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With NHL Draft Lottery win, Toronto Maple Leafs’ smart moves continue to be rewarded

Fans across Toronto lost their collective minds when NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flipped around a card revealing a Maple Leafs logo, showing the club had won the 2016 draft lottery. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan stood on the lottery floor in shock with a childlike grin on his face. It was hard to blame him. He was the architect of a bold plan of being bad, but smart...
Via The Comeback
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Leaf’s GM Lamoriello Talks Draft

After the Toronto Maple Leafs won the first pick in the NHL Draft Lottery the Leafs have been making moves and taking names. General Manager Lou Lamoriello decided to sit down with Leafs TV where he discussed what exactly is going on with the team here. The post Leaf’s GM Lamoriello Talks Draft appeared first on Beyond The Benches.
Via Beyond The Benches
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs sign KHL defenceman Nikita Zaitsev

The 24-year-old Moscow native had 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 46 games with CSKA Moscow this past season.
Via Toronto Star
19 hours ago

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Nikita Zaitsev, but what impact should be expected?

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to pick up bodies for their rebuild today, signing KHL defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to a one-year deal. This move has been long-rumored, but now that it’s official, the question becomes one of expectation. Sure, Zaitsev was a top blueliner in the KHL, but does that mean anything for his NHL potential? As with all things Russia-NHL related, this will...
Via The Hockey News
20 hours ago

Maple Leafs Officially Sign Nikita Zaitsev to ELC

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they’ve signed Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to a one-year, entry-level contract. The Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Nikita Zaitsev. #TMLtalk MORE: https://t.co/oWCAWzsJjY pic.twitter.com/ot9HOmBYim — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 2, 2016 Reports of Zaitsev signing with the Maple Leafs originally surfaced in...
Via The Hockey Writers
23 hours ago

Lou Lamoriello hopes the Leafs never get the first pick again

The Toronto Maple Leafs got the best news in a long time when it was revealed they won the draft lottery and will select first overall in the upcoming NHL draft. The pick means the Leafs will likely get franchise player Auston Matthews and start on an upward trend in their rebuild. While getting the first pick was a franchise-changing event, Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello...
Via Puck Drunk Love
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs News: The Auston Matthews Effect

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lot break their way this year. They were able to shed the  long-term cap space of both Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, the latter without any hint of salary retained. They traded veteran players away and stocked the cupboards with prospects and draft picks. At this time, they have 12 selections, including two first rounders. They called up the kids from...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Winning draft lottery bittersweet for Maple Leafs GM

Lou Lamoriello says he hopes Leafs never finish in last place again, but having the No. 1 pick in June’s draft is a rare treat indeed.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Leafs Come Out On Top For Draft Lottery

It’s official the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the opportunity to pick the first with the draft lottery. The sequence of four numbers ‘Six, Eight, Five, Thirteen’ won the Leafs the pick for the first time in 31 years. The Leafs  finished 30th overall this season and came in to the lottery with a 20 percent  chance of winning. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan did speak...
Via Beyond The Benches
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Shanahan, Maple Leafs determined to not be a joke

Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan joins Hockey Night in Canada to talk about winning the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gotta See It: Behind scenes look at Maple Leafs winning lottery

Get a behind the scenes look at the process of the Toronto Maple Leafs getting the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gotta See It: Maple Leafs win 2016 NHL Draft Lottery

Watch as NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly draws who will draw first overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs enjoy some rare good news for change: Feschuk

Toronto’s win of the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL’s draft lottery meant the organization’s grand vision of the 2015-16 season was executed to a tee.
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

Toronto actually wins something

The Maple Leafs are out of the playoffs for the 203rd consecutive season, but that doesn’t mean good things can’t happen to them. In fact, just tonight the best possible thing that could happen to a non-playoff team during the playoffs DID happen to Toronto. They won the NHL draft lottery, and will be selecting first in June when the draft rolls around. Auston Matthews is the...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lottery winners?! Auston Matthews is the superstar Maple Leafs have lacked for 99 years

Somewhere, somehow, some quack-job Toronto Maple Leafs fan found a magic lamp. Or wand. Or puck. Or Punch Imlach’s fedora. Or anything to wish a mystical transformation upon hockey’s most sad-sack franchise. And all the far-fetched theories or ideas typically reserved for irate late-night radio show callers began to come true. “Yo, the Leafs should make Brendan Shanahan their...
Via The Hockey News
2 days ago

Maple Leafs win draft lottery; hold No. 1 pick for first time in more than 30 years

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the draft lottery, giving the franchise its first No. 1 pick since 1985 when future captain Wendel Clark was selected. The Leafs finished the season with the league’s worst record at 29-42-11, giving them a 20 percent chance to win the lottery. It’s the first time since 2010 that a team with the best odds managed to secure the top spot. This was...
Via The Hockey News
2 days ago

Should the Leafs Re-sign Peter Holland?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have 19 players with contracts expiring this summer. Now obviously most of the UFA players will be let go while most of the RFA players will be signed. Out of all the players that have expiring contracts only Peter Holland gave me pause. How much should the Leafs re-sign Holland for? Where would he even fit in the lineup? Do the Leafs even need him? How Much...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Arnett Named NHL Awards Host

The noted Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Will Arnett, will be hosting the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 22. This year the NHL Awards head to a new venue located at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Excited and honored ( ‘honoured’-Cdn sp) to host this year’s #NHLAwards June 22. Sadly it excludes me from Lady Bing consideration@NHL — Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill...
Via Beyond The Benches
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Arnett will host the 2016 NHL Awards

Will Arnett is scheduled host the 2016 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Known for his work in "Arrested Development" and more recently his amazing job as the voice of LEGO Batman, Arnett is from Toronto and supports the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s being called on to host the Awards after Rob Riggle hosted in 2015. Arnett had a...
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the 62 players of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL Hall of Fame

Can you name the 62 players of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL Hall of Fame? Clue: Position/Years active with team
8 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the members on all 3 Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs teams from 1961-64

Can you name the members on all three Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs teams from 1961-64? Clue: Number/Position
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Maple Leafs don’t plan on having a captain next season

After the Toronto Maple Leafs traded captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators, the team announced that it wouldn’t name a new captain during the remaining portion of the 2015-16 season. That’s a pretty common practice in the NHL as most teams wait until the summer to name the new leadership for the next season. The Maple Leafs and Mike Babcock are planning to do things a...
Via Puck Drunk Love
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dachshunds don Maple Leafs, Habs gear, play some hockey (vid)

A video taking the Internet by storm — to put it mildly, it has already garnered over 19 million views on Facebook — features a pair of adorable dachshunds regaled in Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens gear playing a little bit of ball hockey. The video stars Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his brother Oakley. And suffice to say, these pups have some mad hockey skills...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Sharks-Maple Leafs deal says about both teams

The most recent NHL deal took place while some of you were still sleeping, and it was another of the many moves made by the Toronto Leafs.Toronto dealt defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks in the wee hours Monday morning in exchange for Raffi Torres and second-round picks in both the 2017 and 2018 NHL Drafts.Here’s what the moves mean for some...
Via Yardbarker
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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