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  • Zach Hyman to return vs. Islanders

    TSN "Zach Hyman has been cleared to play and is expected to make his season debut tomorrow against the New York Islanders, according to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun. " November 12

  • Maple Leafs recall Nic Petan, Kasimir Kaskisuo from AHL Marlies

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nic Petan and goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.       The November 12

  • Maple Leafs couldn’t afford to wait for Michael Hutchinson’s play to improve

    Sportsnet "It finally reached the point where it would have been insane for the Toronto Maple Leafs to keep doing the same thing while expecting a different result. Either the organization had to change how it deploys the backup goaltender in back-to-back situations. Or the Maple Leafs..." November 12

  • Maple Leafs G Michael Hutchinson clears waivers

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson cleared waivers on Tuesday and was subsequently assigned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies.       Goaltender Michael..." November 12

  • Analyzing how Maple Leafs can cope with the loss of Mitch Marner

    Sportsnet "When John Tavares broke his finger we looked at who within the organization could replace Tavares’ unique contributions to his line in the most similar fashion. Unfortunately for the Leafs, just as Tavares comes back to the lineup, his line is being shaken up once..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • Maple Leafs place goalie Michael Hutchinson on waivers after another loss

    Toronto Sun "The backup goaltending carousel with the Maple Leafs continues. After another subpar performance from Michael Hutchinson, the Leafs on Monday placed the netminder on waivers. Hutchinson struggled against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night, allowing three goals on the..." November 11

  • Toronto’s Mitch Marner To Miss At Least One Month

    Pro Hockey Rumors "8:10 PM — The team announced via Twitter that Marner will miss a minimum of a month due to the ankle injury.  He will be re-evaluated by the team at that time.  That will make him eligible for placement on LTIR as he’ll miss at least 10 games or 24..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Toronto’s Mitch Marner Out Sunday, Likely Longer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Injuries have surrounded the Toronto Maple Leafs all season, but the team has another key injury to contend with after winger Mitch Marner went down awkwardly in the second period while getting tangled up with Philadelphia’s Carsen Twarynski and had trouble getting up...." November 10

  • Leafs’ Mitch Marner suffers ankle injury vs. Flyers, won’t play Sunday

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner suffered an ankle injury in the second period of the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, the club announced via Twitter. Marner fell awkwardly after getting tangled up with the stick of Flyers..." November 10

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • Auston Matthews' disorderly conduct case: What to know, latest news

    Sporting News "Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews faces a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident on May 26, in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. It was not made public until The Toronto Star obtained a copy of the police report, filed May 28 by a security..." November 08

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Leafs place Martin Marincin, Nic Petan on waivers

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenceman Martin Marincin and forward Nic Petan on waivers Thursday, according to multiple reports. " November 07

  • Are the Leafs going to waive Jason Spezza?

    Pension Plan Puppets "I’m confused. This is what happens to you when you follow Toronto Sports Media, so it’s not the first time. I’m confused because Mike Babcock went on a TSN radio show Wednesday and said: “We’re not going to end up with eight D,..." November 07

  • John Tavares says he'll return to Leafs lineup vs. Kings after 7-game absence

    The Score "The captain is back. Toronto Maple Leafs star John Tavares says he will play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings after missing the last seven games with a broken finger, according to the Canadian Press' Josh Clipperton. " November 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin to face Kings for first time: ‘A lot of good memories’

    Sportsnet "Once upon a time, Jake Muzzin chose Los Angeles. He certainly didn’t ever choose to leave. “You don’t live your life planning to be traded or moved or have something drastic happen,” Muzzin said last month. “We assumed that our life..." November 05

  • Maple Leafs recall forward Nic Petan from AHL’s Marlies

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nic Petan from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the team announced Tuesday. " November 05

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin to return to lineup vs. Kings

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin will return to the team’s lineup Tuesday night against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings. Muzzin missed Toronto’s game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers for personal reasons. " November 04

  • Leafs’ Mitch Marner, John Tavares planning birthday surprise for 11-year-old fan

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs‘ stars Mitchell Marner and John Tavares are planning a surprise gift for an 11-year-old fan after none of his invited friends showed up to his birthday party. On Sunday, Jason Foster tweeted a photo of his son, Kade Foster, standing in..." November 04

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Jason Spezza wants out of Toronto

    NHL Trade Rumors "Jason Spezza is from Toronto and 'came home' to try and win a Cup as a Maple Leaf, and the relationship has been rocky for weeks. According to multiple sources in contact with the Maple Leafs, Jason Spezza has 'requested' GM, Kyle Dubas to consider moving on from him.November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • Investors looking to bring second NHL team to Toronto

    Yahoo! Sports "Discussions about bringing a second NHL team to Toronto over the past many years are about as common as the city’s residents complaining about traffic. Ontario’s capital and its surrounding area easily supports the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second-most valuable organization..." November 02

  • The absence of Leafs forward Zach Hyman has made everyone else a little fonder of him

    Toronto Star "If Zach Hyman isn’t Mike Babcock’s favourite player, then he is certainly in the top five. The coach never ceases to praise Hyman’s work ethic, tenacity, speed and just enough skill. The term puck retriever — rarely used in Leafland — entered the lingo..." November 02

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • Doug Gilmour Leaves Kingston, Joins Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the most celebrated Toronto Maple Leafs forwards of all-time is returning to the organization, as Doug Gilmour announced today that he is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs after more than a decade. Gilmour will leave his position as president of the OHL franchise to join the..." November 01

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Maple Leafs' Jake Muzzin will miss Flyers game due to personal reasons

    Yahoo! Sports "It won’t be the effects of Tom Wilson that keeps Jake Muzzin out of the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup for Saturday’s road tilt versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Toronto will be without probably its best defender to this point in the season as Muzzin attends to personal matters,..." November 01

  • After beating cancer, Eddie Olczyk continues the fight

    NBC Sports "Eddie Olczyk was ready to give up. The NHL player turned broadcaster was on his second round of chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer, and the effects were so severe that he told his wife, Diana, he couldn’t do it anymore. Diana told her husband to fight for her, their kids and..." November 01

  • A slow start for the Maple Leafs: Analyzing what’s good, what’s bad

    Sportsnet "Fourteen games into their season, it’s fair to say this is not the start the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking for. Things are far from dire with a 6-5-3 start, but having lost eight of those 14 games is just not good enough compared to the expectations placed on this..." October 31

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • Jake Muzzin exits vs. Capitals with leg injury

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin left Tuesday's loss against the Washington Capitals with a charley horse and did not return to action.        Babcock..." October 30

  • John Tavares at practice; Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin absent

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs centre John Tavares joined the team for practice for the first time since breaking his finger two weeks ago on Wednesday. Tavares, who broke his finger exactly two weeks ago and was ruled out for a minimum of two weeks skated on a line with Mitch Marner..." October 30

  • Maple Leafs’ special teams bring new look, same troubles

    Sportsnet "For all the chatter about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ weaknesses in this October to forget, it’s the recent failing of one of their supposed strengths that may be most confounding. “Holy God, there was a lot of penalties,” said head coach Mike Babcock, his..." October 30

  • Hockey Hall of Famer and former Leafs GM Jim Gregory dies at 83

    Toronto Sun "Jim Gregory, who served as Toronto Maple Leafs GM in the ’70s and was an NHL executive for four decades, has died at age 83. In a press release on Wednesday, the NHL described Gregory as “one of the most beloved men ever to have served the game.” “It..." October 30

  • Alexander Ovechkin’s critique not new, Leafs know need for team game to win Cup

    Sportsnet "“I mean how many times did they lose to Pittsburgh before they finally broke through?” Auston Matthews said, rhetorically, and really isn’t that the entire point here? All of this hand-wringing about the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The daily mini-drama..." October 30

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Open To Trading Martin Marincin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it may not come as much of a surprise, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet writes that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be open to trading Martin Marincin. After starting the year on the Maple Leafs’ third pairing, Marincin was recently replaced by Kevin Gravel in..." October 30

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Mike Babcock responds to Alexander Ovechkin's comment: 'He knows because he lived it'

    The Score "The inescapable storyline leading up to Tuesday's tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals was Alex Ovechkin's pregame comments, in which he said his opponent needs to learn to "play differently" if it plans on winning a Stanley..." October 30

  • Leafs activate Travis Dermott, loan Kevin Gravel to AHL

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs activated Travis Dermott off long-term injured reserve ahead of their game against the Washington Capitals Tuesday and assigned Kevin Gravel to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock announced Monday that..." October 29