Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

Devin Setoguchi will attend Toronto's training camp on a professional tryout.

There was some talk about Setoguchi joining the Leafs for camp earlier this month, but now we finally have something more concrete on the matter. He appeared in 12 games with the Calgary Flames last season and he didn't record a point. Setoguchi also dressed in 19 AHL outings with Adirondack, where he had 10 points.
Aug 25 - 10:49 AM

Despite suffering some serious injuries in the last few seasons, Stephane Robidas says he still loves hockey and is ready for the upcoming season.

"I know I can still play. I have a passion for it, I still love it. Last year, from November until we shut it down, I played with the bad shoulder. I couldn’t sleep at night," said Robidas. I’m not looking for any excuses or anything like that, but I had started to feel (comfortable) and then the shoulder gave in." The 38-year-old scored one goal and added six assists in 52 games last season. He may have slowed down, but he could be an important mentor to several of Toronto's young players.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 23 - 8:21 AM

It sounds like the addition of Mike Babcock made the Toronto Maple Leafs a more desirable team for Shawn Matthias.

"This is where I wanted to go, and he's a big part of that," Matthias told NHL.com "We had a good meeting. I got home and talked to my dad, and everything (with the Maple Leafs) seemed to be going in the right direction. I don't see why anyone would not want to play here. It's going to be amazing."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 22 - 12:58 PM

According to Finnish news outlet Helsingin Sanomat, Leo Komarov was fined more than 35,000 euros on Friday.

The fine was the result of two counts of speeding and two counts of fraud that allegedly took place before the 2014-15 season. At the time, Komarov was between teams so he told police he had no income because fines in Finland can be based on that. The court is saying he had to report his earnings over a longer period, which would include his KHL earnings and the contract he currently has with the Maple Leafs. That is why he was slapped with a hefty fine.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 21 - 6:40 PM

Stephane Robidas has received the green light to resume skating.

He missed the last 17 games of the season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. Robidas also recently had a screw removed from his previously broken leg. He took to the ice for the first time on Thursday. We should get a clearer idea of his status when training camps begin.
Aug 20 - 8:18 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

Lemaire has been with the New Jersey Devils for the past six seasons as a head coach (2009-10, 2010-11) and most recently as a special assignment coach. He has been reunited with GM Lou Lou Lamoriello in Toronto. "Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience. We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I've asked him to join our staff to help me and the rest of our coaches within the entire organization be the best they can be," said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock.
Aug 14 - 10:27 AM

Morgan Rielly could be in line for a breakout season for the Leafs in 2015-2016.

As a 20-year-old, Rielly scored eight goals with 21 assists in 81 games played last season after scoring two goals and 25 assists in his rookie season in 2013-2014. Although his fantasy value has been hampered by his poor plus/minus ratings of minus 16 last season and minus 13 two years ago; he is a gifted offensive defenseman that has the potential to take his game to the next level. He also should be one of the Leafs’ top power-play point men which should increase his power-play point production from nine last year. Target Rielly in the later rounds of fantasy drafts and hope he puts all together next season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 9 - 10:09 PM

Shawn Matthias wants to stay in Toronto longer than just one season.

Matthias inked a one-year contract with the Leafs earlier this off-season and it's no secret that he'd like to stay beyond the 2015-16 season. "Every day I’m a Leaf I’m going to be pumped up and do what I can for the Toronto Maple Leafs," he said in a recent phone interview. "Hopefully it’s for a lot longer than what I’m signed for, but that’s out of my control. I’ve got to prove to them that I belong here and show them that I really do care about being with this organization and how badly I want it. That’s my goal." The 27-year-old is from nearby Mississauga, Ontario.
Aug 9 - 10:41 AM

Despite his huge upside, the Toronto Maple Leafs won't rush Mitch Marner to the NHL.

Marner was selected by the Leafs with the fourth overall pick in last June's Entry Draft but they're in no hurry to get him to the NHL. "It’s slow and steady and there is nothing wrong with that," Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter said. "It’s what I keep saying: ‘Don’t push too far ahead.’ We have to get him stronger — and he will get stronger. He wants to work at it." He probably won't contribute at the NHL level for at least another year, but Dynasty League GMs should have him high on their draft board.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 8 - 10:10 AM

Mitchell Marner was impressive in an exhibition win over Russia at Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"I thought he was outstanding," coach Dave Lowry said. "There's a reason why Toronto took him when they drafted him. He's an exceptional player. It was nice to see it live. He's a world-class player and a highly skilled individual." Marner picked up an assist on a goal by Joe Hicketts in a 4-1 victory. He was also used on the point on the first power-play unit and he helped kill penalties. Marner wasn't invited to attend Canada's selection camp last winter, but he appears to be a lock for the World Junior squad this year.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 4 - 2:09 PM

James van Riemsdyk is a big supporter of several changes that Toronto has made this off-season.

"You see what they're doing obviously on the outside with hiring different people in management and coaches, but the stuff behind the scenes, the things they're doing to track performance and health, is all very encouraging," he said. "They're making the commitment and that starts up top with ownership. They're making a commitment to different things to really make sure that there is no excuse if you put the work in." He's excited to get to know GM Lou Lamoriello, who he met for the first time when he was 15 years old. Van Riemsdyk is also looking forward to playing for new coach Mike Babcock and getting tips from Dr. Jeremy Bettle, who was hired as the director of sports science and performance. Obviously, he wasn't as enthused to see friend and linemate Phil Kessel get traded, but he knows that is part of the business.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 3 - 8:05 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jonathan Bernier to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million.

Bernier will have an AAV of $4.15 million over the next two years. The two sides did go to arbitration with Bernier asking for $5.1 million dollars, while the Leafs were countering with $2.89 million. This appears to be a good deal for both sides, as Bernier will get paid and the Leafs have a two-year window to see if he can become a consistent number one goaltender.
Source: CBC.ca
Aug 2 - 12:38 PM

Justin Johnson has inked an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.

Johnson had five points and 147 penalty minutes in 45 ECHL games in 2014-15. He made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders at the age of 32 on April 11, 2014. He has seven penalty minutes in two career NHL contests.
Jul 31 - 2:31 PM

Ryan O'Byrne has signed with the Swedish League's HV71.

O'Byrne spent the previous two campaigns with Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. He is a veteran of 308 NHL games.
Jul 29 - 5:00 PM

Jonathan Bernier has filed a request for $5.1 million from an arbitrator.

Toronto has put in a $2.89 million offer as its counter, so there's obviously a substantial difference between the two sides. That being said, each party's position is likely at least partially strategic, potentially with an eye towards the middle ground. Bernier had a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 58 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 12:05 PM


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