Marlies finalize roster as excitement builds for opening day

Toronto Marlies hockey is back.
Training camp is finally over, and now it’s time to get down to business. And that starts with a back-to-back at home against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The Marlies have announced the hockey club’s 2021-22 opening day roster.
Details: https://t.co/fPPs9UrLMz #ForeverStartsHere pic.twitter.com/vk2h3Nv4Oc
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 15, 2021

The Marlies are looking forward to a new season with some different faces. One positive is getting to play in front of fans again. Some players haven’t done that since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
“I’m just grateful to be able to play hockey for a living.” Said Marlies captain, Rich Clune about playing in front of fans. “Obviously, being from Toronto, it means a little bit more playing here. A lot of family and friends in the stands, but anytime I can get into a game I’m excited.“
Toronto is going to be a challenging team to play against this season. They have returning players like Nicholas Robertson, Joseph Duszak, Joey Anderson, and Kristians Rubins. But they also have newcomers like Alex Biega, Carl Dahlstrom Josh Ho-Sang, Mikhail …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Taking a break because of mental health is important, especially in hockey

There’s a human behind the hockey player, always.
When Carey Price entered the NHL & NHLPA’s player assistance program, it was a call for help. Whatever he’s going through is more significant than the game of hockey.
For anyone, that decision takes guts. To even seek out mental health help is incredibly tough for some.
Price is one of the best hockey players on earth, and for him to do this does a lot of good. It does good for the game, it does good for the players, and it even does good for the fans. It shows that it’s okay to seek help for mental health.
It’s important to talk about this on a day like today, World Mental Health day. However, the conversation should never stick to one or two days throughout the year.
This should be to be an ongoing conversation that occurs every day.
Throughout recent years, the discussion regarding mental health has grown. People are speaking up about it, even NHL players. When players ask for help, fans see it, and some will seek out help themselves.
It’s something I did, and I encourage everyone else to do the …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Camp standouts, NCAA and CHL begin, Holmberg heating up

As we enter October, the hockey calendar continues to ramp up. Since our last prospect roundup, the Toronto Maple Leafs roster has been cut down to 27 players, the Toronto Marlies began their own training camp, NCAA and CHL teams began their 2021/22 seasons, and another Champions Hockey League gameday was played.
Before we dive into numerous prospects today, be sure to follow TLN’s own Nick Barden for updates throughout Marlies camp and their season. The Marlies are shaping up to be among the AHL’s top teams and will feature prospects in vital roles, so be sure to follow Nick to keep up to date on everything Marlies this season.
Let’s begin this week’s prospect roundup with a look at the prospects that had notable performances at Leafs main camp.
Rasmus Sandin (LD), Timothy Liljegren (RD) | Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Following the latest round of cuts, Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren are the lone prospects that remain on the Leafs roster.
Really, this isn’t much of a surprise. For Sandin, he was pencilled into a third pairing position heading into camp and it would’ve been a massive surprise to see him cut at this point. After …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic is back for Induction Weekend

Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is returning to Scotiabank Arena, and with that comes other hockey events, too!

A reunion of legends! Niedermayer, Modano, Iginla, St-Pierre, Lindros, St. Louis, Clark + more.
Get your tickets today for the @adidasCA Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic on Sunday, November 14th. SAVE with the ME+3 4-Pack Offer https://t.co/ZfOBAfPMhX pic.twitter.com/gvq9XoIx6p
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) October 1, 2021

The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic is back in Toronto on Sunday, November 14th.
It’s part of Induction Weekend, which is when a few of hockey’s legends are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The class of 2020 will feature Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre, Kevin Lowe, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, and Ken Holland.
Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of events. The first, on Friday, November 12th, is the Hockey Hall of Fame game where the Leafs take on the Calgary Flames. This game is a part of the NHL’s 2021-22 season.
Then, on Saturday, November 13th, will be the inductee Q&A, where you’ll be able to ask questions to the Class of 2020.
After those events is the Hockey Hall of Fame …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs play their first fake hockey game of the year tonight

It’s preseason hockey, baby! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!! On one hand it’s damned exciting to be able to watch some form of the sport we love, featuring some players we like, the return of John Tavares to the ice, and we get our first look at players like Ho-Sang, Bunting, and *checks notes* Michael Amadio, but it is also that wonderful time when we start reading way too much into everything. This isn’t some kind of glorious rematch against the Montreal Canadiens, where scores will be settled. It’s a preseason game where both teams are desperately trying to avoid roster players getting injured while we hoot and holler as Kurtis Gabriel and Rich Clune make sure that no Habs player steps within six feet of John Tavares. There will probably be a fight or two.
In addition to fighting spectacle, there are a few other things that will interesting to soak in courtesy of tonight’s line combinations.

My best guess at the Leafs’ lines for tonight:
Bunting – Tavares – Ho-SangMikheyev – Kerfoot – NylanderRobertson – Amadio – SpezzaSeney – Der-Arguchintsev – GabrielClune
Muzzin – LiljegrenSandin – BrodieKrál – BiegaHellickson – Hollowell
HutchinsonScott
— Nick Richard (@_NickRichard) September 25, 2021

While not exactly the official lines, Nick’s best guess represents what we’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs entering camp with something to prove

Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is back.
Kyle Dubas, Sheldon Keefe, and select players from the team spoke with the media today. Among the things said, players gave their thoughts on the season ahead and the belief they have in each other as a group. Players also said they’re taking this season one day at a time instead of gazing too far into the future.
The first person to address the media was Dubas. Most of what he discussed was the disappointment from last season. The Leafs GM said that while players should look back on the loss, it may also be an opportunity to move forward.

Kyle Dubas says adversity is what brings out of the best in Sheldon Keefe. Leafs gonna need that trait to be transferable.
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) September 22, 2021

We all remember last season. This Leafs team was one that we thought could have a lot of success. Although in the end, it didn’t happen, these moments are some that define the future. Teams need adversity to be better, and with the results in the past, this should help them grow to become stronger.
Dubas even addressed his future with the organization and whether he …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs announce 2021 development camp roster

Hockey is back, kind of.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the 2021 development camp roster, which begins on September 9th.

The 2021 Development Camp roster has been announced.
Details » https://t.co/b9i3Idsbpc#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/H23Hy5qSKq
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2021

Invited to the camp are some names we already know such as Nick Robertson, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Pavel Gogolev, Jeremy McKenna, Joseph Duszak, and even Ian Scott. Others who’ve seen games within the Maple Leafs organization are Filip Kral, William Villeneuve, Noel Hoefenmayer and Riley McCourt.
With the start of camp being on September 9th, players will arrive and begin with both medicals and on-ice testing. On Friday, September 10th, the players will have their first on-ice session as a team and will meet with the media.
From the media release, this is the schedule for their development camp:
Friday, September 10
On-Ice Development: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 11
On-Ice Development/ Morning Skate: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Scrimmage: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 12
On-Ice Development: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Monday, September 13
Scrimmage: 10:00 a.m.
The Leafs Senior Director of Player Development, Hayley Wickenheiser, will run the the camp along with her staff. Others who will …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

5 Potential Bargain Forwards the Leafs Could Pursue in Free Agency

Free agency is always a wild time in the hockey world, especially in recent years considering we’ve actually had a few big names make it, like John Tavares, Artemi Panarin, Alex Pietrangelo, and potentially Dougie Hamilton (technically Alex Ovechkin as well but I think everyone knows he’s going to stay in Washington).
It’s also a time for when teams can gain or lose a ton of value by bringing in players depending on the contract you sign them too. The latter happens more often, and we’re already lined up for a ton of those with the Barclay Goodrow contract, and the rumours surrounding Zach Hyman and Blake Coleman. Teams are overvaluing size again, and they’re going to hand out a lot of bad contracts to get what they want.
Because of that, it creates some smart opportunities for the former in bringing in good players on bargain deals, something that Kyle Dubas has done a pretty good job of in his tenure with the Leafs. Tyler Ennis was an effective player on the fourth line, Spezza has been great on his league minimum deals, and even Travis Boyd was pretty good in his brief time …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Report from the Rock: Drama in St. John’s

While the entire hockey world locks its eyes on the looming Seattle Kraken expansion draft, a situation is brewing in St. John’s, Newfoundland that could have serious repercussions on the Toronto Maple Leafs minor league development system if it boils over.
But first, since is the first Report from the Rock in several weeks, we have some news and notes to cover before we get into a deep dive on the ongoing dispute between the Newfoundland Growlers ownership group and St. John’s City Council.
First up, a quick mention here that the Leafs recently hired Ryan Hardy as Senior Director of Minor League Operations.

We’ve hired Ryan Hardy as Senior Director of Minor League Operations. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 25, 2021

In essence, Hardy will be the GM of the Growlers, more on him and what this means for the Leafs organization as a whole here.
Another minor piece of news, but a cool one to see nonetheless, after three years of existence, the Growlers Twitter account was verified.

Round of applause for our new checkmark
#Verified pic.twitter.com/Y19m7Btsiy
— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) July 13, 2021

Now that they’re certified as a real and legitimate …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs target Zach Parise and Ryan Suter?

If you’re a hockey fan, it’s the most wonderful time of the year right now, or at least one of them given that is it officially the NHL off-season and things are going to get very interesting in the coming weeks and months leading up to the next NHL season. This off-season is only days in and we have already seen some trades, some hirings, some retirements, some big rumours and even some buyouts.
It’s no secret that this off-season was going to be a crazy one due to a bunch of circumstances. For starters, the COVID pandemic is still affecting the league which is affecting the salary cap which is ultimately affecting teams to keep certain players on their team. Secondly, there’s an expansion draft just around the corner and with a new team coming into the league, teams are bound to lose potentially an important player on their team.
With that said, within days we’ve seen a bunch of different things happen in the NHL and more specifically we saw the Minnesota Wild buyout, not one, but two of the massive contracts that they signed back in 2012. The Zach Parise and Ryan Suter …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation