Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

Connor Brown remains Toronto's lone remaining restricted free agent.

"Obviously it's my first time going through something like this," Brown said. "I don't think it's as stressful as the media would make it out to be. I'm very confident things will get sorted by season time. We'll get it figured out." He is busy preparing for the upcoming season. Brown added that he is leaving the talks to his agent and the Maple Leafs, as he focuses on what he can control.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 11 - 9:02 AM

Morgan Rielly is slated to be paired with Ron Hainsey this season.

Hainsey was signed to a two-year, $6 million contract this summer after he won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh. "We feel Rielly's a real, real good player," said coach Mike Babcock. "We want him to be upper echelon in the League so we needed a partner for him." Babcock also intends to have Nikita Zaitsev play alongside Jake Gardiner again.

Roman Polak hasn't experienced any setbacks during his recovery from leg surgery.

Polak is an unrestricted free agent and may not get a new contract until closer to the start of training camps. The 31-year-old was injured during the playoffs. Polak had 11 points and 65 penalty minutes in 75 matches with the Leafs last season.
Aug 8 - 4:43 PM

Joseph Woll is in the mix to the number one goalie for the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

Woll was taken in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is slated to play his second season with Boston College this year. Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars), Keith Petruzzelli (Detroit Red Wings) and Dylan St. Cyr of Notre Dame are the other candidates. Woll was on the team last year and he posted a 1.50 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in two appearances. Oettinger, who was a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, may be Woll's top competition and they could operate in a timeshare situation at the tournament if they are chosen by coach Bob Motzko. They are friends on and off the ice and that friendly rivalry helps push them to be better, according to NCAA hockey analyst Dave Starman.
Aug 2 - 12:54 PM

Auston Matthews had a great rookie season, while being rewarded with the Calder Trophy, and coach Mike Babcock expects him to continue to get better.

"He really improved his 200-foot game last year, more and more pace," said Toronto's bench boss. "He's gotten way better without the puck so he has the puck more He can play against everybody. He's got a lot of growth options." Babcock added that Matthews "wants to be one of the best players in the game" and after he netted 40 goals last season it appears that he is well on his way to achieving that standard.
Aug 1 - 9:07 AM

Timothy Liljegren picked up a goal and an assist in Sweden's 4-3 win against USA Blue at the World Junior Summer Showcase on Saturday.

"I'm healthy, feel good," said Liljegren, who was unable to play in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship because of the lingering effects of mononucleosis. "Been on the ice now for a couple weeks and it feels good. Just looking forward to next season." The smooth-skating defender impressed Toronto's brass at development camp, but he is expected to play in the SHL in 2017-18.
Jul 30 - 12:34 PM

Tyler Bozak is unlikely to be dealt to the Rangers, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

Brooks speculated earlier this month that the Rangers may be interested in acquiring the Maple Leafs center, but Bozak's $4.2 million cap hit is an issue. New York would need to buy out Marc Staal by Thursday's deadline, but there is "zero indication" that will occur.
Source: NY Post
Jul 27 - 11:30 AM

Adam Brooks looked good in the Maple Leafs' development camp.

Brooks did particularly well in the camp's scrimmage, scoring a goal and two assists with Team Clark. He's coming off a big season with WHL Regina where he recorded 43 goals, 130 points, and 61 penalty minutes in 66 games. "He’ll come to the Marlies. It will take a little time — it’s a jump — but we expect him to do well," said Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello.
Jul 16 - 6:24 AM

Patrick Marleau's former teammate Logan Couture gave Leafs coach Mike Babcock partial credit for Marleau's decision to sign with Toronto.

"I think that’s one of the reasons why Patty decided to go there," Couture said. "He knows what type of coach (Babcock) is. He knows (Babcock) gets the best out of his teams. And that’s the main thing that Babs does — he gets the best out of players who play for him." Marleau has experience working under Babcock as a member of Team Canada's gold medal-winning Olympic teams in 2010 and 2014. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer agreed that past history between Babcock and Marleau is part of what convinced the player to join the Maple Leafs. Toronto already has a great core of young forwards and the hope is that Marleau act as a leader as the squad looks to build on its 2017 playoff berth.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 13 - 5:03 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Timothy Liljegren to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Liljegren was taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He dealt with mononucleosis during the 2016-17 campaign, which caused him to miss two months of playing time and is likely the reason why he fell to the middle of the first round. The blueliner has a ton of offensive upside and he's been focused on improving his defensive game. The OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs hold his Major Juniors rights, but he's not expected to play in that league so he might begin the 2017-18 campaign in the AHL instead.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 6:20 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have confirmed that they're exercising their LTIR option this summer, which means that re-signing RFA Connor Brown while staying under the cap shouldn't be an issue.

The Maple Leafs are technically nearly $4 million over the salary cap, which has led to speculation that they might not have enough room to re-sign Brown without first making a trade. However, Nathan Horton and Joffrey Lupul combine for $10.525 million in cap space and can both be placed on the LTIR. There was initially some confusion as to whether or not the LTIR could be utilized during the summer, but it seems that it can and the Maple Leafs are doing exactly that.
Jul 12 - 1:54 PM

Connor Brown isn't concerned that he hasn't signed a new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs yet.

Brown is the team's only remaining restricted free agent. "I’m confident in that. Things will sort themselves out," Brown said. "All I can do is continue to work hard on my part during the summer and let my agent (talk to) management." He scored 20 goals and 36 points in 82 contests last season, so he's due for a solid payday, especially if it's part of a multi-year deal. The Leafs aren't in an ideal cap situation though, but it's not as bad as it might initially appear given that Nathan Horton can be put on the LTIR and Joffrey Lupul might end up spending the 2017-18 on there as well.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 12 - 5:52 AM

Larry Brooks speculated that the Rangers would be in the hunt for Tyler Bozak if he became available on the trade market.

Brooks went on to list defenseman Nick Holden as a piece that could potentially be involved in such a trade on the Rangers' side. It's an interesting speculation and the idea of the Maple Leafs shopping Bozak, now or in the not-so-distant future, can't be dismissed. Bozak is entering the final season of his five-year, $21 million contract and re-signing him could be an issue for the Maple Leafs given that they'll need to keep money open for William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitchell Marner, who will all likely get big contracts once their entry-level deals are up. Toronto's cap situation at the moment is also a bit tenuous. They are technically significantly over the ceiling, but Nathan Horton and Joffrey Lupul will likely go on the LTIR, which will provide Toronto with considerable relief once the season begins.
Jul 9 - 11:31 PM

Timothy Liljegren will be focused on improving his defensive game.

Toronto took Liljegren with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The blueliner has the potential to become a great offensive defenseman, but of course he needs to be responsible at the other end of the ice as well. Where he will be honing his defensive game remains to be seen though. He has a season left on his contract with Sweden's Rogle BK so there's a very good chance that he'll play there, but if the Leafs negotiate a release and sign him, then he could play in the minors instead. The OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs also hold his Major Juniors rights, but his agent said that Liljegren won't be playing in that league.
Jul 9 - 3:13 PM

Zach Hyman has inked a four-year, $9 million contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

That works out to a cap hit of $2.25 million annually. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 82 games in his first full NHL campaign. Hyman shone with the University of Michigan (54 points in 37 NCAA games as a senior) and then in the AHL (37 points in 59 games in 2015-16) before establishing himself with the Maple Leafs.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 8:25 PM


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