Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • NHL's 'McDavid-Eichel' draft lottery to be held April 18 "Soon, one of the biggest questions in hockey will have an answer. That day will come on April 18 when the NHL draft lottery is held to determine which team will have the right to draft sensational teenager Connor McDavid of the OHL Erie Otters at the NHL draft in June, sources tell..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1 "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Leafs could be prime to pick OHL scoring champ Dylan Strome

    Toronto Sun "If the Leafs don’t get the chance to go big in this June’s NHL entry draft, will they be able to go Strome? The team will need some good fortune with the lottery balls to catch the big prize, Erie Otters superstar Connor McDavid. But it’s possible that they may need a different form of luck to..." March 25

  • Wild stretches road winning streak to nine, beats Maple Leafs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As successful as the Wild has been on the road since Devan Dubnyk arrived in Minnesota in January, it’s not as if the Wild keeps strutting into arenas and trouncing opponents. The Wild has grinded out road win after road win this second half of the season, and that was unsurprisingly the case..." March 24

  • The Leafs are so bad that attendance is finally down

    Blog TO "Has it finally happened? Are the Toronto Maple Leafs so bad that attendance at the Air Canada Centre has taken a hit? If last night's game against the Minnesota Wild is any indication, fans seem to have reached a new level of frustration with the poorly performing team. Last night's announced..." March 24

  • Sens win, inch closer to Bruins

    Ottawa Sun "A loss Saturday night would have left a sour taste in the mouths of the Senators and their faithful. Fortunately, this victory tasted pretty sweet and the burgers were flying. It wasn’t pretty it, just looked that way as the Senators and Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond earned the 19,194 on..." March 22

  • Maple Leafs’ dressing room ‘pretty screwed up,’ player reveals

    National Post "While Phil Kessel was getting defensive about a reporter’s insinuation that he and some other core players had checked out and were no longer giving their full effort, a few stalls over a fringe Toronto Maple Leafs forward was shedding light on just how dysfunctional the dressing room had become..." March 22

  • Maples Leafs sign Penn State scoring standout Casey Bailey

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the signing of free agent forward and Penn State University scoring standout Casey Bailey to a two-year entry-level contract on Saturday. Bailey, who just completed his junior year and had one more year of eligibility left, led Penn State in goals with 22 this..." March 22

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    Igor Eronko @IgorEronko

    More Soshnikov: 'I could stay in the #KHL for another year, but #TML are going to rebuild so there's a good chance to make the roster'

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    Igor Eronko @IgorEronko

    #TML newcomer Nikita Soshnikov to TASS: '#Leafs made an offer a month ago. It's been a longstanding dream to get to the #NHL so I accepted'

  • Carrick joins Maple Leafs with Sharks, old pal in town

    Toronto Sun "If these are throwaway days for the Maple Leafs, Sam Carrick will tell you otherwise. "Whatever they want me to do," said the Marlies centre, who has been granted another opportunity at the NHL level due to a hole at centre left by Peter Holland's injury and Nazem Kadri's suspension. "If they..." March 19

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Maple Leafs' Kadri on suspension: 'I'm not going to sit here and whine about it'

    The Score "Nazem Kadri isn't going to dwell on his latest circumstance after learning he will miss the Toronto Maple Leafs' next four games for hitting Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Fraser in the head. "It's obviously hard to deal with," Kadri told David Alter of "I'm not going to sit here..." March 18

  • Kadri delivers concussion, suspended four games "A week after Nazem Kadri was suspended by his own team for three games, the Toronto Maple Leafs forward was dealt a ban of another kind. Kadri was suspended four games by NHL’s department of player safety Wednesday for delivering an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward Matt..." March 18

  • Oilers’ great start helps snap seven-game winless streak

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been said it’s not how you start, but how you finish. But that’s not what they were saying in the Edmonton Oilers’ quarters. The Oilers, a team which has not made good starts a habit, scored four goals on seven shots in the first 11 minutes of Monday’s game with the Toronto Maple Leafs..." March 17

  • Oilers' Matt Fraser injured after hit to head by Nazem Kadri "Scary moment for Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Fraser on Monday night when he was hit in the head by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri midway through the third period. Fraser immediately dropped to the ice and struggled to skate off under the assistance of two teammates. Kadri was given..." March 17

  • Kadri to have hearing for Fraser headshot

    Pro Hockey Talk "Toronto forward Nazem Kadri‘s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month continues. Having already served a team-issued suspension for behavioral issues, Kadri now faces discipline from the league after catching Edmonton’s Matt Fraser with an elbow on Monday night. The NHL’s Department of..." March 17

  • Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs not playing for playoff positions

    Edmonton Sun "There is never any shortage of motivation in the stretch drive of a National Hockey League season. Teams are either fighting for wildcard spots, jockeying for home ice advantage or simply trying to build momentum heading into the first round. But when your season has been over since..." March 16

  • Don Cherry warns Toronto Maple Leafs that Nazem Kadri will ‘be gone’ once he becomes unrestricted free agent

    National Post "Don Cherry, dressed as a giant leprechaun, issued a stern warning to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, the night the team allowed forward Nazem Kadri back onto the ice after an extended stint in exile. “The kid is not going to be here in two years, he’d be nuts,” Cherry said during his..." March 16

  • Maple Leafs need Nazem Kadri to clean up his act

    Toronto Sun "There is a laundry list of issues that Maple Leafs have with Nazem Kadri. And if they didn’t believe he was a player worth fighting for, worth keeping through the rebuild, they would have ignored his perceived indiscretions and looked to trade him in June. But the Leafs — in particular..." March 16

  • Wilson: ''I never felt that Nazem ever listened to me''

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this season, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson took aim and blasted Phil Kessel in a radio interview when Randy Carlyle lost his job. More than two months later, and with the Leafs near the end of a tumultuous season, Wilson has spoken out about Nazem Kadri, who was punished..." March 15

  • Matt Stajan feels for former team in Toronto's media spotlight

    Calgary Sun "Matt Stajan has been through it all. Rebuilds, trades, a few highs, many more lows, and most of all, the media circus otherwise known as the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Maple Leafs leading nearly every national highlight show as the NHL team’s tailspin led them from a playoff position to a..." March 14

  • ‘Humiliated’ Nazem Kadri looks to the future

    Toronto Star "He’s sorry. He’s embarrassed. And he’s a wiser young man than five days ago. Feels almost like a lifetime for Nazem Kadri, in less than a week endured under the glare of massive media speculation, sharp coach criticism and astonishing frankness from Maple Leaf hockey czar Brendan..." March 14

  • Maple Leafs should target centres in draft

    Toronto Star "The joke Wednesday -- given Toronto is playing the last-place Buffalo Sabres -- will be just how low can the Maple Leafs go. But it's not really that much a joke. Right now, it looks as if the Maple Leafs will pick in the top five. There's a chance -- about 9.5 per cent -- the Leafs will win..." March 12

  • Maple Leafs recall defenseman Brennan from AHL "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenseman TJ Brennan has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Brennan, 25, has skated in five regular season games with the Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one assist. Prior to being acquired from Chicago on February 25." March 12

  • Bozak rescues win for Leafs over Sabres

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs can just about turn the Connor on avoiding last place overall. But not before another bizarre day at Dysfunction Junction, topped by a late rally and 4-3 shootout win over the 30th- place Buffalo Sabres. What began with the team president sending truant Nazem Kadri to..." March 12

  • NHL GMs might curb shootouts

    CSN New England "This will hardly come as a shock to anybody that remembers just last week when Claude Julien famously said “they suck” when asked about NHL shootouts, but the Bruins coach is in favor of getting rid of them altogether. Darren Dreger said on NBCSN Wednesday night that the NHL general managers..." March 12

  • Joffrey Lupul was benched against Buffalo Sabres

    Yahoo! Sports "The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout on Wednesday night, which is either a cause for celebration or completely disappointing, depending on what you’d like the Leafs’ draft lottery odds to become. One player that had a good view of that win: Winger Joffrey Lupul,..." March 12

  • Maple Leafs’ Horachek unhappy with Lupul’s play "Things haven’t been going well for Joffrey Lupul, and things got worse Wednesday during the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. A sloppy turnover from Lupul contributed to the Sabres’ second goal, one of several things Maple Leafs interim head coach Peter Horachek..." March 12

  • Leafs will sit Kadri two more games as Shanahan says ‘grow up’

    Pro Hockey Talk "While a health scratch seemingly serves as a wake-up call for Nazem Kadri, it sounds like the Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t quite finished sending him a message. Brendan Shanahan approached the media with some stern comments and a stunning announcement on Wednesday: Kadri will sit two more games,..." March 11

  • Tavares scores in OT to cap Isles’ comeback over Leafs

    New York Post "John Tavares scored 4:38 into overtime, capping the Islanders’ two-goal comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Tavares, an Ontario native, went around several defenders to score the winning goal during a delayed Toronto penalty. With his 33rd goal and 39th assist, the..." March 10

  • Evgeny Romasko will become NHL's first Russian referee on Monday "On Monday night in Detroit, when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers, Evgeny Romasko will make some history when he becomes the first Russian referee in NHL history when he joins Paul Devorski on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The 33-year-old Romasko had some assignments earlier this season in..." March 09

  • Leafs' Polak out for rest of season to have hernia surgery

    Toronto Sun "The already thin Leafs defence took another hit on Tuesday with word that Roman Polak’s season has ended to undergo hernia surgery. The news comes a day after the team confirmed that veteran Stephane Robidas will also be out for the remaining 16 games to have shoulder surgery." March 09

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Nazem Kadri is scratched tonight. "It's brutal."

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    Horachek on Kadri: "He missed the meeting, so I sent him home. He's available — if I want him." Why? "Not prepared. It wasn't the snow."

  • Red Wings and Leaf might still talk about Phaneuf in the summer

    Pro Hockey Talk "As the trade deadline drew to its conclusion on Monday, there were reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings were working on a trade involving captain Dion Phaneuf. That never happened and Detroit instead acquired blueliner Marek Zidlicky from New Jersey, but that doesn’t..." March 08

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    David Alter @dalter

    Stephane Robidas has been shut down for the season with a shoulder injury. Will have surgery. #TMLtalk

  • Leafs tenure had its perks: Olli Jokinen

    CBC Sports "Olli Jokinen says he didn't mind playing in Toronto. He'll get at least one more chance. Jokinen, who played six games for the Maple Leafs between trades, will make his St. Louis Blues debut at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Reflecting on his time with the Leafs, the 36-year-old veteran..." March 08

  • Leafs coach 'applauds' Kessel 'standing up' for Phaneuf

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, we all watched as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel went off about how he perceived his team’s captain, Dion Phaneuf, is treated in the media. The Leafs have been mired in struggle and controversy for months now. They’ve fallen to 25th overall in the league standings,..." March 08

  • TSN will stop airing tweets after trade deadline debacle

    Awful Announcing "TSN was embarrassed this week during their NHL trade deadline coverage when the network didn’t keep a close enough eye on or filter their TradeCentre hashtag. The network displayed the above tweet from @AdragnaA21, which was a joke about Joffrey Lupul of the Maple Leafs having an affair with the..." March 05

  • Leafs' Lupul appears to challenge heckler to charity fight

    Toronto Sun "For a man with so many friends in the Canadian military, Joffrey Lupul is fighting one-man battles on multiple fronts these days. The winger didn’t take a day off in the most tumultuous week of this Maple Leafs season, with some Instagram instigation on Wednesday. On the heels of threatened..." March 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Richard Panik dinged for diving "The embellishment crackdown continues. Richard Panik became the seventh NHL player exposed by the league for diving Thursday when he was slapped with a $2,000 fine under NHL Rule 64. Panik is the first Toronto Maple Leaf to be fined for embellishment. The forward was issued a warning..." March 05

  • Leafs get rare road win vs. Panthers

    Toronto Sun "On a day of distractions, the Maple Leafs finally concentrated on what counted. Ending a 16-game road winlees streak, with an improbable 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers, who went through two goalies, nearly brought a third out of retirement and had no one in net the frantic final minute with..." March 04

  • Kessel's rant also targets Leafs brass

    Toronto Sun "Lost amid the gust of hot air Phil Kessel fired at the media on Tuesday morning was a shot at a group far more influential in his rich man's life than those critical of a 27th placed team in the NHL. It wasn't clear who the target was exactly, but take your pick of Brian Burke (the guy who..." March 04

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    Jameson C. Olive @JamesonCoop

    Phil Kessel: "I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing." #TMLtalk #Leafs

  • TSN airs inappropriate Tweet: Lupul, Phaneuf, Cuthbert hire legal team "During their coverage of the NHL trade deadline on Monday, Canadian sports network TSN was featuring a running stream of viewer Tweets that took an ugly turn early in the day. And now they have a legal fight on their hands because of it. Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Joffrey Lupul and Dion..." March 03

  • Kessel: Media's treatment of Phaneuf is 'embarrassing'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel stood up for captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday, telling reporters the defenseman is not to blame for the team's struggles. "It's not his fault," Kessel said Tuesday. "Why he does he get the blame?" Phaneuf and Kessel were not dealt by the club prior to..." March 03

  • Maple Leafs wanted Mantha as part of Phaneuf deal "One reason Dion Phaneuf was not traded to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday was because the Toronto Maple Leafs’ asking price was too high. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the only team Phaneuf – who has a modified no-trade clause – had on his list that was a realistic trade partner with..." March 03

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