Player News - Maple Leafs

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Reports have surfaced that the Toronto Maple Leafs approached former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli about their vacant General Manager position.

The Leafs were simply doing their due diligence here, as Chiarelli is one of the better General Managers in the league. Chiarelli eventually settled on the Edmonton job and that's probably the better gig. The Oilers have some good young talent on the roster, some interesting prospects in their farm system, and the first overall pick in the June Entry Draft.
Apr 26 - 4:44 PM

William Nylander's production in the AHL has progressed each month.

He registered seven points in February, 10 in March and 13 in April to help the Marlies get into the playoffs. Nylander picked up 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with Toronto's AHL affiliate, including eight points in the last five matches of the regular season. He was chosen with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Apr 24 - 10:42 AM

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan didn’t tip his hand as to what the team will do with the fourth pick in the draft other than to say, "I think most teams you're just looking for the best guy available.""

Center Dylan Strome, who had 45 goals and 129 points, with the OHL's Erie Otters, could wind up with Toronto. Shanahan and the Leafs had a 9.5 percent chance at winning the draft lottery. The Maple Leafs president even wore a lucky Irish pin on Saturday. "I thought I would enlist whatever I had, I wasn’t gonna leave anything at home," he said. Shanahan said the Leafs are working on GM/coach lists and has already started reaching out to teams to talk to people.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

It seems that Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan received permission to talk to Arizona assistant general manager Sean Burke.

They obviously weren't chatting about the weather. It is not known if Shanahan is interested in Burke as the Buds' GM or in a lesser capacity. There will be plenty of rumors regarding the Maple Leafs' open GM and head coach positions this off-season. This is one of the first.
Apr 18 - 11:21 AM

Jake Gardiner has been named to Team USA for May's World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Gardiner, who is just 24 years old and is coming off perhaps his worst of his three career seasons with the Maple Leafs at just four goals and 24 points, will make his second international appearance. His first came at age 19 at World Junior Championships in which he recorded three assists over seven games. Gardiner has compiled 21 goals and 89 points in 246 career NHL games.
Source: USA Hockey
Apr 14 - 8:05 PM

Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan spoke to the media on Monday after Toronto let cleaned house over the weekend.

"People ask me about 'The Plan' in Toronto," Shanahan said. "The plan is not something unique. Twenty-nine other teams do what they have to, which is draft, develop, (show) patience and make good choices. The challenge in Toronto is not to come up with 'The Plan', the challenge is to stick to it. There can be no short-cuts. Short-cuts have got this organization in trouble in the past. This has to be one we're committed to, and don't stray from." The Leafs have already let go of GM Dave Nonis, along with coaches and plenty of scouts. That is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a very busy off-season in Toronto.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 14 - 10:20 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired Steve Kasper and Jim Hughes.

Kasper was the Director of Pro Scouting, while Hughes was the Director of Player Development. It's been a busy day for the Leafs as they have already fired GM Dave Nonis, interim head coach Peter Horachek and his assistants.
Apr 12 - 2:32 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have parted ways with interim head coach Peter Horachek.

No surprises here. The Leafs struggled under Randy Carlyle but things really took a turn for the worst when Horachek stepped in behind the bench. The Leafs also announced that coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix have also been fired. This is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a very busy off-season for the organization. Toronto also announced that General Manager Dave Nonis won't be back with the team.
Apr 12 - 12:32 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have fired General Manager Dave Nonis.

The Maple Leafs got off to a good start this season, but they had an ugly second half. Toronto does have some talent on the roster but many of their players underachieved over 82 games. This move should come as no surprise, as Nonis wasn't hired by current team President Brendan Shanahan. The Leafs' record with Nonis at the helm was 94-97-21. Interim head coach Peter Horachek was also relieved of his duties on Sunday.
Apr 12 - 12:27 PM

Casey Bailey scored his first NHL goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal.

The 23-year-old was signed as an undrafted free-agent in March and he's been given the opportunity to play down the stretch. His goal at the 4:04 mark of the first period gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead. Bailey has intriguing size and skill but he isn't assured of a roster spot next season. He didn't look out of place in his six game stint with the big club.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 12 - 12:16 PM

Dion Phaneuf collected his 400th point in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal.

Phaneuf picked up the primary assist on Casey Bailey's first period goal. It's been a difficult season for Phaneuf. He's had to deal with being the captain of a team that grossly underachieved and his point totals weren't very high. The 30-year-old had three goals, 29 points and a minus-11 rating in 70 games this season. There's no guarantee he will be back with Maple Leafs in 2015-16.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 12 - 12:13 PM

Phil Kessel tallied two points in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Kessel scored his 25th in the first period and assisted on Tyler Bozak’s goal in the second. Kessel very well may have played his final game for the Leafs. He had 25 goals and 61 points this year. Bozak also had an assist. Casey Bailey scored the other goal, the first of his career.
Apr 11 - 10:21 PM

Jonathan Bernier made 30 saves in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win against the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Bernier is another player who might’ve played his final game with the Maple Leafs. He had a down year, posting a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. We wouldn't count him out to return to being a stable fantasy presence next year.
Apr 11 - 10:20 PM

Colton Orr will play on Toronto's fourth line against Montreal Saturday night alongside Zach Sill and Brandon Kozun.

The Maple Leafs called up Orr as a thank you for his contributions to the Maple Leafs over the years. Orr has been in the AHL all season and is an unrestricted free agent who will not be back with the organization next season. For those of you expecting Orr to go out with a bang and get into a fight or two--forget it. Montreal does not have an enforcer and the honest Orr will likely want to bow out without engaging in fisticuffs with a middleweight.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 11 - 11:12 AM

Leo Komarov will likely not play in Toronto's final game of the season against Montreal Saturday night.

He left Wednesday's contest with an upper-body injury and was not on the ice for Saturday morning's optional skate. We would play it safe and bench Komarov if for some reason you had him on your fantasy squad.
Apr 11 - 11:03 AM


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