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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kontiola was assigned to AHL Toronto on Monday, Matt Brown of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports.
Impact: Signed in early July out of the KHL, Kontiola entered camp as a presumed favorite to nail a center job on one of the Leafs' four lines, but the 29-year-old struggled mightily in exhibitions. The Leafs tried to jumpstart his production by trying him out with multiple different linemates, but nothing seemed to click for Kontiola, who will now have to prove his worth in the minors. Peter Holland or Mike Santorelli are now in line to battle for the third-line center gig.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson has been diagnosed with a bruised knee cap, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Franson will not be allowed to skate until Thursday, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury, as he is considered day-to-day. It seems unlikely that the knee injury, which Franson suffered Sunday, will prevent him from being ready for the Maple Leafs' season opener.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bodie cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Toronto on Tuesday.
Impact: Bodie appeared in 47 games with the Maple Leafs last season, but it does not appear he will break camp with the club this year. He could be an option for the Maple Leafs at some point this season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer went the distance Monday in a 3-0 loss to Detroit. He stopped 16 of 18 shots.
Impact: Both goals that beat him came on the power play, so it's hard to fault him on the night. The Leafs maintain that he has a shot at the starter's gig, but we're not holding our breath.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bodie was waived by the Maple Leafs on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Bodie was a semi-regular player for the Maple Leafs last season, logging three goals and seven assists over 47 games. However, with the team adding Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli, Leo Komarov and Petri Kontiola to the roster in the offseason, there was evidently no room for Bodie to stick around. He'll report to AHL Toronto if he goes unclaimed off waivers.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tallinder (shoulder) was released from his professional tryout offer with the Maple Leafs on Monday, Mike Brehm of USA Today reports.
Impact: Tallinder's hopes of making the Leafs' Opening Night roster came to an end after he separated his shoulder Friday night. Once he gets healthy, the veteran will probably have to settle for an AHL deal.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Maple Leafs are waiting for the swelling in Franson's knee to go down before reevaluating him, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Impact: There's no official diagnosis for Franson yet, but the early indications are positive. We'll have another update when Franson is reevaluated by doctors, but for now it looks like he's a relatively safe fantasy pickup.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth will miss at least the next four weeks with a broken foot, David alter of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Booth injured his foot Sunday, and will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks. It's tough news for the veteran winger, who was trying to secure a roster spot after posting nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks last season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson has a fractured orbital bone, but isn't expected to miss any time, David Alter of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Clarkson injured his face during a preseason fight, but the fractured bone won't require surgery, and the team expects to have the winger back Friday. Clarkson recorded five goals, six assists, and 93 PIM in 60 games last season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth (lower body) was seen on crutches after Sunday's game, according to a report on Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Impact: He's vying for a spot on the lower lines in Toronto, so this isn't great news. There's no word yet on the specifics of the injury.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier made 36 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo in Sunday night's preseason action.
Impact: He was beaten by Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers by the midpoint of the second period, but then bricked the twine tent and let his boys do the work to get back in the game.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson left Sunday's exhibition game with an apparent leg injury.
Impact: It's not exactly clear precisely what type of injury Franson is dealing with, but he could not put any weight on his leg and had to be helped to the locker room. Expect an update on Franson's status as more details become available.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth exited Sunday's exhibition game with a lower-body injury and will not return.
Impact: It's not clear what type of injury Booth is dealing with or how long it will keep him out. Expect an update on his status as more details become available.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson didn't practice Saturday and was slated to see a specialist about the extent of the injury to his right cheekbone that he suffered in a fight Friday night, reports TSN.ca. He was injured in a fight with Cody McCormick of the Sabres.
Impact: Wow. He was derailed last season by a pointless preseason fight; let's hope that's not the case this time around, too. He desperately needs to get his Leafs career back on track.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robidas (leg) has been cleared for contact, David Alter of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Robidas broke his leg in the playoffs, but has been skating on his own the past few days, and was finally cleared for contact Saturday. He's expected to suit up for the Leafs' final preseason game.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tallinder has been diagnosed with a separated shoulder, reports The Canadian Press.
Impact: He went shoulder-first into the boards on a hit by the Sabres' Mike Weber, who then landed on top of the defender. The grade of separation is not known, but the injury will surely hinder his chances of making the Buds as a depth defender.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak (lower body) made his preseason debut Friday and immediately made an impact on the scoresheet. He picked up three points -- one goal and two assists -- in a 6:06 span of the first period.
Impact: He also won 17 of 23 faceoffs (74 percent) in 18:23. That injury sure looks like it's a thing of the past.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson left Friday's game against the Sabres for precautionary reasons after a fight two minutes into the third period, according to a report on Toronto's Sportsnet 590TheFAN. He had scored a goal earlier in the game.
Impact: He made his preseason debut Friday after missing time due to a lower-body injury. It is unknown if the precautionary reasons are related to this injury.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tallinder left Friday's preseason game against Buffalo with a left arm injury after Mike Weber knocked him into the boards and is done for the night, SportsNet's David Alter reports.
Impact: According to eyewitnesses, the injury "didn't look good." If Tallinder misses significant time the likelihood that the defenseman will claim a roster spot as a seventh defender may be in serious jeopardy.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gauthier has a cracked rib, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports
Impact: We have yet to hear a timeline on Gauthier, so his fantasy value remains cloudy. Rib injuries are tough to predict, since some players can play through them and others do not. He has yet to play in the preseason yet, which indicates that the injury is at least somewhat serious.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson (lower body) expects to make his preseason debut Friday, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Clarkson has been considered day-to-day for most of training camp, and just recently began skating with his team. If he's ready to participate in preseason games, expect Clarkson to be ready to go when the regular season starts.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santorelli appears to be in line to replace the tough defensive minutes and matchups that Jay McClement used to absorb for the Leafs, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: He could certainly push for offensive minutes, but he was used in challenging defensive situations in Vancouver and did a decent job (his Corsi numbers were positive at even-strength). Unfortunately, there isn't much fantasy value in the role of wet blanket, so push him down a little on your cheat sheet.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland's chances of making the Leafs as the team's third-line center are improving as teammate Petri Kontiola struggles in camp.
Impact: Kontiola has been in the KHL for the last five years and is attempting a return to the NHL. But his play this preseason has been less than positive, opening the door for Holland to take advantage. The Leafs want three scoring lines, and the 23-year-old Holland has shown hints of promise in his young career. Watch this situation carefully.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kontiola, who has spent the past five seasons in the KHL, has struggled this preseason in his attempt to return to the NHL. "I'm not doing that well right now and I know it," a clearly dejected Kontiola told TSN. "That's about it."
Impact: Kontiola's chances of securing a spot with the Leafs may be slipping away. He was given the primo gig of centering Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk on Wednesday night in exhibition action against Ottawa, and the line was largely invisible. The 29-year-old Finn ended up with no shots on goal in about 13 minutes. "We try to use these games as assessment periods and sometimes people play themselves into situations and play them out of situations," said coach Randy Carlyle, who didn't mention Kontiola specifically. The door is open for Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli to grab the third- and fourth-line center gigs.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak (lower body) expects to play in Friday's preseason contest against Buffalo, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
Impact: Bozak has missed the Leafs' first two exhibitions after suffering the lower-body injury over the weekend, but after reporting improvement at Wednesday's practice, he no longer appears at risk of missing much further action. Bozak doesn't fit the prototype most teams look for in their No. 1 center, but with the highly-adept scoring duo of Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk flanking him on either side, he doesn't necessarily need to. Health issues proved problematic last season, but if Bozak can avoid the injury bug this time around, a 55- or 60-point campaign isn't out of the question.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier will dress for the Leafs on Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Bernier was sidelined with a sports hernia late last season but underwent surgery in May and is now at 100 percent. He figures to step back in as the starting goalie, but could face competition from James Reimer.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul is healthy following arthroscopic knee surgery in April, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The season-ending knee procedure was one of several maladies that ailed Lupul last season, with a bum foot and a groin strain also contributing to his 13 missed games. The winger has been bitten hard by the injury bug the last several years, making it difficult to justify investing too much into him on draft day. That being said, when he's healthy, he'll likely be plugged into a top-six role for the Leafs, which should allow him to produce respectably on a per-game basis.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robidas (leg) took the ice for the first time during training camp Monday, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Impact: Robidas is still recovering from breaking his leg during the playoffs while playing for the Ducks, but it's a good sign that he's been cleared to return to the ice. He should be ready to suit up when the regular season begins.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak (lower body) participated in Monday's morning skate, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Impact: Bozak was injured during pre-season workouts, and will sit out Monday's game as a precaution. The fact that he's back on the ice, though, is a good sign that he shouldn't miss any time at the start of the regular season.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson (lower body) participated in Monday's morning skate, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Impact: Clarkson won't play in Monday's pre-season game, but it's a good sign that he's back on the ice. At this point, it doesn't look like his injury will limit him during the regular season at all.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak is dealing with a lower-body injury, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Bozak reportedly skated in full equipment before the Leafs' practice Saturday, but didn't participate with the team. He and David Clarkson both suffered the injuries in pre-camp workouts, but both are believed to be minor injuries.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson is dealing with a lower-body injury, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Clarkson joined Tyler Bozak as the two out for the practice, with both reportedly dealing with lower-body injuries. They both ocurred during pre-camp workouts, and coach Randy Carlyle believes the injury to Clarkson is minor.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson (undisclosed) was on the ice in full equipment on Saturday morning before the rest of the team hit the ice for training camp, reports Toronto's Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: He and Tyler Bozak -- the team's other guy who's "out" with an undisclosed issue -- were out there together; both were in full equipment. His issue remains day-to-day, so don't start worrying yet. But we hope his time on the sidelines doesn't last too long for Clarkson -- he needs to get into a groove to start this season in order to erase memories of his start last year.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak (undisclosed) skated in full equipment prior to the Leafs' practice Saturday and remains day-to-day, according to a report on Toronto's Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: He and David Clarkson, who is also dealing with an undisclosed malady, were on the ice together. Hopefully this is just a case of caution and nothing more. Bozak is slated to skate alongside Phil Kessel on the top line again this season.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak will not be participating in Leafs' practices and scrimmages Saturday because of an undisclosed injury, reports Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: There's no word on the type of injury, but it's apparently a day-to-day issue. Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle didn't speak to reporters Friday.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson missed the first day of Leafs' training camp with an undisclosed injury, according to Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: There was no word of the type of injury, but it is considered day-to-day.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phaneuf will move to the left side of the ice for the upcoming season, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Impact: Given Phaneuf's standing as a left-handed puck handler, the move across the ice should actually prove beneficial for the veteran blueliner, whose defensive prowess has slipped as he's aged. In addition to transitioning to the left side, Phaneuf also figures to see more relief with the offseason additions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas, who should help preserve the 29-year-old for the rigors of an 82-game season. Even if Phaneuf notices a reduction in minutes, he should still offer 30-to-40-point potential to go along with a bevy of hits, blocks and penalty minutes.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robidas (leg) has yet to receive clearance for contact drills during training camp, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Robidas is still on the mend from the broken leg he suffered with the Ducks in the postseason, but the expectation is that he'll be at full health for the final two preseason games. Following the offseason trade of Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues, Robidas could be asked to join Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing.