Player News - Maple Leafs

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Travis Dermott didn't skate Wednesday because of a shoulder injury.

Coach Mike Babcock said that Dermott is listed as day-to-day. He played in Tuesday's exhibition win over Ottawa.
Sep 19 - 1:28 PM

Contract talks are ongoing between William Nylander and Toronto.

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the negotiation process is still in the early going. It doesn't seem like a deal is imminent, but it probably won't be a short-term agreement.
Sep 19 - 1:03 PM

Mitch Marner registered one goal and two assists in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason win over Ottawa.

Marner picked up two assists on goals scored by John Tavares, as the duo combined for six points in the contest. Big things are expected from that combination this season and they didn't fail to impress in their first game together. They will look to build more chemistry over camp prior to the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
Sep 19 - 10:41 AM

John Tavares registered two goals and an assist as the Maple Leafs beat the Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night.

It was Tavares’ first game in a Leafs’ jersey and even though it’s still only the preseason, the Mississauga, ON native was impressive. He scored his first goal of the game when he took a pass down low in the slot and beat Mike Condon to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. He then gave his team some insurance by beating Marcus Hogberg early in the third period for his second of the game and a 3-1 lead. The 27-year old also added an assist on Marner’s goal to ice the game. Marner had his own 3-point night as he collected assists on both of Tavares’ goals. Andreas Borgman also scored for the Leafs in the win.
Sep 18 - 10:39 PM

Zach Hyman has been skating alongside John Tavares and Mitch Marner at training camp.

Hyman has spent the last two seasons alongside Auston Matthews and William Nylander, but coach Mike Babcock is looking for a different look this year. "Auston and I had some great success, playing with Willie as well," said Hyman. "I have a new opportunity and he has a new opportunity. We have so many good players on this team, it really doesn't matter who you play with. You're going to be playing with great players."
Sep 18 - 10:44 AM

Sean Durzi was among Toronto's training camp cuts on Sunday.

Durzi was assigned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies along with Matthew Bradley, Hudson Elynuik, Giorgio Estephan, Brady Ferguson, Alex Gudbranson, Mac Hollowell, Sam Jardine, Kasimir Kaskisuo, Stefan LeBlanc, Eamon McAdam, Griffen Molino, Ryan Moore, Zach O'Brien, JJ Piccinich, Scott Pooley and Kristians Rubins. Toronto also sent Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi), Filip Kral (Spokane), Owen Lalonde (Guelph), Ryan McGregor (Sarnia), Roman Pucek (Sault Ste. Marie), Ian Scott (Prince Albert), Riley Stotts (Calgary) and Eli Zummack (Spokane) to their respective junior teams. Jesper Lindgren was loaned to HPK of Finland's Liiga.
Sep 17 - 10:39 AM

Connor Carrick will compete for a top-six spot on the back end at training camp.

Carrick has plenty of competition for the spot as Justin Holl, Calle Rosen, Andreas Borgman and Igor Ozhiganov are in the mix. Holl, Rosen and Borgman saw some time with the Maple Leafs last season, while Ozhiganov has spent parts of camp alongside Travis Dermott.
Sep 17 - 10:30 AM

John Tavares says he has no regrets about the time he spent with the New York Islanders.

Isles GM Lou Lamoriello told members of the media that there was "no aftermath" after losing Tavares in free agency because the team hadn't won anything with him. Tavares responded by saying: "In the nine years (I was there) we made the playoffs three times and got past the first round once, so we obviously fell short of where we wanted to get to and we didn't have as much consistent success as we (would have liked)," Tavares said. "Being the captain there as long as I was, I should shoulder a lot of that responsibility in not doing a good enough job and leading that team," he added. "I wish I could have done a better job, but I know I gave it everything I had, and looking back, I have no regrets in the way I performed ... I just obviously wish we'd had more success and done a better job."
Source: The Score
Sep 16 - 12:05 PM

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas and William Nylander's agent, Lewis Gross, are staying tight-lipped on negotiations.

It's rumored that Nylander's ask is near Leon Draisaitl's AAV of $8.5 million. He also doesn't want a bridge deal. Nylander, who is a restricted free agent, wasn't on the ice for start of training camp.
Sep 14 - 5:02 PM

John Tavares will be an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

"I think first for management, the organization, to feel that as a new guy coming in that I can make that kind of impact right away on the group and be looked upon as a leader is something I'm very thankful for and don't take for granted," Tavares said. "I understand what that means and what that represents and how important that is, just not take it for granted. Go out there be myself and do the best I can for the hockey club." The Leafs will also have Patrick Marleau and Morgan Rielly wear A's on their jerseys for the 2018-19 campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 13 - 5:09 PM

Tyler Ennis will get a look alongside Auston Matthews when training camp opens.

Ennis has been skating with Matthews during informal sessions. He is essentially a fill-in, as William Nylander remains an unsigned restricted free agent. Ennis is projected to be a bottom-six forward once Nylander's contract situation is worked out.
Sep 13 - 12:09 PM

According to a source, William Nylander is back in Sweden awaiting a new contract.

Nylander was in Toronto for some events in August before he went back to Europe. Negotiations between the Maple Leafs and Nylander's agent, Lewis Gross, continue with the start of training camp only days away. The 22-year-old is an important restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Sep 11 - 8:46 AM

John Tavares didn't go to Toronto expecting to become the next captain of the Maple Leafs.

The Leafs captaincy has been a hot topic throughout the offseason. Many have wondered whether they'd give it to Tavares, who has experience as a captain, or Auston Matthews, who is entering his third season. "I didn’t come here to expect the captaincy," Tavares said. "When I went through the process (of signing with the Leafs), it was how I could add to and help this hockey team. (The captaincy) was never part of our discussions." The Leafs have already said that they won't have a captain to start the year.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 8 - 2:23 PM

Auston Matthews and John Tavares are backing the Leafs GM Kyle Dubas' decision to enter the season without a captain.

Matthews and Tavares are widely regarded as the two contenders for the 'C', but it seems neither feels that this situation needs to reach a conclusion anytime soon. "I don’t think it matters in the sense that it’s not going to change the way either of us go about our business, how we are in the locker room, how we treat our teammates and handle every day life," Matthews said. "But obviously the captain plays a big part of the team. I think the way that (GM) Kyle (Dubas) is handling it is smart, being patient." Tavares' statement largely echoes Matthews as he feels that the Leafs' management is right to take its time. Matthews is the rising star of the team and had largely been thought of as the captain-in-waiting, but after Toronto signed Tavares to a seven-year, $77 million contract over the summer, he's been regarded as a strong alternative for the role given his experience as the New York Islanders' former captain.
Sep 7 - 2:32 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will begin the 2018-19 campaign without a team captain.

Toronto's last captain was Dion Phaneuf, who was traded back in February 2016. For a while now, Auston Matthews has been regarded as something of a captain-in-waiting, but the Maple Leafs' signing of John Tavares over the summer has raised questions as to whether or not he'll get the 'C' instead. Now it seems we aren't close to seeing that question resolved. "It’s an honor to be the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs," Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said. "I want to get into it day to day with these people and see who is best suited to handle it if we do determine we need somebody to handle it, if we feel we have a void in leadership because we don’t have a formal captain. But I do think we have excellent leadership in the room."
Sep 6 - 11:22 AM


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