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Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Diagnosed with oblique strain
Tavares suffered an oblique strain while training for the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia and will be sidelined for approximately four weeks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Tavares won't be able to suit up for Team Canada at Worlds, but this injury shouldn't have much impact on his offseason program. The 28-year-old pivot just logged his best season as a pro in his first year with the Maple Leafs, setting career highs in goals (47) and points (88) in 82 appearances, and will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Travis Dermott: Slated for shoulder surgery
Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six months.
Dermott missed 14 games in March due to a shoulder injury, and he simply wasn't the same player after making his return to the lineup for the end of the regular season and Toronto's first-round matchup with Boston. The hope is that Friday's procedure will permanently correct the issue, but it will cost Dermott the first month of the 2019-20 campaign at a minimum.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Returning to Toronto for evaluation
Tavares suffered an oblique injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday and will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Maple Leafs medical staff.
At this point there's no reason to believe Tavares' injury is overly serious, but the Leafs aren't going to risk having him exacerbate the issue by remaining in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship. Another update on the 28-year-old forward's status should surface in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Dealing with upper-body injury
Tavares suffered an upper-body injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
The severity of Tavares' injury has yet to be revealed, but it's safe to assume he won't be available for Friday's matchup with Finland at a minimum. More information regarding the star pivot's condition should surface in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Teemu Kivihalme: Inks entry-level deal
Kivihalme signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Kivihalme spent last season with Karpat of the Finnish SM-liiga, notching nine goals and 30 points while posting a plus-26 rating in 60 games. The 23-year-old American should get an opportunity to compete for a spot on Toronto's Opening Night roster in training camp, but he'll almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Inks entry-level deal
Mikheyev agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract with Toronto on Monday.
Fantasy owners may be able to get their first look at Mikheyev during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, as the winger was named to the initial Team Russia squad for the tournament. Last season, the 24-year-old racked up 23 goals and 22 helpers in 62 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL). Mikheyev should get a chance to secure a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but could also spend some time in the minors adjusting to the North American style of play.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Ian Scott: Named WHL Goalie of the Year
Scott has been named 2018-19 WHL Goaltender of the Year.
It was a well-deserved honor for Toronto's 2017 fourth-round selection. Scott's eight shutouts led all WHL goaltenders and he finished second in the league in wins (38), GAA (1.83) and save percentage (.932). The 20-year-old signed an entry-level contract with Toronto in December and will turn pro this coming fall.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Undergoes surgical procedure
Matthew had surgery to remove hardware from a previous surgery, but shouldn't see any impact on his offseason program.
This probably explains why Matthews won't be traveling to Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. There is no reason to think this will hamper the world-class center's ability to challenge his career-high 73 points he put up this year in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Sitting out World Championship
Matthews will not join Team USA for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Matthews put together a solid playoff campaign with five goals and one assist in seven games, but it wasn't enough to propel the Leafs past the Bruins. Although a shoulder injury limited the world-class center to just 68 games, he still managed to set career highs in assists (36), points (73) and power-play goals (12). Barring another injury, the California native should be a near lock for the 70-point mark next season and could push for 80-plus.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Yegor Korshkov: Secures entry-level deal
Korshkov inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Toronto on Wednesday.
Korshkov will link up with AHL Toronto on an amatuer tryout agreement for the remainder of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The youngster notched five points in 19 games with KHL Lokomotiv this year before adding a trio of helpers in nine postseason contests. The winger figures to start the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but could earn the occasional call-up through the season.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Michael Hutchinson: Sent back to minors
Hutchinson was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Friday.
With the Maple Leafs' season coming to a close, Hutchinson no longer needs to provide them with depth in the crease and instead will likely be the top goalie for the Marlies in their respective postseason run. The Ontario native registered a 16-8-5 record over 31 appearances in the minors while posting a 2.85 GAA and .909 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Trevor Moore: Sent back to minors
Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Friday.
Moore will be able to join the Marlies, who just swept the Americans in the first round of their postseason run. The California native recorded 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) over 46 games in the minors this season and should help bolster the Marlies' offense.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri: Team needs him
Kadri regrets the Game 2 cross-check on Boston's Jake DeBrusk that landed him a suspension for the remainder of the first round, reports TSN.ca.
"Of course I regret it," Kadri said Thursday at the locker clean out. "It's not my intent to hurt people. Sometimes I think with my heart and not with my head. That can't happen again." His general manager Kyle Dubas told media at the earlier year-end availability that "[Kadri] likes to defend his teammates and he plays hard, but we need him to be available." More interesting is the fact that Kadri was not allowed on the road trips for Games 5 and 7, which likely means his coach saw him as a distraction he just didn't want near the team. Kadri's future with the Leafs will be a discussion all the way to training camp if he's not traded before then.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner: GM says new contract
Marner's contract extension is the Leafs' "priority one" going forward, says Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.
In the Leafs' season-ending news conference, Dubas was honest and took responsibility for the team's ouster in the postseason. He also acknowledged that he waited too long to start contract negotiations with free agents last year. He won't make that mistake again. Marner is a leader on and off the ice, and has shown he is a star in three short years in the NHL. Dubas wants him signed before July 1, thus eliminating any offer sheets for the restricted free agent. Marner has made no secret that he wants to play in Toronto, so this will get done. It just comes down to the almighty dollar.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman: Out six months with torn ACL
Hyman is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL that he sustained in the opening playoff series against the Bruins. The Maple Leafs are expecting him to be out at least six months.
Assuming the timetable sticks, Hyman will likely miss all of training camp, and it'll be a close call in terms of his readiness for Opening Night. The top-six winger played in all seven games of the conference quarterfinals, adding an even-strength goal, four blocked shots and 24 hits.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Calle Rosen: Sent down to minors
Rosen was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Wednesday.
While the Maple Leafs' season may be over, Rosen will continue playing as he links up with the Marlies for Game 3 of the Calder Cup Playoffs first round. The blueliner saw action in just four NHL games this season, but should get an opportunity to earn a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri: Season comes to end
Kadri (suspension) saw his team drop Game 7 on Tuesday, which means his season ends with the center watching from the press box.
The silver lining for Kadri, if you want to see it, is that the league didn't suspend him a set number of games, which means his ban won't linger into 2019-20. In 73 regular-season contests, the Ontario native notched 16 goals and 28 assists for his fourth straight 40-plus point campaign and should be capable of doing so again next year.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Comes up short in Boston
Andersen stopped 27 of 30 shots during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 7.
Boston's final two goals were scored into an empty net. The Danish netminder made some big saves to keep the Leafs in this one through two periods, but Tuukka Rask made a few more, and the Bruins finally pulled away in the third. Andersen has put together three strong regular seasons since coming to Toronto, winning at least 33 games in each, but until the Leafs make a splash in the playoffs, his tenure as the team's No. 1 goalie will seem disappointing.... See More ... See Less
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