Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to miss at least six months.
Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery on Friday and will miss the start of the 2019-20 season. Based on the original timetable, Dermott is not expected to be back until early-November, so look for him to miss at least one month, which will allow the Maple Leafs to get a look at a few of their young defensemen.
Source: @LeafsPR 05/9/19, 2:05 pm EST
The Maple Leafs have signed Teemu Kivihalme to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Kivihalme, 23, was originally a fifth-round pick (No.140 overall) in 2013 but played three years at Colorado College (2015 to 2017) before playing two years with Karpat (Finnish Liiga), where he was tied for fifth on the team in assists (21) and seventh in points (30).
The Maple Leafs have signed Ilya Mikheyev to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Mikheyev was a highly coveted forward, who had 23 goals and 22 assists (45 points) in 62 games with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. The 24-year-old is 6-foot-2 and 190 lbs and will bring a little size to the Maple Leafs forward group in 2019-20.
Andersen stopped 37 of 40 shots in the Maple Leafs 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 6. Andersen was sensational yet again and kept Toronto in Game 6 but they fell just short and head back to Boston for Game 7. Andersen has a .944 SV% in the three games in Boston in this series but is 0-3 with a 4.51 GAA and .840 SV% in three career Game 7 starts.
Source: 04/23/19, 1:24 pm EST
Andersen is expected to start Game 6 vs. the Bruins.
Andersen will start Game 5 in Boston.
Andersen allowed five goals on 30 shots in the Maple Leafs 6-4 loss to the Bruins in Game 4. Andersen has been busy in this series, facing 36.3 shots per game through four games—overall he has stopped 133 of the 145 shots (.917 SV%) that he faced through four games in this series. Andersen stopped 74 of 79 shots (.937 SV%) in the two games in Boston.
The NHL suspended Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.
This is a bizarre punishment that we have never seen before but Kadri has effectively been suspended for three-to-five games. William Nylander moved to centre in Game 3 with Kadri suspended and they will likely stick with the same lineup in Game 4 after winning 3-2 last night.
Andersen will start Game 3 vs. the Bruins.
Andersen allowed four goals on 41 shots in the Maple Leafs 4-1 loss in Boston in Game 2. The Bruins could have got to 10 goals if it weren't for Andersen, who made a number of huge saves to keep the Maple Leafs in the game. So far, he has stopped 74 of the first 79 shots (.937 SV%) that he has faced in the series. The series now shifts to Toronto, where Andersen has gone 18-10-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .916 SV% this season.
Andersen will start Game 2 in Boston.
Andersen will start Game 1 in Boston.
The Maple Leafs have recalled Michael Hutchinson from Toronto (AHL).
Hutchinson has performed well for the Marlies, going 14-5-1 with a 2.70 GAA and .910 SV% in 23 games. During a brief stint with the Maple Leafs earlier in the year, Hutchinson was 2-3-0 with a 2.64 GAA and .914 SV% in five games. It looks like Hutchinson is simply added insurance as the Leafs head into the playoffs, but don’t be surprised if he starts the season finale after Garret Sparks’ struggles continued on Tuesday.
Source: @MapleLeafs 04/5/19, 9:44 am EST
Gardiner (back) is on the ice for warmups; expected to play Thursday vs. the Lightning.
Muzzin (illness) will not play vs. the Lightning.
Muzzin continues to battle an illness and will miss his second straight game on Thursday. Luckily for the Maple Leafs, Jake Gardiner will make his return from a back injury and will step into Muzzin’s spot on the second pairing.
Kadri (undisclosed) will not play on Thursday.
Kadri was not at the Maple Leafs morning skate and head coach Mike Babcock said the centre would not be available vs. the Lightning. Babcock added that there may be a press release regarding Kadri’s injury, which suggests he could miss some time. This would obviously be a huge loss heading into the playoffs if that is the case but we update any further information as it is provided.
Gardiner (back) expects to play Thursday but will be a game-time decision.
Gardiner has been out since February 25th but is expected to return tonight vs. the Lightning. Gardiner told reporters that he elected not to have surgery on his injured back which allowed him to return right before the playoffs. Gardiner was on-pace for a 40-plus point season before getting hurt, tallying two goals and 27 assists (29 points) in 60 games.
Muzzin (illness) is not on the ice for warmups.
Muzzin was listed as a game-time decision last night but ended up playing but will not be in the lineup vs. the Hurricanes. Martin Marincin will replace him on the Maple Leafs' blueline.
Andersen will start Saturday in Montreal.
Andersen will start Thursday vs. the Lightning.
Andersen allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Maple Leafs win over the Islanders on Monday. It was a much needed performance for Andersen, who was 5-2-3 with a 3.64 GAA and .890 SV% in 11 games in March. Tonight he faces the Lightning for the fourth time this season—he is 1-2-0 with a 4.15 GAA and .872 SV% in the first three meetings.
Sparks will start Tuesday vs. the Hurricanes.
Sparks allowed three goals on 21 shots in the Maple Leafs loss in Ottawa on Saturday. With Frederik Andersen starting last night, Sparks is expected to make his 20th appearance tonight vs. the Hurricanes. The 25-year-old has gone 4-2-1 with a 2.63 GAA, .919 SV% and one shutout on home-ice this season.