Player News - Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly sign Jeff Glass to a professional tryout.

Glass was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2004. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship as well. The 30-year-old has spent the last seven seasons in the KHL. The Maple Leafs already have Frederik Andersen and Jhonas Enroth on one-way contracts and Garret Sparks waiting in the minors, so Glass is a long shot to make the team.
Aug 26 - 5:32 PM

Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

Enroth will replace injured Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. The 28-year-old played in 16 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) will be the other two goalies for Sweden.
Aug 26 - 9:57 AM

Brandon Prust says he's always wanted to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The veteran forward signed a professional tryout with the club on Monday night. "Growing up a Leafs fan, I know that's kind of where my heart is," said Prust. "I've always wanted to play for the Leafs. I figure this will be a great opportunity for me. Wendel (Clark) was my man. I always want to play like him and be like him. He had skill, he was tough as nails and he was a great leader. That's the guy I idolized growing up as a Leafs fan. I've watched Toronto's playoff runs and I know all about their history. To be a part of it will be amazing."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 9:09 PM

Raman Hrabarenko will attend Maple Leafs training camp on a professional tryout.

Hrabarenko and Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello are familiar with each other from their time in the New Jersey Devils organization. Hrabarenko played in one game for the Devils, but spent some time with their farm team. The 23-year-old had five goals, nine points and 42 penalty minutes in 49 AHL games last season. The 6-foot-4, 230 pound defenseman is a long shot to make the team.
Aug 23 - 12:02 PM

Brandon Prust will attend Toronto Maple Leafs training camp on a professional tryout.

The 32-year-old dealt with a serious ankle injury while with the Canucks last season. Prust had one goal and seven points in 35 games with Vancouver in 2015-16, but was set to the minors in February. Prust doesn't produce much offensively, but when healthy, he can be an effective fourth line, energy player.
Aug 22 - 5:59 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

It was reported in July that Enroth would sign with the Maple Leafs, but we hadn't heard anything since. On Monday, the Leafs made the signing official. The Leafs had a clear need for an experienced backup goalie behind starter Frederik Andersen. The 28-year-old had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage with Los Angeles in 2015-16.
Aug 22 - 1:38 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Mark Hunter as their assistant General Manager.

The Maple Leafs now have two assistant GMs in Hunter and Kyle Dubas. Hunter had been serving as Toronto's director of player personnel. "Mark's new title is essentially a formality as these are duties he’s already been performing," said Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello. "Brendan and I have been discussing this change of title since last season – as it’s a more appropriate recognition of Mark's role with the organization since joining the Maple Leafs. There are no changes to Mark or Kyle’s duties, or to that of Brandon Pridham, Assistant to the General Manager." Hunter will oversee the pro scouting, amateur scouting and player evaluation departments.
Aug 22 - 12:00 PM

Morgan Rielly started his off-season preparation earlier because of the World Cup of Hockey in September.

"Right now, I am trying to lift as heavy as I can, become as powerful as I can, when normally I would have an extra month to do that," Rielly said. "So you are just trying to squeeze it all in, having to do it all sooner." He added that he usually doesn't skate that much until September, but he is hoping that a good performance at the World Cup with Team North America will transfer over to the regular season. Rielly had dinner with Toronto teammate Auston Matthews a few weeks ago and they are both looking forward to the tournament. Matthews believes Team North America has the talent to win it and they all appear to be motivated by the underdog label.
Aug 12 - 5:26 PM

Mitch Marner stands a "good chance" of being with the Maple Leafs at the start of the 2016-17 season, according to coach Mike Babcock.

"Mitch has been working with our guys and really training hard. He's eating right and doing everything he can to get stronger," said Babcock. "To say Mitch has got to put on a bunch of weight, to me, is ridiculous. I have a son who has had trouble putting on weight too. They work at it hard. All you've got to do is get stronger. You are who you are. Be the best Mitch you can possibly be. He's got a lot of summer here left and he's just got to keep working at it. But he'll have a real good chance to make the Leafs." Marner's size has worried some people, but there are plenty of smaller players enjoying success at the NHL level these days and his skill can place him in the same situation. It has been widely expected that Marner would at least start the year with Toronto given the dominance he has shown at the junior level, but it's unclear if he will play the entire year in the NHL.
Aug 6 - 1:06 PM

Auston Matthews has been named the Rookie of the Year of the Swiss League for his efforts during the 2015-16 campaign.

He netted 24 goals and produced 46 points in 36 contests for the ZSC Lions of the National League A last season. Matthews made the surprising decision to play overseas, but it didn't hurt his draft ranking. He proved he could play with men and was the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Matthews will begin his NHL career in 2016-17 with the Maple Leafs.
Aug 5 - 4:25 PM

Jared Cowen's buyout is being held up because of an injury concern.

He is apparently still dealing with the lingering effects from his 2012 hip surgery and he underwent another procedure after the season on a doctor's recommendation. However, before that he was cleared to play in the AHL. Injured players cannot be bought out without the player's agreement and an arbitrator will decide on the situation.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 3 - 2:00 PM

There hasn't been any news on Jhonas Enroth since it was reported just over a week ago that he was going to sign with Toronto.

His agent declined to comment on the reports and it's been quiet since then. Negotiations with the Leafs could pick up again, though. Toronto wants to add a backup, but they may have moved on to other options.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 2 - 11:10 AM

Playing Joffrey Lupul may be Toronto's best option in 2016-17.

He has two years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.25 million per season, so attempts to trade him have been unsuccessful. If a team was willing to take him then it would probably cost the Leafs a pick or a prospect to sweeten the deal. Buying him out would have him on the cap for the next four years. Lupul is also healthy, at least for the time being, so Toronto can't banish him to long-term injured reserve like they did to Stephane Robidas last year.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 2 - 11:04 AM

Mitch Marner has been trying to put on some extra pounds of muscle prior to participating in Toronto's training camp.

He is hoping to play for the Leafs this year, but said it wouldn't be that bad to return to the junior ranks. "(Where he plays next season) is not up to me. If I'm in the OHL, then I'm going to play (in the world junior) and I'm going to look forward to it," said Marner. "When that time comes, that's when I will look forward to it." He is likely to get at least a nine-game tryout with the big club in 2016-17.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 1 - 2:36 PM

Milan Michalek feels 100 percent after finishing the 2015-16 season with a knee injury.

He skated in 13 matches with the Leafs after he was acquired from the Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade. "It'll be different. At least I got to play some games and I know the system now. I know the coaches. I know what they want, and I got to know some guys too," Michalek said. "That's going to help me a lot and be comfortable for training camp." He produced 16 points in 45 games with Ottawa and Toronto last campaign. Michalek will be expected to provide some leadership for a young squad in 2016-17.
Jul 29 - 6:09 PM


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