Player News - Maple Leafs

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Coach Mike Babcock still plans to start Auston Matthews on the third line when the regular season begins.

Matthews lined up between James van Riemsedyk and Leo Komarov during Wednesday's practice, which would probably be considered the top trio. Babcock said that the rookie center's play would determine how fast he goes up the depth chart.
Sep 28 - 1:38 PM

Jared Cowen has been bought out as far as Toronto and the NHL are concerned, but he has a grievance hearing with independent arbitrator scheduled for Oct. 19.

If he wins his arbitration then he will get his $4.5 million salary, but if he loses then he will receive $750,000 this year and $750,000 next year as part of the buyout. Cowen underwent hip surgery after he was initially bought out, so he is unlikely to be ready to play until February.
Sep 28 - 1:03 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) took part in some drills at Wednesday's practice.

He is still listed as day-to-day, but his progress has been encouraging and he appears to be on track to be ready to go by the time the regular season begins.
Sep 28 - 12:16 PM

Auston Matthews skated between James van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov in his first session with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

The trio just arrived from participating in the World Cup of Hockey and Toronto is split into two groups for practices, but Matthews on the top line isn't an unlikely scenario for the start of the season. The first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft impressed at the World Cup on the top line alongside Connor McDavid.
Sep 28 - 12:13 PM

Martins Dzierkals has been returned to Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL by Toronto.

The Leafs also assigned Stephen Desrocher (Kingston), Tye Felhaber (Saginaw), Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia), Nicolas Mattinen (London), Keaton Middleton (Saginaw), JJ Piccinich (London), Jack Walker (Victoria) and Tyler Wong (Lethbridge) to their respective junior teams. Toronto has 53 players (32 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goalies) remaining in camp.
Sep 27 - 1:22 PM

Jeff Glass was among Toronto's 23 roster cuts on Tuesday.

Glass, who was attending camp on a professional tryout, will head to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL along with William Corrin, Taylor Doherty, Eric Faille, Brett Findlay, TJ Foster, Jon Jutzi, Daniel Maggio, Mason Marchment, Ryan Massa, Brenden Miller, Ty Stanton, Ethan Werek and Chase Witala. Camp for the minor-league squad begins on Monday.
Sep 27 - 1:19 PM

Mitch Marner was impressive in his exhibition debut on Monday night.

He picked up two assists in Toronto's 6-3 loss to Ottawa and created chances just about every time he was on the ice. "Did he ever want the puck — sometimes he came back just to get the puck," said Jim Hiller, who served as the head coach with Mike Babcock still at the World Cup of Hockey. "He led four or five breakouts on his own and carried through to the offensive zone. That's not something most players can do. The league is too tight. There's not a lot of room. It's difficult to explain how a player like that can create time and space for himself. He's a special player." Marner is looking to claim a roster spot with the Maple Leafs this season or else he will have to return to the OHL.
Sep 27 - 11:45 AM

You can add former Maple Leaf superstar Mats Sundin to the legion of hockey experts who have been impressed with Auston Matthews.

Sundin marvelled at Matthews talent at the World Cup of Hockey tournament and had some advice for Matthews who is set to play for the Maple Leafs this season. "I would say to Auston coming into Toronto is to just be yourself and develop as a person and as a kid," Sundin said. "I think that’s the best advice I can give knowing that there is going to be a lot of pressure and a lot of focus on the Maple Leafs. Keep doing what has brought him to this position and made him the first overall pick and he’ll be fine". Expectations will be sky high in Leaf Nation for Matthews this season. Good thing the kid has the talent and character to deal with them.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 25 - 10:10 AM

Brooks Laich hopes to provide some veteran leadership to a very young Toronto squad.

Laich, who at 33, is the oldest player in Maple Leaf camp, joked that he is the "youngest, old guy on a team in the NHL". We don't expect much production from Laich in 2016-17 but he will play an important role keeping the Buds' young stars centered.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 25 - 10:04 AM

Tyler Bozak has been impressed with rookie Auston Matthews.

"I don’t think anyone would mind playing with him," Bozak said. "What I’ve seen of him so far is very impressive. You’d never think he’s as young as he is. He looks composed out there. He’s fast, he’s big. He’s winning a lot of battles in the corners against big guys, which is really impressive. He just looks really calm and poised and confident, that’s hard to find in young guys." Matthews should get every opportunity to produce strong offensive numbers right off the bat on a young Toronto team. He enters the year as the Calder Trophy favorite (slightly ahead of Winnipeg's Patrik Laine).
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 24 - 11:52 AM

Nikita Soshnikov is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Soshnikov was on the ice on Friday, but didn't take any contact. He had two goals and five points in 11 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 23 - 1:21 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) is on track to be ready for the start of the season.

"He's progressing," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "We're certainly not going to rush anything. Until he's ready, we're not going to have any comment. He is progressing. He has had no setbacks." Andersen was hurt during an Olympic qualifying game for Denmark.
Sep 23 - 9:05 AM

Milan Michalek scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over Team USA.

The game was meaningless for both sides, but at least the Czechs can go out on a high note. Michalek's brother, Zbynek, opened the scoring in the first period, while Milan gave the Czechs 2-1 and 4-2 leads in the second period. Milan finished the tournament with three points in three games.
Sep 22 - 11:08 PM

After Finland's 3-0 loss to Russia at the World Cup, Leo Komarov told reporters he was probably done playing for his country.

Obviously, emotions are running high after Finland's disappointing performance at the World Cup (they went 0-3 and scored just one goal), so it's hard to tell if Komarov is serious. The Leafs forward has also represented Finland in 57 games at the World Championships, six games at the Olympics and 13 contests at the World Juniors.
Source: The Score
Sep 22 - 9:04 PM

Joffrey Lupul began training camp on the injured reserve list.

Lupul underwent sports hernia surgery in February and hasn't played since. "It is with deep regret that I will be unable to attend training camp and start the season with the Leafs due to injury," Lupul said. "I pledge to work hard with a view to return to playing this season. Hockey is the only life I have known. This is an extremely emotional time for me. Accordingly, I will not be making any further comment at this time." Lupul rehabbed over the summer, but has experienced discomfort while skating. The decision for him to start on the injured reserve was made after he went through the team's physical. It's not clear how long he'll be out for.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 12:13 PM


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