Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Leafs bank on grit to down Red Wings

    Toronto Star "There was one play that summed up the term “battle” more than any other in the Leafs’ 4-1 win over Detroit Saturday night. The tale of the tape for James Van Riemsdyk vs. Nik Kronwall, a heavyweight tilt in the third period, gives the Leafs forward the decision. It didn’t show up on the..." November 23

  • Leafs’ Lupul helps change a man’s tire, remains day-to-day with injured hand

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the wake of the disaster that started when the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t salute their fans following a win, here’s some good public relations for the club. Forward Joffrey Lupul sent out a pair of tweets Saturday, describing how he helped an 80-year-old gentleman change a tire in the rain...." November 23

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    Mark Masters @markhmasters

    Extremely tense moment when Dion Phaneuf was questioned about why specifically scrapping fan salute helps the team pic.twitter.com/AFqp1ZP5y1

  • Van Riemsdyk sparks Leafs win over Lightning

    Toronto Star "Through the ups and downs of this young season, it often looks as if the Maple Leafs haven’t learned at all from their mistakes of last year. But there is one positive pattern: an ability to hold on to leads. The Leafs went into the third period with a 4-1 edge over Tampa on Thursday night..." November 21

  • Phil Kessel — the NHL’s angriest superstar — strikes again

    New York Post "Phil Kessel is on the Maple Leafs, because of course he is. In the ongoing saga that is the Toronto hockey franchise, Kessel is by far their best player, and is an utterly enigmatic personality. He is a cog in the wheel of a spinning hockey soap opera. He’s a young, single guy, living the life..." November 21

  • Maple Leafs put forward Matt Frattin on waivers

    Toronto Sun "The "Welcome back" mat has been pulled on Matt Frattin. Re-acquired after his edgy play helped the Leafs make the playoffs in the shortened 2013 season, Frattin was placed on waivers Wednesday morning with the hope he clears and rebuilds his game with the Marlies. "He hasn't played in a long..." November 20

  • Preds smash Leafs 9-2, tie franchise goal record

    Tennessean "The Predators jumped on the Maple Leafs early and poured on the offense late in a 9-2 win Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Predators scored three times in the first period and added five goals in the third period to tie a franchise record for goals in a game. "If you work hard, you..." November 19

  • F**k no, Maple Leafs players aren't trying to get their coach fired

    SB Nation "The media wants to know and Cody Franson had the answer. Tensions are high in Toronto. After falling to the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Saturday, the Maple Leafs followed up the performance with a 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday." November 19

  • Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel on fans throwing jerseys to ice: "Classless"

    CBSSports.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been getting it from all angles after their 9-2 loss on home ice to the Nashville Predators. The level of fan disgust is reaching explosive levels. Some fans didn't even wait until after the game to vent their frustration. In fact, one bright patron of Air Canada..." November 19

  • Nonis sticks up for Carlyle, puts onus on Leafs ‘as a group’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fire Randy Carlyle! Trade Dion Phaneuf! Just do………something! That was the impassioned plea of Leafs Nation after last night’s humiliating 9-2 loss to Nashville, a defeat that came just days after a humiliating 6-2 loss in Buffalo. But GM Dave Nonis has other ideas. “You can do a lot..." November 19

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst kind of mess

    CBSSports.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst kind of team for sports fans to support. There are some teams in sports that you know in a given season are going to be bad. Teams that you know from the start are undermanned, don't have the talent, and simply will not be able to compete on a nightly..." November 19

  • We need to talk about Phil Kessel needing to talk

    Yahoo! Sports "It was Summer 2013, in the bowels of the Washington Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington, Virginia. Phil Kessel was one of a few dozen NHL players attending U.S. Olympic development camp, meeting his coaches and his teammates before the Sochi Games. He also met the media, which is something..." November 18

  • Reimer's poor play ignites Maple Leafs goalie debate

    Toronto Sun "A renewed goaltending controversy is hardly one of those “pleasant problems” for coach Randy Carlyle. James Reimer triggered this one on Saturday in Buffalo for all the wrong reasons. It was a game where at the very least, he could have defended his smaller portion of the 60-40 split with..." November 17

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Leafs send Korbinian Holzer down.

  • Leafs put up dismal effort in loss to Sabres

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs lost their grip on their systems here Saturday night. Their fans just plain lost it. Near the end of an ugly 6-2 loss to the Sabres, it was apparent the Leafs had let the formula for the success they had the past two weeks slip through their fingers. Gone was the breakout and..." November 16

  • Dupuis scores twice in Penguins 2-1 victory over Toronto

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Sidney Crosby has his wingman back. Pascal Dupuis was reunited with Crosby and Chris Kunitz on the Penguins top line Friday night in hopes of kick-starting an offense that was shut out by the New York Rangers three nights earlier. The move paid quick dividends as Dupuis was the only offense..." November 15

  • Leafs hand Bruins 6-1 beating

    Toronto Sun "Phil Kessel’s five-year goal rush with the Maple Leafs has one obvious blight. A severe lack of regular season red lights triggered against his former team, the Boston Bruins. The Maple Leafs winger had been held to three goals in 27 games before Wednesday night, compared to lots of damage..." November 13

  • Maple Leafs defenceman Stephane Robidas joining 900 club

    Toronto Sun "With one of its last picks in the 1995 draft, the Montreal Canadiens chose a home-province defenceman who had not done much in junior to warrant attention. On Wednesday, Stephane Robidas plays in game No. 900, the eighth-longest surviving NHLer from that draft. Many thought the 37-year-old was..." November 12

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    Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050

    Winnik says he hopes to play tomorrow. Had no symptoms, he says, from the hit from Hejda.

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Carlyle says Lupul is still at least a week away. Had cast removed from broken hand.

  • Maple Leafs beat Senators in rescheduled game

    Toronto Sun "Fans of the Ottawa Senators didn’t need another reminder of the kind of mastery James Reimer has over their favourite hockey team. They got it anyway at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday night, with Reimer making 38 saves in a 5-3 Maple Leafs victory, a see-saw game that didn’t turn in the..." November 10

  • Leafs recall Trevor Smith from AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled center Trevor Smith from the American Hockey League’s Marlies the club announced Sunday. The recall likely means either Daniel Winnik, who was injured Thursday night in Colorado isn’t ready to go, or Peter Holland, who briefly left Saturday night’s 5-4 win..." November 09

  • Komarov helps Maple Leafs knock off Rangers

    Toronto Star "Leo Komarov tied his career high in points Saturday night. And no, he says, it has nothing to do with the fact he’s been wearing Phil Kessel’s hockey gloves this season. “Mine haven’t arrived yet (from Russia). I’ve been wearing his all season. It’s not a big deal, just his name is there on..." November 09

  • Dan Girardi cut on neck by Nazem Kadri's skate

    CBSSports.com "We've seen quite a few scary incidents when it comes to players getting cut by skates so far this season, and we had another one on Saturday night in Toronto. And New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi is a very lucky man. Late in the third period of the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Maple..." November 09

  • Colorado Avalanche gets a much-needed win in shootout over Toronto

    Denver Post "A season of frustration almost was extended a bit further Thursday night, when the Avalanche almost found a way to lose another game. This time, the Avs found a way to win — a 4-3 shootout victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center — after letting a late third- period lead get..." November 07

  • Maple Leafs F Carter Ashton suspended 20 games for PED violation

    CBSSports.com "The NHL announced on Thursday afternoon that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substance Abuse Policy. Ashton, a former first-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, will lose more $169,185..." November 07

  • Arizona Coyotes' defense keys win over Toronto Maple Leafs

    Arizona Republic "As they swirled into an offensive slump at the outset of their East Coast excursion last week, the Coyotes bemoaned the lack of puck luck. But the breaks weren't going to be handed out. They'd have to earn them. The pendulum started to swing back in their favor in a road-trip ending win..." November 05

  • Maple Leafs surprise Blackhawks at ACC

    Toronto Star "It might have been a curious decision for Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to go with James Reimer on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. But when 19,000 fans are cheering his name at the end of an impressive 45-save performance that backstopped a 3-2 Leafs win, it was the right..." November 02

  • Maple Leafs down Blue Jackets minus Lupul

    Toronto Star "When the Maple Leafs received word about 50 minutes before puck drop that Joffrey Lupul had broken his right hand, coach Randy Carlyle really only had one choice to replace him on the top line. That player, Daniel Winnik, ended up with a goal and two assists on a night to remember — his 500th..." November 01

  • Leafs' Joffrey Lupul out indefiniely with broken hand

    Toronto Star "Hard-luck Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul was scratched from Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand. The injury was suffered in practice on Thursday, the Leafs said. He apparently stepped on his stick and fell. He didn't know it..." November 01

  • Maple Leafs skewer Sabres, 4-0

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs’ glow from a near-perfect victory will last until about the time they hit the ice for practice on Wednesday. The Leafs tied a team record when they allowed just 10 shots on goal in a 4-0 blanking of the terrible Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. The..." October 29

  • Lupul: ACC is ‘one of the quietest buildings in the league’

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs have been bad at home this year — just 1-4-0, with a minus-7 goal differential — and the Air Canada Centre faithful have responded in one of two ways: Silence, or booing. Just ask Joffrey Lupul. “There are some nerves coming into this building,” he said, per the Toronto..." October 27

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Leafs send Percy down.

  • Bruins rake Maple Leafs

    Boston Herald "At least the Bruins know they still can beat the Toronto Maple Leafs rather handily. With Zdeno Chara back in Boston nursing his wounded knee, the B’s sensed the urgency of the moment — while the listless Maple Leafs ignored a great opportunity — and delivered their most complete game of the..." October 26

  • Toronto at Ottawa game rescheduled for November 9

    NHL.com "Wednesday's postponed game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 in Ottawa." October 24

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    Kevin McGran @kevin_mcgran

    leafs sens game cancelled. makeup game TBA #ottawa

  • Maple Leafs, Senators under lockdown after shootings in Ottawa

    CBSSports.com "Much of the city of Ottawa is under lockdown after a gunman or gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill. Among those currently locked down are members of the Toronto Maple Leafs in town to play the Ottawa Senators. Maple Leafs radio voice Joe Bowen tweeted that the team's hotel was under lockdown..." October 22

  • Maple Leafs roll to road win over Islanders

    Toronto Sun "The cover photo of the Maple Leafs’ media guide has a smiling Phil Kessel and linemate James van Riemsdyk celebrating a goal. It was almost a case of false advertising until the pair lit up Long Island on Tuesday night. Two beautiful Kessel goals and one from van Riemsdyk led the way in the..." October 22

  • Maple Leafs at Senators game postponed

    NHL.com "The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date." October 22

  • Maple Leafs hire Mark Hunter as director of player personnel

    The Globe and Mail "Brendan Shanahan’s dramatic remaking of the Toronto Maple Leafs front office continued on Tuesday with another big hire out of the Ontario Hockey League. The Leafs named Mark Hunter, the long-time owner and general manager of the London Knights, into a newly created position as director of..." October 21

  • Red Wings negate frustrated Kessel

    Toronto Sun "It sure looked like a frustrating night in the Motor City for Phil Kessel and it went deeper than just being held off the scoresheet for a second consecutive night. There was a nasty slash to the wrist that sent him to the dressing room in the third period and a brief visit from team doctors...." October 19

  • Henrik Zetterberg's goal nabs win for Red Wings over Maple Leafs in OT

    Detroit Free Press "Henrik Zetterberg gave the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs when he scored on a one-time with 10 seconds remaining in overtime. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, in his first action this season, kept the Wings in the game. He stopped a couple breakaways early and finishing..." October 19

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    Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050

    Matt Frattin will replace Brandon Kozun tonight. Changes also possible on defence according to Carlyle.

  • Red Wings top Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-1

    Detroit Free Press "Henrik Zetterberg dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs, making them pay nearly every time he touched the puck. Zetterberg racked up four assists Friday at Air Canada Centre to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory. "He was fantastic," Gustav Nyquist said. "Some of those passes he makes,..." October 18

  • Leafs talked Babcock with Wings

    Sportsnet.ca "The intrigue involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock continues. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Leafs called the Detroit Red Wings earlier this year and among the topics was the status of Mike Babcock. The conversation took place prior to the..." October 18

  • Dreger: Leafs weren't "aggressive" on Reimer trade front

    Nichols on Hockey "“Not aggressively Dave, to be honest. Their interest was in signing him, but the agent through James Reimer, of course, and his input wanted him to at least explore the opportunity of trade. And they did that. “I don’t know exactly what the asking price was for Reimer, but I know that it never..." October 18

  • Jake Gardiner has been freed, will play tonight versus Detroit

    Pro Hockey Talk "Defenseman Jake Gardiner will be back in the Maple Leafs’ lineup tonight, according to approximately three million tweets from Toronto reporters. Gardiner has been a healthy scratch the past two games, both Toronto wins. When asked the other day what the 24-year-old defenseman — the same guy..." October 17

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    Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050

    Lupul confirms he'll play tonight.

  • Is Phil Kessel the best player on a Canadian NHL team?

    Toronto Star "Phil Kessel might have done something more than score the winning goal for the Leafs in the club’s overtime win against Colorado Tuesday night. He might have just helped make his case for being the best player on a Canadian-based NHL team. Kessel, ever since he came to Toronto five years ago..." October 16

  • Maple Leafs ink deal with SAS analytics, eager to show off advanced stats data

    Toronto Sun "Right now, the graphic looks like Smarties spilling from the box, with red, yellow, blue and green dots tagged Kessel, Phaneuf, Bozak and van Riemsdyk. But the wall-sized animation that the Maple Leafs provided a peek of on Wednesday at the offices of SAS analytics in Toronto is just one of the..." October 16