Player News - Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly asking for a second round draft pick for Cody Franson.

Franson is a potential unrestricted free-agent at season's end and the Leafs are in the middle of a free-fall. They have lost nine games in a row and it looks like they have every intention of being sellers as the trade deadline approaches. The 27-year-old has six goals, 29 points and minus-7 rating in 49 games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 1 - 12:03 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled to score during their nine game losing streak.

The Leafs dropped a 1-0 decision to the Flyers, and things in Toronto are looking grim but interim head coach Peter Horachek tried putting a positive spin on things. "We don’t like it, but it’s not like cancer, something that’s really life-threatening," said Horachek. "This is something we have to learn from. We’re doing a lot of good things. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but we have to find a way to get pucks in the net." Toronto won just one game in the month of January.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 1 - 11:59 AM

Phil Kessel recorded a game-high six shots on net in Toronto’s 1-0 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night.

That Kessel has just one goal over his last nine games it not for a lack of trying. Kessel continues to generate shots — his 172 is the sixth-most — so it’s just a matter of time before he gets some better puck luck. On the year, he has 20 goals and 45 points. Cody Franson logged a game-high 24:47, finishing with a minus-one rating and two shots.
Jan 31 - 10:26 PM

James Reimer made 17 saves in Toronto’s 1- loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Leafs goalies need to be perfect at this point to have a chance to win. Reimer was beat on a nifty rush wrister by Michael Del Zotto, and that was it. This effort is a good bounce-back effort for Reimer, who gave up four goals in his last start Jan. 21. He has a 3.19 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.
Jan 31 - 10:25 PM

It looks as if David Booth will be a healthy scratch against the Flyers Saturday night.

He was seemingly left out of the line rushes Saturday morning.
Jan 31 - 12:24 PM

The Maple Leafs have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Daniel Winnik will play on the Buds' second unit alongside Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel will continue to skate as the squad's first unit. Leo Komarov, Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli will comprise the third line, while David Clarkson, Richard Panik and Trevor Smith will make up the fourth. This is a good opportunity for Winnik. We will be interested to see if he can get some traction in this slot.
Jan 31 - 12:22 PM

Toronto interim head coach Peter Horachek told the media Saturday morning that Dion Phaneuf will be out of action for at least another week.

Not a surprise as Phaneuf was originally listed as week-to-week with an upper body injury. The good news is that Phaneuf was on the ice by himself Saturday morning. We trust you have already replaced the Maple Leaf rearguard on your fantasy roster.
Jan 31 - 12:17 PM

James Reimer will get the start Saturday night against Philadelphia.

He will be making only his third start this month. In Reimer's last start he allowed four goals on 26 shots against Ottawa on January 21st. The Flyers can score, but we have a feeling Reimer may be able to stop the Buds' losing streak Saturday night. Take a chance and start him.
Jan 31 - 12:14 PM

James van Riemsdyk had an assist in Toronto's 3-1 loss to Arizona on Thursday.

He has earned two goals and one assist during a three-game point streak for the struggling Leafs. Van Riemsdyk has been one of the team's few bright spots of late. He has 21 goals and 43 points in 50 games.
Jan 30 - 10:18 AM

Jonathan Bernier is bearing most of the blame for the Leafs' latest loss, as a 114-foot goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson spurred an Arizona comeback in a 3-1 defeat.

It is the sixth straight loss for Bernier, and the fourth time in his past five games where he's allowed three goals. Truth be told, Bernier does not deserve a lot of the blame from Thursday's loss, as he was peppered with 45 shots and stopped 42 of them.
Jan 30 - 12:44 AM

Phil Kessel scored his 20th goal of the season in the Leafs' 3-1 loss to Arizona on Thursday night, their 16th in the past 19 games.

Kessel snapped a seven game scoring slump, and that is not including his goose egg in last Sunday's goal fest at the All Star Game. The Leafs' forward has 45 points in 50 games so far this season.
Jan 30 - 12:10 AM

Stuart Percy is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Arizona.

The 21-year-old was Toronto's first round pick (25th overall) in 2011. Percy has no goals and three assists in nine games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 29 - 7:22 PM

Joffrey Lupul has been activated by the Maple Leafs and he'll be back in the lineup on Thursday.

He has sat out the last 11 games with a lower-body injury. It's still unclear where Lupul will play, but it wouldn't be surprising if he bumped Leo Komarov of the top line and skated alongside Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.
Jan 29 - 3:12 PM

Joffrey Lupul (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game at Arizona.

He has been sidelined since Dec. 31 due to a lower-body injury. Lupul has nine goals and 17 points in 26 games this year and when he returns he could help Phil Kessel break free from a terrible cold streak. The two of them have displayed plenty of chemistry in the past.
Jan 29 - 11:39 AM

Jonathan Bernier will be in Toronto's crease again Thursday night.

He will play against the Arizona Coyotes after he stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to New Jersey. Bernier hasn't picked up a win in his last five appearances (0-4-1), but he hasn't received much offensive support either.
Jan 29 - 11:34 AM


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