Player News - Maple Leafs

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Mitchell Marner has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marner had 44 goals and 126 points in 63 OHL games in 2014-15. He was selected by Toronto with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As you might imagine, Marner has a ton of offensive upside, but fantasy owners aren't likely to reap the benefits of that for at least a couple years. We don't think he has a great chance of making Toronto's opening game roster next season.
Jul 28 - 1:12 PM

There has been little movement on any deal between the Maple Leafs and Jonathan Bernier, according to Frank Seravalli of TSN.

Seravalli does note that Holtby’s deal (five years, $30.5 million) could set the table for negotiations with Bernier, however. Bernier is a year older and both have played almost the same amount of games, though Holtby’s contract covers unrestricted free agency years and cannot be used as a comparable in Friday’s hearing. "Given the lack of true comparable deals, a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $20 million would not be unreasonable for either Bernier or the Leafs," Seravalli said. He had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage last season.
Jul 25 - 6:31 PM

New Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello doesn’t plan on persuading any of the Devils’ staff members to join him in Toronto.

That includes his son, Chris, the team’s senior vice president of hockey operations and the Albany Devils’ GM of the past 14 seasons. "Chris is a New Jersey Devil and he's a good hockey person," Lamoriello said. "His fate is in Ray's hands." This is in contrast to Devils GM Ray Shero, who hired some of his former employees — Tom Fitzgerald, now the assistant GM, and John Hynes, now the Devils’ head coach.
Jul 25 - 4:41 PM

Devils' owner Josh Harris believes that a lack of total control in New Jersey's front office led to Lou Lamoriello's departure.

"I just think as a personal matter, when you’re used to having absolute control of an organization, Lou was obviously president and Ray was general manager, it was a different situation for him," Harris said during a conference call with reporters. "I’d be speculating beyond that. But if we take a step back and think about this from a human perspective, it’s relatively easy to see why he might consider a great team like Toronto as an opportunity."
Jul 25 - 8:43 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are sending a third round pick to the New Jersey Devils as compensation for hiring Lou Lamoriello as their general manager.

It's not known what year the pick will be in, but the Devils will get a pick from the Leafs in one of the next three drafts. Lamoriello worked with the Devils for 28 years and although he recently handed New Jersey's GM job to Ray Shero, Lamoriello was still serving as the team's president.
Jul 24 - 10:59 AM

Lou Lamoriello's deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs is for three years.

The Leafs inked Lamoriello to be their General Manager this morning after he resigned as the team president of the New Jersey Devils. The 72-year-old brings a lot of experience to the Maple Leafs front office, something that has been lacking of late with their signings of young executive talent from the OHL.
Jul 23 - 2:55 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Lou Lamoriello their new General Manager.

Well that's a shocker! Lamoriello resigned from the New Jersey Devils after a 28 year run with the team as he was the face of the franchise. The Devils hired Ray Shero to replace Lamoriello as their GM in May and Lamoriello was to stay on as the team president but apparently his plans have changed. The Maple Leafs get a top GM who is highly regarded in NHL circles (and who has won three Stanley Cups as the man in charge of the Devils) as they continue to build from the top on down.
Jul 23 - 10:22 AM

Travis Dermott has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto took him with the 34th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had 45 points and 53 penalty minutes in 61 OHL contests last season.
Jul 22 - 6:43 PM

Steve Briere has been brought on to serve as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new bench boss.

Briere is the head instructor as well as owner of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools. He's also served as the goalie coach for junior teams and is a former goalie that served in the NCAA, minors, and Europe. In addition, Toronto named Ari Vuori as the Director of European Scouting.
Jul 20 - 12:08 PM

Shawn Matthias is among three Maple Leafs additions included in's 10 best analytics signings of the offseason.

With a weak free agent class and a salary cap that didn't rise much, teams have gotten great value on the free agent market. Matthias was signed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. He's a versatile forward who can slot in at either center or wing and can play a two-way game. The 27-year-old had 18 goals and 27 points last season. Other Maple Leafs in this list were Daniel Winnik and P.A. Parenteau.
Jul 18 - 3:17 PM

Jonathan Bernier has an arbitration hearing set for July 31.

Bernier has the latest date on the arbitration schedule. He had a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 58 games, which isn't exactly great, but he was playing for the black hole that was the 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs. They're entering another rebuilding cycle, which means that they likely won't be great next season as well, but hopefully they won't be the complete disaster they were over the second half of the previous campaign.
Jul 13 - 6:25 PM

Taylor Beck has agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.

Beck was a restricted free agent and had filed for arbitration, but he won't need a hearing anymore. Nashville dealt him to Toronto on Sunday in exchange for Jamie Devane. Beck had eight goals and 16 points in 62 contests with the Predators in 2014-15, but he has significantly more offensive upside than those numbers imply.
Jul 13 - 4:38 PM

The Predators dealt Taylor Beck to the Maple Leafs for AHL forward Jamie Devane on Sunday evening.

Beck, a restricted free agent, tallied 16 points as a fourth-line forward in Nashville. Beck made $550,000 last season and he recently filed for salary arbitration, so this may have been a case of the Predators not feeling comfortable paying him and wanting to give a look to other players in the bottom-six. Devane had two assists in 39 AHL games last season.
Jul 12 - 8:31 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are pleased with the way Frederik Gauthier has developed thus far.

"He’s an interesting paradox," assistant GM Kyle Dubas said. "A lot of people who are big on statistics and analytics say he hasn’t produced as much as some of these other guys . . . but if you look down to shot attempts and possession parts of it, he’s a guy that charts out extremely well The 20-year-old scored 16 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Rimouski Oceanic last year.
Jul 12 - 10:56 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are excited about Martins Dzierkals' upside going forward.

The Leafs selected Dzierkals in the third round of last June's Entry Draft. "He was a guy that (scouts) Thommie Bergman and Garth Malarchuk really liked," said assistant GM Kyle Dubas. We all went and watched him in the relegation games and he was really good. We got some good video on him. He’s a fast, skilled player. His family (members are) very big so he looks like a guy who will grow a little bit (from his current 5-foot-11, 170 pounds) and get a lot stronger." Even if he keeps progressing at a good pace, he is still a few years from contributing at the NHL level.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 11 - 9:51 AM

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