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Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Mark Hunter compares prospect Carl Grundstrom to Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher.

Grundstrom, who was selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2016 draft, was signed to an entry-level contract on Friday night. The Leafs are excited to see what his future holds. "He’s a great player, a smart player," said Hunter. "To me, he’s like a Brendan Gallagher — spunky. He plays a hard two-way game. He’s a Leo Komarov type of player." Grundstrom had 14 goals and 20 points in 45 games with Frolunda in the Swedish League last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 9:46 AM

Carl Grundstrom has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Grundstrom had 14 goals and 20 points in 45 games with Frolunda HC of the Swedish league in 2016-17. Toronto took him with the 57th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 28 - 5:33 PM

Mike Babcock has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

The Maple Leafs surprised the hockey world by making it to the playoffs with a 40-27-15 record after having the worst record in the NHL last season (29-42-11). Babcock has never won the award before. Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the other two finalists for the award.
Apr 26 - 7:28 PM

Mitch Marner will play for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

The talented rookie accounted for four points in six playoff games after he racked up 61 points in 77 matches during the regular season.
Apr 26 - 5:42 PM

Roman Polak (leg) expects to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

He had surgery after he was hurt in Game 2 against Washington. Polak is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July if he doesn't re-sign with the Maple Leafs.
Apr 25 - 4:33 PM

Kasperi Kapanen has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies for the AHL playoffs.

Kapanen had a big season for the Marlies, with 43 points in 43 games. He had one goal in eight games with the Leafs in 2016-17 and two markers in six postseason outings. Kapanen should be able to claim a more permanent roster spot with the big club next season.
Apr 25 - 3:48 PM

Auston Matthews has decided not to participate in the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

The rookie center had a very busy year. Since Sept. 8, Matthews played in 98 games between the World Cup, exhibition schedule, regular season and the playoffs. He will take some time off before working on his skating and explosiveness in the summer.
Apr 25 - 1:49 PM

Brian Boyle would be open to re-signing with the Maple Leafs.

He was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline and provided the team with some leadership down the stretch and in the playoffs. Boyle was also a solid penalty killer and faceoff man for Toronto as well. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.
Apr 25 - 1:44 PM

Nikita Zaitsev didn't get clearance from doctors to play for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

He missed the first two games of the postseason with a concussion, but played in the last four games of the series against Washington. Zaitsev may not have been 100 percent healthy following his return.
Apr 25 - 1:39 PM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was optimistic about the future after the Leafs were eliminated by Washington in Game 6.

"The reality is, it was a great year for our team. It would have been great to play in Game 7," said Babcock. "If you’re not from Toronto, you don’t know how spectacular it is," he said. "This is the best place you can ever play. I’ve never seen anything like this. Now you need a team to match that opportunity." The Leafs are getting there. Toronto had seven rookies participate in over 50 games this season, so the fact that the squad was not only able to make the playoffs, but then hold their own against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in every game of the series is a good sign of things to come. The first round series saw five of six games go to overtime and every contest be decided by just a goal. It will be very interesting to see what Toronto does in 2017-18.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 24 - 11:03 AM

Frederik Andersen's 34 saves were not enough to prolong the Maple Leafs season on Sunday night against Washington.

Andersen played another terrific game, holding Washington's top line scoreless and putting the Leafs in a position to win yet again. Marcus Johansson, however, had other plans as he scored late in the third period to erase Toronto's 1-0 lead and then he popped in the overtime winner. Andersen finishes the postseason with two wins, one regulation loss and three overtime losses along with a .915 save percentage and 2.68 goals-against average.
Apr 23 - 11:34 PM

Auston Matthews scored his fourth goal of the postseason in a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Toronto ended up losing the game and the series in the extra session. Matthews is the face of the youth movement in Toronto, and the Leafs surged onto the scene this month by snagging a playoff spot and taking the best team in the NHL to five overtime contests in the first round. The 19-year-old led the way during the regular season for the team and it was the same in the playoffs with five points in six games. The future is bright for the Calder Trophy finalist.
Apr 23 - 10:27 PM

Alexey Marchenko and Ben Smith are projected to remain scratched for Game 6 against Washington on Sunday.

Unfortunately, this would mark six out of six games on the pine for both players this postseason. Josh Leivo will also join them in the press box.
Apr 23 - 6:11 PM

Frederik Andersen will be in net for Game 6 on Sunday against the Capitals.

Andersen and the Maple Leafs come into the match facing elimination. He's allowed 16 goals against through the first five games with a mere .909 save percentage as well. Suffice it to say, there isn't much room left for error.
Apr 23 - 6:04 PM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is upbeat about where his team is at as they face the possibility elimination in Game 6 against Washington on Sunday.

"To tell you the truth. I think it’s a great opportunity for our team," Babcock said. "We’re playing against a good team and we’re playing well and having fun doing it. I think it’s just relish in the moment. Relish (Saturday), take all the atmosphere in, get energized and get ready to go again (Sunday). It’s a lot of fun for our group and you should enjoy it." The Maple Leafs were led by rookies and youngsters this season and for them this playoff series has been a great learning experience. It's also been encouraging as Toronto has defied expectations by consistently staying in games against the President Trophy winning Washington Capitals. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Maple Leafs can be happy with how much progress they've made in 2016-17, but they'll certainly be trying to force a Game 7 regardless.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM


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