Player News - Maple Leafs

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Per Bob McKenzie, the Maple Leafs and Nikita Zaitsev are working on a deal to keep him in Toronto for a long time.

The pact is said to be for seven years with an AAV of $4.5M, "give or take $250K." Nothing is official yet, but this is still big news for the club and the 25-year-old defender. Zaitsev has posted four goals and 33 points with 124 blocks and 164 hits in 75 games.
Mar 30 - 9:19 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) will get the nod on Thursday.

Andersen left Saturday's game due to the injury and he didn't play on Tuesday. The Leafs have leaned heavily on Andersen all season and they're still in the thick of their battle for a playoff spot, so getting Andersen back rather quickly was critical for them. He has a 2.66 GAA and .918 save percentage in 61 games this season.
Mar 30 - 4:23 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) appears to be ready to return Thursday versus Nashville.

"We'll see on the plane, but I'm looking pretty positive and I feel ready to go," said Andersen shortly before accompanying his team to Nashville. He faced shots at Wednesday's optional practice and the Leafs returned Garret Sparks to the minors, so the Danish netminder will likely dress Thursday at the very least. Andersen has posted a 6-1-2 record in March with a 2.14 GAA and a .936 save percentage.
Mar 30 - 9:49 AM

Garret Sparks has been assigned to the minors.

This indicates strongly that Frederik Andersen will at least be available to serve as the backup goalie on Thursday night. Sparks didn't see any time with the big club during his latest stint and will return to being the starting netminder for the Marlies.
Mar 29 - 2:04 PM

Mitch Marner has been sick recently, but coach Mike Babcock feels that issue is behind the talented rookie now.

He has contributed three assists in the last eight games. Babcock expects to get more from a healthier Marner down the stretch here. He has racked up 17 goals and 57 points in 70 matches.
Mar 29 - 1:04 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) will travel with the team to Nashville.

He took part in Wednesday's optional skate and is feeling better, but it isn't clear yet if he will start Thursday night. A decision on Andersen's status will be made on the plane ride over. For what it's worth, he feels like could play.
Mar 29 - 12:53 PM

William Nylander stretched his point streak to 12 straight games on Tuesday night.

He registered his 37th helper of the season on a goal by Auston Matthews. Nylander has racked up four goals and 10 assists during his scoring spree. He has 58 points in 74 games during his rookie campaign.
Mar 29 - 11:20 AM

Zach Hyman notched a goal and an assist in Toronto's 3-2 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

He set up Auston Matthews in the first period and got the game winner early in the third frame on a shorthanded goal. Hyman has scored 10 markers this season and four have come on the penalty kill. He is tied for second in the league in shorthanded goals and ranks second in the league among all forwards with 2:50 of average of ice time on the penalty kill.
Mar 29 - 11:16 AM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) was back on the ice again Tuesday morning in a full workout.

He didn't dress against Florida, but it doesn't look like he will be sidelined for very long. "I have to keep working hard, take as many shots as possible," said Andersen. "I felt pretty good. It's looking pretty positive. We're still taking it slow ... (but) at this time of year, you don't want to waste too much time. You want to get back as quickly as possible."
Mar 29 - 11:06 AM

Roman Polak was reinstated from his suspension on Tuesday March 28.

Polak served two games for boarding Oliver Bjorkstrand. He had three shots on goal in 21:48 minutes of ice time in his return.
Mar 29 - 2:50 AM

Curtis McElhinney stopped 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Curtis McElhinney's best save of the night came when he reached back and took the puck right off the goal line to rob Reilly Smith of a sure goal in tight. McElhinney will be forced into a bit more action with Frederik Andersen sidelined with an upper-body injury but he played well in his first start since the injury to Andersen. The win improves his record to 7-6-2 on the year with a 2.57 goals against average and an impressive .921 save percentage.
Mar 28 - 11:18 PM

Auston Matthews picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Matthews has now broken Wendel Clark's record of 34 goals for a rookie in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history. Matthews has been extraordinary for the Leafs this season, leading the team with 62 points in 75 games. He has also opened the scoring in a game for a league high 14 times, tied for second most in a season since Pavel Bure had 15 during the 1999-2000 season. He will likely be on many fantasy championship teams at the conclusion of the week.
Mar 28 - 11:10 PM

Martin Marincin, Alexey Marchenko and Ben Smith will be scratched against the Panthers on Tuesday.

Coach Mike Babcock has made a habit of scratching these three, so it does not appear they have much of a role with the team at the moment. Marincin has played just five times since Jan. 31st. Marchenko has two points in 11 games for Toronto. Smith has played just five times over the last month.
Mar 28 - 7:16 PM

Garret Sparks will back up Curtis McElhinney on Tuesday against the Panthers.

Sparks has an 18-7-0 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season for AHL Toronto.
Mar 28 - 7:11 PM

Kasperi Kapanen will draw into the Leafs' lineup on Tuesday.

Kapanen has 18 goals and 43 points in 43 AHL games this season. He's projected to play on the fourth line with Brian Boyle and Matt Martin.
Mar 27 - 12:31 PM


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