Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

Stuart Percy didn't get a qualifying offer from Toronto.

Percy, Sam Carrick and Colin Smith can become unrestricted free agents on July 1 as a result. Percy was the 25h overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and he has dressed in just 12 games with the big club since.
Jun 28 - 3:08 PM

Jonathan Bernier doesn't know if he will be traded, but he intends to be ready for whatever team he plays for.

"Yeah, I can't control what their plan is, whether I'm in their plan or not," said Bernier. "At this point now I'm just focusing on myself and making sure I'm ready for training camp. Right now I'm under contract with the Leafs and that's where my head is. If things change, well, that’s out of my reach." If he stays with the Leafs then he wants to prove he can battle new arrival Frederik Andersen for playing time.
Jun 27 - 1:38 PM

Joffrey Lupul still wants to play hockey even if it isn't with the Maple Leafs.

"I'm playing the waiting game," Lupul said Saturday. "I'm trying to get healthy. That's my focus right now. I haven't heard anything (from the Leafs). I really can't tell you anything. I'm just playing the waiting game now." There has been plenty of speculation that Toronto doesn't want him back, but it's still unclear how the situation will play out.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 27 - 11:09 AM

Kerby Rychel realizes that he has an "unbelievable opportunity" in Toronto.

Rychel asked to be traded from Columbus almost a year ago and the Jackets were finally able to honor his request by sending him to Toronto. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for me," Rychel said of playing for the Maple Leafs. "I touched base with the team this afternoon. I’ve got a lot to prove. The window is closing and I’m going to make this a big summer of getting ready." The 21-year-old had two goals and nine points in 32 NHL games last season. He was originally selected in the first round, 19th overall, by Columbus in 2013.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 26 - 9:31 AM

Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him.
Jun 26 - 7:03 AM

Auston Matthews is projected to be Toronto's third-line center at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Coach Mike Babcock plans to ease the rookie pivot into the fold by placing him behind Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri on the depth chart. Keep in mind that line combinations will probably change over the course of the season. Matthews is expected to be an impact player in the NHL after being selected first overall in the 2016 Draft.
Jun 25 - 6:39 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs made Yegor Korshkov the first pick on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6'4", 180-pound forward has played in the KHL for the last two seasons with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He is expected to stay in Russia for the 2016-17 campaign. Korshov impressed at the World Junior Championship with two goals and eight points in seven games.
Jun 25 - 3:17 PM

Toronto has acquired Kerby Rychel from Columbus in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Rychel was the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded six goals and 27 points in 37 games with Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16. Rychel also had nine points in 32 appearances with Columbus.
Jun 25 - 2:19 PM

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs add a few veteran forwards via trade or free agency to help mentor some of their young prospects.

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock alluded to that possibility when discussing the development of Auston Matthews, whom he wants to protect and insulate a little from the intense pressure of playing in a hockey-crazy market like Toronto. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Auston Matthews with the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Maple Leafs need a number one center and not too many are going to be better than Matthews who could have gone second overall last season had he been born two days earlier. The 18-year-old posted 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games as he played in Switzerland last season. He also posted 13 goals and 20 points in 17 international games for the Americans last season to boot. Much like Connor McDavid before him, Matthews is expected to be a true No. 1 center immediately and become the unquestioned cornerstone of his franchise for the next generation.
Jun 24 - 7:18 PM

Frederik Andersen is excited to be a member of the Maple Leafs.

"I'm happy about being in a spot, in a big hockey market," he said. "It will be fun developing with this young team that is very hungry for success. It will be a good experience." The Leafs sent two draft picks to the Ducks to acquire Andersen, including the 30th overall pick in 2016. Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello loves Andersen's competitiveness, size, athleticism and his solid play in the playoffs.
Jun 21 - 10:50 AM

Frederik Andersen's five-year deal with Toronto is worth $25 million.

That gives his contract an annual average value of $5 million. Andersen will be Toronto's number one goalie in 2016-17 with Jonathan Bernier likely entering the year as the backup.
Jun 20 - 6:37 PM

Frederik Andersen has signed a five-year contract with the Maple Leafs.

The deal was announced shortly after Toronto acquired Andersen from Anaheim in exchange for the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in 2017.
Jun 20 - 5:47 PM

Frederik Andersen has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in 2017.

Andersen posted a 22-9-7 record with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save-percentage in 43 games with the Anaheim Ducks in 2015-16. He is currently a restricted free agent who the Leafs will have to sign first, but after that happens he will become the team's number one goalie going into 2016-17.
Jun 20 - 5:09 PM

Jonathan Bernier can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season.

The Leafs will probably be looking to upgrade their crease situation going into the season. "Jonathan played very well at the end of the year," said GM Lou Lamoriello. "But I think we have to look at everything, if we can get better: whether it's goaltending, whether it's defense, whether it's forwards. We did end up 30th in the league. There's nothing that we cannot or should not be looking at, no matter what it is, to get better." Bernier struggled for most of the year, while finishing the campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 1:13 PM


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