1:01 PM EDT, Thu September 19, 2019
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Maple Leafs sign Nick Robertson to an ELC

Maple Leafs sign Nick Robertson to an ELC

Photo by Kevin Light/ The youngest Maple Leafs prospect is now part of the team. Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed their top draft prospect from 2019 to a n ELC. Nick Robertson, who turned 18 on September 11, spent his summer making it impossible not to believe he might have been a bit of a steal at 53rd overall. .@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have signed forward Nicholas Robertson to a three-year entry level contract.Details >> https://t.co/El8b1X9Ez7#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/2cFVIaLHti— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 19, 2019 He began with a...
7 hours ago
Thursday’s FTB: Dear Tampa Bay and Colorado...we’re sorry

Thursday’s FTB: Dear Tampa Bay and Colorado...we’re sorry

Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Comparables suck. Contract comparables. When it comes to negotiations, these are things that can never be avoided. Luckily the Leafs have all their issues figured out for the time being even though Mitch Marner was adamant on using Auston Matthews as his contract comparable. But what made this summer of restricted free agents (or RFAmmer if you will) is the fact that the rest of the top players were waiting to see what Marner would make. The list of RFA forwards without a contract is continuing to trickle down with Brock Boeser and Travis Konecny being...
14 hours ago
Preseason Recap: Maple Leafs lose 4-3 to the Senators

Preseason Recap: Maple Leafs lose 4-3 to the Senators

Ben Harpur being super effective in this game. | Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Okay then. That happened. Who the hell are all these people? Jeepers, preseason is weird. Thomas Chabot is out sick so that’s also one fewer Sen I recognize. Lines 8 Andreas Johnsson - 34 Auston Matthews - 88 William Nylander 65 Mikheyev - 15 Alexander Kerfoot- 61 Nic Petan 45 Pontus Aberg - 48 Kalle Kossila - 26 Nick Shore 20 Kenny Agostino - 32 Tyler Gaudet - 12 Matt Read 44 Morgan Rielly - 83 Cody Ceci 22 Ben Harpur - 38 Rasmus Sandin 45 Teemu Kivihalme - 37 Timoth...
Sep 18, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs preseason game two preview

Toronto Maple Leafs preseason game two preview

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 30: Toronto Maple Leafs Right Wing William Nylander (29) stick handles the puck during the first period of the NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 30, 2019 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Return of the King. Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa SenatorsCanadian Tire Fire Centre, Kanata - 7:30PM ETTV: TSN4 - Radio: TSN1050/Sportsnet590Opponent Site: Silver Seven Sens The Maple Leafs are doomed. They lost game one of the preseason to the ghost of Eugene Melnyk and...
Sep 18, 2019
WHW: Sweden cancels Four Nations Cup

WHW: Sweden cancels Four Nations Cup

Erika Grahm #24 is one of the Swedish Women’s National Team players fighting for better support from the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation. | Photo by Martin Rose/ The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation may believe they’re protecting themselves, but are they doing long-term damage instead? On Friday, just hours before the start of the SDHL season, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation announced that they were cancelling the Four Nations Cup tournament scheduled for November 5-9 in Luleå, Sweden. The federation had met with the players’ union only days before in an effort to negotiate a new...
Sep 18, 2019
Wednesday’s FTB: Maple Leafs get ready to face their past

Wednesday’s FTB: Maple Leafs get ready to face their past

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 6: Ron Hainsey #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by teammates Mitchell Marner #16, Connor Brown #28, and Nikita Zaitsev #22 after scoring during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena March 6, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. | Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via It’s time for Leafs Nation to welcome back Hainsey, Zaitsev, Ennis, Brown, and Michael Carcone. Pssh. Preseason doesn’t even matter! The Maple Leafs get to redeem themselves after an anticlimactic first loss at the training camp scrimmages Tuesday. They lost...
Sep 17, 2019
Recap: Maple Leafs lose to the Senators in preseason game one

Recap: Maple Leafs lose to the Senators in preseason game one

Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via You’ll never guess who I think was the Leafs best player. Hockey is back! Or something slightly resembling hockey, at any rate. The Senators sent a very thin lineup out to St. John’s for this game, but they did include Josh Norris, son of Newfoundlander Dwayne Norris, to claim the hometown credit. The Sens also have former St. John’s Maple Leafs player D.J. Smith behind the bench, while we can counter with Newfoundland Growlers player Hudson Elynuik, but he’s not going to be playing tonight, it seems. The lines from this morning are: 24 Kapanen -...
Sep 17, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs preseason game one preview

Toronto Maple Leafs preseason game one preview

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Who’s ready for a few vets and a bunch of AHL tweeners? Get ready Toronto Maple Leafs fans, today is the first game of the pre-season! We get to yell at the TV over Babcock’s deployment, calls that are blatantly against the Leafs and for the Senators, and then laugh when we realize that this is probably going to be the Ottawa Senators’ opening night roster. Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs7:00PM Local - 5:30PM Toronto TimeMile One Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland & LabradorTV: TSN4 - Radio: TSN1050/Sportsnet590Opponent Site: Silver Seven...
Sep 17, 2019
Maple Leafs fans need to know: What’s your number?

Maple Leafs fans need to know: What’s your number?

Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Time to learn all the new numbers for all the players you will be watching in preseason and beyond. A few years back, when Lou’s Rules were in force, numbers got doled out at training camp in a way that could tell you things about a player. If a new player got to choose, he was a big shot, if he got handed a number, he wasn’t. I always liked that Calle Rosen just kept 48, it seemed a very hardheaded and stubborn thing to do. This season, only the Traverse City rookies, the juniors, and some of the new acquisitions got numbers doled out that...
Sep 17, 2019
Breaking Down the Eastern Conference Part 1: Starting from the Bottom

Breaking Down the Eastern Conference Part 1: Starting from the Bottom

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Who is the most likely to break out of the basement? It’s getting closer to the point in the NHL year where we can stop talking about RFAs and CBA negotiations and just get down to the good ol’ hockey. Every summer sees changes amongst several teams in the league, some for good and some for bad. However, the changes that have come to the Eastern Conference specifically do take precedence. Why? Because the Leafs play in the Eastern Conference and if they want home-ice against the Boston Bruins in the first round, who they gain points against will make...
Sep 17, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: The junior season starts this week!

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: The junior season starts this week!

Terry Wilson / OHL Images Most of these players find themselves cut from camp already... Hello fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs and their various prospects! It’s the start of another season, which means it’s time to start another season of prospect reports! Katya has the European kids covered in her Euro report and now I’m here to fill you in on what’s happening with the kids playing on junior leagues and universities in North America. The first round of cuts from Maple Leafs camp came down on Sunday and most of the junior prospects were included in those cuts. Lucky for their...
Sep 17, 2019
Tuesday’s FTB: And so, it begins

Tuesday’s FTB: And so, it begins

Photo by Dave Sandford/ The b’ys are in Nefoundland to kick-off Leafs hockey. Maple Leafs hockey is back tonight! In preseason form, that is. The Leafs play their first preseason game tonight in St. John’s, Newfoundland, one of the four corners of the Earth! The @MapleLeafs have announced the roster for Tuesday’s preseason game vs. Ottawa at @MileOne_Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. pic.twitter.com/TVEgDcuiGo— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 16, 2019 Jason Spezza will be on the ice with the Leafs to play against the ex-Leafs. No word yet if he will join the group heading...
Sep 16, 2019
Practice lines from Maple Leafs training camp

Practice lines from Maple Leafs training camp

Andreas Johnsson might be seeing a different role on the power play this year. | Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via The final practice day before the first game of the preseason reveals some of the early decisions on the roster construction. With the Maple Leafs roster cut down to a more manageable 54, and the first game tomorrow, it’s time to start reading into the practice line combinations. The Leafs held two practices today, and the lines were as follows: Lines at the 1st of two Leafs practicesAndersen KaskisuoMuzzin-Barrie Marincin*-SchmaltzGravel-Holl Duszak-Lindgren...
Sep 16, 2019
The Maple Leafs and the preseason roster rules and regulations

The Maple Leafs and the preseason roster rules and regulations

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via The Leafs kick-off their preseason tomorrow with a gigantic roster of players. Hockey is officially back. Well, semi-officially. The Maple Leafs have visited Paradise, kissed the cod, and finished training camp in Newfoundland. Welcome to the Royal Order of Newfoundland Screechers, b’ys! pic.twitter.com/5ixMMwCJ8U— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 14, 2019 The first NHL preseason game was yesterday, a surely exciting game between (checks notes) the Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights? Garret Sparks was there, sitting on the...
Sep 16, 2019
Is Colt Conrad the next Trevor Moore-in-waiting on the Marlies?

Is Colt Conrad the next Trevor Moore-in-waiting on the Marlies?

The Leafs signed Colt Conrad to an AHL deal after he finished his college career last season One of the fun parts of all the development camps, rookie tournaments, scrimmages and exhibition games is we occasionally get some guy come out of nowhere with surprise performances. So far, through Traverse City and the first round of pre-season scrimmages, one such player for the Leafs is Colt Conrad. Colt Conrad’s Backstory Conrad is a 5’10” right-shooting centre from Manitoba, but he actually played in the USA as a teenager instead of the CHL or any other Canadian league. He played two...