Maple Leafs Rumors & News

  • 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 "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

  • Kessel OT winner over Avs lets Leafs and fans breathe

    Toronto Star "It was Phil Kessel, the unlikely oracle of Toronto, who said it first. Guys, he said in his flat Wisconsin drawl, it’s game one. It was Friday and he said, you guys need to relax a bit here. And lo, the words were inscribed on the local parchment with appropriate solemnity, and then dutifully..." October 15

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Most wanted to see Iggy and Dion scrap, but league wants linesmen to stop fights before they start when safe to do so. Great example.

  • Carlyle on Gardiner scratch: ‘Jake drew the short end of the stick’

    Pro Hockey Talk "More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Toronto Maple Leafs made Jake Gardiner a healthy scratch on Sunday, though critics were mostly silenced after a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers. Head coach Randy Carlyle (kind of) explained the decision to sit Gardiner after that victory,..." October 13

  • Reimer sharp as Leafs beat Rangers for first win

    Toronto Star "Reimer redux. Reimer rattled. And Reimer relieved. As in removed. But also as in whew. Got his brainpan rattled, took his mandatory quiet-time-out, seemed none the worse for wear afterwards, no spinning eyeballs or anything. Remember Reimer, James? Gingery facial hair, goofy grin, endlessly..." October 13

  • Leafs’ Franson expects to play in New York

    Pro Hockey Talk "As Cody Franson walked the bowels of the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, he admitted it was tough to watch his team fall 5-2. Adding insult to injury, a fan decided it was the perfect time to toss a jersey on to the ice during the third period. Franson is healthy and cleared to play – he..." October 12

  • Penguins burn Maple Leafs, win 5-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have shown a lot of things in the first two games of this season, and most are awfully good. They’ve been able to generate goals almost at will, including the five they threw past Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier in a 5-2 victory against the Maple Leafs Saturday night at Air Canada..." October 12

  • Kontiola: ‘I’ve got to make that money at some point’

    Pro Hockey Talk "For those who don’t remember Petri Kontiola, he’s the Finnish forward, who bought himself out of the final year of his contract, to return to the NHL. It sounded like a good plan on paper. Kontiola, 30, spent roughly $500,000 of his own money to leave the KHL and sign a one-year, $1.1 million..." October 11

  • Penguins' Crosby expects Maple Leafs' Kadri in his face

    Toronto Sun "If Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs want to try to rattle Sidney Crosby in front of a national TV audience on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar has a message for them. Bring it on. “I’m not going to change the way I play,” Crosby told the Sun on Thursday night. “If he wants to..." October 10

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    Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050

    Randy Carlyle thinks Cody Franson is more likely to be an option for Sunday, not Saturday.

  • Maple Leafs haven't changed much

    Toronto Sun "They haven’t been a consistent hockey club for several seasons. So when your head coach and core players don’t change, why should we have expected anything vastly different from the Maple Leafs in their first game of the 2014-15 regular season? The Leafs were up and down and all over the..." October 09

  • Plekanec scores late as Canadiens edge Maple Leafs 4-3

    Montreal Gazette "Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game with 42.9 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens a dramatic 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. P.K. Subban had given the Canadiens a 3-2 lead at 8:41 of the third period but Toronto defenceman Morgan..." October 09

  • Maple Leafs have giant deodorant Zamboni, because they stink

    Yahoo! Sports "As they say in hockey: "STICK'S ON THE ICE, BOYS!" Which option do you like better? A. The Toronto Maple Leafs are self-aware of the hilarious image of a giant Right Guard deodorant stick trailing the Zamboni after each period, in a fruitless attempt to rid the Air Canada Centre rink of the..." October 09

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Toronto claims Panik off waivers from TBay.

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Maple Leafs re-assign William Nylander, place Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren on waivers "The Toronto Maple Leafs have apparently decided that hotshot rookie William Nylander should marinate further before making his NHL debut, and are also significantly overhauling their approach to the fourth line this season. With Toronto's twin enforcers and Randy Carlyle favorites Frazer..." October 06

  • Nonis: Leafs need 'more players, better players'

    Toronto Sun "From his perch in the Maple Leafs management box at the Air Canada Centre, GM Dave Nonis will see change in each and every direction he peers come the 2014-15 season opener against the rival Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. There is a new boss in Brendan Shanahan and fresh faces as his..." October 06

  • Percy and Kozun grabbed Leafs attention

    Toronto Sun "If trophies for the Most Pleasant Surprises of Training Camp were handed out, forward Brandon Kozun and defenceman Stuart Percy each would have shiny new baubles resting on their respective mantelpieces today. Since no such hardware exists — at least that we know of — both players would gladly..." October 05

  • Leafs’ Franson tests out knee

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to have dodged a bullet as far as defenseman Cody Franson is concerned. The Leafs rear guard went heavily into the end boards during the Leafs 3-2 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night and missed Toronto’s remaining two preseason games. The..." October 04

  • Leafs Clarkson looking to hit the reset button (again)

    Pro Hockey Talk "Suspensions and injuries have sidelined Toronto’s David Clarkson, who is once again “resetting” as the Leafs prepare for their final preseason game Friday. The Leafs forward could return to action tonight when the Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings. Clarkson appeared in 60 games last season..." October 03

  • Maple Leafs' Franson 'got lucky' with knee injury

    Toronto Sun "When Cody Franson crashed hard into the Air Canada Centre end boards on Sunday night, he thought his kneecap was shattered. And with it, hopes for a better season on the Leafs blue line. On Wednesday, however, the big defenceman said he is still hoping to be in the lineup for opening night next..." October 02

  • Could Mike Babcock be the next coach of the Maple Leafs?

    Toronto Star "The clock is ticking on Mike Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings. So cue the speculation he'll be the next coach of the Maple Leafs . Babcock has one year remaining on his contract to coach the Wings with speculation rampant that the Maple Leafs are the front-runners to sign him should..." September 30

  • Maple Leafs' David Booth out at least four weeks with fractured foot "Maple Leafs forward David Booth is expected to miss at least four weeks after he fractured his foot in a preseason game Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Booth was looking for a fresh start in Toronto after being bought out by the Vancouver Canucks this summer, but it appears he'll have to..." September 29

  • Maple Leafs' Robidas aims for Oct. 3 return

    Toronto Sun "Stephane Robidas had his chin up, while David Clarkson had his cheek assessed. Having received doctors’ clearance to take part in contact drills, new Leafs defenceman Robidas was finally able to take part in a practice with abandon and an eye on getting into game action in the near..." September 28

  • Leafs’ Robidas cleared for contact, Clarkson injured

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs got a bit of good news and bad news Saturday. The good: offseason acquisition Stephan Robidas (broken leg) has been cleared for contact and is nearing a return. Robidas, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Leafs in the summer, is coming off an injury..." September 27

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    Dhiren Mahiban @dcmahiban

    #Leafs David Clarkson having his cheekbone looked at. Tallinder going for another assessment. Robidas cleared, but won't play Sunday

  • Leafs tryout Tallinder suffers separated shoulder

    Pro Hockey Talk "Henrik Tallinder left Friday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres after being hit into the boards by defenseman Mike Weber and the news got worse after the contest. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle revealed that he has a separated shoulder, per the Canadian Press. Tallinder has spent most..." September 27

  • Colton Orr turns heads at Maple Leafs training camp

    Toronto Sun "Colton Orr, who came to camp in a long-odds race for a starting job at wing, departed the first day of Maple Leaf camp in contention for the scrimmage points lead. Doing his share of the set-up work for linemate Daniel Winnik, Orr had a goal and assist in his team’s 4-0 win. He’s not forgotten..." September 21

  • Michael Nylander early feel-good story at Leafs camp

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs have so much veteran presence and depth in training camp this fall that openings on the roster appear to be few and far between. GM Dave Nonis all but announced that scenario in his address to the media when camp opened on Thursday. So the likelihood of a teenager making the..." September 21

  • Maple Leafs’ Rielly, Gardiner ramp up compete level

    Toronto Star "Morgan Rielly is on a losing streak. The Maple Leafs defenceman can’t seem to win a coin flip. That’s how he and roommate/teammate/friend Jake Gardiner decide who does what at their downtown condo. “We flip a coin to see who drives. The loser drives,” said Gardiner, taking a moment away from..." September 20

  • Leafs Announce Training Camp Roster "David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday the hockey club’s 2014 training camp roster. The Leafs have invited 64 players to training camp, including 40 forwards, 18 defencemen and six goaltenders. The entire training camp roster is..." September 17

  • Maple Leafs keep a close eye on prospect Eric Knodel

    Toronto Star "Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has a home 20 minutes from the University of New Hampshire and its top-tier hockey program. Leafs development coach Bobby Carpenter lives about 45 minutes from UNH. Yes, the Maple Leafs kept a very close eye on defenceman Eric Knodel through his college career. “We..." September 17

  • Nylander dazzles in Leafs rookie debut "As far as first impressions go William Nylander performed about as well as one could expect. The Maple Leafs top prospect dazzled in his first game action in blue and white, speedy and dangerous throughout a 4-2 opening night victory from the club's annual rookie tournament in London...." September 14

  • Maple Leafs’ William Nylander main attraction as rookie camp opens

    Toronto Star "You pose the question casually to the Maple Leafs’ veteran players, because you don’t want to prejudice the answer. “Of all the changes in the off-season — the trades, the signings, the draft, the front office, the assistant coaches — what new addition excites you the most?” While the..." September 13

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson will attend TOR's camp on tryout basis.

  • Abbott signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs "Restricted free-agent forward Spencer Abbott signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Abbott, 26, made his NHL debut last season in an Oct. 5 game against the Ottawa Senators. He spent the remainder of the season..." September 10

  • Toronto Maple Leafs give Petri Kontiola another shot at NHL success

    National Post "Every now and then, he would get asked about it. Someone — a teammate, a journalist, a person he met on the street — would look at Petri Kontiola and wonder what happened. Why did the top forward in the 2013 world championship, an offensive playmaker who led club teams in Finland and in Russia in..." September 07

  • Maple Leafs add Bower and Sittler to Legends Row

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Johnny Bower and Darryl Sittler as the second and third members inducted into its’ legends row on Saturday. The pair join Ted Kennedy as the only other member of the Leafs to hold the honor. The legends row is a 30-foot bench outside Toronto’s Air Canada..." September 06

  • Leafs' Robidas still isn't cleared for contact "With the opening of training camp a mere two weeks away, Toronto Maple Leafs defender Stephane Robidas hasn't been cleared for contact. That probably isn't something the passionate fans in the center of the hockey universe want to hear about their club's biggest offseason acquisition, but to..." September 04

  • Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf considers change to left side

    Toronto Star "Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf touched down at the MasterCard Centre on Wednesday, skating with some of his teammates for the first time since the disastrous end of the 2013-14 season. The team’s infamous late-season collapse ushered in a summer of change: Two were fired from the front..." September 04

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