Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Rasmus Sandin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Sandin was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had 12 goals and 45 points in 51 OHL games last season. He's probably a couple years away from being able to seriously compete for an NHL spot.
Jul 16 - 1:53 PM

Andreas Johnsson has accepted the Toronto Maple Leafs' qualifying offer.

Johnsson took a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $787,500 at the NHL level. He had two goals and three points in nine games with the Maple Leafs last season. He also scored 26 goals and 54 points in 54 AHL contests.
Jul 13 - 7:26 PM

Nazem Kadri is projected to be the Maple Leafs' third-line center and that's okay with him.

Kadri is overqualified for that role, but Toronto already has Auston Matthews and John Tavares to fill the top two slots. "You know what, winning is the most important to me," Kadri said. "And I know that is maybe a cliche for you guys, but that is the honest truth. I don’t care where I play, I don’t care what role I play. Obviously, I want to be an impact player and I want to continue to have the success I have been having, and I think players ahead of me will give me the chance to do that. It’s not really a one-two-three type thing. We’re all going to play together and have that success." Pittsburgh is a good example to look to as they've run three very effective scoring lines at times by spreading out Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel. The Maple Leafs might not be exactly the same situation, but the principle of a three-pronged attack is still there.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 12 - 10:49 AM

Bobby Orr, who leads the agency that represents Auston Matthews, doesn't buy into the idea that Matthews would be upset if John Tavares took the captaincy.

The Maple Leafs haven't had a captain since Dion Phaneuf was traded in 2016. Some assumed that Matthews would eventually take that role, but Tavares being signed creates the possibility that he'll be given the 'C' instead. That's led some to leap to the conclusion that if Tavares gets the role over Matthews it could lead to a rift, but Bobby Orr strongly disagrees. "That's bull about [Matthews] being upset about the captaincy," Orr said. "That's so wrong. They're a good team and they're going to be a very good team. John puts them closer to their goal. That's what Auston is concerned about."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 11 - 4:05 PM

Frederik Gauthier has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gauthier had a goal in nine games with the Maple Leafs last season as well as seven goals and 18 points in 57 AHL contests. At the NHL level, he can earn $675,000 next season.
Jul 11 - 3:07 PM

John Lilley is the Leafs' new director of amateur scouting.

Lilley previously served as Toronto's director of United States scouting. Lilley's duties will likely include leading the Maple Leafs' draft table going forward, which is a role that used to belong to the now departed assistant GM Mark Hunter.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 10 - 11:23 AM

Tyler Ennis is determined to rebound after signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ennis was limited to eight goals and 22 points in 73 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. After that showing, the Wild decided to buy out the final season of his five-year, $23 million contract. "It’s no secret it has been a frustrating go for me the last little while and I am prepared and excited and ready to work and grateful for the opportunity in Toronto," Ennis said. "There is definitely frustration over the last couple of years. I have a chip on my shoulder and I want to prove a lot of people wrong. I think it builds character. It was refreshing to talk to Toronto and get a clean and clear outlook on things." Ennis' deal with the Maple Leafs is a one-year, $650,000 contract, so Toronto isn't taking a real risk here. If he works out then that's great for everyone involved, but if not then the Maple Leafs can always send him to the AHL in a worst case scenario.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 7 - 11:12 AM

Tyler Ennis has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Minnesota Wild bought out the final season of Ennis' five-year, $23 million contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. He had eight goals and 22 points in 73 games last season. At his height, Ennis was good for 40-50 points per season. Given how low-risk this signing is for Toronto, it makes a lot of sense.
Jul 6 - 12:44 PM

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is confident that he can keep the young trio of William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner on roster even after signing John Tavares.

Tavares comes with an $11 million annual cap hit, so the obvious concern is if the Maple Leafs can fit him and three other potentially expensive forwards all under the cap. Until now Nylander, Matthews, and Marner had all been playing on entry-level contracts, but Nylander is a restricted free agent while Matthews and Marner are set to become RFAs next summer. "We can, and we will," Dubas said when asked if the Maple Leafs can keep all four forwards.
Jul 4 - 8:48 PM

Justin Holl has agreed to a two-year, $1.35 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Holl had seven goals and 28 points in 60 AHL games last season. He also scored a pair of goals in two contests with the Maple Leafs.
Jul 3 - 7:24 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Eamon McAdam from the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Martin.

McAdam had a 2.77 GAA and .903 save percentage in nine AHL games in 2017-18. The Maple Leafs made this trade to clear up some cap space. McAdam isn't likely to factor into Toronto's long-term plans.
Jul 3 - 3:09 PM

Miro Aaltonen has agreed to a contract with HC Vityaz of the KHL.

Aaltonen had 20 goals and 43 points in 64 AHL games last season. It was his first season in North America after having previously played in the Finnish league and KHL.
Jul 3 - 1:23 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are now Bodog's favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Keep in mind these are online betting odds, but Bodog is giving the Toronto Maple Leafs 7/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay comes in second place at 9/1 and the Boston Bruins round out the top three at 19/2. Any prediction made on July 2 needs to be taken with a grain of salt of course, but it highlights just how big the signing of John Tavares is viewed to be.
Jul 2 - 2:43 PM

For John Tavares, signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs was about living a childhood fantasy.

Tavares was born in Ontario and grew up a Maple Leafs fan. While other top players from the Toronto area have passed on joining the Maple Leafs in the past, for Tavares, the opportunity was too good to turn away from. "To be from here, you start to get those emotions coming," Tavares said. "It just felt right. It’s what I wanted to do. I know it’s a bit of an uncomfortable thing for me to do, but I didn’t want that to hold me back from a great opportunity." Of course it helps that the Maple Leafs are a team that seem to be on the rise, led in part by the great young trio of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. While the Maple Leafs still have notable weaknesses, adding Tavares to the existing group makes them look like a team that's ready to compete for the Stanley Cup, which had to have been part of the reason why Tavares was willing to take the plunge.
Jul 2 - 7:09 AM

The Minnesota Wild have bought out Tyler Ennis.

That was expected after Ennis went unclaimed on unconditional waivers. Ennis was in the final season of his five-year, $23 million contract. He'll cost the Wild $1,216,667 in each of the next two seasons.
Jul 2 - 6:29 AM


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