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  • Kapanen closes in on return as Leafs aim to snap out of funk

    Sportsnet "Kasperi Kapanen had never endured anything like it before. It was a “subtle play” on March 9 in Edmonton, the winger says, avoiding specifics, that concussed him for the first time. He didn’t think much of the knock at the time and had no issue finishing the victory,..." March 18

  • Leafs embrace late-season adversity as playoffs near

    The Score "It's been a difficult stretch for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the team has suffered three regulation defeats and allowed 23 goals in its last four games. However, the Leafs remain positive despite the rough patch. "In our meetings today just talking with one..." March 18

  • How concerned should Maple Leafs be as playoffs approach?

    Pro Hockey Talk "There is no team in the NHL under more immense pressure to win, and win big, this postseason than the Toronto Maple Leafs. There probably is not even a team that is a close second when it comes to the expectations this team is carrying around. Not only are they the Toronto..." March 18

  • Maple Leafs to sign forward Nic Petan to two-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to sign forward Nicolas Petan to a two-year deal, Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar reports. Petan, 23, was acquired by Toronto at the 2019 trade deadline in exchange for depth forward Par Lindholm. Through three..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Toronto’s Jake Gardiner Still Has No Timetable For Return

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs have played 10 games without top-four defenseman Jake Gardiner, who has been out with a back injury, and it looks like the team misses him as they have struggled to a 5-4-1 record without him. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported late last night on Hockey Night in..." March 17

  • Maple Leafs Gardiner & Brown: Will They Be Back in Blue & White?

    The Hockey Writers "If Scott Wheeler of The Athletic is correct, the answer to whether Jake Gardiner or Connor Brown will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season is a solid “no.” Jim Parsons, in his most recent The Hockey Writers’ podcast, interviewed Wheeler and what he had to say about..." March 17

  • Toronto Looking To Make Sheldon Keefe One Of AHL’s Highest-Paid Coaches

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the top AHL coaches looks close to being off the market as the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is close to an agreement with Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe to be one of the highest-paid coaches in AHL history, Nick Kypreos of Hockey Night in Canada reported late last..." March 17

  • NHL explains controversial ‘no goal’ call in Leafs-Flyers game

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs thought they had taken a 2-1 lead late in the first period Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers after Auston Matthews flipped a puck over the outstretched pad of Brian Elliott. Upon review, however, the goal was called off since the net had been knocked off..." March 16

  • Matthews represents new wave of NHL

    TSN "Marc Crawford coached Auston Matthews in the Swiss league during his draft year and found out, almost immediately, that the kid from Arizona was the real deal.  "When he was with us in Zurich, I think the thing that kind of told me as a coach right away is, the..." March 16

  • Maple Leafs’ Timothy Liljegren wants to crack lineup ‘as soon as possible’

    Sportsnet "Timothy Liljegren needed time to get used to the hollering.   Every hockey coach has his little idiosyncrasies, his own way of communicating with the young men sitting on the bench he stands on.   But Liljegren did notice a difference between the Swedish..." March 14

  • John Tavares wants challenge implemented for intentionally dislodging net

    The Score "John Tavares isn't pleased with what Collin Delia was allowed to do Wednesday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs superstar called for a rule change after the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender pushed the net off its moorings with about 25..." March 14

  • Kapanen concussion latest setback for Maple Leafs

    Toronto Sun "Toronto’s injury bug has now claimed Kasperi Kapanen. The Leafs right winger, who was flourishing with Auston Matthews much of this season, is now being listed by the team as having a concussion. He was not feeling well after Monday’s morning skate and was pulled from the..." March 13

  • Leafs sign defenceman Joseph Duszak

    The Leafs Nation "According to collegehockeynews.com, the Leafs have officially signed college free agent defenceman Joseph Duszak. The 21-year-old right-handed defenceman is currently the top-scoring defenceman in all of college hockey, scoring 16 goals and 31 assists in just 37 games for..." March 13

  • NHL: Leafs' Rielly didn't utter anti-gay slur

    ESPN "The NHL said Tuesday that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly did not direct an anti-gay slur at referee Brad Meier during Monday night's game. The league conducted an investigation after microphones picked up a phrase during a game at Toronto against..." March 12

  • Leafs GM Kyle Dubas pledges assistance in NHL investigation of alleged slur

    Sportsnet "As the NHL investigates the alleged use of a homophobic slur in Monday’s Tampa-Toronto game, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is pledging assistance with their efforts. “The issue of homophobia is one the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club strongly condemns and takes..." March 12

  • NHL investigating alleged homophobic slur used in Leafs-Lightning game

    The Score "The league is investigating the alleged usage of a homophobic slur during Monday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL Public Relations announced. Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly could be the suspect, as he may..." March 12

  • Yegor Korshkov Ready To Sign With Toronto Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs may be close to bringing in one of their prospects as NHL.com’s Igor Eronko reports that Yegor Korshkov is set to sign in Toronto. Korshkov, the Maple Leafs’ second-round pick from 2016, has been playing in the KHL for the last five years with many wondering..." March 10

  • Leafs looking for a breakthrough from Matthews line in Edmonton

    Sportsnet "Mediocre is not a word often associated with Auston Matthews, and so when Kasperi Kapanen used it to describe the recent quality of the line he shares with Matthews and Andreas Johnsson, it stood out like a blown third-period lead by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The towering centre..." March 09

  • Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri set to return from concussion against Oilers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs will get a big boost to their third line on Saturday night. Nazem Kadri is set to make his return to the lineup against the Edmonton Oilers after an eight-game absence. Kadri, who suffered a concussion back on Feb. 19, has recorded 15 goals and 20..." March 09

  • Assessing Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner’s market value

    Sportsnet "In the midst of a blistering hot streak with 11 points in his last five games, Mitch Marner is back on pace for 100 points this season if he plays every game, after a stretch that started in February where he was “cold” with a dismal… nine points in 13 games. Nine..." March 09

  • Leafs' Kadri back on Marleau, Nylander line

    TSN "It looks Nazem Kadri like could be back when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday.  Kadri was back between Patrick Marleau and William Nylander Friday at practice according to TSN's Mark Masters. He was also on the team's top power-play..." March 08

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Leafs sign Hollowell to three-year entry-level contract

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Mac Hollowell to a three-year entry level contract. The 20-year-old Hollowell currentlyOHL defencemen in goals (23) and points (72) with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In 254 regular season games over five OHL seasons with the..." March 07

  • Brad Marchand says people took his Mitch Marner tweet ‘the wrong way’

    Sportsnet "As it becomes more and more likely the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second season in a row, we’ll happily welcome any trolling that sets the table for the series. On Tuesday,..." March 06

  • Maple Leafs sign defenceman Andreas Borgman to one-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Andreas Borgman to a one-year, two-way contract extension. The contract is valued at $700,000 at the NHL level. .March 06

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Marchand chimes in on Marner's contract negotiations

    The Score "Despite contract negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mitch Marner being put on hold until the season ends, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand decided to reignite the topic. While responding to a tweet from the NHL's PR account..." March 05

  • Leafs sign Garret Sparks to one-year extension

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750,000 contract extension. Sparks, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July, has a 7-5-1 record this season with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage with one..." March 05

  • Czarnik happy with decision to sign with Flames over Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "In the days before free agency last summer, Austin Czarnik found himself sitting at Mike Babcock’s lake house in Michigan. And when you’re with Mike Babcock, what do you do?    You watch hockey, of course. “He’s a fiery guy,”..." March 04

  • Maple Leafs’ Patrick Marleau preparing for biggest change of season

    Sportsnet "Patrick Marleau is about to hang up his skates, finally. Don’t panic. This is not a surprise retirement announcement. We’re being literal. The Toronto Maple Leafs ironman is still sliding his feet into a set of his beloved Reebok 9K Pump skates..." March 04

  • Don Cherry: Maple Leafs’ Zaitsev ‘doesn’t know how to play’

    Sportsnet "Now that the NHL Trade Deadline is behind us, we’re beginning to see how new acquisitions are fitting in with their new clubs. While some are thriving in their new threads, others are taking a little longer to adjust. Take Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin, for example...." March 03

  • Maple Leafs, fans remind John Tavares why he chose Toronto

    Sportsnet "Love, it turns out, is only a 90-minute flight away from hate. Feeling the need to reassure John Tavares that he made the right decision 48 hours after he’d been pilloried by scorn and embarrassed by the scoreboard during his Long Island homecoming, the city of Toronto welcomed..." March 03

  • Maple Leafs ’embarrassed’ by poor showing in Tavares’ return to New York

    Sportsnet "It’s not too often the sound of a referee’s whistle is completely drowned out by a crowd chanting "A–hole! A–hole!" Yet here we were at Nassau Coliseum, where fans of the relentless New York Islandersgathered Thursday to make John..." March 01

  • Travis Dermott Out Four Weeks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to deal with an incredibly thin blue line for most of the remainder of the season. The team announced today that Travis Dermott will be out for four weeks following the shoulder injury he sustained last night. Dermott was hit into the boards by Brad Malone of..." February 28

  • John Tavares Will Receive the Full Wrath of Islanders Fans on Thursday Night

    12 Up "Thursday night, John Tavares will return to the Nassau Coliseum with his Toronto Maple Leafs to take on the New York Islanders, the team he played for nearly a decade prior. Instead of signing a new contract with the Long Island club, the Mississauga, Ontario native decided to..." February 28

  • Matt Martin: Islanders fans will ‘make it hard’ on John Tavares

    Sportsnet "Matt Martin blows up a smile bigger than one of his finished checks. The thoughtful bruiser has just been asked if there might be a little money on the board for this one, the much-hyped John Tavares Return Game at Nassau Coliseum. “Yeah, probably,” he..." February 28

  • Barry Trotz: This game is about more than just John Tavares

    New York Post "For most of the thousands inside the Coliseum, Thursday night will be about the return of John Tavares. For Barry Trotz and the Islanders, they insist it will be about a simpler, less emotional focus. “Toronto’s probably rallying around John right now,..." February 28

  • Jake Gardiner Out “Week-To-Week” For Toronto Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jake Muzzin earlier this season there were many who questioned why the team brought in another left-handed option. That move seems prescient today, after the team announced that Jake Gardiner will be out on a “week-to-week” basis with a back..." February 27

  • Tavares on Long Island return: 'I really embraced being an Islander'

    The Score "After leaving the New York Islanders for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer, John Tavares will finally return to Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. "I grew a lot in my time there and really thankful for the impact a lot of people had..." February 27

  • Maple Leafs’ fourth line improved by Par Lindholm trade

    Sportsnet "The onslaught arrived, as it so often does, swift and dangerous. A blue streak. Two minutes and four seconds. That’s all the clock time the Toronto Maple Leafs needed during a wild second-period attack to put on the red light thrice, burning the back of..." February 26

  • Dubas bets on Maple Leafs’ skill over size as trade deadline passes

    Sportsnet "To believe the Toronto Maple Leafs stood pat during Kyle Dubas’s first trade deadline voyage at the helm of this ship is to ignore the rookie GM’s shrewd work to address the contending club’s greatest need a month in advance of Monday’s pins-and-needles..." February 25

  • Jets trade Nic Petan to Maple Leafs for Par Lindholm

    Yardbarker "The Toronto Maple Leafs made one move just before the deadline, acquiring Nic Petan from the Winnipeg Jets. In return, the Jets will receive Swedish forward Par Lindholm. Petan, 23, is another talented offensive player who has failed to get a big opportunity in the NHL. That lack of..." February 25

  • NHL Trade Deadline: Maple Leafs acquire Nicholas Baptiste from the Predators for AHLer Emerson Clark

    Pension Plan Puppets "Sunday evening the Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade with the Nashville Predators where they acquired Nicholas Baptiste, who is on an NHL contract for AHLer Emerson Clark. This is a move the Leafs made for the Marlies, not for any NHL help. After..." February 25

  • Leafs among teams asking about Kreider

    TSN "According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be among the teams that have inquired on New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider. Brooks reports that the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators are also believed to have expressed..." February 21

  • Nazem Kadri Remains Out With Concussion

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs stole a point from the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night when they forced overtime, but lost a key member of their forward group in the process. Nazem Kadrileft the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion, and remained off the ice today at Maple Leafs..." February 21

  • Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri Leaves Game with Concussion

    Last Word On Hockey "The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that forward Nazem Kadri will not return to the game against the St. Louis Blues after sustaining a concussion in the first period. Kadri will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. It’s uncertain when Kadri suffered..." February 20

  • Tavares’ former teammates not buying criticisms of his character

    Sportsnet "He may not be their teammate anymore, but the New York Islanders are still quick to stand up for John Tavares. A handful of veterans reacted emphatically when asked Tuesday about a tweet from retired Islander Rob Schremp that appeared to question his former..." February 20

  • Maple Leafs, Kasperi Kapanen to have preliminary talks next week

    Sportsnet "With William Nylander and, most recently, Auston Matthews’ contracts taken care of, it would appear the next task on Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas’ young core to-do list is locking up Kasperi Kapanen. Like Mitchell Marner, who has said he’d like to..." February 17