“Delightful.” Nimble and sunny in the eye of a hurricane of local sports panic, that is the one-word caption Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas tagged onto a Harvard Business Review article he shared with his 68,000 Twitter followers Thursday..." May 04

  • Red Wings, Maple Leafs legend Red Kelly dies at 91

    Toronto Sun "On Thursday’s 52nd anniversary of their last Stanley Cup, the Maple Leafs have lost the great Red Kelly. The 91-year-old, known as one of the most gentlemanly players in the NHL, as well as among its most skilled, was part of four titles in Toronto, preceded by four others with..." May 02

  • Leafs' Auston Matthews undergoes procedure to remove surgical hardware

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews underwent a procedure Thursday to remove surgical hardware from a 2014 surgery, the team announced. The procedure won't disrupt his summer on-ice program. Matthews suffered a broken femur from a knee-on-knee..." May 02

  • Why Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen is choosing rest over worlds

    Sportsnet "Whenever he was available for Denmark, the best goalie in the country always represented. World championships, Olympic qualifiers, World Cups? If the pride of Herning was able, he was willing. Even if the extra games left him fatigued or injured come October. So, it was both..." May 02

  • Maple Leafs sign forward Egor Korshkov to two-year, entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Egor Korshkov to a two-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday. The 22-year-old, selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will join the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies on a professional tryout for their Calder..." May 01

  • Report: Auston Matthews won't play in worlds

    The Score "Auston Matthews will not suit up for the United States at the upcoming World Championship, Sportsnet's John Shannon reports. The dynamic Toronto Maple Leafs forward told TSN's Mark Masters last week that he would think about it and that it..." May 01

  • Leafs' Nylander to play for Sweden at WHC

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander is among the latest additions to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Slovakia. The team has announced the addition of Nylander, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Marcus Pettersson, Nashville Predators defenceman Mattias..." April 30

  • Report: Matthews won't play in worlds

    The Score "Auston Matthews will not suit up for the United States at the upcoming World Championship, Sportsnet's John Shannon reports. The dynamic Toronto Maple Leafs forward told TSN's Mark Masters last week that he would think about it and that it was "really enticing." " April 30

  • 5 ways for the Toronto Maple Leafs to create some cap space

    Sportsnet "Even if the 2019-20 salary cap raises to its projected $83 million and even if Dubas let all his unrestricted free agents walk, he’d still only have about $8.8 million left over to keep key RFAs Mitchell Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, plus fill the minutes-munching gaps in..." April 30

  • Report: KHL team acquires Ozhiganov's rights

    TSN "Last week, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported there's a strong chance Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Igor Ozhiganov will return to the KHL next season after one year in North America. Now, it appears the KHL is readying for his return. According to..." April 30

  • Andreas Johnsson Turned Down Extension Offers At Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs are heading into quite the summer in terms of contract negotiations, with Mitch Marner set to be “priority one” over the next few months. Beyond their young star though there are several other players who need new deals including Kasperi..." April 29

  • Maple Leafs’ Dubas has chance to follow Raptors blueprint this summer

    Sportsnet "Of course, they all love each other to bits. Mention Patrick Marleau or Jake Gardiner to any of their Toronto Maple Leafs teammates and the bottom lip trembles, the eyes water. After all those years of going around in circles under the leadership of Dion Phaneuf and crew when a sense that a new..." April 29

  • Maple Leafs’ Off-Season On Hold Until Mitch Marner Decision

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With over $74MM tied up in 17 players heading into next season, none of whom are young star winger Mitch Marner, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in for a tough summer. It is clear that signing Marner is “priority one”, but what Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston points out is..." April 28

  • Senators intend to interview Leafs assistant D.J. Smith for HC job

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the Ottawa Senators are interested in interviewing Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach DJ Smith as part of their search for a new head coach. Guy Boucher was fired by the Sens on March 1 with Marc Crawford serving as interim head..." April 28

  • John Tavares, Mark Stone commit to Team Canada

    Sporting News "Team Canada has added some serious firepower. Just over two weeks before the 2019 IIHF World Championship commences in Slovakia, forwards John Tavares and Mark Stone have committed to Team Canada, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Both players and their teams were..." April 28

  • Will money drive Mitch Marner and his Maple Leafs apart?

    Sportsnet "When the Maple Leafs were wandering around in the wilderness a few short years ago, Mitch Marner was the type of player they were dying for. A local kid with an electric personality and the game to match. A coach’s dream and a marketer’s dream all rolled into one. The rare..." April 27

  • Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas faces a Patrick Marleau conundrum

    Sportsnet "The Fountain of Youth? Patrick Marleau’s coach swore it was just over the next hill, insisted it was tucked around that corner up there, only a little ways down the path. Then the unwavering, kind, soft-spoken, declining, 39-year-old hockey player could take a long..." April 27

  • Gardiner’s Maple Leafs legacy runs deeper than Game 7 missteps

    Sportsnet "Jake Gardiner’s locker was still full of his equipment as he stood in front of his stall in the rink he’s called home for the last eight seasons, dressed in a blue Toronto Maple Leafs t-shirt and black shorts on locker cleanout day, talking about the emotion of the moment without..." April 26

  • Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk says he got death threats from Toronto fans

    Larry Brown Sports "Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk had some heated moments with Nazem Kadri last week that eventually led to the Maple Leafs star being suspended for the majority of the playoff series between the two teams, and some fans in Toronto felt DeBrusk was to blame for what happened. Kadri was..." April 26

  • Dubas: 'Imperative' for Leafs to get Marner signed before July 1

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday it's "imperative" to get Mitch Marner signed before July 1, according to The Athletic's Jonas Siegel. If the Leafs don't sign Marner to a contract before July 1, he would be left exposed to restricted..." April 26

  • Leafs' Ozhiganov likely to return to KHL

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, there's a strong chance defenceman Igor Ozhiganov returns to Russia this summer after one season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dreger notes, however, that the Maple Leafs may be still be interested in re-signing the right-handed..." April 26

  • Maple Leafs noncommittal on Babcock future "The Toronto Maple Leafs are noncommittal on the future of coach Mike Babcock but hopeful of signing forward Mitchell Marner, who can become a restricted free agent on July 1, to a long-term contract. Babcock, whose fourth season as Toronto coach ended with a 5-1 loss to the Boston..." April 25

  • Sogaard hoping to follow countryman Andersen of Maple Leafs into NHL "Mads Sogaard, a goaltender born in Aalborg, Denmark, hopes to follow countryman Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the NHL. So when Andersen reached out with some position-specific advice during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, Sogaard listened..." April 25

  • Maple Leafs' Dubas doesn't guarantee anyone's job security after elimination

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas faced the music on Thursday after being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins, and did not fully commit to Mike Babcock - or to anyone else - going forward. "I wouldn't give any guarantee to anybody in our whole..." April 25

  • Mitch Marner Contract Negotiations “Priority One” For Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs cleaned out their lockers today and held their final media availability of the season after losing their first round series against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The team has now been ousted in the first round for three straight years and some tough questions are..." April 25

  • Kadri: Cross-check was 'boneheaded,' didn't mean to hit DeBrusk in face

    TSN "In dissecting the fallout from his second straight postseason suspension, Nazem Kadri replaced some of his usual defiance with a heavy dose of contrition. “Of course I regret it,” Kadri said Thursday in his first comments since his five-game ban for..." April 25

  • Maple Leafs’ Nylander aims to improve after regrettable contract standoff

    Sportsnet "The moments where William Nylander looked like himself and felt like himself were fleeting in his third NHL season. And as the Toronto Maple Leafs forward began reflecting on the regression in his game this year, he acknowledged having second thoughts about the long contract standoff he waged..." April 25

  • Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman to undergo surgery on torn ACL

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, the team announced Thursday. Per the team’s press release, the procedure will take place Monday and Hyman is expected to miss at least six months. This timeline would mean Hyman will..." April 25

  • Maple Leafs letdown on special teams contributed to playoff elimination "The Toronto Maple Leafs' season ended with a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Tuesday. It was the second consecutive season the Maple Leafs lost to the Bruins in Game 7 of the first round and the third time since..." April 24

  • Leafs have big decisions to make this summer

    Pro Hockey Talk "Another year, another first-round exit for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since 2013, the Leafs have been knocked out by the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the first round three times. Last year, Toronto had a 3-2 lead against Boston in the deciding game, but they let it slip..." April 24

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Fans Roast Justin Bieber for Adding to ‘Drake Curse’

    Complex "For years, Drake's seemingly fairweather support of various sports teams has coincided with his favorite franchises having uncanny collapses in monumental moments. As a result, the mythical "Drake Curse" has followed the rapper as he weaves through the world of sports and..." April 24

  • Gardiner not the only Maple Leaf deserving of post-series criticism

    The Score "Jake Gardiner's the easy target. Coming into Tuesday's winner-take-all tilt against the Boston Bruins, the polarizing defenseman already had the cringe-worthy lowlights from last year's Game 7, and the attachment to the Toronto Maple Leafs' historic collapse in spring..." April 24

  • Zdeno Chara Blatantly Throws Cheap Shot To John Tavares Head & Knocked Him Out

    Total Pro Sports "This is not okay! During the first round series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs — an already crazy Game 7 matchup got even crazier when a scrum broke out between both teams. In the midst of that scrum, Bruins’ Chara came in and snuck in a left..." April 24

  • Maple Leafs Need to Move on From Nazem Kadri After He Cost Them Another Series Against Bruins

    12 Up "Death. Taxes. The Toronto Maple Leafs losing a Game 7 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite the additions of John Tavares and Jake Muzzin, the Maple Leafs still shook under the pressure of closing out the Bruins, even when holding a 3-2 series lead. If anything..." April 24

  • A Bruins Empty-Netter In The Final Second Sent Bettors Scrambling In Game 7

    Uproxx "There is some special about Game 7 and Tuesday evening featured a pivotal match-up between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. After an intriguing battle for the first two periods, Boston separated to the tune of a 5-1 victory and the Bruins will..." April 24

  • In a series full of questions, Maple Leafs’ Babcock short on answers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Babcock has done a lot of good things as head coach in the National Hockey League and elsewhere. But coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs won’t be something that he has a long chat with his grandkids about one day. A second Game 7 loss in as many years against..." April 24

  • Mitch Marner: Maple Leafs need to 'come back pissed off' next season

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs' 2018-19 campaign culminated Tuesday night with a familiar bitter feeling when they suffered a Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins for the second year in a row. However, Toronto's regular-season leading scorer, Mitch Marner,..." April 24

  • Bruins complain to series supervisor about Maple Leafs' tripping tactics

    NBC Sports Boston "Everybody knows that Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has kept up a constant stream of complaints about Patrice Bergeron’s face-off techniques over the last couple of playoff series between the Bruins and the Leafs. And it’s worked at points with Bergeron getting tossed out of..." April 23