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  • Leafs move Jason Spezza to wing

    TSN "Veteran Jason Spezza moved to right wing in Friday's practice from his usual centre ice position. Spezza skated on a line with Frederik Gauthier at centre and Trevor Moore at left wing.  Kasperi Kapanen, John Tavares and Mitch Marner once again worked as the top line,..." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Avalanche unwilling to give Mitch Marner money to Mikko Rantanen

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche are not prepared to give restricted free-agent forward Mikko Rantanen the same money Mitch Marner will earn on his new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. Marner, who was also a..." September 19

  • Leafs ink Robertson to entry-level deal "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed Nicholas Robertson to a three-year entry level contract. Robertson, 18, appeared in 54 games with the Peterborough Petes (OHL) during the 2018-19 season and registered 55 points (27 goals, 28 assists), which led..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Mitch Marner to play in preseason opener today

    TSN "Mitch Marner will be in the lineup Tuesday as the Toronto Maple Leafs open their preseason in St. John's, N.L. against the Ottawa Senators. Marner, who missed the start of training camp without a contract for this season, joined the team on Saturday after signing a six-year,..." September 17

  • Jason Spezza excited to be on Maple Leafs' side of Battle of Ontario "Jason Spezza will continue preparing for his 17th NHL season by facing the team he started in the League with. The Toronto Maple Leafs center was selected by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 2 pick of the 2001 NHL Draft and played his first 11 NHL seasons in Canada's capital...." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Mitch Marner turned down two offer sheets

    Sportsnet "Mitch Marner‘s agent says his client received a couple of offer sheets while he was a restricted free agent but his goal all along was to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Darren Ferris says Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas was aware of the offers although..." September 16

  • Mitch Marner’s contract is set up for him to disappoint

    Pension Plan Puppets "Mitch Marner has signed. Our long national nightmare is over, replaced by the new, ongoing nightmare that is looking at his contract on CapFriendly and wincing. The reaction to the contract has nearly been universal. It is an overpay. It’s an overpay if you look at statistical..." September 16

  • Mitch Marner contract sends clear message from Leafs management

    The Leafs Nation "We can and we will. A sentiment said by GM Kyle Dubas last summer with all three of the former top prospects that have become high-performing NHL forwards, still unsigned to second contracts. Those simply three words meant a lot to every single Leafs fan. Either as a challenge for..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Mitch Marner says contract negotiations were hard on him, his family

    The Score "Mitch Marner can breathe a deep sigh of relief. The longstanding public contract negotiation between the star forward and Toronto Maple Leafs is now over after the two sides agreed on a six-year, $65.36-million deal Thursday. After it was all said and done,..." September 15

  • Babcock thinks Hyman, Dermott will miss nearly 1st month of season

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told reporters he believes forward Zach Hyman will miss 14-to-15 games to start the season after offseason knee surgery, according to TSN. Babcock also added that he thinks Travis Dermott will miss 12-to-14..." September 15

  • Kyle Dubas laments 'mistakes' but glad Mitch Marner deal done

    Toronto Sun "Kyle Dubas found the task of signing the top three restricted free agents on the Maple Leafs was like herding cats — with all the scratch marks to prove it. “I don’t know that we’ll ever be in that situation again,” Dubas said Saturday as Mitch Marner..." September 15

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Could Mitch Marner signing open floodgates for Laine, other star RFAs?

    Pro Hockey Talk "As people anxiously awaited the RFA logjam to finally collapse, the belief was that the dominoes might start to fall whenever Mitch Marner signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs — at least if that impasse would clear up before the season. Somewhat surprisingly, the Maple..." September 14

  • Pressure to perform: Mitch Marner extension signals go time for Leafs

    The Score "Exhale, Leafs Nation; the great standoff has ended. Mitch Marner is a very rich young man and the Toronto Maple Leafs have a long-term commitment from one of the best hockey players on the planet. That’s the stripped-down, unemotional truth of Friday evening’s..." September 14

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Mitch Marner

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Mitch Marner saga is over. The Toronto Maple Leafs have finally signed their star winger, signing Marner to a six-year deal according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.  TSN’s Darren Dreger adds that the AAV will check in at $10.893MM, the seventh-highest..." September 13

  • Blow away the smoke, and Mitch Marner’s choice is simple

    Pension Plan Puppets "Sometime between now and the start of the regular season on October 2, Mitch Marner has a decision to make. It’s a simple one, really, for all the discussion around his contract has made it seem complex and fraught with tension and high emotion. And higher numbers. When..." September 13

  • Mike Babcock: Leafs captain decision 'coming up'

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Maple Leafs will finally name a captain, says coach Mike Babcock. “We’ll announce our decision here coming up,” Babcock said after the first day of workouts in training camp. “And end the speculation.”   " September 13

  • Leafs, Mitch Marner have made progress in contract talks

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs and RFA forward Mitch Marner have made “some progress in contract talks,” according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.   With the usual caveat that nothing..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Mitch Marner status with Maple Leafs 'not our main concern,' Morgan Rielly says "Mitchell Marner remains a restricted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs opening training camp Thursday. Although the potential absence of the 22-year old forward who led Toronto in scoring each of the past two seasons is not ideal, some of his teammates said getting themselves ready is the..." September 12

  • Brendan Shanahan: 'I believe' Maple Leafs will have captain this season

    Toronto Sun "Where has the time gone? Brendan Shanahan repeats part of the question in a lengthy conversation as his sixth season as president of the Maple Leafs is about to begin. So where has the time gone? There was the season of observation and firings. The season of tanking. The hiring of..." September 12

  • Mitch Marner, Maple Leafs negotiating, GM optimistic RFA will play in opener

    Yahoo! Sports "Toronto Maple Leafs fans must be feeling some serious déjà vu as they watch their general manager Kyle Dubas and star winger Mitch Marner attempt to agree on a new deal ahead of the upcoming season. They witnessed a similar circus unfold involving the team and William..." September 12

  • The Maple Leafs are contenders, but Mitch Marner isn't their only question mark

    The Score "Mike Babcock is tired of being slapped around. The Maple Leafs bench boss is proud of his squad's transformation over the past four seasons but could most definitely do without a fourth opening-round playoff exit. Three times is plenty, thank you very..." September 12

  • How potential Mitch Marner deals might affect Maple Leafs’ salary cap

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even during the dullest moments of the hockey offseason, you could probably find at least two people arguing about Mitch Marner. The debates really revved up this week, however, with reports surfacing from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, along with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger..." September 12

  • Leafs pushing for long-term with Mitch Marner, offered $11M AAV in June

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been "persistent" in pushing both seven- and eight-year extension offers to restricted free agent Mitch Marner this summer. Dreger reports the Maple Leafs made an offer of $11 million per season in..." September 11

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Darren Dreger on Mitch Marner: ‘Unless something changes, I believe his plan is to go to Switzerland’

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger said Monday that barring a change in his contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he believes Mitch Marner is planning to fly to Switzerland later this month to train with the Zurich Lions. Dreger told First Up on TSN Radio 1050..." September 10

  • Mitch Marner gets support from John Tavares during contract impasse with Maple Leafs "Mitchell Marner remains a restricted free agent and could miss the start of training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he has received plenty of support from center John Tavares this offseason. "I've spoken to [Marner] throughout the summer, not a whole lot about his..." September 10

  • John Tavares says next captain of Maple Leafs will be 'great one'

    Yahoo! Sports "The coveted position of Toronto Maple Leafs captain remains open and John Tavares is well aware of the weight it carries. Since Tavares signed a seven-year deal with the Maple Leafs in July 2018, he’s been considered a prime candidate to wear the ‘C’ and represent..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • Three biggest questions facing Maple Leafs entering training camp

    Sportsnet "Current cap space: $0 GM: Kyle Dubas Head coach: Mike Babcock Assistants: Dave Hakstol, Paul McFarland Unsigned player: Mitchell Marner “Hey, you know who any of these guys are?” Mike Babcock is hanging over the railing at the Toronto..." September 09

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Montreal Canadiens made Jake Gardiner an offer before he signed with Carolina

    Yahoo! Sports "Jake Gardiner on the Montreal Canadiens? It could have happened. Marc Bergevin, General Manager of the Habs confirmed that the club made an offer to Gardiner, but the UFA preferred a trip south of the boarder and signed with the Carolina Hurricanes instead. Gardiner signed..." September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Andrea Johnsson aims to produce more for Maple Leafs with new contract "Andreas Johnsson has some security with a new four-year contract, but that doesn't mean the Toronto Maple Leafs forward is content. "I want to take a bigger step from my last season," the 24-year-old said Friday. "I want to score more points and take on a bigger..." September 08

  • Auston Matthews disappointed by talk he'll leave Leafs once contract expires "Auston Matthews said speculation he will leave the Toronto Maple Leafs when his contract runs out in five years is "a little bit disappointing." Former NHL executive Brian Burke last week told Sportsnet 590 The FAN he would "bet a sizeable amount of money" that..." September 08

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Hurricanes sign Jake Gardiner to four-year deal

    TSN "The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Jake Gardiner to a four-year, $16.2 million contract. The 29-year-old recorded 30 points in 62 games this past season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, missing significant time due to a back injury. He will carry a cap hit of $4.05..." September 06

  • Auston Matthews hopes Mitch Marner's contract negotiations don't drag into season

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews doesn't want to see restricted free agent Mitch Marner's contract dispute go the same route that William Nylander's did last season. "Willie, he didn't enjoy those three months not being with..." September 06

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06