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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk, who was a plus-two on the night to put him at plus-one for the season, has three goals and two assists.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Kessel scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's road win over the Islanders.
Impact: Kessel has an even four goals and four assists over his last five games after going without a point in his first two.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phaneuf and the Maple Leafs will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Senators was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Riemsdyk and the Maple Leafs will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Senators was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kessel and the Maple Leafs will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Senators was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer, who was expected to man the net for the Leafs in Wednesday's game against the Senators, will not play after the contest was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santorelli picked up two assists in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. He now has four points in seven games this season.
Impact: He's proving to be a solid contributor in limited minutes. It's not enough to pluck him off the wire just yet, but he may deliver some deep-league value at some point.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Riemsdyk scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. He also picked up a minor penalty, finished plus-2 and laid two hits.
Impact: A nice line for JVR, but his season has gotten off to a bit of sluggish start. He has five points, including three goals, in seven games, but those points have been bunched into three games. He and Phil Kessel are (so far) engaged in a bit of an all-or-nothing approach, and that makes him a sketchy start in daily play.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: He's already had a better season this year than he had all of last year. He's engaged and creating havoc, and his line has been the most consistent Leaf line this season. He has three points and 17 hits in seven games this season and is on pace to return to fantasy relevance in leagues where hits reign supreme.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier put in his second straight strong performance on Tuesday, stopping 34 shots in a 5-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: It was perhaps the Leafs' best game so far, and Bernier played an important role in the win. Still, he'll likely sit on the second half of back-to-backs, so watch for him to rest Wednesday.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kessel scored two goals, added an assist and finished plus-3 in a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Impact: There really are fewer better off the rush than Phil the Thrill. And when he's on, so are the Leafs. His eight points (four goals, four assists) have all come in three of the team's first seven games, so it's a bit of a feast or famine. That means he's better in a total points league than in a weekly or daily format where he might explode ... or fizzle.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Islanders, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: Bernier gave up nine goals over his first two games of the season, but he gave up just one in an overtime loss to the Red Wings his last time out. He will take on an Islanders team that scored just once in its last game, but tallied 19 goals over its first four contests.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul has just two goals in six games so far, but said he "feels really good on the ice," reports the Toronto Sun. His 16 shots on goal are third on the team.
Impact: He heads into Tuesday's game against the Isles with a history of production against that team -- he has 10 goals in 23 career games. We like those odds, so play them.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polak is proving himself as a penalty killer for the Leafs. He's averaging 3:31 on the ice, highest among Leafs' defenders, and has been instrumental in helping the team move up to 13th in penalty killing (heading into Sunday's games).
Impact: Polak probably won't bring fantasy owners much value this season, but he will help keep his goalies insulated from attack. So owners of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer should send him a card of thanks right now.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth (foot) said that his recovery from a broken foot is going "too slow," reports Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.
Impact: We don't know if this is just impatience or if things really are taking longer than normal with respect to others in the same situation. He continues to work out using the Leafs' shooting machine and his walking cast is off, but a return before mid-November really does seem out of reach.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kozun is expected to miss 18-to-20 games due to the high ankle sprain he suffered in Friday's game, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Kozun underwent an MRI Saturday, and it appears the results were not good. He was placed on injured reserve, and is unlikely to play again until sometime in December.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Bernier stopped 31 shots Saturday.
Impact: Bernier suffered his third loss of the season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier was outstanding in Saturday's game, making 31 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to Detroit.
Impact: He was beaten on a perfect shot off the glove-side post, so he cannot be faulted. It looks like he's finally found his groove after struggling early on.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Kozun has a high ankle sprain.
Impact: The severity of the injury is unknown.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winnik (upper body) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Winnik was removed late in Friday's contest after blocking a shot but will be able to tough it out for Saturday's rematch with Detroit. He's compiled one point and four penalty minutes in five games this season, his first with the Leafs.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier will get the start Saturday against the Red Wings, according to Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Impact: He needs to tighten up his game and avoid those softies he's been allowing the first few games he's played. He should right the ship soon.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer made 31 saves on 35 shots in Friday's loss to Detroit.
Impact: It wasn't a bad outing from Reimer, who got little support from the Toronto team in front of him. The 26-year-old drops to 2-1-0 on the season, with a .906 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average. Reimer, who was making his third straight start Friday, will give way to Jonathan Bernier for Saturday's games against the Red Wings.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier is expected to start in goal for the Maple Leafs on Saturday versus the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: The Leafs chose not to hold morning skate after Friday's loss to the Red Wings, so there likely won't be an official announcement on Saturday's starter until pregame warmups. Even so, because James Reimer was in the net Friday and for the two games before that, it seems highly likely coach Randy Carlyle turns the crease back over to Bernier, who may need a big outing in order to solidify himself as the team's unquestioned No. 1 starter.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winnik left Friday's game with an upper-body injury, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: He blocked a shot in the third period before leaving and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kozun could have a high-ankle sprain, and will have an MRI Saturday, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Impact: He appeared to be in a great deal of pain, and if it is indeed a high-ankle sprain, he'll likely be out for a few weeks, at least. Monitor his status for the results of his MRI Saturday.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kozun will not return to Friday's game after suffering a lower-body injury, reports Sportsnet One. His left ankle and leg buckled under his weight on a Kyle Quincey hit against the Red Wings' end boards.
Impact: Kozun screamed in pain and couldn't get up. And he ultimately had to be helped off the ice by a trainer and a teammate. It's hard to say at this point if it's just the ankle, the knee or both, but it sure looked ugly in real-time.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robidas will be a healthy scratch Friday against the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: Although Robidas received clearance to play to begin the season, it seems he's still feeling the effects of the fractured right leg that limited him through most of training camp. He hasn't done much to demonstrate the shutdown defensive ability he's shown in the past, but that should come as he regains some conditioning. Jake Gardiner will spell him on Friday, but Robidas probably won't become a regular fixture in the press box for the Leafs.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer worked in the starter's crease at morning skate and is expected to receive the nod Friday against the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: The start would mark Reimer's third in a row, but it's probably not worthwhile to read too much into that just yet, since the Leafs were likely to split the weekend back-to-back starts with Reimer and Jonathan Bernier one way or the other. Still, Reimer's productive play thus far (2-0-0, 2.24 GAA, .920 save percentage) has made him more of a factor in the Toronto goaltending picture than was initially projected heading into the season, making Bernier's hold on the No. 1 gig a tenuous one.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner will return to the lineup Friday against the Red Wings, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Impact: After serving as a healthy scratch for the last two games, Gardiner looks set to replace Stephane Robidas on defense. As arguably the Leafs' best defenseman in the latter stages of the 2013-14 season, Gardiner's recent removal from the lineup was puzzling, but it looks like he may have regained some of coach Randy Carlyle's trust. Gardiner will be paired with Morgan Rielly in his return.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul (leg) was on the ice for morning skate and confirmed he would play Friday against the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: Lupul was viewed as doubtful for Friday's tilt after failing to practice Thursday, but he evidently noticed improvement in his condition over the last several hours and didn't see any limitations during morning skate. The Leafs figure to re-examine Lupul before pregame warmups as a final check to make sure he's fit to play, but for the time being, it looks like coach Randy Carlyle will deploy the winger in his usual spot on the second line.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul (lower body) is doubtful for Friday's game against Detroit, according to CTV News Toronto.
Impact: The injury has been described as a "tweak" of an old injury -- doesn't that sound like a bit of a broken record. Same old, same old (including the '80s simile). Lupul is all but guaranteed to miss at least 20 games a season, and he's started early this year. Make sure you have a good handcuff for him.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Lupul mised practice Thursday with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Lupul's status for Friday's game is not clear.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth (lower body) is no longer wearing his walking boot, Sportsnet's David Alter reports.
Impact: Booth is still expected to miss a few more weeks because he has not skated in a while, but now that he's out of the boot, he can start doing more extensive rehab work. He was able to get some work in on the Maple Leafs' shooting practice machine Thursday.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul (leg) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Impact: Lupul was bothered by a leg issue during Toronto's last game Tuesday, and it appears he is still dealing with some soreness. Lupul was able to skate some prior to Thursday's skate, according to Sportsnet's David Alter, so his status for Toronto's next game, Friday against Detroit, is up in the air.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Reimer finished with 22 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over Colorado.
Impact: Reimer is off to a terrific start, going 2-0-0 with a 2.24 GAA.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Kessel scored 34 seconds into overtime and the Maple Leafs earned a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Impact: Kessel also notched an assist, giving him five points in the last two games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth (lower body) will likely require a full six weeks to recover from injury, and perhaps even longer, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: The Leafs were optimistic that Booth would be back in as few as four weeks after suffering a broken foot Sept. 28, but his slow progress has prompted the Leafs to push that timetable back some more. Mid-November now looks like a more realistic return date for the winger, who probably isn't worth stashing until that time in most formats.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring in Tuesday's overtime win over the Avalanche. He now has a goal in each of his last two games.
Impact: After a quiet start to the season, JVR and his sidekick Phil Kessel appear loaded for bear these last couple of days, and that always spells fantasy goodness for owners. Enjoy the ride.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's OT win over the Avalanche. He also laid six hits and picked up a minor penalty.
Impact: His goal knotted the game at two late in the third period and his hits helped set a tone for the Leafs. He has three points in four games this season -- maybe he and Nazem Kadri are starting to develop some chemistry. We can only hope.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak extended his point streak to four games and six points with two assists in Tuesday's overtime win over Colorado. He has three goals and three assists in that span.
Impact: He's been money in the bank so far this season -- use him well.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kessel scored the game-winning goal Tuesday on an solo rush in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Impact: He also picked up an assist and has five points, including two goals, in his last two games. He has historically run hot and cold, so enjoy this run.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer made 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Impact: He came up big when he had to and even survived a delay-of-game penalty when he fired the puck over the glass late in the third. He's won both of his games, so we expect he'll be seeing more playing time, at least in the short term.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner didn't take part in line rushes during Tuesday's pregame warmups and looks like he'll spend his second consecutive game in the press box, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Gardiner was scratched only two times for all of last season, so coach Randy Carlyle's decision comes as a curious one. The 24-year-old had an assist and a minus-3 rating over his first two games, but he surely makes the Leafs' lineup a better one when he plays.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Avalanche, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Reimer exited his last start Sunday with a head injury, but the setback did not cost him any practice time, and he looks to be Tuesday's starter after working in the home crease during the morning skate. Reimer will be looking for win number two on the season after picking up the victory in Sunday's contest.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner may be a healthy scratch again Tuesday, reports the Toronto Star.
Impact: The Leafs won Sunday, and coaches are generally superstitious about keeping a winning lineup intact, so Gardiner may once again be the odd man out. "It's understandable," Gardiner said after Monday's optional skate. "It's how a lot of coaches think." He's considered a building block for the future, so he won't sit out for long. Just be prepared to adjust your lineup for Tuesday.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Komarov had two assists Sunday.
Impact: Komarov has three points - one-third of the way to his 2013-14 total as a rookie. The Russian has some ability.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Van Riemsdyk had a goal and one assist Sunday.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk had been pointless in his first two games.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Franson had a goal and one assist Sunday.
Impact: Franson made his season debut after a knee injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Bozak had a goal and one assist Sunday.
Impact: Bozak is up to four points in three games.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Kessel had a goal and two assists Sunday.
Impact: Kessel should be raring to go Tuesday against the Avs. He has five goals in his last five matchups against Colorado.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Reimer made 24 saves before being leaving with 13:17 remaining after being struck in the head during a collision with Rangers forward Dominic Moore.
Impact: Reimer has returned to practice and should play Tuesday against the Avs.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson (knee) returned to action Sunday against the Rangers, contributing a goal and assist in the 6-3 victory.
Impact: Franson made his presence felt right from the get-go, staking the Leafs to a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 7:45 into the first period. The blueliner had missed the Leafs' first two games of the season while nursing a knee injury, but as Sunday's performance revealed, everything looks to be sound on the health front.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer (head) practiced with the team Monday, David Alter of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: This is a great sign for the Leafs, since Reimer apparently didn't suffer a concussion in Sunday's win over the Rangers. He'll continue to serve as the backup to Jonathan Bernier for the time being.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson notched his first goal of the season in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Impact: Last year, it took him until Nov. 19 to get his first goal. Clarkson's looked a whole lot better in just three games this year than he did at any time last season. His fantasy value may just be on the rebound. Get in now before others realize he's on the rise.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Komarov picked up two more assists in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Impact: That makes three in three contests so far. His real value lies in leagues that count hits -- he has 10 -- so these points are gravy.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak scored his third goal in as many games in Sunday's win over the Rangers. He also picked up an assist.
Impact: This kind of output won't last, but it sure is a nice start to the fantasy season for those of you who took the plunge.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier relieved starter James Reimer in the second period of Sunday's game after the starter was forced from the game following a hit to the head. Bernier allowed one goal on 12 shots.
Impact: The win goes to Reimer because the Leafs were up when he left the game, so Bernier remains without a victory early on this season. Reimer proclaimed himself healthy after the game, saying his removal was precautionary, so he could end up back between the pipes for the next game.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced before leaving in the third period of a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday with an apparent head injury.
Impact: Filling in for Jonathan Bernier in the team's second game in as many days, Reimer was solid in net before exiting. He reported feeling fine, so it appears it's not a very serious injury, but he was forced to leave the game to comply with the league's concussion protocol.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: The goal, his first of the season, came shorthanded as part of the Leafs' five-goal assault in the second period. Coming off last season's career year, in which he reached the 30-goal and 30-assist marks for the first time in his career, he looks poised to build on those numbers this season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kessel had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Kessel was dealing with an undisclosed injury earlier in the week, but appears to be at full strength now. His power-play goal was the opening volley in a five-goal second period. Kessel seems primed for yet another big year.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kadri scored a goal in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Kadri set career highs in goals and assists last season, but spent much of the offseason attempting to improve his goal-scoring abilities in an effort to increase his production this year. He's off to a good start in that department so far, with a pair of goals in the team's first three games.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer left Sunday's game against the Rangers with an apparent head injury, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: The league's concussion protocol dictated that Reimer leave the game, but he said later that he's "fine." He'll likely be tested to ensure that's the case, but the injury doesn't look to be anything overly serious at this point.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner has been scratched from Sunday's lineup, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old led the Leafs in ice time Saturday, so the move to leave him out as a healthy scratch is rather puzzling. Gardiner, who signed a four-year deal this offseason, isn't likely to find himself scratched very often going forward.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Bernier made 36 saves Saturday.
Impact: Bernier has been awful with a whopping 4.52 GAA and .877 save percentage. That must improve soon.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak recorded his second goal in as many games in Saturday's loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Both of Bozak's scores have come on the power-play, with blueliner Stuart Percy assisting on Saturday's tally. Bozak's productive start probably doesn't foreshadow an emergence as one of the game's top snipers, but by merely avoiding any long-term absences, it's likely that the 28-year-old will surpass last season's total of 19 goals.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier made 36 saves in a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He allowed five goals.
Impact: This was not his fault. Three of the Pens' goals came with the man advantage and the team in front of him one again played suspect hockey. Right now, it looks like he'll need to deliver Vezina-quality goaltending to get his team to the postseason. He's good, but we're not sure he's THAT good just yet.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lupul scored his first goal of the season -- it came on the power play -- in Saturday's loss to the Penguins.
Impact: He's still trying to find chemistry with center Nazem Kadri as his center at even strength, so thankfully he's starting to produce with the man advantage. He should find his groove soon.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though he was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day, Franson (knee) didn't take part in pregame warmups and looks prepared to sit out Saturday against the Penguins, David Alter of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Franson's participation in morning skate and subsequent activation seemed to signal that the blueliner was ready for a return, but it appears coach Randy Carlyle will take the cautious approach and sit him out for one more game. Stuart Percy will remain in for the Leafs on defense, but it Franson could be ready to take his spot Sunday versus the Rangers.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson (knee) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and appears likely to suit up against the Penguins, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: Coach Randy Carlyle said after Franson took part in morning skate that the defenseman would only be an option to play Saturday, but the Leafs likely wouldn't activate him from IR if they didn't plan on using him. Franson, who missed the team's first two games while dealing with the knee injury, is expected to pair up with Morgan Rielly.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier will be between the pipes Saturday against the Penguins, David Alter of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Bernier delivered a dud in Wednesday's opener against Montreal, allowing four goals on 32 shot attempts in defeat. As was the case last season, the Leafs' defense looks like it could be leaky again, which may force Bernier to see the rubber with higher frequency than most of the league's netminders.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Randy Carlyle said after Friday's practice that it's more likely Franson (knee) returns to action Sunday against the Rangers rather than Saturday versus the Penguins, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: With the Leafs playing back-to-back games over the weekend, it seems to make more sense that the team would hold Franson out until the second contest, which would keep the team's blue line fresher overall. There's still a chance that Franson could talk his way into Saturday's lineup, but look for the team to play it safe and keep him on target for a Sunday return.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson (knee) was present at Friday's practice, but didn't rotate in on a defined pairing, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Franson was able take reps on the team's first power-play unit, but it remains uncertain if he'll be ready to go for Saturday's game against the Penguins. In any case, Franson does look like he's closing in on a return, so it's probably best for his fantasy owners to hang on to him for now.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Bernier allowed four goals in Toronto's season opening loss to Montreal.
Impact: Bernier made 28 saves on 32 shots, but he allowed a deflected shot from Tomas Plekanec to sneak by him with 43 seconds left in the third period. Bernier's .923 save percentage ranked 10th in the NHL last season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Maple Leafs claimed Panik off waivers from the Lightning on Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Impact: Panik played in 75 games for the Lightning over the last two seasons and is just 23 years old, so the Maple Leafs were able to add a useful piece via the waiver wire. It remains to be seen where Panik will slot in with his new squad.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Maple Leafs assigned Bodie to AHL Toronto on Tuesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Bodie was part of the Maple Leafs' opening night roster, but he was sent down to open a spot for Cody Franson (knee), who is expected to return for Toronto's next game Saturday.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kessel (undisclosed) played more than 20 minutes Wednesday against Montreal. He finished with a minus-2 rating and attempted two shots on goal.
Impact: The Leafs would be best described as disjointed on the night, as the top line was burned twice by opposing Habs. Kessel was really moving on the ice, though, and was even found deep in his own zone, back-checking at times. Both are good signs. This will be a good year for Mr. Kessel.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Komarov picked up an assist and laid four hits in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Yes, the Leafs were disjointed on the night, but Komarov brings a buzz saw edge the team so desperately need. He brings value in leagues where hits carry significant weight.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rielly scored once in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Montreal.
Impact: It came on a fluky bounce, but a goal is still a goal. This young man will be among the league's elite defenders in a few years, and right now, he'd be at the top of a do-over of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He's that good.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Percy played more than 20 minutes in his NHL debut Wednesday night and picked up a power-play assist.
Impact: The kid is super smart and its impressive that he was even out there on the PP in his debut. He chased his own soft dump-in, retrieved the puck and fed Tyler Bozak in the slot. It was an impressive debut. It'll be hard to keep him out of the regular rotation if he keeps this up.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kadri scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: He tipped a Brandon Kozun shot to open the scoring for the Leafs. He spent considerable time over the summer working on his goal-scoring abilities, so watch for both his SOG and goal totals to climb to career marks this season.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kozun skated on the Leafs' second line with Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul in Wednesday's loss to the Canadiens. He picked up his first NHL point -- an assist -- on Kadri's first-period goal.
Impact: He played 13:22 and skated 20 shifts, picking up two hits, two shots on goal, one takeaway, one giveaway and a minor penalty. Kozun's speed and effort were one of the few bright spots for the Leafs in an otherwise sloppy affair.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier made 28 saves in a 4-3 loss to Montreal on Wednesday night.
Impact: The Habs scored on their first shot 4:42 into the game, but Bernier settled down after that. Bernier narrowly missed out on getting a point for his mates, as the Habs scored the winning marker with 43 seconds left in the third period. The whole team effort was queasy at best, and it showed the Leafs really need to tighten things up in all zones of the ice. Bernier could be a busy boy early this season. Hold on tight.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Booth will miss at least a month with a broken foot.
Impact: Booth, now with the Leafs, had 19 points last season for Vancouver.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Panik was waived by the Lightning on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Panik was passed up on the depth chart by some of the Bolts' fellow young wingers in training camp, but he still offers enough potential to make it worthwhile for a team to pick him up. The 23-year-old has good size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) and has shown ability as a scorer over extended action at AHL Syracuse.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kozun has made the Leafs' Opening Night roster and could skate on the second line with Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul.
Impact: The second-line winger spot is still up for grabs after David Booth hit the IR. Kozun has practiced there and will certainly see some time with that duo. But please remember -- he's still a raw rookie and expectations must be tempered. But if he shows any chemistry with Lupul and Kadri, Kozun might provide a bit of immediate waiver-wire relief for those of you with injury-related holes to start the season.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson (fractured orbital bone) was on the ice for morning skate and should play Wednesday against the Canadiens, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: Clarkson will be looking to rebound after a dismal debut season in Toronto, during which injuries and a lengthy suspension limited him to 11 points in 60 games. He'll open 2014-15 on the third line for the Leafs, joining Leo Komarov and Mike Santorelli.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Percy was recalled from AHL Toronto on Wednesday, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail reports.
Impact: As expected, Percy will be available for the Leafs' season opener against the Habs. He'll likely pair up with Roman Polak in his NHL debut.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Franson is on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Impact: Franson's expected return is unclear. He's considered day-to-day.