Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • Maple Leafs interested in Kris Russell

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to bolster their blue line when free agency begins July 1. The team is looking to add a top-four defenseman, TSN's Darren Dreger reported during Thursday's "Insider Trading," adding that the team has "shown interest" in pending unrestricted free agent Kris..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs' Cowen in arbitration case over buyout terms

    Pension Plan Puppets "According to Friend Of The Blog James "James Mirtle" Mirtle, Jared Cowen and the Leafs are disputing whether or not he's injured--and if he's injured, Cowen cannot be bought out. According to Bob Mackenzie, the Leafs have now missed the first buyout window." July 01

  • Signing with Leafs would mean big endorsement payday for Stamkos, marketers say

    TSN "If the Toronto Maple Leafs win the race to sign Steven Stamkos, expect another competition to heat up – the battle by corporate Canada to sign him to endorsement deals. At 26, Stamkos has been a high-profile hockey star for close to a decade. He has 50- and 60-goal seasons to his credit,..." June 29

  • Phil Kessel's Toronto Career Forever Memorialized In Jamaican Sports Bar

    The Big Lead "Phil Kessel won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month. He won the Cup in his first season after being run out of Toronto where he spent the previous 6 years of his career. Kessel’s relationship with the Maple Leafs remains a complicated one, but there is at least one sports..." June 29

  • Dion Phaneuf talks Toronto, Phil Kessel’s Cup party: ‘I’ll be there’

    Sportsnet "Think back 16 months ago, Toronto. Before the oh-so-sweet lottery win and the fevered Steven Stamkos anticipation and the new No. 1 goaltender and those slick new throwback sweaters that pop like hope. Flash back to the Globe and Mail‘s memorable report of the “scorched earth” Shanny-plan, in..." June 29

  • Jonathan Bernier: I was expecting Leafs to go get another goalie

    ESPN "When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for goalie Frederik Andersen last week, the other masked man in Toronto wasn’t exactly shocked. But now he's plenty motivated. "You know what, I'll be honest, I wasn't surprised on the trade to get another goalie," Jonathan Bernier said over the phone..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • The Leafs re-wrote the rules for the 2016 draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "From the day the Leafs hired Mark Hunter, the jokes have written themselves. Watch the Leafs draft all of the London Knights. Now they know all the OHL secrets, watch them empty the league at the draft. They'll get Tkachuk somehow! And the reality has turned out to be very, very..." June 26

  • Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews first overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "When the Toronto Maple Leafs stepped climbs the stairwell towards the podium at Buffalo's First Niagara Center, it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would select Auston Matthews with the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. On Friday night, in front of thousands of Leafs fans who..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Nicolas Mattinen 179th overall at the 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "As the 2016 NHL Draft began to wind down on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued to draft for size, taking London Knights defensemen Nicolas Mattinen. Mattinen, fresh off winning the Memorial Cup despite frequently being a healthy scratch, is a 6-4, 220-pound defensemen whose reach made..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Nikolai Chebykin 182nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "With their final pick of the 2016 NHL draft the Toronto Maple Leafs went back to Russia and grabbed forward NIkolai Chebykin from the Russian junior league. In his second year in the MHL Chebykin scored 13 goals, 22 assists in 39 games. He was the 50th-ranked European skater by NHL Central..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Jack Walker 152nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "Continuing their trend today of picking overagers in the draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs picked Jack Walker, a left winger/defense from the WHL's Victoria Royals. In his fourth year in the WHL, the Edina, Minnesota native scored 36 goals, 48 assists (84pts) in 72 games for the Royals. Walker..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Vladimir Boblyev 122nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "For the third time at the 2016 NHL Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected an overager. This time, it was in the fifth round, picking up 19-year-old Victoria Royals winger and centre Vladimir Boblyev. After spending his draft year in a limited role as a rookie with the Vancouver Giants, Boblyev..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs select Keaton Middleton 101st overall in 2016 NHL draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "With their seventh pick in the 2016 NHL draft, the Leafs picked Keaton Middleton from the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. The 6'5" defenceman had 7 points in 66 games last season and had one assist in four playoff games. He shoots left and weighs in at 243 pounds. Middleton is from Edmonton and has..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Adam Brooks 92nd overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "The Leafs were playing for keeps with overagers on the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft. After taking Yegor Korshkov, who is about to turn 20, 31st overall, the Leafs continued to target skilled older players when they chose diminutive scorer Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats 92nd..." June 26

  • Leafs Select J.D. Greenway 72nd Overall at 2016 Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "Through the first three rounds of the draft, the Leafs are seeking out size. Auston Matthews stands at 6'2", Yegor Korshkov is 6'4", Carl Grundstrom 6'0", Joseph Woll 6'3", and now J.D. Greenway at 6'4". Greenway is a hulking left-handed defenceman who comes from the US National Development..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Carl Grundstrom 57th overall in 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "After going off the board to take winger Yegor Korshkov with the 31st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs restored order a little, taking Swedish international standout Carl Grundstrom with their final pick of the second round. Grundstrom, who has excelled with Team Sweden at the U20, U18,..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs take goalie Joseph Woll on Day 2 of NHL dr

    Toronto Star "They call him Brick, and when you’re a goalie with Woll as your last name, that’s a good thing. Joseph Woll, from the burgeoning hockey hotbed of St. Louis, was one of 10 players selected by the Maple Leafs on an unusual second day at the NHL draft. “I couldn’t think of a better place to go..." June 26

  • Maple Leafs pick Yegor Korshkov 31st overall in 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "When Lou Lamoriello and Brendan Shanahan spoke following the end of the first round on Friday, they spoke of their selection of Auston Matthews as just the beginning. After they dealt their 30th overall pick as part of a package to acquire goaltender Frederik Andersen, their first round played out..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Maple Leafs snag Kerby Rychel from Blue Jackets in trade

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon in exchange for defenceman Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. Rychel split the 2015-16 season between the Blue Jackets and the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, where he..." June 25

  • 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

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