Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

Nazem Kadri wants to elevate his game in 2014-15.

"My expectation for myself is to go up (in production) every year," he said. "No one has higher expectations of me than me, so I'm working as hard as I can to get there. You always work hard to get better, but now your body is a bit more mature, and you know it better, so it's easier to put on pounds or take them off, whatever you need." Kadri feels his ideal weight is around 190 pounds. He's been working hard on his shot and release during the summer. Kadri appears confident that he can improve on the 20 goals and 50 points he picked up in 78 games last campaign.
Aug 21 - 11:40 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Brandon Pridham to serve as an assistant to GM Dave Nonis.

He had been with the NHL as senior director of central registry and central scouting. With the Leafs, he will "assist with salary-cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation." Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski is also reporting that Toronto has added Darryl Metcalf and Cam Charron to their growing analytics department. Metcalf operated ExtraSkater.com, which was a great resource for "fancy stats" until the site went dark last week.
Aug 19 - 3:09 PM

Jake Gardiner will try to reward the Leafs in 2014-15 for having faith in him.

He inked a five-year, $20.5 million contract with Toronto in late July. "I am happy to be a Leaf for a really long time," Gardiner told the Toronto Star. "That was a big part of it, commitment. I thought having five years and the money was awesome. The security for me was good. It just shows the Leafs have a lot of faith in me." Gardiner has displayed flashes of his offensive abilities and puck-moving skills, but he still tends to have lapses defensively. He recorded 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year. The 24-year-old blueliners is primed for a larger role this campaign, so his numbers should get a boost.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 6:49 PM

Toronto has signed William Nylander to a three-year, entry-level deal.

"Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," GM Dave Nonis said. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract." Nylander will attend training camp with the Leafs and if he isn't ready to claim a roster spot then he's eligible to return to the Europe or play in the AHL. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Aug 18 - 4:22 PM

Petter Granberg is a solid candidate to win a job on the Leafs' blueline this season after taking strides in his development last year and some new openings on the Toronto defense.

The 22 year-old Swede is a stingy defender with great size and force to keep attacking forwards at bay. He performed very well in his first season as a pro with the AHL Marlies in 2013-14, and with the departures of defensive minded veterans Paul Ranger and Tim Gleason during the off-season, the Leafs would love for Granberg to answer the call.
Aug 17 - 1:28 PM

Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan will speak with Dion Phaneuf soon in a one-on-one session.

The two are expected to talk about how Phaneuf can become a more effective leader and how the Leafs can become a better team. "I think (Phaneuf) can be a great captain here and I hope to help him enhance the leadership that he gives," Shanahan said back in May when he said the team wouldn't remove him as the captain. He wants to build back up Phaneuf's confidence during the off-season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 15 - 12:00 PM

Phil Kessel believes the Leafs will be better prepared this year to avoid the late-season collapse the club suffered in 2013-14.

"We’ve got to be prepared for the long season, and we won’t go through one of those again," Kessel said. The reason for the sniper's optimism seems to be the depth acquisitions the team made over the summer, as Kessel pointed out when speaking with media. "This year we made some good additions and I think we improved as a team, and we’re going to be ready to go." Last season's struggles were hardly his fault, but he had a first-hand look at the team's trouble so we're inclined to believe he knows what he's talking about.
Aug 3 - 9:12 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended their affiliation agreement with ECHL Orlando.

The Minnesota Wild were also affiliated with Orlando in 2013-14, but the Maple Leafs will have the team to themselves going forward. "The Leafs are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL," said Maple Leafs GM David Nonis. "As an organization, we are confident that our future prospects will continue to develop professionally under the tutelage of Solar Bears coach Vince Williams." Orlando had a 43-24-2-3 record last season.
Jul 31 - 6:32 PM

Jake Gardiner doesn't have any issues working under Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

"He is a coach that likes to push his players and get the most out of them," Gardiner said. "I think that was what he was doing with me. I have a lot more potential than what I've been doing. I think [his approach was] good for me. It will help me down the road." Gardiner had a difficult time establishing himself with the Maple Leafs and spent most of the 2013 shortened campaign in the minors despite recording 30 points in his previous season. Those days are over though as he's signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract.
Jul 31 - 12:08 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jake Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25 million contract.

In other words, Gardiner will come with a cap hit of a little over $4 million annually. That's not a bad deal for either side. The Maple Leafs are taking a bit of a risk, but Gardiner's just 24 years old and has the potential to be a top pairing defenseman with Toronto. He had 31 points and averaged 21:04 minutes per game in 2013-14.
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Daniel Winnik has inked a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Winnik had six goals and 30 points in 76 games in 2013-14 and shouldn't be penciled in to surpass those totals next season, so he obviously won't be a factor in standard fantasy leagues. Still, he'll be a fine addition to the Leafs' third line.
Jul 28 - 2:42 PM

James Reimer admitted that he didn't see eye-to-eye with Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle last season.

Reimer also said that he has nothing against playing for Carlyle. The 26-year-old goaltender is coming off of a rough season and has lost the starting job in Toronto to Jonathan Bernier. We wouldn't be surprised if the Leafs trade him before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Jul 28 - 1:28 PM

Jake Gardiner will probably end up with a bridge deal.

"Talks are ongoing," Leafs GM Dave Nonis said. "Things are going fine. I don’t see any hiccups there." The Leafs have a little more than $4 million in cap space left, based on CapGeek's numbers. That should be enough to get Gardiner under control. He had 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games in 2013-14.
Jul 27 - 10:56 AM

David Booth is extremely excited about the one-year, $1.1 million contract he recently signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Just the opportunity to, I guess, revive my career a little bit," the veteran forward said. Booth was bought out by the Vancouver Canucks following his third disappointing season there.Unable to play a full season since 2010-11 with the Florida Panthers, Booth finished with 51 points (26 goals) in 134 games with Vancouver. "It's been a little bit tougher the past couple years, with some injuries, setbacks that I've had," he said. "I've stayed positive through them all. ... I thought I was playing some good hockey there toward the end of the year ... and I've had a great summer of training, been healthy, and really excited to get a start here in Toronto." Booth put up 31 goals and 29 assists (60 points) in 72 games for the Panthers in 2008-09, earning a lucrative six-year contract. He was traded to Vancouver on Oct. 22, 2011 and missed 78 games with knee, ankle and groin injuries. The 29-year-old finished last season with six points in his final 10 games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 26 - 9:30 PM

James Reimer has signed a two-year, $4.6 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Reimer had an arbitration hearing scheduled with the Maple Leafs for Monday. He lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season and has reportedly requested a trade. The Maple Leafs might still be able to accommodate his request, but most teams are already locked in when it comes to their goaltending, so Toronto only has a limited number of potential trading partners.
Jul 25 - 5:08 PM


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