Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Morgan Rielly excited after Maple Leafs' draft lottery win

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was asleep when his team was awarded the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft on Saturday, as he is in Europe preparing for the IIHF World Championship, but the 22-year-old was able to share his reaction after Team Canada's practice..." May 01

  • Top 3 picks 'unlikely' to be moved; Oilers' No. 4 pick 'in play'

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Columbus Blue Jackets - the teams with the first three selections in the NHL draft - have no intention of trading their picks. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday that the Maple Leafs, Jets and Blue Jackets are "very unlikely" to trade out..." May 01

  • Maple Leafs win draft lottery: Is Matthews in their sights?

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan only clicked through the NHL Draft Lottery simulator once. One time was all he needed. Why press your luck? Shanahan liked the results so much that he quickly closed his laptop, hoping the same outcome would pull through during the real..." May 01

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner dominating OHL playoffs

    The Score "While the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking forward to Saturday's NHL Draft lottery results, they seem to have already scored a major victory on the prospect front. With two goals and two assists in a London Knights playoff game Tuesday against the Erie Otters, Mitch Marner leads the OHL with 14..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Waivers: GREG MCKEGG
    FLA

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Dubas: ‘I don’t believe I’m ready to be an NHL general manager’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Arizona Coyotes could name a new general manager in the next week or two. They’ve already had “multiple discussions with multiple individuals,” co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told the Arizona Republic this week. But whoever they end up hiring, it won’t be Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle..." April 20

  • Are the Toronto Maple Leafs plotting an offer sheet?

    Sportsnet "Forget Steven Stamkos for a minute, Toronto. And re-read these statements from the Maple Leafs bold, new, creative front office through the lens of the offer sheet. Think RFA, not UFA. In deed and in word, the Maple Leafs' tear-down has been purposeful, aggressive and has made full use of..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Leafs’ Lamoriello loves Kadri but ‘he’s not a first-line centre’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a number of significant roster changes since the end of last season, most notably trading Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Nazem Kadri’s name had often come up as another player the team might consider dealing at some point if he was not in..." April 14

  • Leafs Sign Rielly, Kadri To Six-Year Contract Extensions

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenceman Morgan Rielly and forward Nazem Kadri to new six-year contracts. Rielly, 22, led all Maple Leafs defencemen with a career-high 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) while skating in all 82 games this year. The native..." April 13

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • No Canada: Higher tax rates ‘erect roadblocks’ for teams trying to entice free agents north of the border

    Edmonton Journal "Hometown discount or highway robbery? Or maybe, when discussing what it would take for the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign Steven Stamkos this summer, it is a bit of both. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain, who is a pending free agent, reportedly walked away from an eight-year contract offer worth..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Report: Maple Leafs, Rielly have begun extension talks

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to lock up their best, young defenseman long term as contract extension talks with 22-year-old blue-liner Morgan Rielly are underway, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. "Short term seems unlikely. A longer term of five or six years seems more likely," Dreger said,..." April 11

  • Who will the Maple Leafs pick at the 2016 NHL Draft?

    Sportsnet "They did it! The Maple Leafs have officially finished dead-last in the NHL standings. At the start of the season, team president Brendan Shanahan and new head coach Mike Babcock made sure fans understood it would be a difficult season by promising pain and the start of a process to rebuild the..." April 10

  • Mission Accomplished? Leafs grab best 2016 NHL Draft lottery odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The “Shanaplan” continues to come together for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After getting pummeled in their season finale to the New Jersey Devils, the Maple Leafs “locked down” the final standings spot in the NHL for 2015-16. This gives them the best odds at getting the top pick of the 2016 NHL..." April 10

  • Leafs GM Lamoriello unsure whether Robidas, Lupul can play next season

    The Score "The morning after the Toronto Maple Leafs finished the regular season, questions abound regarding the status of two injured veteran players. Defenseman Stephane Robidas and forward Joffrey Lupul are already questionable to come off injured reserve and suit up next season, with the former's..." April 10

  • Devils' Elias scores in possible career swan song

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- In what may be the final game of his brilliant career with the New Jersey Devils, Patrik Elias went out in style. Elias, who turns 40 on Wednesday, scored one goal and recorded two assists in New Jersey's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at the Prudential..." April 09

  • Vesey says there's no favorite to sign him, father insists Leafs job won't impact choice

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey says no NHL team has the inside track to signing him, and his father doesn't expect his employment as a scout to affect his son's choice. The 22-year-old forward and his father, Jim Vesey, Sr., spoke to the media Friday for the first time since informing the Nashville Predators of..." April 09

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    The #leafs have sent Kasperi Kapanen back to the AHL Marlies, keeping him from playing a 10th NHL game. His ELC slides to next year.

  • Why Canada was shut out of Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Yahoo! Sports "There are similarities between Canada in 1970 and Canada in 2016. The Trudeau bloodline in back in the Prime Minister's office. Tim Hortons still serves fresh coffee. And, perhaps most importantly, there are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, there are differences, like..." April 08

  • Maple Leafs own last-place tiebreaker over Oilers

    The Score "In a perfect world, the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs would play each other in the Basement Bowl on Saturday night, and Auston Matthews would be in attendance. Both teams are tied for last in the league with 69 points, and both have one game left to play. The Maple Leafs will face the..." April 08

  • Former NHL coach Jacques Demers hospitalized after stroke

    Sporting News "Former NHL coach Jacques Demers, 71, was in stable condition Thursday at a Montreal hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night, CBC News reported. Demers, who is now a Quebec senator, was scheduled to appear on a radio show Wednesday in Montreal but never showed up. He was inundated..." April 08

  • Bernier, Leafs play spoiler in Philadelphia

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The search may have taken all season, but Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier finally found his confidence. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time for the Philadelphia Flyers. Playing the role of spoiler to near perfection, Bernier was under constant duress from..." April 07

  • Dubinsky scores 2 in Jackets' win in Toronto

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- John Tortorella would like to see Brandon Dubinsky shoot on the goal more. The Columbus Blue Jackets coach feels that his center misses the net too frequently with his shots. Dubinsky got the message Wednesday. Two of his shots got behind Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender..." April 06

  • How realistic is Maple Leafs chance at drafting Matthews?

    Sportsnet "Time has run out on any concerns that the Toronto Maple Leafs might submarine their draft lottery odds with a late surge at the end of a long season. Even an extra win or two can’t really do that now. With the Columbus Blue Jackets in town on Wednesday night, the only lingering question at..." April 06

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Edmonton seizes the crown for perennially woeful hockey from always-awful Leafs

    Edmonton Journal "It’s time the Toronto Maple Leafs surrender their longstanding status on the title of the National Hockey League’s most laughably inept organization, and turn it over to the astonishingly incompetent Edmonton Oilers. It’s only fair; the Oilers have earned it. The Leaf claim on league-leading..." April 05

  • Panthers edge Leafs, set franchise points mark

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Florida Panthers accomplished two things when they held on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Monday as Rocco Grimaldi tripled his goal output for the season by scoring twice. The Panthers set a franchise record with 99 points for the season, one more than the 1999-2000..." April 04

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Toronto’s Nazem Kadri suspended four games for cross-checking Detroit’s Luke Glendening. Video: https://t.co/1JSLEoQ0La

  • Maple Leafs' Kadri suspended four games

    NHL.com "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended for four games, without pay, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening during NHL Game No. 1170 in Toronto on Saturday, April 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident..." April 04

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Toronto's Nazem Kadri will have a hearing tomorrow for cross-checking Detroit's Luke Glendening.

  • By rotating goalies, Maple Leafs may be tanking ... just a little bit

    The Score "Though a touch paradoxical, tanking ethically is a real thing in the NHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs tore their roster down to the studs over the course of this season, but that didn't stop the organization, from upper levels of management down throughout the farm system, from learning, working,..." April 03

  • Maple Leafs officially get 2016 first-round pick from Penguins

    Sportsnet "It took nine full months but we now know the final details of the trade that sent Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins blanked the New York Islanders 5-0 Saturday afternoon and clinched a playoff berth in the process. This also means the Maple Leafs..." April 02

  • Maple Leafs' Michalek out for rest of season with knee injury

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Milan Michalek will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury, the team announced Saturday. The 31-year-old was injured during Thursday's loss to the Buffalo Sabres. " April 02

  • Maple Leafs' Kadri doesn't agree with $5K diving fine

    The Score "One day after the league cited Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for three diving/embellishment offences from the past two months, earning him a $5,000 fine, the 25-year-old shared his frustration with reporters Saturday. "I didn't agree with it nor did I like it," Kadri said, according..." April 02

  • Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 by NHL for diving

    Toronto Star "Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri has been credited the past two weeks for leading the NHL in drawing penalties. The NHL has been keeping tabs on Kadri’s behaviour with regards to drawing penalties, and has found several incidents they say are worthy of a fine. On Friday, it came time for Kadri..." April 01

  • O'Reillys make Sabres' win vs. Leafs a family affair

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ryan O'Reilly has had plenty of nights to remember in his first year with the Buffalo Sabres. On Thursday, it was his older brother's time to shine. Cal O'Reilly scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the first two-goal game..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Vesey saga keeps coming back to Toronto, Boston

    TSN "The moment Jimmy Vesey Jr. told the Nashville Predators he was going to exercise his right to unrestricted free agency come Aug. 15 -- rather than sign with the club and play the rest of this regular season and 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs in Music City -- you knew where this was likely headed. To..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Kadri, Maple Leafs play spoiler vs. Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The last-place Toronto Maple Leafs are going nowhere this year -- with the possible exception of Nazem Kadri. The 25-year-old center, who will be a restricted free agent this season, scored a hat trick -- including two power-play goals -- on Tuesday night to help beat the..." March 29

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