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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (54) / 4/29/1963
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Despite the acquistion of Ron Hainsey, the Maple Leafs will likely be looking to upgrade their defense corps.
Hainsey essentially replaced Matt Hunwick, who signed with the Penguins. However, the Buds still need a top-four rearguard to improve and will likely be looking to get one through a trade once the season starts. Jul 2 - 10:58 AM

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Like many NHL teams, the Maple Leafs are exploring opportunities to acquire a veteran NHL defenseman this off-season.

Whether it comes by trade (Coliin Miller or Marco Scandella) or via free agency (Karl Alzner) the Buds will be looking at all available options to bolster their blueline. Stay tuned for further updates.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 25 - 9:31 AM

There were no real surprises on the Maple Leafs' protected list.

The Buds were expected to expose veterans Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Roman Polak and Brian Boyle and they did. Toronto did protect the following players: Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Josh Leivo, Matt Martin, James van Riemsdyk, Connor Carrick, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Andersen. Toronto did not have to protect many of their young stars as they were exempt from the draft. As a result, the Leafs were able to retain marginal players such as Matt Martin and Josh Leivo. There is not much for Vegas to choose from the Leafs.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:33 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might not have a captain (again) in 2017-18.

The Leafs haven't had a player wear the "C" since Dion Phaneuf was traded to Ottawa last season and it doesn't sound like that's going to change. "I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year," GM Lou Lamoriello told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. "Right now, that isn’t something in the forefront. I think we had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of young players and that’s not something being considered at this point." Auston Matthews will likely be the team's next captain, but they probably don't want to add anymore more pressure on the 19-year-old's shoulders this soon.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 3 - 9:54 AM

Mike Babcock has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

The Maple Leafs surprised the hockey world by making it to the playoffs with a 40-27-15 record after having the worst record in the NHL last season (29-42-11). Babcock has never won the award before. Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the other two finalists for the award.
Apr 26 - 7:28 PM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was optimistic about the future after the Leafs were eliminated by Washington in Game 6.

"The reality is, it was a great year for our team. It would have been great to play in Game 7," said Babcock. "If you’re not from Toronto, you don’t know how spectacular it is," he said. "This is the best place you can ever play. I’ve never seen anything like this. Now you need a team to match that opportunity." The Leafs are getting there. Toronto had seven rookies participate in over 50 games this season, so the fact that the squad was not only able to make the playoffs, but then hold their own against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in every game of the series is a good sign of things to come. The first round series saw five of six games go to overtime and every contest be decided by just a goal. It will be very interesting to see what Toronto does in 2017-18.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 24 - 11:03 AM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is upbeat about where his team is at as they face the possibility elimination in Game 6 against Washington on Sunday.

"To tell you the truth. I think it’s a great opportunity for our team," Babcock said. "We’re playing against a good team and we’re playing well and having fun doing it. I think it’s just relish in the moment. Relish (Saturday), take all the atmosphere in, get energized and get ready to go again (Sunday). It’s a lot of fun for our group and you should enjoy it." The Maple Leafs were led by rookies and youngsters this season and for them this playoff series has been a great learning experience. It's also been encouraging as Toronto has defied expectations by consistently staying in games against the President Trophy winning Washington Capitals. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Maple Leafs can be happy with how much progress they've made in 2016-17, but they'll certainly be trying to force a Game 7 regardless.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

Despite trailing 3-2 in the series, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock believes his team can still win their series against Washington.

The Leafs dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime on Friday night, which puts them on the brink of elimination. "You can’t have any more fun than this," Babcock said. "We believe we still have a chance to win. That’s what we’re going to do. The bottom line is we’ve got to go home and win a game now because we want to be right here in overtime in Game 7." Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Sunday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 22 - 10:42 AM

The Maple Leafs are showing they can play with the President Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

In fact, there is a strong argument that the Leafs could have been up 2-0 in this series. The Buds have been tied or ahead in both games except for 3:19 in total. That is a real confidence building stat for a young and upcoming Toronto squad.
Apr 16 - 11:43 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a good chance of making the 2017 playoffs, but they've got to take care of business this weekend.

The Maple Leafs are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they have a game in hand. If the Maple Leafs win just one of their games against Pittsburgh or Columbus, they'd be in the post-season. If they lose both and the Lightning beat the Sabres on Sunday, they'd be out. "What I like about this opportunity is we have to earn our way in," head coach Mike Babcock said. "No one is giving it to you. And that’s what it is all about, is having these opportunities to grow your game in moments that matter. They have all had these opportunities at different levels, just not at this level. So let’s look after business."
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 8 - 10:48 AM

Mike Babcock has his sights set on making the playoffs.

"I don’t care when you peak or any of that stuff, I just want to get in the playoffs to give ourselves a chance," Babcock said. "We’re playing better right now and finding a way to win games and that’s what we have to continue to do. Last year, I didn’t look at the standings one time (when the Leafs finished 30th overall in the National Hockey League) and now I look at it every single day. Obviously, there must be a reason to look at them." Through 73 games, the Leafs find themselves in third place in the Atlantic Division. If the playoffs started today, they'd face the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 25 - 10:05 AM

Although there is no question the Maple Leafs are on the rise, they have not fared very well in overtime and shootout games.

In fact, the Buds have lost a league-worst 15 games when the match has not been decided in regular time. If the Leafs had won just half of those contests they would be safely in a playoff spot. Just the growing pains of youth.
Mar 19 - 10:04 AM

The Maple Leafs' chances of making the playoffs have dimmed a little over the last two weeks.

With their loss to the Ducks Saturday night, the Buds are now in the throws of a five-game losing streak. It is the first time the team has lost five consecutive contests this season. Needless to say, this is not coming at a good time.
Mar 5 - 10:56 AM

Even though they're in the hunt for a playoff spot, don't expect the Maple Leafs to trade young assets for short-term help.

"We’d like to do anything we can to get in the playoffs that wouldn’t be in the way of our long-term plan," coach Mike Babcock said. "People can speculate, but the reality is you look at our group and I think this is our group moving ahead. What we can do in the off season to help ourselves, that’s a big job for our management team, but if anyone’s looking for us to be the news on deadline day, I’d find something else to do."
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 18 - 10:30 AM

Mike Babcock doesn't expect Toronto to make waves during the trade deadline this season.

As Babcock noted, "If anyone's looking for us to be the news on deadline day, I'd find something else to do." Fortunately for us, his say in the matter only goes so far. One way or another, it should be interesting to see what does or does not happen.
Feb 17 - 3:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3Tyler Bozak
4Dominic Moore
5Ben Smith
6Frederik Gauthier
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Patrick Marleau
3Zach Hyman
4Matt Martin
5Josh Leivo
6Eric Fehr
7Kasperi Kapanen
8Joffrey Lupul
RW1Mitch Marner
2William Nylander
3Leo Komarov
4Connor Brown
5Nikita Soshnikov
6Nathan Horton
D1Jake Gardiner
2Morgan Rielly
3Nikita Zaitsev
4Connor Carrick
5Ron Hainsey
6Martin Marincin
7Andreas Borgman
G1Frederik Andersen
2Curtis McElhinney