Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Timothy Liljegren with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs have a ton of offensive talent with youngsters like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander on the roster. Now, they've added a talented blue liner in Liljegren to the mix. Prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, many expected Liljegren to be a top five pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but his stock seemed to have dropped a bit after he missed the first two months of the Swedish Hockey League season because of mononucleosis. It’s impossible to ignore Liljegren’s offensive upside and skating ability, but the 18-year-old’s likely a few years away from contributing at the NHL level. He’s already confirmed that he’ll be spending at least one more season over in Sweden.
Jun 23 - 8:46 PM

Joffrey Lupul took a team physical after the Leafs' campaign and didn't pass it.

Lupul hasn't played since February 2016 when he had sports hernia surgery. He's entering the final season of his five-year, $26.25 million contract, but it's not clear if there's any chance of him being available at any point during the upcoming campaign.
Jun 22 - 9:13 PM

Auston Matthews has been awarded with the 2017 Calder Trophy.

Matthews is the Leafs' first Calder Trophy winner since Brit Selby in 1965-66. The 19-year-old center led all first-year players with 40 goals and 69 points in 82 games. Matthews was the runaway victor with 164 of 167 first-place votes.
Jun 21 - 9:06 PM

Toronto coach Mike Babcock would like to have Matt Hunwick back with the Leafs in 2017-18.

Hunwick is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1. He has skated in 132 games with the Maple Leafs over the last two seasons. Hunwick doesn't have any fantasy value, but he played well on Toronto's penalty kill last year and chipped in 19 points in 72 matches.
Jun 21 - 11:42 AM

Miro Aaltonen is expected to compete for a roster spot at training camp.

Coach Mike Babcock also expects defensemen Andreas Borgman and Calle Rosen to battle for jobs on the Leafs this fall. "We have too many players now," said the Toronto bench boss, who will have plenty of tough decisions to make for the 2017-18 season. Aaltonen potted 19 goals and 44 points in 53 games in the KHL last year.
Jun 21 - 10:28 AM

Brian Boyle is taking a wait-and-see approach as free agency nears.

"I'd have to say - there's just so much going on. There's interest from me [in returning], and we enjoyed our time. I'm a product of the Maple Leafs right now," Boyle told TSN Radio 1050 on Tuesday. "You kind of have to wait and see. Every GM has decisions to make right now. Right now it's between my [agent] and Lou. Those conversations have to stay between our camp and theirs." He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and would like some more term in his next contract. The 32-year-old center proved to be a solid addition to the Leafs' fourth line after he was acquired from Tampa Bay, but it's unclear if he will be back with the team in 2017-18.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 20 - 1:05 PM

Josh Leivo was protected by the Maple Leafs for the expansion draft.

Leivo was considered to be among the most likely candidates on Toronto to be lost to the Vegas Golden Knights earlier in the year, but that won't be the case. He skated in just 13 games with the Leafs in 2016-17, but he managed to produce 10 points.
Jun 20 - 12:33 PM

Joffrey Lupul is available to be taken in the expansion draft.

Lupul missed the entire 2016-17 season because of injury and hasn't played since February 2016 after he had sports hernia surgery, but oddly enough he was eligible for the expansion draft. That could indicate that he feels healthy enough to play again or perhaps Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello has a deal worked out with Vegas to take the final year of Lupul's contract. That would prevent the Golden Knights from taking Brendan Leipsic or Kerby Rychel in the expansion draft.
Jun 20 - 12:13 PM

There were no real surprises on the Maple Leafs' protected list.

The Buds were expected to expose veterans Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Roman Polak and Brian Boyle and they did. Toronto did protect the following players: Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Josh Leivo, Matt Martin, James van Riemsdyk, Connor Carrick, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Andersen. Toronto did not have to protect many of their young stars as they were exempt from the draft. As a result, the Leafs were able to retain marginal players such as Matt Martin and Josh Leivo. There is not much for Vegas to choose from the Leafs.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:33 AM

Auston Matthews says he's learned a lot by watching Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play in the playoffs.

"It's no secret (Crosby) is the best player in the world for a reason," said Matthews. "Watching, not only him but [Evgeni] Malkin as well, when the Penguins needed a boost or a big play or a lift, it seemed to come from one of those two guys. That exemplifies their leadership and what they mean to that team. If you want to be the best, those are the kinds of qualities you need. It's the mindset you want to have to be successful individually but to help the team win as well." Learning from veterans is always great, but Matthews did just fine in his rookie season. The 19-year-old scored an incredible 40 goals and 29 assists in his first NHL season. Expect him to be even more productive next year. He should be an early pick in most standard fantasy leagues.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 7:40 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might not have a captain (again) in 2017-18.

The Leafs haven't had a player wear the "C" since Dion Phaneuf was traded to Ottawa last season and it doesn't sound like that's going to change. "I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year," GM Lou Lamoriello told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. "Right now, that isn’t something in the forefront. I think we had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of young players and that’s not something being considered at this point." Auston Matthews will likely be the team's next captain, but they probably don't want to add anymore more pressure on the 19-year-old's shoulders this soon.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 3 - 9:54 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might enter the 2017-18 campaign without a team captain.

The Leafs haven't had a captain since Dion Phaneuf left in February 2016. Auston Matthews would appear to be the favorite to eventually wear the 'C' after being the first overall draft pick in 2016 and coming up big for the Maple Leafs in his rookie season. However, the Maple Leafs seem to be in no rush to hand him or any other player the captaincy. "I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year," Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said. "Right now, that isn’t something in the forefront. I think we had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of young players and that’s not something being considered at this point."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 1 - 10:56 AM

Mitch Marner played in the World Hockey Championship to gain experience for a prolonged season.

He feels the experience gained at the tournament will be beneficial going into his sophomore season. "I want to make sure my body is ready play through a long season," Marner said. "That was one of the reasons to go the world championship, to make sure my body is able to play for a month longer. It wasn't easy, the teams were hard to play against, they all had great players . . . You're not playing against Stanley Cup teams but they were very good-calibre teams. It was important for me to go there and make sure my body could take it." The 20-year-old forward finished second on Team Canada in scoring with four goals and eight assists, while being named one of the club's top players.
May 29 - 4:34 PM

Matt Martin hopes to stay with the Maple Leafs even though he could be exposed in the upcoming expansion draft.

"I haven't thought too much about it," Martin said. "You go where life takes you. I think it's going to be a good place to play hockey, whether I end up there or not. I hope I stay in Toronto. I love it there." Marin inked a four-year, $10 million contract with Toronto as a free agent prior to the 2016-17 season.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 29 - 10:58 AM

Jeremy Bracco scored a goal and two assists in the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday to win junior hockey's top prize with the Windsor Spitfires.

Bracco, who won a gold medal earlier this year at the World Juniors with Team USA, pitched in 83 points in 57 games during the regular season. In the Memorial Cup, he racked up eight points in four games. The Spitfires beat the OHL champion Erie Otters in the final.
May 28 - 10:32 PM


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