Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Blue Jackets have spoken to Maple Leafs, Jets about moving up in draft

    The Score "hird pick is nice, but first or second would be better. The Columbus Blue Jackets have spoken to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets about potentially trading up in the draft, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Portzline reports the asking price for the No. 1..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Frederik Andersen dealt to Toronto Maple Leafs

    Today's Slapshot "The Anaheim Ducks went on record as saying that they needed to deal one of their two goaltenders – John Gibson and Frederik Andersen – very soon. Now, they’ve done so. The Ducks confirmed on Monday afternoon that Andersen has been dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 30th overall pick in..." June 21

  • Maple Leafs are open for business

    ESPN "The Toronto Maple Leafs will be a fascinating team to watch this week and next -- and not just because they'll own the spotlight with the first overall pick in the draft Friday night in Buffalo. The rebuilding Leafs also have the 30th, 31st and 57th picks among 12 selections in this week's..." June 20

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Ron MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada. He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago - Ron MacLean. When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey..." June 20

  • Cowen clears waivers, can be bought out by Maple Leafs

    The Score "Embattled defenseman Jared Cowen cleared waivers Thursday, making him eligible to be bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto will earn a $650,000 cap credit with Cowen's impending buy out, but the transaction will cost them $750,000 in valuable cap space in 2017-18, Sportsnet's Chris..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Coyotes GM: Trade talk involving Leafs' No. 1 pick 'ridiculous speculation'

    The Score "If Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is willing to prepare a bounty to acquire the rights of homegrown projected No. 1 draft selection Auston Matthews, it's news to him. Chayka indicated this week that the Coyotes are unwilling to bundle first-round picks with prospect and budding talents - or any..." June 15

  • Phil Kessel: ‘Good chance’ I bring Stanley Cup to Toronto

    Sportsnet "The next time Phil Kessel comes back to Toronto, he might bring his friend Stanley with him. “I probably will end up bringing it back there. Nothing for sure yet, nothing’s been decided, but I think there’s a good chance that’ll happen,” Kessel told Joey Vandetta on Sportsnet 590 The Fan..." June 15

  • Leafs place Cowen on waivers for buyout

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenceman Jared Cowen on waivers on Wednesday for the purposes of buying him out. Cowen was acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade in February. The 25-year-old was subsequently placed on waivers but not picked up by another NHL..." June 15

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Maple Leafs goalie speaks out after Orlando shooting: 'America has a gun problem'

    USA Today "Early Sunday morning news broke that a gunman had opened fire inside an Orlando gay nightclub killing 50 people and wounding 53, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. For Maple Leafs goalie Garret Sparks, the incident hit close to home. For two years, Sparks played for the..." June 12

  • P.A. Parenteau in discussions with Maple Leafs on new deal

    Sportsnet "As the conversation surrounding the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs centres on teenage prospects and draft picks, what of the veterans? The club’s top goal-scorer last season, P.A. Parenteau, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he may be the only impending UFA Toronto..." June 11

  • Mitch Marner will adjust strategy for Maple Leafs training camp

    Sportsnet "The Mitchell Marner who tried out for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015 is not the same Marner who will arrive at the NHL training camp in 2016. Coming off a ridiculously successful junior campaign in which all he did was win — both as an individual (MVP of the OHL regular season, OHL playoffs,..." June 10

  • Heir to millions loses fight for Maple Leafs season tickets after judge rules they belong to father’s company

    National Post "Season tickets for the Toronto Maple Leafs are so hard to get they’re worth going to court over. A Toronto lawyer who won the right to fight for a larger share of her father’s multi-million dollar fortune lost her claim to Leafs tickets in his name after a judge ruled they actually belong to..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • If Kerry Fraser had one do-over, he'd catch Gretzky's high stick on Gilmour

    The Score "A generation later, it's the no-call that still haunts Toronto Maple Leafs supporters: Wayne Gretzky's high stick to the face of Doug Gilmour, in overtime of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on May 27, 1993, the Maple Leafs up 3-2 in the series over the Los Angeles Kings. Former NHL..." June 08

  • NHL insider questions if Oilers should trade for anyone from loser Toronto Maple Leafs

    Edmonton Journal "NHL insider John Shannon, a Sportsnet commentator, has made a provocative comment about trading for players from the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs: “I’m not sure that anybody that comes out of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is somebody you want.” Shannon is an NHL insider with deep ties..." June 06

  • P.A. Parenteau in discussions with Maple Leafs on new deal

    Sportsnet "As the conversation surrounding the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs centres on teenage prospects and draft picks, what of the veterans? The club’s top goal-scorer last season, P.A. Parenteau, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he may be the only impending UFA Toronto..." June 06

  • Matthews spoke to Leafs’ Rielly about playing in Toronto

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews finished his day at the NHL Scouting Combine surrounded by a large scrum of reporters, something he’s sure to see more of in the future. With the Toronto Maple Leafs holding the No. 1 pick for the upcoming NHL Draft, and in need of a centre, Matthews will most likely be wearing..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Matthews says Lamoriello a ‘good guy,’ a little intimidating

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello sat in a corner, silent, as director of player personnel Mark Hunter and a handful of team executives interviewed Auston Matthews Tuesday at the NHL Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. “Lou didn’t ask me anything in that..." June 02

  • Maple Leafs to retain compensatory 2016 3rd-round pick

    Sportsnet "The door for a big-money Toronto offer sheet in the summers of 2016 or 2017 is closed, for now. The Toronto Maple Leafs have decided to retain their 2016 third-round draft pick, Sportsnet confirmed. The Maple Leafs must forfeit a third-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings and a third-round..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Mitch Marner, Ivan Provorov take home major CHL awards

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers have to be very pleased with the progress made by their top prospects this season. London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Mitch Marner has been named the Canadian Hockey League player of the year Saturday, while Brandon Wheat..." May 28

  • Dale Hunter: Why Leafs’ Babcock will like Mitch Marner

    Sportsnet "The offence is obvious. The London Knights‘ 19-year-old superstar is bludgeoning opponents with it. Mitchell Marner has 13 points in three MasterCard Memorial Cup games, but that’s not the reason — at least not the only one — Knights coach Dale Hunter believes Toronto Maple Leafs head coach..." May 27

  • Rielly: Babcock spoke more to Matthews than me at worlds

    The Score "After returning home from his gold-medal win at the IIHF World Championship in Russia, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly joined Hockey Central, where he shared that head coach Mike Babcock may have been more interested in a possible future player than one of his current..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Thinning the Leafs roster will be a challenge over the summer

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs have an interesting dilemma to work through this summer. And for a team that will draft a ton of prospects this summer, the problem will only get stickier in time. It's roster spots. Teams can have 50 players under NHL contracts playing professionally. (Players who have..." May 24

  • Former Maple Leafs coach John Brophy dies

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach John Brophy died on Monday. He was 83. " May 23

  • Maple Leafs prospect Marner lights up Memorial Cup opener

    The Score "Mitch Marner is off and running in Red Deer. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is wrapping up a successful season by playing with his London Knights at the Memorial Cup tournament featuring the top teams in junior hockey. Marner, who was named MVP of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs,..." May 21

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Marlies coach: Nylander needs to be more competitive

    The Score "Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe needs more from William Nylander. The 20-year-old, who was drafted eighth overall by the Maple Leafs in 2014, recorded an impressive 45 points in 38 regular season games for the AHL club this season, but his postseason performance has left something to..." May 15

  • Leafs' Babcock pumped about getting shot at Matthews ... or Laine

    Toronto Sun "Mike Babcock’s wife might not have known what was going on, but the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach watched last month’s NHL Draft Lottery like most Canadians — sitting on the edge of his seat at his lakehouse, with his eyes fixed on the television, living and dying with each pick. “When we got..." May 15

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Wendel Clark’s advice to the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 pick

    Sportsnet "Guess where Wendel Clark was when the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night. At a bar in Edmonton for a charity function, surrounded by Oilers fans. “They were very happy. The fans didn’t want No. 1 again. They wanted No. 4. They’ve had three No. 1’s and it hasn’t..." May 06

  • Marner’s family home caught fire before Game 1 of the OHL Final

    Sportsnet "Just after the London Knights’ 4-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs in the opening game of the OHL final Knights star forward Mitch Marner learned that his family home in Thornhill, ON., had been severely damaged by a fire. Marner, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday, was met by his..." May 06

  • Why Toronto winning the first pick in the NHL draft is so important

    The Sports Fan Journal "As the NHL playoffs move through the second round, the absence of the seven Canadian teams has been palpable. Sure, it’s exciting to watch Ovi and Sid the Kid square off against each other, and seeing John Tavares carry the New York Islanders to their first playoff series victory in 23 years was..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Numbers suggest Matthews can have big rookie year "The Toronto Maple Leafs likely will select Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick at the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. If they do, what can be expected from Matthews as an NHL rookie in 2016-17? Based on the recent performances of No. 1 selections, Matthews..." May 05

  • With Auston Matthews, does Stamkos make sense in Toronto?

    Sportsnet "Things just got 91 times more interesting for July 1. As Steven Stamkos, long believed to be a target for the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ future No. 1 centre role, inches closer to unrestricted free agency, his hometown now has secured the right to draft a bona fide stud prospect at the most critical..." May 02

  • Bob McKenzie: Leafs would ‘take a hard run at Steven Stamkos’ as UFA

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Monday morning. As part of a larger conversation on the Toronto Maple Leafs, how well the rebuild seems to be going with the moves made on and off the ice over the past year or so, and on if all of that – combined with the Leafs having won the draft..." May 02

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