Player News - Maple Leafs

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Jonathan Bernier is willing to entertain short-term offers.

It was previously reported that Bernier was seeking a long-term deal, but he's apparently willing to be flexible. That's not surprising because the team elected for salary arbitration, so if they can't find a common ground on a bigger deal, they might as well at least agree to something less ambitious to avoid the unpleasantness of an arbitration hearing.
Jul 6 - 4:53 PM

Shawn Matthias has inked a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Matthias had 18 goals and 27 points in 78 games with Vancouver in 2014-15. He's a versatile forward in the sense that he can play up and middle or the wing, which will come in handy for the Maple Leafs as they might trade more of their veterans for prospects and picks after moving Phil Kessel.
Jul 6 - 10:27 AM

Tyler Bozak's days in Toronto may be numbered.

The 29-year-old Bozak is entering the third year of his five-year, $21M deal which dings the cap at $4.2M per season. Bozak however is reaching the height of his salary, $5M in 2015-16 before dropping by half a million dollars the next two seasons. He also owns a partial No-Trade Clause in which he can submit a list of 12 teams he can be traded to. Bozak is coming off a career year in which he set a new high in goals with 23, and matched his high in points of 49 for the second straight year. For what it's worth, only New Jersey, Arizona, and Nashville currently sit under the cap floor.
Jul 5 - 8:35 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract extension.

The deal is worth $4.1 million. Kadri's numbers were down last season as he scored 18 goals and 21 assists in 73 games. Kadri gets a short-term deal, so he will have to prove himself to new head coach Mike Babcock. He has the skill to be a top-six forward, but like many young players, he needs to show more consistency.
Jul 5 - 5:07 PM

The Toronto Marlies of the AHL have signed Richard Clune.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 28-year-old spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville's farm team). He was held pointless in his only NHL game last year. The team also announced that Clune will be attending training camp with the big club in Toronto.
Jul 5 - 11:54 AM

Byron Froese has agreed to a two-year, two-way deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Froese had 18 goals and 42 points in 49 AHL contests with the Toronto Marlies and San Antonio Rampage in 2014-15. He's projected to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors as well, although Toronto is a trade that could be busy on the trade market between now and the start of the season as it shifts its attention towards the future. If that's the case, there could be a number of open slots to compete for during training camp.
Jul 3 - 4:45 PM

Leo Komarov is reportedly facing four traffic-related criminal charges in Finland.

The charges reportedly are two counts of "traffic hazard" and an additional two counts of "falsifying info to police." If that's true, Komarov might be fined or face as much as six months in jail.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 3 - 10:53 AM

In an eloquent and blunt op-ed piece for the Players' Tribune, Rich Clune opened up about his struggle with addiction.

"Between the ages of 15-24, I was not here. I was checked out. I did not exist," said Clune as his relationships with fear, alcohol, and cocaine worsened. "Rich Clune the pro hockey player existed. He got in over 150 fights and drove drunk and chased women and laughed and cried and lived in oblivion. But Rich Clune, the kid who loved art and film and read books and thought deeply about life, that guy was just not around. He couldn’t cope with the pressure." Until he decided to, that is. Clune is now five years sober. "If you’re reading this and think you might have a problem, do not be ashamed," Clune implored. "Reach out to a friend or a teammate, or find a professional who can help. If I can ask for help, so can you."
Source: Rich Clune
Jul 2 - 11:14 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have granted the Anaheim Ducks permission to hire Dave Nonis.

Nonis is under contract with Toronto, but was relieved of his duties as the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager in April. Nonis previously served as an advisor with the Ducks before coming to the Maple Leafs' organization.
Jul 2 - 1:16 PM

Toronto native Daniel Winnik has re-signed with the Maple Leafs for one-year, $2.25M.

That's a nice step up in pay from the one-year, $1.3M deal he signed with Toronto last summer. The Leafs sent Winnik to Pittsburgh in a deadline-deal for Zack Sill, a 2015 fourth round pick, and a 2016 second round pick. The latter was sent back to Pittsburgh in the Phil Kessel deal. Winnik had a career-season in 2014-15, tallying nine goals and 34 points.
Jul 1 - 7:07 PM

Mark Arcobello has agreed to a one-year contract with Toronto worth $1.1 million.

He produced 17 goals and 31 points in 77 games between the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014-15. Arcobello become an unrestricted free agent after Arizona didn't tender him a qualifying offer.
Jul 1 - 4:42 PM

Richard Panik has inked a one-year extension with Toronto worth $975,000.

Panik was a restricted free agent. He recorded 17 points in 76 games with the Maple Leafs after he was obtained off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jul 1 - 3:19 PM

P. A. Parenteau has signed a one-year/$1.5 million contract with Toronto.

He was just bought out by the Canadiens after he had 22 points in 56 games last season.
Jul 1 - 2:30 PM

Nick Spaling was traded to the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal.

Spaling and his $2.2 million salary cap hit will move to Toronto where he will likely line up as a third-line winger. He could contribute modest offensive totals given his history in Nashville but we would not bet on him bettering his 27-point effort of 2014-15 in Pittsburgh with the rebuilding Maple Leafs.
Jul 1 - 1:55 PM

Scott Harrington was traded to Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal.

Harrington was a scoring defensemen with the London Knights a number of seasons ago but he has not shown much in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre-Scranton. Last season Harrington registered 12 points in 48 games with the Baby Pens but did not have any points in a 10-game trial with Pittsburgh. Harrington is still a prospect but he will likely not make much of an impact fantasy-wise in 2015-16.
Jul 1 - 1:48 PM

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