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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sabres. | 10/28/2014 10:31 PM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sabres.
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Impact
Kessel had five shots on goal and finished plus-one. He has five goals and five assists this season.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier faced just 10 shots and stopped them all against the Sabres. | 10/28/2014 10:28 PM
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Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier faced just 10 shots and stopped them all against the Sabres.
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Bernier was sharp even with his light work load, and it was just a poor showing from Buffalo. It was Bernier's first shutout of the season.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier was pulled during Saturday's loss to the Bruins. | 10/25/2014 9:57 PM
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Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier was pulled during Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
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Impact
He had 21 saves on 25 shots before being relieved by James Reimer in the third period. Both goalies should continue to spilit time, as Reimer saved all eight shots he faced.
Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel will have a lot more space to work with on Saturday night against the Bruins. | 10/25/2014 1:23 PM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel will have a lot more space to work with on Saturday night against the Bruins.
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Impact
Without defenseman Zdeno Chara, Kessel will have more room to work with than he usually does against the Bruins. It could result in a big night. Make sure Kessel is in your lineup.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier picked up his first win of the season. | 10/21/2014 9:46 PM
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Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier picked up his first win of the season.
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Impact
He stopped 34-of-36 shots on goal, and frustrated Islanders' players all night. Bernier will continue to split starts with James Reimer, unless something drastic happens.
Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored two goals on Tuesday night. | 10/21/2014 9:44 PM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored two goals on Tuesday night.
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Impact
He added an assist, and was +3 on the night with five shots on goal. Kessel is a top tier player, and is producing as one of the better players in the NHL, at the moment.
Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk had two points in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. | 10/21/2014 9:42 PM
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Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk had two points in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
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Impact
He had a goal and assist, along with a +2 rating and two shots on goal. JVR should continue to be a goal-scoring machine, moving forward.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier was excellent in a loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 10:11 PM
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Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier was excellent in a loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.
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Impact
Bernier stopped 31-of-32 shots for a .969 save percentage in the game, but lost 1-0. He allowed Henrik Zetterberg to score with ten seconds left in overtime. Reimer is 2-2 to start the season.
Toronto goaltender James Reimer suffered his first loss of the season Friday against Detroit. | 10/17/2014 10:15 PM
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Toronto goaltender James Reimer suffered his first loss of the season Friday against Detroit.
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Impact
He gave up four goals on 35 shots faced, but owners are hoping this is just a minor hiccup. It needs to be known that Reimer will continue to split time with Jonathan Bernier.
Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Avalanche on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 10:34 PM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Avalanche on Tuesday.
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Impact
Kessel finished with a goal and an assist with six shots on goal. The goal was Kessel's second of the young season.
Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel posted a goal and a pair of assists in Sunday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers. | 10/13/2014 9:28 AM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel posted a goal and a pair of assists in Sunday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers.
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Impact
Kessel and linemates James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak totaled three goals and four assists on the night. After his 80-point season of a year ago, much is expected from him including an improvement on his plus/minus rating which has yet to be in the plus in eight seasons.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is expected to start on Saturday with backup goaltender James Reimer getting the start on Sunday against the Rangers. | 10/11/2014 11:48 AM
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Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is expected to start on Saturday with backup goaltender James Reimer getting the start on Sunday against the Rangers.
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Impact
Reimer is due a start because of the back-to-back games, but Bernier needs to play better than he did on Wednesday in the season opener. He allowed four goals on 32 shots. Bernier should rebound on Saturday.
Rangers defenseman Mike Kostka has been recalled from AHL Hartfor to replace the injured Dan Boyle. | 10/11/2014 11:13 AM
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Rangers defenseman Mike Kostka has been recalled from AHL Hartfor to replace the injured Dan Boyle.
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There is still unlikely Kostka dresses for the game on Saturday against the Blue Jackets. Coach Alain Vigneault noted that Matt Hunwick will be paired with John Moore which leaves Kostka out.
Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak scored a goal on opening night against the Canadiens. | 10/08/2014 10:32 PM
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Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak scored a goal on opening night against the Canadiens.
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Impact
Bozak also had a minus-2 rating on Wednesday as Montreal beat Toronto, 4-3. Nazem and Morgan Rielly scored the other two Maple Leaf goals.
Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier allowed four goals on 32 shots as the Maple Leafs lost to the Canadiens, 4-3, on opening night Wednesday. | 10/08/2014 10:14 PM
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Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier allowed four goals on 32 shots as the Maple Leafs lost to the Canadiens, 4-3, on opening night Wednesday.
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Impact
Bernier was not sharp and neither was his counterpart Carey Price. Bernier yielded two goals in the third period, including the game-winner in the final minute of regulation. His next matchup comes against the Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday.
Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel finished with two shots on goal and a minus-two rating on opening night against the Canadiens. | 10/08/2014 10:06 PM
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Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel finished with two shots on goal and a minus-two rating on opening night against the Canadiens.
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Impact
Not exactly the way Kessel was hoping to start the season. Toronto tied the game at the 17:41 mark of the third period only to allow the game-winning goal inside of one minute left in regulation. Kessel had 20 minutes and 31 seconds of ice time, including three minutes and three seconds on the power play.
Toronto defenseman Cody Franson (knee) is unlikely to be ready for Wednesday's opener. | 10/07/2014 11:53 AM
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Toronto defenseman Cody Franson (knee) is unlikely to be ready for Wednesday's opener.
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Impact
The 27-year-old injured a knee and couldn't get through a full practice, according to head coach Randy Carlyle. He's a 30-point defenseman, but a -20 rating doesn't help his fantasy value.
Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson should not be drafted in fantasy leagues. | 09/29/2014 5:05 PM
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Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson should not be drafted in fantasy leagues.
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Impact
While he provides penalty minutes, Clarkson is an irrelevant fantasy player. His career-high in points is 46, but will most likely be around the 20-point plateau in 2014-15.
Toronto center Nazem Kadri could be in line for a breakout year. | 09/29/2014 5:01 PM
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Toronto center Nazem Kadri could be in line for a breakout year.
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Impact
He had a career-high 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) last season. And playing at 24-years-old this year, will look to increase those numbers. Kadri is a sleeper pick, that owners should target atthe end of drafts.
Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul is looking to bounce back this season. | 09/29/2014 4:57 PM
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Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul is looking to bounce back this season.
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Impact
He still had 22 goals and 22 assists last year, but also had a -15 rating. If Lupul is able to stay healthy, he will have the opportunity to produce 60 points. Target him, staring around the 12th round.
Toronto right wing Phil Kessel should be targeted early in fantasy drafts. | 09/29/2014 4:53 PM
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Toronto right wing Phil Kessel should be targeted early in fantasy drafts.
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Impact
Kessel is a machine and should have no issue duplicating his 80-point mark from a season ago. Look to draft him in the second round, while targeting him at the end of the first, is not a ridiculous move as well.
Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is coming off a career year. | 09/29/2014 4:49 PM
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Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is coming off a career year.
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While playing only 58 games, Bozak produced a career-high in numbers all across the board (19 goals, 30 assists, +2 rating). Heading into drafts, Bozak should be considered a sleeper, with potential to hit the 60-point mark, if he can stay healthy.
Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts heading into the 2014-15 season. | 09/29/2014 4:37 PM
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Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts heading into the 2014-15 season.
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Impact
Coming off a career-high 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists), van Riemsdyk is really starting to come into his own. Still only 25-years-old, his numbers should still continue to trend up.
Cody Franson, Maple Leafs avoid arbitration | 07/21/2014 10:00 AM
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Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Steve Simmons on Twitter

Impact
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.
Report: Leafs, Cody Franson close to deal | 07/20/2014 10:00 PM
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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.
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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.
Prospect William Nylander impresses Leafs | 07/20/2014 10:37 AM
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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.
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Impact
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.
Leafs, D Cody Franson far apart on contract | 07/19/2014 10:40 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are far apart in what they believe the defenseman should be paid.
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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.
Maple Leafs make Forbes' top 50 list | 07/18/2014 9:51 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs ranked 26th on Forbes' list of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises.
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Impact
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.
Carter Ashton takes Leafs' qualifying offer | 07/16/2014 5:20 PM
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Carter Ashton has accepted the Toronto Maple Leafs' qualifying offer.
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Impact
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.
Peter Holland agrees to a one-way contract | 07/16/2014 2:27 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked Peter Holland to a two-year deal.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter

Impact
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.
Paul Ranger heads to Switzerland | 07/15/2014 2:17 PM
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Paul Ranger has accepted a two-year deal with a Swiss club.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
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.
Horachek, Spott join Leafs' coaching staff | 07/11/2014 5:55 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have tapped Peter Horachek and Steve Spott to serve as assistant coaches next season.
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Impact
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.
Toronto signs Jamie Devane to two-year deal | 07/11/2014 5:52 PM
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Jamie Devane has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Impact
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.
Rinat Valiev inks entry-level deal | 07/10/2014 5:53 PM
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Rinat Valiev has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Toronto.
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Impact
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.
Toronto re-signs Trevor Smith | 07/10/2014 5:51 PM
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Trevor Smith has inked a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Impact
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.
James Reimer set to have hearing on July 28 | 07/09/2014 5:07 PM
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James Reimer is set to have his arbitration hearing on July 28.
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Impact
Reimer is coming off of a rough season where he posted a 3.29 GAA and .911 save percentage in 36 contests. He has completed a three-year, $5.4 million contract. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Maple Leafs trade him over the summer.
Cody Franson's arbitration date is July 21 | 07/09/2014 5:05 PM
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Cody Franson is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on July 21.
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Impact
Franson earned $2 million in 2013-14. He scored five goals and 33 points in 79 games, but also finished with a minus-20 rating.
Petri Kontiola paid a tidy sum to join NHL | 07/06/2014 3:59 PM
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Newest Maple Leaf Petri Kontiola had to pay around $600,000 to gain his release from the KHL before agreeing to terms with an NHL club.
sportsnet.ca

Impact
Kontiola's deal with Toronto will pay him $1.1 million this year, but that figure is closer to half a million after his release fee is deducted. The Finnish forward is one of a number of players to flee the KHL this off-season in order to come to North America. Former KHLers Leo Komarov (Toronto), Jori Lehtera (St. Louis), Jiri Sekac (Montreal) and Andrei Vasilevsky (Tampa Bay) are also expected to suit up for NHL teams this fall.
Cody Franson registers for salary arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:58 PM
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Cody Franson has filed for salary arbitration.
Ken Campbell on Twitter

Impact
His contract negotiations with the Leafs caused him to sit out most of training camp last year. Franson's name has surfaced in plenty of trade rumors this summer, so there's a chance he could be moved before his hearing.
Matt Frattin excited to be back with Leafs | 07/04/2014 8:38 AM
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Matt Frattin is excited to be back in Toronto.
Toronto Sun

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"You don't hear too many times of a player coming back to a team just a year after leaving," he said. "You definitely see the good players you are traded for and want to show people that you have your own value." Frattin feels he learned some good defensive tricks from Kings coach Darryl Sutter. He's also working on his speed and strength over the summer.
Leafs, Troy Bodie agree to 1-year extension | 07/03/2014 6:14 PM
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Troy Bodie got a one-year contract extension from Toronto.
Mapleleafs.nhl.com

Impact
He picked up three goals, seven assists and 26 penalty minutes in 47 games for the Maple Leafs last season.
Toronto brings in Mike Santorelli | 07/03/2014 2:51 PM
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Mike Santorelli has inked a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $1.5 million.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
He registered 10 goals and 28 points in 49 games with the Vancouver Canucks last year. Santorelli's season ended prematurely because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in late January. He can play on the wing or at center and will occupy a bottom-six role with the Leafs in 2014-15.
The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday. | 07/03/2014 1:12 PM
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The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday.
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Impact
It's a massive overpay for a player who isn't a top-line caliber center. Bolland suffered a severed tendon in his ankle last season and played just 23 games for Toronto.
Finnish center Petri Kontiola joins Leafs | 07/03/2014 11:58 AM
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Petri Kontiola has received his release from Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, according to Rogers Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
Chris Johnston on Twitter

Impact
He signed a one-year deal with the Leafs worth $1.1 million. Kontiola could be an option for Toronto on the third line next season.
Report: Leafs sign KHLer Petri Kontiola | 07/03/2014 10:01 AM
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Petri Kontiola has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sportsnet.ca

Impact
According to sources, the deal won't be completed until he gets his official release from Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. The 29-year-old Finn ha been busy on the international stage this year, winning a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics and a silver at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Kontiola had 15 goals and 37 points in 53 games last season in the KHL.
James Reimer files for salary arbitration | 07/02/2014 7:57 PM
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James Reimer filed for salary arbitration on Wednesday.
Sportsnet.ca

Impact
Reimer was reduced to a backup role this past season after Jonathan Bernier came to Toronto from Los Angeles. Reimer reportedly asked for a trade over the weekend, but the Leafs won't give him away for nothing and the market is thin for goaltenders riht now. "If there is a deal that makes sense for us, then we would look to do it," Leafs GM Dave Nonis said. He posted a 12-16-1 record with a .911 save percentage and 3.29 goals against average last season.
Stephane Robidas' leg nearly 100 percent | 07/02/2014 10:22 AM
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Stephane Robidas said he's about 95 percent recovered from a broken leg he suffered in April.
Toronto Sun

Impact
He's expected to be paired with Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner in 2014-15 to add a veteran presence. "Leadership, compete, character, (Robidas) has all the things we're looking for," GM Dave Nonis said. "People that I know, that Brendan knows, all speak very highly of him. He won't be terribly vocal, but in terms of leading by example, he's a guy we targeted right away." He also gives the Leafs another right-handed shot on the back end.
Leafs' Komarov is slated for a larger role | 07/02/2014 10:13 AM
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Leo Komarov is expected to have a larger role with the Maple Leafs this coming season.
Toronto Sun

Impact
"Leo offers a lot more than even we got out of him two years ago," GM Dave Nonis said. "He's a better player offensively and he's done that on the world stage. ... He can play up and down the lineup. I don't see him as just a six-minute banger. Some people don't enjoy the way he plays against them, but he was well liked by our team." Nonis traveled all the way to Finland to speak with Komarov before free agency and the pesky forward spoke frequently about his preference to return to the Maple Leafs.
Matt Frattin inks 2-year contract with Leafs | 07/01/2014 6:00 PM
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Matt Frattin has inked a two-year contract with the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
He was reacquired by Toronto earlier in the day for Jerry D'Amigo and a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2015. Frattin was a restricted free agent.
Maple Leafs sign Leo Komarov for 4 years | 07/01/2014 2:26 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Leo Komarov to a four-year/$11.8 million contract.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

Impact
The Leafs really missed his tenacity last season as he returned to the KHL to play one season for Moscow Dynamo as Toronto could not match his salary. Komarov wanted to come back to Toronto and he shall as he will see time on the third line as am energy player and a pest to the other teams. It was an ingredient that was missing from the Leafs in 2013-14.
Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas to 3 years | 07/01/2014 1:46 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three-year/$9 million contract.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
There were plenty of teams interested in the 37-year-old defenseman but he chose the Maple Leafs. He broke his leg twice last season but he should be 100 percent by training camp if he is not so already. Robidas is a solid defenseman who can score a bit but his veteran presence will help on the ice and in the dressing room.
Leafs re-acquire Matt Frattin from Columbus | 07/01/2014 1:32 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-acquired Matt Frattin.
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Gleason clears waivers Tuesday and is now UFA | 07/01/2014 12:12 PM
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Tim Gleason has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The stay-at-home defenseman will likely land a deal as a club's 5th-6th defenseman. He is not much of a scorer and does not get as many PIMs as he used to so he has little to no fantsasy value no matter where he goes.
Penguins interested in Nikolai Kulemin | 07/01/2014 11:07 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to pursue Nikolai Kulemin.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Kulemin has experience playing alongside Evgeni Malkin in the KHL and if the duo is reunited in Pittsburgh, then it will be very good for Kulemin's fantasy value. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he recorded just nine goals and 20 points in 70 games.
Toronto set to use a buyout on Tim Gleason | 06/30/2014 12:21 PM
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Tim Gleason has been placed on the waivers with the intention of buying out the remainder of his contract.
Chris Johnston on Twitter

Impact
The Leafs have already used up their compliance buyouts, so this will be a regular one. Gleason will account for $833,333 against Toronto's salary cap next season then $1.83 million the year after and $1.33 million for the following two seasons. He's a hard-nosed blueliner who hits and blocks shots, but he doesn't contribute much offensively and his defensive work can be questionable at times.
James Reimer asks for trade, WPG interested? | 06/29/2014 5:24 PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer reportedly ask for a trade, with a deal being discussed with the Winnipeg Jets during the 2014 NHL Draft.
Nick Kypreos on Twitter

Impact
The RFA certainly would be a sensible fit in Winnipeg, where Ondrej Pavelec is far from a lock as the No. 1 guy. It might take some time to see if Reimer ends up with a job that's closer to a backup or 1B role, with Toronto not totally being out of the realm of possibility.
| 06/28/2014 5:40 PM
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Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is excited about the different element Roman Polak brings to the defense.
TSN.ca

Impact
The former Blues defenseman won't do much of anything on offense, but does give the Leafs a right-handed shot they've lacked and a steadier shutdown presence. "He's a tough guy to play against," Nonis said. "If you look at the minutes he plays he often plays against team's top players. He is very physical, he's very strong. I think there's a perception that because he's so big he's not mobile, I don't think that's true at all. We think that one of his strengths is his skating ability. He's going to provide a little bit of edge."
Jake Gardiner could get top-pair role | 06/28/2014 5:35 PM
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The Leafs will have a new-look top pairing on defense, and it could include Jake Gardiner.
TSN.ca

Impact
With Carl Gunnarsson now gone, there is an opening on the first defensive pair with Dion Phaneuf. Gardiner is likely to get the first crack at that job. Morgan Rielly is also set for an expanded role next season as well. "Those guys are going to have to take steps forward," general manager Dave Nonis said. "It might be a lot to ask for Morgan a little bit in his second year, but he made some pretty big strides last year and we would expect that he'll take some more next [year]. And I think Jake is a good possibility [of doing the same] as well."
Morgan Rielly set for bigger role next season | 06/28/2014 5:33 PM
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Morgan Rielly is likely ticketed for a top-four role next season.
TSN.ca

Impact
The Leafs dealt Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues for Roman Polak on Saturday. Rielly spent most of last season on the bottom pair, but is due for an elevated role in his second season. The 20-year-old had 27 points in 73 games last year, mostly playing on his off side. "We are hoping that he improves next year," said general manager DaveNonis. "He may not. He might go through a year where he's not quite ready to go up the lineup, but we're comfortable that he's going to get there and he's going to be an impact player and we're going to give him an opportunity to do that."
Sundin made huge impact on William Nylander | 06/28/2014 11:55 AM
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William Nylander, the Maple Leafs' first pick in the 2014 entry draft, not only had his father (former NHL player Michael) to look up to but also countryman and former Toronto star Mats Sundin.
Toronto Sun

Impact
The younger Nylander indicated that Sundin made a impact on him prior to the under-18 tournament this past year. "Like any Swedish player, Mats is inspirational," Nylander said. "He spoke to us before the under-18 tournament and it meant a lot. It helped us do well." Nylander was arguably the most talented offensive player in this year's draft. The only knocks on him are his size (5'9" and 170 lbs) and his desire to be a one-man show. If the Leafs can live with his diminutive stature, and it appears they are willing to, and they can beat a little of the selfishness out of his game, Nylander could be a star in the NHL.
Leafs acquire Polak from Blues for Gunner | 06/28/2014 11:26 AM
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The Maple Leafs have acquired Roman Polack from the St. Louis Blues for Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th pick in the 2014 entry draft.
Rotoworld.com

Penguins may go after forward Nikolai Kulemin | 06/28/2014 10:11 AM
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Now that he has traded James Neal (to the Nashville Predators), new Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford has some salary-cap room for the purpose of pursuing free agents.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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And Rutherford openly says he will try to please Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin with a free-agent acquisition. Rutherford could be alluding to Nikolai Kulemin, who has been playing with the Maple Leafs but will be allowed to test free agency on July 1. Kulemin and Malkin are close friends. "I'm not going to name any names," Rutherford said. "But we think we can get somebody who can fit."
Leafs take William Nylander 8th overall | 06/27/2014 8:02 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected diminutive Swedish forward William Nylander with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 entry draft Friday night.
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William Nylander might have the greatest arsenal of offensive talent in the 2014 class. The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, the undersized winger plays with exceptional poise, confidence and boasts incredible speed and puckhandling skills. Nylander is a lightweight, but can deke, dazzle and dangle through opponents effortlessly and instinctively finds the open man or puts the puck in the net himself. He tends to think he can do it all himself and that selfishness could knock him down the draft rankings. During April's IIHF U18 World Championships, he generated a staggering 16 points for Sweden in just seven games. The 5'9, 169 pound small forward is a bit of a gamble, but his puck wizardry and hockey IQ could allow him to become a perennial top line talent in the NHL down the road. Nylander may need a season or two before he is NHL ready, but when he does arrive the Leafs will have a potentially dynamic offensive forward.
Maple Leafs likely to keep eighth pick | 06/27/2014 10:59 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are likely to stick with the eighth overall pick.
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GM Dave Nonis downplayed the impact that trading up would have. "Moving up to (picks) one or two or three, does that increase your odds of picking an impact player?" Nonis said. "It does. But I believe, and I think most people believe, that the odds aren't that different this year. It's not something we're desperate to do and we're pretty content we're going to get a quality player at eight." Based on earlier reports, it sounds like Maple Leafs had interest in the top pick, but they might have balked at Florida's demands.
Nonis says Leafs may keep James Reimer | 06/26/2014 6:10 PM
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Toronto GM Dave Nonis hasn't ruled out a return to the Leafs' crease for James Reimer next season.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter

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Nonis hasn't had any contract talks regarding the pending restricted free agent and Reimer's name has been linked to trade speculation since the end of the regular season. The Leafs appear to be set on Jonathan Bernier as their starter, but keeping Reimer may not be a bad idea if another insurance policy doesn't present itself.
Report: Leafs want Mason Raymond back | 06/26/2014 4:13 PM
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Toronto would like to re-sign Mason Raymond.
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He played with the Leafs last season a bargain deal of one-year at $1 million. Raymond notched 19 goals and 45 points in 82 games during the 2103-14 campaign. Toronto isn't the only team interested in his services though, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
Jay McClement, Leafs haven't talked extension | 06/25/2014 7:44 PM
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Jay McClement's agent says there have been no talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and none are planned between the team and this soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.
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McClement has been a solid role player in Toronto for the past two seasons, taking important defensive zone draws and earning loads of shorthanded ice time for the past two years. He had just 10 points in 81 games last season, but could be a solid addition for any team looking for a bottom-six blue collar center. McClement earned $1.5 million last season and could be in for a raise.
Leafs ownership confirms bids for big events | 06/25/2014 7:27 PM
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The President and CEO of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Tim Lieweke, confirmed that Toronto is coveting hosting duties for the next World Cup of Hockey, a future NHL Draft, Winter Classic, and NHL all star game.
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"Why there hasn't been a Winter Classic in Canada is a mistake and it shows a lack of respect to this city," the outspoken executive said on Wednesday to the media. BMO Field would be a possible venue for an outdoor game in Toronto, home of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC. The outdoor stadium is about to get revamped to fit 40,000 fans.
Talks reach a standstill with Dave Bolland | 06/24/2014 6:13 PM
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Contract talks between Dave Bolland and the Leafs appear to be at a standstill.
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"Our position hasn't changed a whole heck of a lot," said Bolland's agent Anton. "At this time it's just not coming together. We can't force the Leafs to accept our terms." He earned $3.375 million last season and it's believed he's seeking a deal worth $5 million per year.
Cody Franson has arbitration rights this time | 06/24/2014 5:12 PM
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Cody Franson has arbitration rights if contract negotiations linger again with the Maple Leafs.
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He missed most of training camp last year because of a contract dispute and ended up signing a one-year, $2 million deal. Unfortunately for Franson, he wasn't able to increase his value in 2013-14. He recorded five goals and 33 points in 79 games to go with an ugly minus-20 rating.
Report: Leafs, Gardiner talking 2-year deal | 06/24/2014 4:18 PM
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The Maple Leafs are discussing what is believed to be a two-year bridge contract with defenseman Jake Gardiner.
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That deal is reportedly worth around $2.25 million or $3 million per season. Gardiner just completed his entry-level contract. He generated a career high 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year.
Nikolai Kulemin may test free agent waters | 06/24/2014 4:12 PM
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Nikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, described contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs as limited.
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There's still time for them to pick up, but it looks like Kulemin will be allowed the test free agency on July 1. He started close to 66 percent of his shifts in the defensive end last year and ended up with a career-worst 20 points in 70 games. If he wants more of an offensive role then it might be his best interest to leave the only club he has ever played for.
Bolland plans to fully recover over summer | 06/24/2014 12:47 PM
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Dave Bolland is still trying to get his ankle and leg back to 100 percent.
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"I'm still working on it," he said. "It's getting my strength back in my thigh and my calf. I lost a lot of leg strength in my calf and thigh. It was all gone and I don't have that strength to take care of that ankle. Now, the ankle is fine, it's great. When the end of summer rolls around, I'll be 100 percent." He suited up in just 23 games last season after a tendon in his ankle was severed by a skate. Bolland, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, reiterated that his preference is to re-sign with Toronto and he wants to be with the Leafs until his career is done.
Leafs have plenty of early home dates | 06/23/2014 9:07 AM
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Toronto has plenty of homes games early in the 2014-15 campaign.
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The Leafs play 22 of their first 33 games at the Air Canada Centre and four of their first five matches on home ice. The team also has 18 back-to-back situations on the schedule
Maple Leafs play Habs at home twice | 06/22/2014 10:26 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Montreal Canadiens at home twice this season; the first night of the regular season and the last.
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Talk about a scheduling quirk! The two sides also meet twice in Montreal, on Saturday February 14 and two weeks later on February 28.
Report: Leo Komarov, Leafs talking contract | 06/21/2014 12:52 PM
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Leo Komarov has reportedly had contract discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Craig Custance on Twitter

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The pesky winger made it known that he would like to return to the NHL next season and that Toronto was his first choice. If something isn't worked out with the Leafs then Komarov should be able to find a job elsewhere, as he racks up hits and is a solid penalty killer.
Phaneuf and a pick to Cats for 1st overall? | 06/21/2014 11:05 AM
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There are rumors circulating that the Maple Leafs are trying hard to trade Dion Phaneuf and the eighth pick overall to the Panthers for the first pick overall.
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Although that may be nothing more than wishful thinking on the Buds part. If they do manage to pull that off, the Leafs are expected to select Kingston center Sam Bennet with the pick. Stay tuned.
Maple Leafs agree to terms with Brandon Kozun | 06/20/2014 5:52 PM
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Brandon Kozun has inked a one-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Toronto acquired Kozun from Los Angeles in January in exchange for Andrew Crescenzi. Kozun had 17 goals and 46 points in 75 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Other teams interested in Leafs' Franson | 06/19/2014 12:59 PM
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According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have received trade offers for Cody Franson.
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However, Toronto would prefer to get Franson, who will be a restricted free agent next month, signed to another contract. The Leafs don't think the offers they've received are sufficient enough either.
Would Toronto try Jake Gardiner at forward? | 06/19/2014 11:29 AM
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Leafs GM Dave Nonis admitted that using Jake Gardiner as a forward has come up in discussions before, but it doesn't appear to be something that will happen.
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"He was a forward, he started as a forward. He played more of his formative years as a forward," Nonis said. "There's been some talk of it, but I think he gives us an element at the back end that would be hard to replace. He can skate the puck out, pretty good on the power play. So I think right now, we would keep him back there, but ..." Gardiner's name has come up in trade rumors again this off-season, but if he stays in Toronto then it's hard to imagine that he won't be a defenseman again in 2014-15.
Leafs GM 'hopeful' Dave Bolland will re-sign | 06/19/2014 11:20 AM
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Toronto GM Dave Nonis is "hopeful" that the team will re-sign Dave Bolland.
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"There's work to do for sure," he said referring to negotiations with the pending unrestricted free agent. "Dave is a quality guy and a good player and brings a lot of the things we want to keep with our team. There's got to be a number that makes sense for both sides, and if there isn't, then he can go to free agency. But we're still in contact with Dave and our opinion of him hasn't changed." Bolland was limited to just 23 games in what could've been his only season with the Maple Leafs.
Report: Rynnas interested in returning to NHL | 06/18/2014 3:49 PM
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Jussi Rynnas is reportedly interested in signing with a North American team this summer.
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Rynnas left the Maple Leafs for Finland after being unable to earn a regular spot in the NHL. However, his value has gone up after the 27-year-old posted a 1.51 GAA and .939 save percentage in 40 Finnish league games.
Bolland and Buds talking about new deal | 06/14/2014 10:44 AM
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Dave Bolland's representatives and the Maple Leafs continue to talk contract.
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That's a good sign as the date on which potential UFAs hit the market is July 1st. Bolland reportedly wants a deal averaging $5 million per season, which may be a little rich for Toronto. However, the two-way pivot really wants to stay in Hogtown and may be willing to lower his demands. Stay tuned.
Dave Bolland's first choice is still Toronto | 06/10/2014 6:48 PM
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Dave Bolland reiterated that he would like to re-sign with the Maple Leafs.
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"I want to stay a Leaf but things always happen and being a UFA you have options to go out there and to explore the market but I want to be a Leaf," Bolland said. His first season with Toronto was largely lost due to an ankle injury, which he said feels great at this point. Toronto wants him back too, but the two sides might not see eye-to-eye on his worth. He reportedly wants $5 million annually and Toronto might balk at that price given his injury history.
Leafs need to be patient with Tyler Biggs | 06/06/2014 8:47 AM
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Tyler Biggs treated his first pro season as a learning experience.
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"The whole year was an experience for me, learning how how to become a professional, learning how to handle certain situations, handle adversity," he said. "I saw a lot of it this year, sometimes with injuries, sometimes not being in the lineup when you wanted to be." The 6-foot-3, 224-pound winger battled shoulder injuries in 2013-14 and contributed just nine points in 57 games with the Marlies in the AHL. Biggs was selected with the 22nd pick in the 2011 draft and if he makes the NHL then it will probably be as a bottom-six skater.
Source: Add Ron Wilson to Florida's HC list | 06/05/2014 4:31 PM
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According to a team source, Ron Wilson has emerged as a candidate for Florida's head coaching job.
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Wilson and Montreal Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant were interviewed for the position by GM Dale Tallon earlier this week. Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters have been spoken with too. The Panthers may also wait for the AHL Calder Cup Finals to end to talk to Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins and Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens is reportedly on their radar as well.
Drew MacIntyre might be in line for NHL duty | 06/05/2014 3:30 PM
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Drew MacIntyre can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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If he stays with the Leafs' organization and the team trades James Reimer then he could be an NHL backup next season. There's a chance that he may look for a more guaranteed job elsewhere. The 30-year-old journeyman has started just one NHL game in his career, but he's been excellent with the Marlies in the AHL for the past three seasons.
Report: Toronto wants to move up in draft | 06/04/2014 11:14 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in moving up in the draft.
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They currently hold the eighth pick overall, but the Florida Panthers are willing to part with the top selection. There's speculation that Nazem Kadri might be involved in such a trade and that would likely be enough to get the Panthers attention. Take this all with a grain of salt though as trades involving the top pick are often the source of speculation, but rarely come to fruition.
Toronto signs goalie prospect Antoine Bibeau | 06/03/2014 4:09 PM
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Antoine Bibeau has agreed to a three-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Bibeau was the QMJHL's playoff MVP and won the Outstanding Goaltender award in the 2014 Memorial Cup. Toronto took him in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Abbott shines as Marlies pivotol Game 5 | 06/01/2014 11:22 AM
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Spencer Abbott scored the Marlies' only goal in a 2-1 loss to Texas in the fifth game of the AHL's Western Conference finals.
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Texas now leads 3-2 in games. Abbott, along with Peter Holland, have been the Marlies' scoring stars this series. It was Abbott's fourth goal in Toronto's last two games. The 26-year-old forward registered 69 points in 64 AHL games this season but is not expected to make much of a fantasy contribution going forward.
Holland leading Marlies in AHL playoffs | 05/31/2014 11:33 AM
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Peter Holland has had a fantastic AHL playoffs to date.
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He has registered a point in eight straight games and is one of the reasons the Toronto Marlies are tied with the Texas Stars at two games apiece in the Western Conference finals. Game 5 is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.
Agent: Leafs still Leo Komarov's top choice | 05/26/2014 1:55 PM
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Leo Komarov's agent, Mark Gandler, said his client will play in the NHL next season and he's looking for a long-term deal.
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According to Gandler, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still Komarov's first choice after he played 42 games with the club during the lockout-shortened season. Gandler is currently in Toronto for the draft combine, so perhaps he'll strike up a conversation with the Leafs' brass while he's in town.
MacIntyre stays white hot in AHL playoffs | 05/24/2014 12:13 PM
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Drew MacIntrye continued his white hot play in the AHL playoffs stopping 49 of 50 shots in the Marlies' 5-1 win over the Texas Stars Friday night.
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It was the first game of the AHL's Western Conference finals and MacIntyre stood on his head to give the Marlies the victory and a 1-0 series lead over the regular season champions. Although he is hardly a prospect at the age of 30, MacIntyre could find himself in the NHL backing up Jonthan Bernier next season should the Maple Leafs trade James Reimer.
Reimer solid in Canada's 6-1 win over Italy | 05/17/2014 11:19 AM
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James Reimer was solid in Team Canada's 6-1 win over Italy at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Belarus Friday.
Brent Wallace Twitter

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Reimer certainly earned some praise from Team Canada coach Dave Tippett, who stated the obvious, "Reimer played very well". Reimer may need a fresh start to his NHL career after a very inconsistent season in Toronto behind starter Jonathan Bernier. We woudn't be surprised if he were traded by or before the start of the June amateur entry draft provided Bernier responds well from off-season sports hernia surgery.
MacIntyre on AHL playoff role | 05/17/2014 11:14 AM
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Drew MacIntyre continued his stellar play in the AHL playoffs.
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He stopped all 30 shots in the Marlies 4-0 win over the Chicago Wolves Friday night leading the Maple Leafs' farm team to the AHL Western Conference Finals. If the Buds trade James Reimer this off-season, MacIntyre may find himself in Toronto in 2014-15.
Shanahan want to re-sign Dave Bolland | 05/15/2014 1:42 PM
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Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan wants to re-sign Dave Bolland.
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"I'd like to get him signed," Shanahan said. "He's the type of player I like, the type of player we need. This is a guy we want to have back. Dave (Leafs GM Nonis) knows I want him back. But any time you are a UFA, there are other factors involved. He's got to want to play for us, as well." If Bolland is still seeking a new contract in the neighborhood of seven years at $5 million per season then he's unlikely stay in Toronto and he may not get many takers on the open market either at that price. Bolland missed most of the 2013-14 campaign after a skate sliced a tendon on the outside of his ankle.
Brendan Shanahan preaches patience | 05/15/2014 11:28 AM
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Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan doesn't want to shake up the team just for the sake of change.
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"When something doesn't go well for them, it's probably a disservice to always run to the rescue and fire this guy and trade this guy," he said. "Sometimes it's about coming back with certain key individuals. Say, 'You're coming back and you're going to be better.' I've been on too many teams that were accused of not having mental toughness until they won." Shanahan is trying to preach patience for the time being, but it won't stop the names of Toronto's players from appearing in trade rumors leading into next season.
Shanahan intends to keep 'C' on Dion Phaneuf | 05/15/2014 11:11 AM
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Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan has no plans to strip Dion Phaneuf of his captaincy.
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"I don't know if it is a solution," said Shanahan. "I think it's a cop-out, to a certain degree an easy way out. Has it happened on some teams? Yes. Is it something I'm thinking about since I've been here? Ultimately this will be a group decision. But I can tell you it's not something I've contemplated. Just the opposite. I want to help enhance the player and leader that Dion is." Shanahan feels that Phaneuf was trying to be too many things at once during the season and his play suffered at times because of it. Despite the recent trade rumors, it sounds like the Leafs' new president wants to keep Phaneuf in the fold heading into next season.
Report: Leo Komarov turns down KHL option | 05/14/2014 3:32 PM
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Leo Komarov has reportedly passed on his contract option from the KHL Moscow Dynamo.
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That's in line with his previous statements expressing a desire to return to the NHL. He had 12 goals and 34 points in 52 KHL contests this season.
Jerry D'Amigo raises his game in AHL playoffs | 05/14/2014 7:22 AM
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Jerry D'Amigo is tied for first in AHL scoring during the postseason.
Toronto Star

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He enters Wednesday's action with three goals and six assists in five games. "He's a big-game player," said Marlies coach Steve Spott. "He's a guy that can elevate his game. Mentally, he's strong and he's confident. He's one of our more useful players because he plays on every side of the puck. Not only does he play offensive situations but when we're five-on-six, he's a go-to-guy for us." D'Amigo could be ready for full-time NHL action next season, but he'll need a new contract first as a restricted free agent.

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