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Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Gardiner, 24, asserted himself as a long-term building block for the Leafs on defense last season with his second 30-point campaign, contributing 10 goals, 21 assists, 108 hits and 87 blocks over 80 games. With Carl Gunnarsson shipped to St. Louis in the offseason, Gardiner appears poised to claim a spot next to Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing, though fellow ascendant youngster Morgan Rielly will provide some heat.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gardiner and the Leafs are closing in on a long-term contract extension for the defender, reports Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV.
Impact: Gardiner is one of the Leafs' best young defenders. The guy can skate like the wind and jump into the play in the offensive zone like few can. He will be a fantasy force if he can harness his many talents and tools.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winnik signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Impact: The 29-year-old appeared in 76 games for the Ducks last season, notching career highs in assists (24) and points (30). He also added 23 penalty minutes to go with a plus-six rating. One of the better available role players, Winnik should step into a consistent role with Toronto next season, likely as a member of their third or fourth line.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier (sports hernia) may face competition from James Reimer for the starter's job in training camp, according to Toronto's Sportsnet590 TheFAN. Reimer said he was told there was a "definite opportunity" for him to win back the starter's gig.
Impact: Maybe it's semantics and maybe it's a ploy to get Reimer re-signed. Who knows? Bernier clearly won the starter's gig last year, but he did suffer an injury that put him on the sidelines for a period of time. Camp should be interesting, although our money is on Bernier.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer was happy to re-sign in Toronto after being told during negotiations that there was a "definite opportunity" to regain his starting role, according to Toronto's Sportsnet590 The FAN.
Impact: Optimus Reims told the station on Monday morning that management will give him a chance to win the starter's job. This comes as a surprise to us, especially given how Jonathan Bernier performed last season. Perhaps this comes down to semantics and the exact definition of opportunity. His contract is still tradeable, although the Buds don't have much of a backup plan in place to replace him. Stay tuned.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Thursday. Reimer's agent, Ray Petkau, confirmed the deal on Twitter. Reimer, a restricted free agent, and the Leafs were scheduled to go to arbitration Monday.
Impact: Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended his season. The 26-year-old goalie was 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average last season. In four seasons with Toronto, he's 65-48-15 with a 2.85 GAA.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimer agreed to a two-year, $4.6 million deal with Toronto on Friday, Toronto Sun writer Rob Longley reports.
Impact: After posting a 19-8-5 record in 2012 to go along with a GAA of 2.46, Reimer struggled last year, finishing with a GAA of 3.29 and a record of 12-16-1. The Leafs are banking on him returning to the form he showed in the three years before last, in which case he would be a useful backup to Jonathan Bernier.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Booth has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver.
Impact: The 29-year-old winger had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks. He has 218 career points in 443 games with Vancouver and Florida. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Booth signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: A 30-goal scorer for the Panthers back in the 2008-09 season, Booth hasn't managed more than 23 goals in any campaign since, falling below double digits in the category on four occasions. While it's probably safe to assume the 29-year-old won't emerge as a primary offensive contributor for the Leafs, he'll offer some cheap veteran depth as a second- or third-line wing.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract. This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.
Impact: The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points. Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Maple Leafs on Monday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Impact: Franson's new deal allows him and the team to avoid arbitration. The 26-year-old defenseman had 33 points (five goals) last season with the Leafs, logging 30 penalty minutes along the way. He skated with the team's third defensive pairing in 2013-14, and can expect a similar role in the upcoming season.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson is "looking forward to what's ahead" after a horrible start to his career as a Maple Leaf. "It's tough to go through that, when your first impression or start is that," he told Sportsnet. "But that's all behind me. Everything's behind me, and I'm looking forward to what's ahead."
Impact: We should hope it's behind him. The dude had more fights (nine) than goals (five) and more games missed because of suspension (12) than points (11). Yes, it was that bad. His fantasy value is going to be tied to the potential for power-play time. And in Toronto, that's far from a guarantee. #badfit.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franson, who has filed for salary arbitration, is seeking $4.2 million in a deal, while the Leafs have countered with $2 million, according to a report on Toronto's Sportsnet 590 TheFAN.
Impact: The arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday and the arbitrator can choose either side or something in between. It's a stretch for Franson to expect to receive the full $4.2 mil after his middling 2013-14. But then again, stranger things have happened. He's a stretch as a top-four defender, but his second-unit power-play ability makes him fantasy relevant in deeper leagues.