Leafs make their roster cuts

It’s that magical time during training camp, it’s cut day. The Leafs have slashed away at their roster and we now have a bit of an idea of who will be the roster and the taxi squad based on these moves.

Maple Leafs trim training camp roster. #LeafsForever
Details >> https://t.co/Lqu1dWz7wh pic.twitter.com/HfMEj5vVYm
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 11, 2021

So the Leafs are still sitting at 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. From that we can based on the allowed roster size and the Leafs cap situation the Leafs have their taxi squad and roster embedded in this group.
Presumably 21 of these players will be main roster, and either 4 or 5 of them will be on the taxi squad, depending on whether or not Alexander Kerfoot is on the injured reserve.
The surprises here might be that Adam Brooks is part of this group instead of Pierre Engvall, a player that Sheldon Keefe essentially called out following the Leafs Blue and White game on the weekend. Brooks certainly stood out, picking up a goal (as did Engvall), but there’s also this…

Keefe also noted of Engvall’s goal: “I think it might be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Training Camp Update: Day 5

Maple Leafs Training Camp Update: Day 5

After five days of Maple Leafs training camp, we’ve learned a lot about what the team could possibly look like on opening night. Auston Matthews will be getting more minutes due to his new role on the Leafs and the power play units have been changed, too.
There’s also an update on Alexander Kerfoot’s leg injury and if he’ll be available for Wednesday nights season opener. And finally, we have a Maple Leafs scrimmage! It will be on Sportsnet and TSN tomorrow night with tons of familiar faces — some who I wish would be on the broadcast regularly.
Here’s all the news, plus my new series that will be coming to TLN after every Maple Leafs game:

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Taking a look at who will make the Leafs

Taking a look at who will make the Leafs

The Leafs training camp official opened yesterday, and we now know the 40 players in attendance.

The 2021 squad pic.twitter.com/wUafNd8Nke
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) January 3, 2021

Today is the first day the Leafs hit the ice, and while there are some interesting camp battles and roster spots up for grab. The fact that the Leafs will have a taxi squad in addition to their core roster means that most of these players will be sticking with the Leafs for the season. Given that the Leafs can have six players on the taxi squad, we’ll assume they will. And given that the Leafs can afford to have can either a 21 or 22 player roster (most likely 21), we’ll assume that as well and 27 of these 40 players won’t be heading to the Marlies.
Here’s the situation by position.
Forwards (23 invites)
Locks: Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Nylander, Hyman, Kerfoot, Thornton, Simmonds, Mikheyev, Spezza
The locks are essentially the core forwards mixed in with the veterans who took steep discounts in order to play for the Leafs that it would be cruel to leave out in the cold. Mikheyev and Kerfoot are decidedly NHL players even if they don’t 100% fit the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

First look at the Leafs training camp roster

As discovered on MapleLeafs.com by our own Nick Barden, here is the training camp roster for the Maple Leafs this season.

This looks to be the #Leafs training camp roster, per their website: pic.twitter.com/Cjaf7YfZ4a
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) January 1, 2021

There are a couple of things that immediately stand out from this, and the first one is that David Warsofsky is presently on waivers, and it’s unlikely the Leafs are wanting to make an official announcement until they know he has cleared.
There is also the fact that we know Mac Hollowell is in Toronto and was pictured with Thornton, Matthews, Nylander, and Sandin at Christmas. That might not mean anything and he’ll need to be around this neck of the woods for Marlies camp soon enough, but he might be one of the players that is most noteworthy as an omission from this keep group.
Players like Kossila, Kral, Korshkov, and Hallander seem likely to continue their overseas loans, but with the announcement that Canada has waived the 14 day quarantine for NHL players, they could potentially be last minute additions.
The big ones…
Where are Mikko Lehtonen and Timothy Liljegren? Both of these …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

3 Toronto Maple Leafs players that are NHL ready right now

There could be training camps for NHL teams within the next month. That means there also could be some tough decisions looming for the Toronto Maple Leafs and some of their prospects. Especially for three of them, who I believe are ready to enter the NHL. Yet they may be roadblocked due to the crowded forward and defence group.
I believe these three players all have chances and are ready for the NHL. It’s just a matter of showing how good they are and whether or not they can play consistent minutes in the league.
If they don’t make it, the prospects would likely either be a part of the Maple Leafs’ possible taxi squad or get sent to play somewhere else (AHL for two, OHL or Europe for the other).
But if you don’t know who they are by now — here’s a video explaining why I, Nick Barden believe these three prospects are ready to take the next step in their professional careers:

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

To Russia with Love: The Leafs lend Korshkov to Lokomotiv

As it was rumoured shortly after the Leafs training camp closed and cuts were announced, the Leafs made it official today and have loaned Korshkov to the KHL.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Egor Korshkov to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 7, 2020

So the decision is a pretty straight forward one and one that mirrors the decision made with Mikko Lehtonen. The KHL training camps are open, and the season will begin shortly. The story for the AHL and 2020-21 NHL Season is that they wouldn’t be playing until December. Having players get in games seems like a solid idea.
Now Korshkov has a history of injuries which might make this idea seem less good, but I’m sure that fact isn’t lost on the Leafs, and their wing depth also affords them the opportunity to get Korshkov over there anyway.
Given the Leafs camp situation and the strength of Korshkov’s performance in his previous games with the Leafs, it’s entirely possible that Korshkov will return ready to compete for a bottom six role on the Leafs.
I’m not sure whether we’ll see the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Report: Toronto Maple Leafs may play Montreal Canadiens in exhibition game

As NHL teams embark on their training camps in their respective cities, one big question that keeps coming up is who teams will play in their exhibition games.

After teams report to their respective hub cities each squad will get one exhibition game and a report surfaced Tuesday that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be playing the Montreal Canadiens.

Not official yet, but a good chance Leafs and Habs play a friendly July 28 after the two report to the bubble.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) July 14, 2020

This information is far from official, but it would make sense. The Leafs and Canadiens have a storied history and are both a part of the 24-team play-in tournament.
Earlier Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett was asked about who they may be playing and said discussions were still happening between teams and the league.

Oilers head coach Dave Tippett says meetings are going on with teams and the league to determine the exhibition game schedule.
— zach laing (@zjlaing) July 14, 2020

On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Timothy Liljegren “unfit to play” for first day of Leafs training camp

As the first day of the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp got underway, one player was missing from the first group of skaters.

Sheldon Keefe on Timothy Liljegren: “He was unfit to play today.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 13, 2020

With the NHL’s new protocols, teams aren’t required to give out anymore information then being unfit to play. All teams in the league have opened training camp today and have just under three weeks to prepare before travelling to their perspective bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Timothy Liljegren absent from Leafs first day of training camp

As the first day of the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp got underway, one player was missing from the first group of skaters.

Timothy Liljegren is absent from his assigned group at #leafs practice this morning.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 13, 2020

Liljegren was to be apart of the first group of skaters in today’s practice, but didn’t skate. There has been no news regarding a possible injury, but head coach Sheldon Keefe will be giving an update after practice concludes.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Notes from Kyle Dubas’ media availability

After the team announced their initial training camp roster earlier in the day, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas spoke to the media on Sunday afternoon and there was plenty to talk about leading into the opening of training camps tomorrow.
First of all, let’s get this one out of the way:

Leafs GM Kyle Dubas says Auston Matthews is “fit to play” & ready to start camp
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 12, 2020

We all know why Dubas had to mention Matthews specifically and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to know that the Leafs will have their best player on the ice with the rest of his teammates when camp begins.

Kyle Dubas says the Leafs will likely bring 28-29 players into the bubble: 15-16 forwards, 9-10 D, 3-4 goalies.
Dubas and Brendan Shanahan both entering bubble on management side along with all six coaches.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) July 12, 2020

The Leafs are bringing 19 forwards, 11 defencemen and 4 goaltenders to camp as part of phase 3. At least 3 players will have to be sent home at the conclusion of camp, perhaps more if…

Leafs GM Kyle Dubas says if …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation