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  • Leafs support Gardiner after fans boo him in loss to Avalanche

    Toronto Sun "If you want to get a sense of how much is riding on the Maple Leafs’ season this year, Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Avalanche is as good a place as any to start. With 5:31 remaining in the second period and the game tied 2-2, Colorado’s Carl Soderberg outmuscled and..." January 15

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Maple Leafs task Tavares line with stopping Avalanche’s all-star trio

    Sportsnet "For the second straight game, the Toronto Maple Leafs will face one of the most dynamic and most stacked lines in hockey. And for the second straight game, the weighty task of shutting down a trio of all-star-calibre forwards will fall to the John Tavares and wingmen Mitch Marner and..." January 14

  • Frederik Andersen ready to return to Leafs crease

    Toronto Sun "Expect to see Frederik Andersen back in his office on Monday night. The Maple Leafs’ No. 1 goaltender, felled by the flu the past couple of days, is set to return to the crease after recovering from a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Dec...." January 14

  • Maple Leafs sign Trevor Moore to 2-year contract extension

    Pension Plan Puppets "Today the Toronto Maple Leafs have announced they’ve signed Trevor Moore to a two-year extension. The contract extension carries an average annual value of $775,000 ($750,000 in 2019-20, $800,000 in 2020-21). The Leafs haven’t officially announced if this is a..." January 13

  • $72M was discussion point prior to season for Marner, Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "When it’s time for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner to sign on the dotted line, the last thing the Toronto Maple Leafs want to go through is a repeat of the contract conflict they just had with William Nylander. Both star forwards are in the final year of their entry-level deals..." January 13

  • Leafs’ Frederik Andersen out vs. Bruins due to flu-like symptoms

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will miss Saturday’s divisional showdown with the Boston Bruins due to flu-like symptoms. Andersen was expected to return to the Maple Leafs’ crease for Saturday’s game after being sidelined since Dec. 22 with a groin..." January 12

  • Maple Leafs Could Face Another Goalie Dilemma

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been two weeks since the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Michael Hutchinson from the Florida Panthers to combat the outside chance that both starter Frederik Andersen and backup Garret Sparks could miss significant time. In those two weeks, the only goalie to..." January 12

  • Leafs’ Tavares building case for best ever season by free-agent signing

    Sportsnet "The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs had a player scoring like this it was the high-flying early ’90s and everything seemed possible for Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark and Co. That it’s John Tavares helping make believers out of Leafs Nation again is a..." January 11

  • Maple Leafs activate Zach Hyman from injured reserve

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman was activated from injured reserve Thursday. Out of the lineup since Dec. 8 with an ankle injury, Hyman will make his return when the Maple Leafs take on the New Jersey Devils Thursday evening at Prudential Center. " January 10

  • Agent: Marner '100 percent' not negotiating contract until end of season

    TSN "It appears Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas will have to wait until after the season to try to re-sign pending restricted free agent Mitch Marner. Marner's agent, Darren Ferris, told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun via text on Tuesday that the winger remains..." January 09

  • Frederik Andersen is so close to being back

    Pension Plan Puppets "Frederik Andersen was back at practice for real today, but don’t get too excited. He’s not going to appear in the game tomorrow. That game, on the road in New Jersey, should feature Michael Hutchinson as the starter. While Garret Sparks was on the ice today..." January 09

  • Maple Leafs prospect Rasmus Sandin suffered elbow injury at World Juniors

    Yardbarker "The Toronto Maple Leafs almost saw both of their top defensive prospects suit up together at the recent World Junior Championship, but a late injury to Timothy Liljegren kept him out of the tournament. Now, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports that Rasmus Sandin, their other prized prospect,..." January 08

  • Mike Babcock imploring Maple Leafs to play ‘heavier’

    Sportsnet "The Mike Babcock who steps to the podium fresh off a win over a bad team barely resembles the Mike Babcock who emerges after a tough loss to a good one. When his Toronto Maple Leafs dismantled a tired .500 Vancouver Canucks squad Saturday, one trying to hang in a lopsided..." January 08

  • Maple Leafs recall Kasimir Kaskisuo from Marlies for third time in 10 days

    Sportsnet "For the third time in the last 10 days, goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has been called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs, this time on an emergency basis. Kaskisuo has yet to appear in a game at the NHL level this season, but has served as backup in the last three Maple Leafs games,..." January 07

  • Andersen, Sparks both at practice

    TSN "Regular starter  Frederik Andersen (groin) and regular backup  Garret Sparks(concussion) were both at Maple Leafs practice on Sunday.  Toronto has loaned backup goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Leafs..." January 06

  • Maple Leafs’ Trevor Moore making the most of his NHL opportunity

    Sportsnet "If you’re going to score your first National Hockey League goal, you might as well do it the Trevor Moore way. Don’t get tangled near the blue paint and let a slapper from the point bounce off your posterior or slip one into an empty net in garbage..." January 06

  • Maple Leafs loan goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to Marlies

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the team announced Sunday morning. The Finn served as Michael Hutchinson’s backup for the team’s game against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday. The 25-year-old has bounced..." January 06

  • Maple Leafs’ Garret Sparks officially listed out with concussion

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have confirmed that goaltender Garret Sparks has been diagnosed with a concussion. Sparks was hit in the head by a William Nylander shot during practice on Wednesday, where he was visibly shaken up, but finished practice. The team had confirmed yesterday that..." January 05

  • Leafs recall G Kaskisuo from AHL

    TSN "The Maple Leafs have once again recalled goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo  from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis and will serve as a backup behind starter Michael Hutchinson for Saturday's clash against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank..." January 05

  • William Nylander’s drought serves as a warning for Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews called it. Once coach Mike Babcock reinserted the slumping William Nylander on his right side, the Maple Leafs star centre took it upon himself to play monkey exterminator. "He’s going to score a goal, and the weight of the world is going to be off..." January 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen: ‘Rest can be a blessing in disguise’

    Sportsnet "Michael Hutchinson resembled a $50 rent-a-goalie swinging by to pocket a wad of beer money, get a healthy sweat, and help out your friendly neighbourhood men’s league Thursday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena. Sporting Florida Panthers–coloured pads and a plain white mask..." January 05

  • Michael Hutchinson lives Maple Leafs dream in unplanned start

    Sportsnet "Until mere days ago, Michael Hutchinson never would have imagined that the next generation of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenders would include him. Yet there he was Thursday afternoon, a surprise starter wearing the sweater of his childhood team, stopping 30 shots in a 4-3 Leafs loss to..." January 03

  • Toronto Maple Leafs May Search For More Goaltending

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Toronto Maple Leafs were forced to put newly acquired goaltender Michael Hutchinson right into the spotlight today after Garret Sparks suffered an injury in practice. Frederik Andersen, the regular starter is on the shelf with a groin injury, meaning Kasimir Kaskisuo was on the bench today..." January 03

  • Matthews: I'd give up All-Star game spot for snubbed Leafs Marner, Rielly

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs phenom Auston Matthews was voted as the Atlantic Division's captain at the 2019 NHL All-Star game, but if he had it his way, he'd sacrifice his spot for teammates Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly, who were left off the roster. "In my opinion, having..." January 03

  • Maple Leafs place goalie Frederik Andersen on IR, backup Garret Sparks also hurt

    Sporting News "The Maple Leafs will have to improvise when it comes to goalies. Toronto placed starter Frederik Andersen on injured reserve with a groin injury, the team announced Thursday. Andersen has been out since Dec. 22, which means Dec. 23 will be when the league recognizes the..." January 03

  • Leafs pulling out stops to snap Nylander’s slump

    Toronto Star "William Nylander’s New Year’s resolution may have been the same as his Christmas wish: to finally bag his first goal of the season. The left winger has played 11 games without a goal since his contract impasse with the Maple Leafs came to an end, and the slump..." January 02

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Maple Leafs’ loss to Islanders a ‘punch-in-the-gut’ for John Tavares

    Sportsnet "You don’t really know how it feels until you live it. Toronto Maple Leafs leading goal-scorer John Tavares expected a cocktail of emotions when facing the New York Islanders for the first time. A buzz of history and memories and kinship, though he couldn’t quite find the..." December 30

  • Panthers trade G Michael Hutchinson to Maple Leafs

    Litter Box Cats "In a bit of a surprising move the Florida Panthers announced today that the club has acquired a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson, 28, appeared in four games with Florida owning a 1-1-2 record, 4.18 goals..." December 29

  • Lamoriello: Unfair to criticize Tavares for leaving Islanders

    The Score "Saturday night will be a memorable one for both John Tavares and Lou Lamoriello. For Tavares, it will mark the first game against his former club, the Islanders, since he elected to fulfill a childhood fantasy and sign with the Maple Leafs on July 1. As for Lamoriello, Saturday's..." December 29

  • Tavares facing Islanders with Maple Leafs will be strange for former team "The New York Islanders will do everything they can to treat it like just another game, but they admitted it will be a bit different when they look across the ice on Saturday and see John Tavares wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. "Once the puck drops, I think you're..." December 29

  • Toronto Maple Leafs call up Kasimir Kaskisuo; Andersen injured

    Pension Plan Puppets "This morning, on the day of game two of a back-to-back weekend, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that starting goalie Frederik Andersen has an injured groin and will not play in tonight’s game against the New York Islanders. Toronto Marlies starting goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will..." December 29

  • Sparks’ strong outing helping Leafs push ahead with goaltending plans

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the middle of their 38th set of back-to-back games since Frederik Andersen arrived in the organization and until Friday there had been an unbroken pattern as to how those situations played out in net. Andersen always got the first start on the schedule..." December 29

  • Maple Leafs’ Trevor Moore looking to build on strong first impression

    Sportsnet "Five days after making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Trevor Moore was at a loss to recount some of the pertinent details. “I thought it went well,” Moore said before Friday’s game at Nationwide Arena. “It was kind of a blur for a lot of it,..." December 28

  • Leafs recall Moore again

    TSN "Forward Trevor Moore was recalled on an emergency basis from the Toronto Marlies on Thursday. Moore was sent back down to the the Marlies on Monday, a day after earning an assist in his NHL debut against Detroit on Sunday night. " December 27

  • Leafs’ Matthews: ‘Very deserving’ players won’t make NHL All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "Immediately after saying how honoured he was to be voted captain of the Atlantic Division for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews hit the nail on the head with his next comment. “With the way it’s set up, obviously a lot of very deserving guys won’t be able..." December 27

  • McDavid, Ovechkin, Matthews, MacKinnon voted NHL All-Star captains "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will be captain of the Pacific Division for the third straight year at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center in San Jose on Jan. 26 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). McDavid will be joined by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin of..." December 27

  • Tavares set for emotional game with Maple Leafs against Islanders "John Tavares is unperturbed by the criticism he continues to absorb after leaving the New York Islanders to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1. Tavares will face his former team for the first time when the Maple Leafs host the Islanders at..." December 26

  • Maple Leafs’ John Tavares playing exactly as advertised

    Sportsnet "Winning free agency doesn’t always equate to winning hockey, although it’s been a long while since the NHL had a free agent like John Tavares. Still, it isn’t difficult to concoct a scenario where things might not have gone so well for a 28-year-old arriving..." December 24

  • Maple Leafs recall Trevor Moore on emergency basis

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled forward Trevor Moore from the AHL's Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis, the team announced. Moore will fill a hole in the Leafs' lineup left by Tyler Ennis, who suffered a broken ankle during Saturday night's win over the New York..." December 23

  • Mitch Marner’s agent meets with Maple Leafs’ GM in New Jersey

    Sportsnet "Earlier this week Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said he wants to lock up stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner as soon as possible, and now it seems like the wheels are turning with at least one of those player’s agents. Marner’s agent Darren Ferris met with Dubas in..." December 23

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Tyler Ennis Suffers Broken Ankle

    Last Word On Hockey "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that winger Tyler Ennis is out indefinitely after breaking his ankle in tonight’s game. Ennis was hurt when he took a point shot from Morgan Rielly in the second period in Toronto’s 5-3 win vs New York Rangers. Ennis didn’t..." December 23

  • ‘Calm’ Ian Scott nails audition for Canada’s World Juniors starting job

    Sportsnet "It seems everything Ian Scott does is calm. His heart rate probably doesn’t get above 60 when he plays hockey, and it was surely less than that Friday night when he spoke — quietly and in very short sentences — to reporters after helping Team Canada dump Slovakia..." December 22

  • Maple Leafs prepare to get by without Hyman

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t see Zach Hyman’s absence coming. The sturdy winger never lodged any complaints after he was slew footed into the boards on Tuesday in New Jersey, and Toronto fully expected he’d play again on Thursday against the Florida Panthers. But on..." December 22

  • Nylander's struggles not surprise to Maple Leafs coach "William Nylander has not produced at the level he and the Toronto Maple Leafs had been accustomed to since the forward returned to the lineup two weeks ago, and coach Mike Babcock is not surprised. "You'd like it to go better for the guy than it has, but I didn't expect..." December 22

  • Zach Hyman to miss at least 3 weeks

    Pension Plan Puppets "With Hyman out of the lineup on Thursday at home to the Panthers, the Leafs rolled over the weaker competition. Mike Babcock moved Connor Brown up and to the left side, but he only went so far as to put him on the Nazem Kadri line. Patrick Marleau moved up from there to the Matthews line (and..." December 21

  • Nylander just needs a bounce

    TSN "Six games. Zero goals, two assists. The long-awaited return of William Nylander to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup has been anything but explosive. In many instances Nylander would probably be given a pass for his slow start. It can’t be easy to transition from regular..." December 21

  • Leafs' Liljegren to miss WJC with injury

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Timothy Liljegren will miss the upcoming world junior hockey championship with a high ankle sprain.  The Swedish defenceman suffered the injury on Dec. 1 while playing with the Toronto Marlies and is considered week-to-week. Liljegren, 19, has..." December 20

  • Maple Leafs’ Matthews reaping benefits of extensive summer training

    Sportsnet "Word started to spread about Auston Matthews before the season began. The Toronto Maple Leafs centre scored 74 goals in 144 games and then set about reworking the fundamental skills that had already turned him into one of the best in the world. It was like going under the hood of a..." December 20