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Laurence Gilman has been hired to serve as an assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gilman will join the recently promoted Brandon Pridham in working under new GM Kyle Dubas. Gilman's duties will include a focus on player personnel and the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Gilman worked within the Vancouver Canucks' organization from 2008-15, ascending to the role of assistant general manager. He was also part of the NHL's Expansion Draft Rules and Regulations Committee, ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights' draft. "Laurence provides terrific experience to our management team," Dubas said. "His 20-plus years in the NHL have seen him manage nearly every type of department in professional hockey and have success doing so."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 24 - 10:18 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Brandon Pridham to serve as the assistant general manager.

This is the latest among the massive changes that the Toronto front office has undergone over the last few weeks. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan made the decision not to go forward with Lamoriello as the general manager and instead decided to elevate Kyle Dubas in that role. That led to Lamoriello parting ways with the Maple Leafs and resulted in Mark Hunter, who also wanted the general manager job, leaving as well. Dubas has decided to elevate Pridham, who originally joined the Maple Leafs in August 2014 as an assistant to the general manager. His role has included contract negotiations and salary cap management, which are areas he'll continue to assist with.
May 23 - 4:13 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly decided against extending an entry-level contract to Keaton Middleton.

That would lead to Middleton re-entering the draft pool. Toronto took Middleton with the 101st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The defenseman had four goals and 24 points in 64 OHL contests this season.
May 23 - 1:33 PM

Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has announced that assistant GM Mark Hunter won't be back with Toronto next year.

"Following extensive discussions with Mark, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs have mutually agreed to part ways," Shanahan said in a news release. "I'd like to sincerely thank Mark for everything he's done for this organization over the last four years and I wish him nothing but the best in the future." This was expected to happen after the Leafs chose to promote Kyle Dubas to the General Manager position over Hunter earlier this month.
May 22 - 10:17 AM

Leo Komarov's agent, Todd Diamond, hopes to speak with Toronto GM Kyle Dubas soon about his client's future with the team.

Komarov is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. He only played in two of Toronto's seven playoff games and suited up in 74 matches during the regular season. Komarov earned 19 points in the final campaign of his four-year, $11.8 million contract.
May 21 - 3:40 PM

Frederik Andersen was named the top goaltender at the 2018 World Championship.

Andersen posted a 1.65 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in six appearances for Denmark. Denmark was the host of the tournament, but the team failed to get to the knockout round despite Andersen's strong play.
Source: IIHF.com
May 20 - 5:39 PM

It took some time for Miro Aaltonen to adjust to playing hockey in North America, so he didn't mind earning his stripes in the AHL.

"The first couple of months were hard, but I learned how to play here," said Aaltonen. "Of course, my goal was to play in the NHL, but I didn't make it this year. It's fine. I've been playing here (with the Marlies). But my goal is to play in the NHL. I'm just working on my game and hoping for next year." The 24-year-old forward recorded 20 goals and 43 points in 64 games with Toronto's AHL affiliate in 2017-18. He also has seven points in 10 postseason outings. Aaltonen centers Toronto's top line between Andreas Johnsson and Carl Grundstrom. He could be a candidate for a bottom-six forward spot on the Maple Leafs next year.
May 20 - 10:54 AM

Igor Ozhiganov has agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ozhiganov scored two goals and nine points in 42 KHL games in 2017-18. This will be the 25-year-old defenseman's first professional season in North America.
May 17 - 2:11 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Par Lindholm to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Lindholm had 18 goals and 47 points in 49 Swedish league games in 2017-18. The 26-year-old was never drafted and hasn't played professionally in North America before, but he'll get a chance now after becoming a star player in the Swedish league. Lindholm is a possibility to be Toronto's fourth-line center next season.
May 17 - 2:10 PM

Jesper Lindgren has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Toronto.

Lindgren had two goals and eight points in 43 SM-liiga games this season. Toronto selected the blueliner with the 95th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 17 - 2:08 PM

Pierre Engvall has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Engvall had seven goals and 20 points in 31 Swedish Hockey League games in 2017-18. He also scored four goals and eight points in nine AHL contests. Toronto took him with the 188th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 17 - 2:04 PM

Travis Dermott and Andreas Johnsson have played well for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL postseason.

Dermott has one goal and one assist in five games, while Johnsson has three goals and five helpers in five outings since they were loaned to the Marlies following the Leafs' elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "It speaks to their personality and their character, that they've come down and been excited to play with the group," said Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe. "They haven't missed beat. It's also an opportunity for them to continue to play long into the spring. Both guys mean a lot to us and they're playing a lot." Toronto will begin their series against Lehigh Valley on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Final.
May 16 - 9:41 AM

With the Toronto Maple Leafs going forward with Kyle Dubas as the team's general manager, it will be interesting to see what happens with Mark Hunter.

Hunter is the director of player personnel with the Maple Leafs and he wanted the general manager job. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan had to chose between Hunter and Dubas and ultimately went with the latter. The Maple Leafs still want Hunter to remain with the franchise, but if Hunter finds an opportunity for advancement elsewhere, he might jump on it. Elliotte Friedman noted that if the Maple Leafs end up with an opening that needs filling, former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might be a natural fit given that he and Dubas have a good relationship.
May 11 - 4:27 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Kyle Dubas to serve as the team's new general manager.

Dubas is succeeding Lou Lamoriello, whose contract was not renewed. Dubas has ascended to the general manager's position at the age of 32. He's the former GM of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has been serving as an assistant general manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2014. Among other things, Dubas is known for his knowledge of analytics and as an extension of that, he figures to bring a lot of modern ideas to the GM job.
May 11 - 11:47 AM

Igor Ozhiganov is expected to make a decision on his future in the next two weeks, per agent Dan Milstein.

Ozhiganov had two goals and nine points in 42 KHL games this season. It sounds like he's debating between signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs and KHL with no other NHL teams being considered at this time.
May 10 - 1:57 PM


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