Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that there is plenty of interest in pending UFA Tyler Bozak.

The window for potential unrestricted free agents on July 1 to speak to other teams is now open and Dreger said that Bozak's agent is fielding calls. He has played all 594 of his career games as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but could be on the move elsewhere this off-season.
Jun 24 - 1:00 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected defenseman Rasmus Sandin with the 29th pick of the 2018 Entry Draft.

The Swedish blueliner left home early in the 2017-18 season and made his way to Sault Ste. Marie where he had 12 goals and 45 points in 51 games. The solid defenseman showed flashes of offensive ability with some end-to-end rushes in the OHL as he has an extra gear, making him an above average rearguard. He is expected to go back to Sweden next season and play in the top division and that will certainly help him progress should the Maple Leafs decide they don't need him to play in the OHL. Despite his lack of height, he does not mind the rough going and does not get rattled in his own zone. Sandin will be a marginal fantasy player to start but could eventually be a nice three-four defenseman in deeper leagues.
Jun 22 - 10:42 PM

Miro Aaltonen will head back to the KHL for the 2018-19 campaign.

Aaltonen attempted to make the shift to North American hockey in 2017-18, but it didn't work out as hoped. He was solid in the AHL with 20 goals and 43 points in 64 games, but the 25-year-old didn't end up playing at all with the Maple Leafs.
Jun 21 - 8:25 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Calvin Pickard to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Pickard had a 2.31 GAA and .918 save percentage in 33 AHL games in 2017-18. He'll probably start the 2018-19 campaign in the minors too, but could be called up at some point as an injury replacement.
Jun 20 - 3:43 PM

Connor Carrick has agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carrick was coming off a two-year, $1.5 million deal and would have been a restricted free agent on July 1. Carrick had trouble cracking the Leafs's roster last year and didn't play at all during the playoffs. He had four goals and 12 points in 47 games with Toronto last season.
Jun 20 - 3:41 PM

Mitch Marner isn't worried about this contract situation.

Marner still has another year left on his entry-level deal, but there could be talks regarding an extension this summer. "Nothing has been said yet, but nothing you can do," he said. "If nothing happens, you still have a year to play under your rookie contract. Just go out there and try to prove you can make the team better." Marner improved on his rookie totals during his second NHL campaign in 2017-18 with 22 goals and a team-leading 69 points in 82 games.
Jun 20 - 10:52 AM

Ryane Clowe will be the head coach of the ECHL's Newfoundland Growlers.

The St. John's, Newfoundland native played in 491 NHL games before his career was ended by concussions. Clowe had been serving as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils for the last two seasons. The Growlers will be ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018-19.
Jun 20 - 9:17 AM

Matthew Bradley has agreed to terms with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Bradley was originally drafted in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The 21-year-old produced 37 goals and 79 points in 72 games with the Regina Pats of the WHL last season. The Marlies also announced the signings of Brady Ferguson, Josh Kestner, Derian Plouffe and Scott Pooley to American Hockey League contracts.
Source: Marlies.ca
Jun 19 - 12:12 PM

Toronto hasn't ruled the possibility of moving up in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Leafs have the 25th pick in the opening round. "I know a lot of people say he's only a trade-down person. I don't know how it's got to that point," said Toronto GM Kyle Dubas. "I guess we did it twice, so sure. I think if there's an opportunity for us to add players that can help our team we have the capital in draft choices to be able to [trade up]. So I don't ever go into it saying 'We're going to do X and Y.' We're going to do whatever we can to do to help the team and keep moving ahead. So if that's move up, move down, stay in the same spot and pick a player we like, that's what well do."
Jun 18 - 4:15 PM

Tyler Bozak is unlikely to be back with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger sites outside interest as the primary reason why Bozak isn't expected to return to the Leafs. However, re-signing with the only NHL team he has ever played for remains an option. Toronto GM Kyle Dubas said recently that the door is open for the team's pending unrestricted free agents, including Bozak.
Jun 18 - 11:57 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock sees Andreas Johnsson as an NHLer for the 2018-19 season.

"[Andreas] is a player who has shown that he is ready for the next level," Babcock said. "It's so important to score at the level you're at if you want to be a scorer before you move on and [he has] done that. ... What it shows you is that the time is right for him. It didn't hurt him to play for us at all, to help him with his confidence." Johnsson appeared in nine regular-season games and six playoff contests with the Maple Leafs last season. He amassed 26 goals and 54 points in 54 matches with the Marlies in 2017-18. Johnsson also had 10 goals and 24 points in 16 postseason outings en route to being named the MVP of Toronto's Calder Cup-winning squad. He will look to cement his spot on the roster at training camp in the fall.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 17 - 5:10 PM

Ryane Clowe will reportedly become the first coach of the ECHL's Newfoundland Growlers, according to sources.

Clowe was recently inducted into the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame. He had been serving as an assistant on John Hynes’s coaching staff in New Jersey for the last two seasons.
Jun 17 - 1:56 PM

Toronto GM Kyle Dubas said Saturday that other NHL teams have not requested to speak with Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe.

There was some speculation that the New York Islanders and former Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello may be interested in Keefe, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Keefe just coached Toronto's minor-league affiliate to a first-place finish in the AHL for the 2017-18 campaign and went on to win the Calder Cup championship.
Jun 17 - 12:02 PM

Travis Dermott made the decision not to play in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final because of a shoulder injury.

Dermott missed Game 5 of the series due to the ailment before returning to the lineup in Game 6. He said that making the call to sit out Thursday's contest was the hardest decision he's been forced to make, but clearly he didn't want to be a liability to his teammates in a pivotal matchup. The Marlies went on to win the championship over the Texas Stars.
Jun 17 - 10:58 AM

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said the "door is always open" for pending free agents James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov to return next season.

The Maple Leafs aren't pressed against the salary cap, but they will have to sign Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner to expensive contract extensions in the near future. There's a good chance that at least two of van Riemsdyk, Bozak and Komarov won't be back with the Leafs next season. JVR will likely command the most money of the three. He had 36 goals and 54 points in 81 games last season.
Jun 16 - 9:46 PM


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