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  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Eric Lindros wishes William Nylander luck wearing No. 88 with Maple Leafs

    The Score "Eric Lindros is all-in on Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander's decision to change his jersey number to 88 next season. Lindros wore No. 88 throughout his 13-year Hall of Fame career and played 33 games with the Leafs during the 2005-06 season. The Philadelphia Flyers..." July 17

  • The 5 most pressing concerns for the Maple Leafs (after Mitch Marner)

    Yahoo! Sports "Until Mitch Marner signs — be it in the summer, fall or beginning of winter, and either in his hometown or another city all together — the perspective on the Toronto Maple Leafs will remain stuck in partial view. All the heavy lifting that has gone into transforming the..." July 17

  • William Nylander to cover jersey change fee for fans to switch to new No. 88

    NHL.com "William Nylander wants fans to have his new number on their jerseys. He's even willing to pay for it. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward announced he would pay for fans to get the up-to-date version after he changed his number from 29 to 88 on Monday. Nylander is covering..." July 16

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Maple Leafs among betting favourites to win Stanley Cup

    Yahoo! Sports "Future odds for the Stanley Cup and conference champions are starting to trickle out from Vegas, and one division is looking particularly stacked heading into NHL betting szn. The top four teams expected to take the East all come from the Atlantic, with the Lightning, Bruins, Leafs..." July 15

  • William Nylander changes jersey to No. 88 with Toronto Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "William Nylander will hit the ice next season wearing a new number on his Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. Nylander announced Monday that he will sport No. 88. He previously wore No. 29 and No. 39 with the Leafs. Nylander also used No. 88 during his time with Modo..." July 15

  • Nicholas Robertson destined to join Maple Leafs, play for Babcock

    NHL.com "Nicholas Robertson was perhaps destined to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Long before the 17-year-old forward was selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round (No. 53) of the 2019 NHL Draft, he was trick-or-treating one Halloween in Northville, Michigan, where his family moved..." July 14

  • Is Tyson Barrie A Significant Upgrade Over Jake Gardiner?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While most people look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ acquisition of Tyson Barrie as a major plus when the team picked up the lead defenseman and Alex Kerfoot for Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen on July 1, there are other analytics experts who suggest that the addition of Barrie isn’t..." July 14

  • Jake Gardiner could be free agent steal

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the most surprising developments this offseason has to be the fact Jake Gardiner, probably the top defender to hit the open market, remains unsigned nearly two weeks into the free agent signing period. Not only is he still unsigned as of publication on Saturday, but there has..." July 13

  • How close did the Blue Jackets come to offer-sheeting Mitch Marner?

    Sportsnet "The longer Mitchell Marner remains unsigned, the more questions are floated into the hockey universe about whether Toronto’s biggest restricted free agent might be presented with an offer sheet. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discussed the latest —..." July 13

  • Tyson Barrie’s asking price not so outrageous

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ shiny new toy, Tyson Barrie, is reportedly searching for $8 million annually on his next contract. That ask is far from outrageous when you consider the 27-year-old ranks sixth among all defencemen in scoring over the past two seasons and, generally, you..." July 13

  • Blues Acquire, Sign Dakota Joshua From Maple Leafs

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs made a minor trade on Friday, sending unsigned draft pick Dakota Joshua to the St. Louis Blues for future considerations. Joshua, drafted 128th overall by the Leafs in 2014, then signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Blues. A 23-year-old forward, Joshua..." July 13

  • Report: Blue Jackets among teams that have talked to Mitch Marner's camp about offer sheet

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of several teams that have talked to Mitch Marner's agent about a possible offer sheet according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. Portzline revealed that talks between Columbus and Marner's agent, Darren Ferris, have..." July 12

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Why the Maple Leafs are investing in Justin Brazeau

    Sportsnet "Justin Brazeau was grateful the New Liskeard beach volleyball tournament always coincided with Day 2 of the NHL Draft. That way he would have an outlet to busy himself, a ball to spike with all that nervous energy. That way he wouldn’t be tempted to flick on the TV or wear a..." July 11

  • Nazem Kadri reveals why he nixed trade between Flames, Maple Leafs

    The Score "Nazem Kadri's departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs stands as one of the biggest moves of the 2019 offseason, but his former club had a deal in place with another team before shipping him to the Colorado Avalanche. The Leafs sent Kadri to the Avs on July 1 along with Calle Rosen..." July 11

  • Joffrey Lupul discusses Leafs exit: My contract was 'exceeding my production'

    Yahoo! Sports "A lot of reflection, travel, and good living has given Joffrey Lupul time and a fresh perspective on what many viewed as a forced retirement from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017. After playing 280 career games with Toronto from 2011-16, Lupul went on long-term injured reserve to end his career...." July 10

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Top unsigned restricted free agents

    NHL.com "With free agency underway, NHL.com takes a closer look at the top remaining restricted free agents. A restricted free agent can receive an offer sheet contract from another team, which forward Sebastian Aho did from the Montreal Canadiens on July 1. His team can match the contract..." July 08

  • Toronto’s Tyson Barrie Expected To Demand $8MM Next Year

    TSN "Retaining Tyson Barrie beyond this season will apparently be an expensive task for the Toronto Maple Leafs and general manager Kyle Dubas. According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Barrie is believed to be looking for an eight-year deal worth roughly $8 million per..." July 08

  • Toronto’s Barrie Expected To Demand $8MM Next Year

    Toronto Sun "On the final year of his contract, Tyson Barrie will be motivated as a Leaf, heading to free agency next July. He apparently wants an eight-year deal and around $8 million a year. That’s star money.Leafs also have Jake Muzzin and Cody Ceci available for free agency next..." July 07

  • NHL rumors: Offer sheet coming for Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NHL offseason and free agency have already seen one offer sheet signed. Could another one be on the way for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner? Marner, a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level contract, has been the subject of offer sheet..." July 05

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • The Colorado Avalanche should be pursuing Jake Gardiner

    Mile High Hockey "After a handful of decent signings, a few smaller trades and one blockbuster, the Colorado Avalanche have already done most of the heavy lifting for their offseason. That doesn’t mean they should be finished building the team for the 2019-20 NHL season. When unrestricted free..." July 04

  • Maple Leafs sign Cody Ceci, Alexander Kerfoot to new deals

    Toronto Sun "While a Mitch Marner deal remains elusive, the Maple Leafs have inked newcomers Cody Ceci and Alexander Kerfoot to contract extensions. It was announced Thursday morning that defenceman Ceci has signed a one-year extension that carries an average annual value of US$4.5 million, while..." July 04

  • Maple Leafs ace salary cap tests, but Marner challenge remains

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs entered this offseason with possibly the toughest to-do list of any NHL team, and while the biggest challenge still awaits in signing RFA star Mitch Marner, GM Kyle Dubas deserves at least a B+ for his efforts. You can bump Dubas & Co. up to an A..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Nazem Kadri insists trade didn't have anything to do with his discipline history

    The Score "Nazem Kadri says the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't deal him for Tyson Barrie because of his suspensions. "I know for a fact that didn't have anything to do with it," the Colorado Avalanche forward told reporters Tuesday, according..." July 03

  • Nazem Kadri thanks Maple Leafs, fans: ‘Forever a special place in my heart’

    Sportsnet "Having been drafted by the organization seventh overall in 2009 and spending his entire NHL career with them until Monday’s trade to the Colorado Avalanche, Nazem Kadri has some history with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As such, Kadri took to Instagram on Tuesday to thanks the Leafs..." July 02

  • Maple Leafs’ cap wizardry eases Mitch Marner contract challenge

    Sportsnet "Until Mitch Marner’s signature is officially on a contract, it’s probably too soon to label this the Great Escape. But the way the Toronto Maple Leafs front office maneuvered while under salary cap duress these last few weeks would impress even Houdini. It took a mix of..." July 02

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Report: Leafs trading Brown, Zaitsev to Sens for Ceci on Monday

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly send forward Connor Brown and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for defenseman Cody Ceci, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. At least six pieces (players..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs Agree To Terms With Cody Ceci

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It hasn’t taken long for the Maple Leafs to work out a contract for new acquisition Cody Ceci.  TSN’s Darren Dreger reports (Twitter link) that defenseman has verbally agreed to a one-year, $4.5MM contract with Toronto. Ceci was officially acquired earlier today as..." July 01

  • Leafs Sign Defenceman Kevin Gravel For One Year, $700,000

    Pension Plan Puppets "As per Frank Seravalli of TSN, the Leafs are making another depth defence acquisition. Gravel is a big tweener AHL/NHL defenceman, 27 years old, and he shoots left, if you were wondering. Nothing about him screams that he’s expected to be an NHL player, although the topsy-turvy..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs trade Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen to Avalanche for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alex Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Nazem Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and Toronto’s third-round selection in 2020, the team..." July 01

  • As Mitch Marner saga continues, Dubas tinkers with Leafs roster

    TSN "In the hours before NHL free agency opened at noon ET on Monday, the Ottawa Senators made official a major trade with the Maple Leafs that had been in the works for days – sending Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and prospect Michael Carcone from..." July 01

  • Pierre Dorion hopes to expedite Senators rebuild with ex-Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "When the Ottawa Senators hired D.J. Smith to be their new head coach, few knew it would help spark a massive player exchange between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. In the early hours of NHL free agency, a trickle turned into a flow as Ottawa acquired three Leafs via trade and..." July 01

  • Cody Ceci excited for the chance to switch sides in the Battle of Ontario

    Ottawa Sun "Even Cody Ceci was caught off guard when he first heard word that he could be headed into the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, that it’s official he’s ready for the next challenge in his career. The former Ottawa Senators’ defenceman woke up on Canada Day at his..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs are expected to sign Nick Shore

    Pension Plan Puppets "Nick Shore, rumoured to be about to be signed by the Maple Leafs, is one of those players that everyone seems to like out of proportion to the fondness a depth centre usually enjoys. Oh, yes, this one isn’t a winger. This rumoured signing is for an actual bona fide..." July 01

  • Leafs to send Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown to Sens in multi-player deal

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Nikita Zaitsev and forwards Connor Brown and Michael Carcone to the Ottawa Senators for defencemen Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur, forward Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round draft pick. Zaitsev, 27, scored..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs Expected To Sign Jason Spezza

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Maple Leafs are expected to sign center Jason Spezza to a one-year contract later today, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie (Twitter link).  In a follow-up tweet, McKenzie notes that the deal is expected to be worth the league minimum $700K salary or very close to it. The..." July 01

  • Senators to sign Ron Hainsey, Tyler Ennis

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators are expected to sign veteran defenceman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis once free agency opens, according to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. The 38-year-old Hainsey tallied five goals and 18 assists in 81 regular season games with the Toronto..." July 01

  • Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev waives no-trade clause ahead of possible deal

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev has waived his no-trade clause ahead of a possible deal, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.   On Saturday, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported that there appeared to be a tentative trade in place that..." June 30

  • Report: Maple Leafs to sign winger Kenny Agostino to two-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs plan to sign winger Kenny Agostino to a two-year, one-way contract, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now is reporting. Dater, 27, spent parts of last season with the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils where he tallied six goals and 24 points in..." June 30

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Leafs appear to have tentative deal to send Nikita Zaitsev to Sens for Cody Ceci

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have a tentative deal in place to trade Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cody Ceci according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. There could be other parts to the deal, but it can’t be finalized until July 1 when the Leafs..." June 30

  • Maple Leafs hire Dave Hakstol as assistant coach

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Dave Hakstol as an assistant head coach, the club announced Saturday. Hakstol, 50, most recently worked as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the Maple Leafs coaching..." June 30

  • Maple Leafs re-sign Martin Marincin to one-year, minimum contract

    TSN "Martin Marincin will be back with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2019-20 campaign after signing a one-year, $700,000 contract with the team on Saturday, according to the team’s official Twitter account.   " June 29

  • Kyle Dubas won’t apologize for flexing Maple Leafs’ financial muscle

    Sportsnet "You won’t be getting an apology from Kyle Dubas. To any of the cash flow-challenged, smaller-market teams who don’t like the way the Toronto Maple Leafs flex their financial muscle come contract time, the general manager says this: Deal with it. Toronto’s..." June 28