Player News - Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

There was a time when Booth was a safe bet to score over 20 goals and 40 points per season. However, that's when he was logging 18-plus minutes per game in Florida, which ended with his acquisition by the Vancouver Canucks. Booth never fit in with Vancouver and his problems were amplified by a series of injuries. A fresh start is exactly what Booth needs, but he's far from a safe bet to capitalize on this opportunity.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired former vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.

Although Toronto hasn't engaged in a major shakeup of its roster and has decided to retain head coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs have engaged in a personnel shakeup after they endured yet another spectacular collapse in 2013-14. They have also hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas to serve as an assistant general manager. Dubas previously served as the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' general manager for three years. He was one of the youngest GMs in OHL history when he originally took the job with the Greyhounds.
Jul 22 - 11:39 AM

Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Franson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Jul 21 - 10:00 AM

Well-connected hockey insider Josh Rimer has tweeted that the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Cody Franson are close to agreeing on a contract and may be able to avoid Monday's scheduled salary-arbitration hearing.

Reports surfaced Saturday that the Leafs and Franson were far apart and that a hearing seemed likely. There was a big difference in the salary figures the sides were obligated to submit. Franson submitted a salary of $4.2 million while the Leafs suggested in their submission that Franson should be paid $2 million next season. Franson scored five goals and collected 33 points in 79 games last season.
Jul 20 - 10:00 PM

William Nylander, the Maple Leafs' first pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, impressed the Toronto coaching staff at the team's recent development camp.

He was as smooth a skater as scouts had said, adept at handling the puck. He could dish and score. He was a heads-up player who looks like he wants to play that possession game. "He is as advertised," said Steve Spott, the new Leafs assistant coach who helped run the prospects camp. "The only thing he has to work on is getting bigger and stronger and that’s going to come in time." He should be in Toronto in the fall and could be with the Leafs for at least a few games. He could play big minutes with the AHL Marlies.
Jul 20 - 10:37 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are far apart in what they believe the defenseman should be paid.

Franson's salary arbitration hearing against the Maple Leafs is scheduled for Monday but there's a big difference in the submissions the sides have made to the scheduled arbitrator. Franson believes he should be paid $4.2 million while the Leafs believe he should be paid $2 million. That difference of $2.2 million means a hearing could get ugly. Last season, Franson had five goals and 33 points in 79 games. He had 29 points during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Jul 19 - 10:40 PM

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has gone on record saying he’d like to add another forward in the off-season.

Sources say he had been pursuing veteran Lee Stempniak, who has signed with the New York Rangers, according to reports. He may now be going after David Booth and/or Daniel Winnik, unrestricted free agents who could fit the Jets' bill on short-term contracts. Booth wasn't able to establish himself as a top-six forward with Vancouver and was placed on waivers after last season. Winnik had six goals and 24 assists with in 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.
Jul 19 - 10:58 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs ranked 26th on Forbes' list of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises.

The Maple Leafs are worth $1.15 billion in their estimation, which makes them not only the most valuable NHL franchise, but also the only hockey team on the top 50 list. It's worth noting that there might be a disconnect between what franchises are worth based on Forbes' estimates and what people are willing to pay for some of them. Forbes says that the Los Angeles Clippers are worth less than $856 million as that was the cutoff to make the list and they weren't on it. Despite that, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trying to buy the team for $2 billion. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested that might be due to the uniqueness of the Los Angeles market, but also added that a recent survey suggested that franchise values have increased about 46% over the last year.
Jul 18 - 9:51 AM

Carter Ashton has accepted the Toronto Maple Leafs' qualifying offer.

Ashton can earn up to $850,000 for the 2014-15 campaign, but his one-year deal is two-ways. He had three assists in 32 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
Jul 16 - 5:20 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked Peter Holland to a two-year deal.

Holland's contract is one-way, so it looks like his days of bouncing between the AHL and NHL might finally be over. He had six goals and 11 points in 43 games between Toronto and Anaheim last season.
Jul 16 - 2:27 PM

Paul Ranger has accepted a two-year deal with a Swiss club.

Ranger played in his first NHL game in nearly three years on Oct. 1 and went on to record 14 points and 36 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's only 29 (30 in September), so we wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him making yet another NHL comeback down the road.
Jul 15 - 2:17 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have tapped Peter Horachek and Steve Spott to serve as assistant coaches next season.

Horachek spent the bulk of the 2013-14 campaign serving as the Florida Panthers interim head coach. He led the team to a 26-36-4 record, which wasn't terrible given what he had to work with, but Panthers GM Dale Tallon wanted to go in a different direction. Spott spent last season serving as the AHL Toronto Marlies' bench boss and led them to the Western Conference Final.
Jul 11 - 5:55 PM

Jamie Devane has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Devane has eight points and 146 penalty minutes in 55 AHL games in 2013-14. He will probably spend the bulk of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Jul 11 - 5:52 PM

Rinat Valiev has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Toronto.

Valiev had 28 points and 68 penalty minutes in 55 WHL games in 2013-14. He was taken with the 68th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 10 - 5:53 PM

Trevor Smith has inked a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Smith had four goals and nine points in 28 games in 2013-14. He's a nice depth forward and the Leafs shouldn't hesitate to call him up in the event of an injury.
Jul 10 - 5:51 PM


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