Player News - Maple Leafs

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Mitch Marner was named the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy earlier this week.

The award goes to the OHL's most outstanding player. He was third in OHL scoring with 116 points in 57 games. Marner received 186 points in the voting and Barrie's Kevin Labanc, who led the league in scoring, finished second with 167. The Leafs prospect has carried his outstanding play into the playoffs, where he has 39 points after 15 games.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 6 - 9:08 AM

Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello sees Nikita Zaitsev as a top-four defenseman for the 2016-17 campaign.

"We all feel in the organization that Nikita can play in the top-4 next year," said Lamorielo "... We've all spent some time with him." It was reported back in January that Zaitsev planned on signing with the Maple Leafs and that was made official on Monday.
May 2 - 6:18 PM

Nikita Zaitsev has officially signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 24-year-old defender had eight goals and 26 points in 46 games with CSKA Moscow in the KHL this past season. He also added 13 points in 20 playoff contests.
May 2 - 1:48 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs secured the top pick in the NHL draft on Saturday night and they couldn't be happier about it.

The Leafs and their fans had to endure a brutal season of losing, but they're being rewarded for their pain. "I think it’s a great piece," said club president Shanahan. "I wouldn’t put too much pressure on any one player. It’s a team game, we play a team style and the more players you get of a high calibre, obviously it’s good. We also realize whoever comes in here is going to be a young person, a rookie, and not going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. It’s not the way the game is played."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 1 - 9:58 AM

It was tanksational, as the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night.

The Leafs finished in last place overall in 2015-16, which gave them the best odds at winning the coveted first overall slot at 20%. The odds were with them, and now will have the pleasure of deciding between Auston Matthews and the rest of the field.
Apr 30 - 8:25 PM

Connor Carrick collected three goals and two assists in the Toronto Marlies comeback win over Bridgeport in the AHL playoffs on Thursday night.

Toronto's AHL affiliate rallied from a 4-1 deficit to sweep the Islanders' farm club and advance to the second round of the postseason. Carrick, who appeared in 16 games with the Maple Leafs this year after he was acquired from Washington, will look to stick with the big team on a full-time basis next campaign.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 8:48 AM

Toronto assistant GM Kyle Dubas wants to stay with the Maple Leafs.

"Very bluntly put, I don't believe I'm ready to be an NHL general manager," Dubas said after his name was mentioned for vacant positions on other teams. "I believe I have a lot to learn, and I believe Toronto is the best place for me to learn that." Dubas has served as the GM of the Marlies all year and the first-place club will begin what Toronto is hoping will be a long playoff run this weekend. It's believed that Dubas will be the next GM of the Maple Leafs after Lou Lamoriello's deal expires in 2018.
Apr 21 - 8:26 AM

Nazem Kadri has agreed to a six-year contract with the Maple Leafs.

The average annual value of his new deal is $4.5 million. Kadri finished as Toronto's leading scorer in 2015-16 with 45 points in 76 games. Coach Mike Babcock displayed plenty of faith in him during the regular season, while placing him against the top lines of the opposition.
Apr 13 - 9:55 AM

Morgan Rielly has inked a six-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His new deal will have an average annual value of $5 million. Rielly led the Leafs' defense corps in scoring with a career-high 36 points in 82 games this past campaign. The 22-year-old defender also averaged a team-leading 23:13 of ice time per game and he has a bright future ahead of him.
Apr 13 - 9:50 AM

T.J. Brennan has captured the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's outstanding defenseman.

He has amassed 24 goals and 67 points in 67 games in 2015-16. That puts him first among all AHL blueliners and third overall in the league-scoring race.
Apr 13 - 8:39 AM

Nikita Soshnikov, who was injured with the Leafs, is back with the Marlies and could return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Coach Sheldon Keefe said that Soshinov should be ready for the AHL playoffs. Soshnikov will probably be with the Maple Leafs next season. He recorded five points in 11 NHL games and had a pesky style which made him difficult to play against.
Apr 13 - 8:35 AM

Despite sincere interest from the Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas would prefer to stay where he is.

Dubas, of course, is the young headman of a collection of renowned hockey minds working to reshape the Leafs into perennial contenders. One doesn't' have to work hard to imagine why he'd rather be in Toronto rather than Arizona, but one also gets the sense that the 29-year-old is happy where he is at the moment. After all, the other 29 GM's were directed to Dubas if they wanted to talk trade - ever fantasy player's dream!
Apr 12 - 6:28 PM

Stephane Robidas didn't play at all in 2015-16 and he may not see any action next season as well.

"He’ll be here, but whether he can (play) or not, that's an unknown," said GM Lou Lamoriello on Robidas' status for September. "His career could be over, we don't know." The veteran defender has been suffering from a knee problem.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 12 - 8:54 AM

Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello was tight lipped about the status of Lupul Joffrey for next season.

When he was asked if Lupul will be at training camp he said, "that's an unknown right now." There has been some speculation that the Leafs will try to get out from under Lupul's contract somehow. Toronto was unable to trade him after he picked up just 14 points in 46 outings in 2015-16.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 12 - 8:52 AM

Matt Hunwick (sports hernia surgery) should be ready for training camp.

He saw most of ice time alongside Morgan Rielly in a shut-down role with the Leafs in 2015-16. Hunwick contributed 10 points in 60 matches.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 12 - 8:48 AM


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