Player News - Maple Leafs

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Alexey Marchenko will make his Leafs debut on Thursday night versus the Rangers.

He was claimed off waivers from Detroit nearly three weeks ago and finally gets the chance to play because of an injury to Connor Carrick. "There was nothing I could do but be patient and work hard in practice," Marchenko said. "I've tried to adjust to the team and the city, move into a new place. I've been here for the World Cup and playing against the Marlies for a couple of years." He is projected to be paired with Jake Gardiner.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 23 - 9:53 AM

Brooks Laich cleared waivers on Wednesday.

He played in Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 win for the Marlies over Syracuse. Laich hasn't seen any NHL action this year.
Feb 22 - 6:47 PM

Connor Carrick is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

He was injured in Tuesday's game against Winnipeg. Coach Mike Babcock feels the term "day-to-day" means about 10 days, so that could keep Carrick out for the next five games.
Feb 22 - 2:13 PM

Mitch Marner (upper body) has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

In some encouraging news, Marner was on the ice Wednesday morning with some teammates and he didn't appear to be having any issues. A return on Saturday could be a possibility. Marner will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday with what is believed to be a shoulder injury.
Feb 22 - 12:23 PM

Coach Mike Babcock hinted that Alexey Marchenko could be in the lineup for Thursday's game versus the New York Rangers.

Connor Carrick exited Tuesday's game against Winnipeg with an upper-body injury and Babcock said afterward "that will give us a chance to watch Marchenko." He was claimed off waivers from Detroit earlier this month and his Toronto debut appears to finally be happening.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:08 AM

Jake Gardiner ripped the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

The mobile defender scored on a two-on-one rush shortly after the Maple Leafs finished killing a penalty. Gardiner's assist came on William Nylander's game-tying power-play goal. He has racked up five points in the last two games to give him 30 on the season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:01 AM

Josh Leivo continued his hot play Tuesday night.

He posted two assists against Winnipeg to give him eight points in the last five games. Leivo has also been credited with 21 shots in nine appearances with Toronto this campaign.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 10:57 AM

Leo Komarov scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against Winnipeg.

He has compiled six points over a five-game point streak. Komarov only had one goal in his previous 21 outings, though. He has contributed 10 markers and 22 points in 59 matches this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 10:54 AM

William Nylander notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 OT win over Winnipeg.

He produced both of his points on the power play. Nylander set up Leo Komarov beautifully in the second period and tied the game at 4-4 with his 17th goal of the year. The rookie forward leads the Leafs with 19 power-play points.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 10:50 AM

Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 OT win over the Winnipeg Jets.

It wasn't Andersen's best night, but he did just enough to help his team come away with two points. The Leafs goalie seems to be making a habit of giving up a lot of goals over the last little while. He's conceded three goals or more in seven of his last nine outings. He has a 23-13-10 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage in 2016-17.
Feb 21 - 11:38 PM

Auston Matthews registered three assists in Toronto's 5-4 OT win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Matthews helped set up Leo Komarov's power play goal in the second period, William Nylander's game-tying goal in the third period and Jake Gardiner's game-winning goal in overtime. The rookie forward has six points in his last three contests and he's up to 28 goals and 52 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 21 - 11:25 PM

Connor Carrick left Tuesday's game against the Jets with an upper-body injury.

The Leafs have already announced that his night is over. We'll consider him day-to-day for now, but we'll provide an update on his status as soon as the Leafs make one available.
Feb 21 - 8:43 PM

Martin Marincin will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Marincin will sit for a ninth consecutive game. He's put up a goal and six assists in 23 games this season. He has a decent amount of upside, but it doesn't look like he'll have much of a role with the Leafs this season. Alexey Marchenko and Ben Smith will also serve as scratches.
Feb 21 - 7:24 PM

Frederik Andersen will start Tuesday when Winnipeg visits.

He has two wins in eight starts following the All-Star break. Andersen's record has slipped to 23-13-10 on the year. He will go into Tuesday's game with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Feb 21 - 4:09 PM

Brooks Laich has been placed on waivers by Toronto.

He is just on regular waivers, so this isn't a precursor to his contract being mutually terminated. Laich expressed his preference to be moved by Toronto if he isn't part of the team's long-term plans. He has spent the entire year in the minors, but he's been limited to just 22 appearances.
Feb 21 - 12:37 PM


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