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John Tavares suffered an oblique injury on Thursday during a Team Canada practice preparing for the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. He has been sent back to Toronto for further evaluation. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Though the extent of the injury is not currently known, Tavares should be okay for the start of next season. Nevertheless, the injury is an example of why NHL teams are wary of their players participating in international tournaments. Tavares enjoyed a tremendous first season in Toronto in 2018-2019, registering career-high totals in both goals (47) and points (88).

Category: Injury Updates


Frederik Andersen stopped 37 out of 40 shots faced as Boston would find a way to win Game Six and force a Game Seven Tuesday night in TD Garden.

Fantasy Impact: Andersen has been inconsistent at times this post-season putting up a 3-3-0 record, along with a 2.70 GAA and a 0.925 SV%. Toronto is going to need to see the very best from him Tuesday night in Game Seven if they are to finally get passed Boston in the playoffs this time around.

Category: Game Recaps


Auston Matthews scored a goal 4:15 into the third period to pull the Maple Leafs to within one against the Bruins Sunday. Unfortunately for Toronto, they would lose Game Six 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: Matthews has been very effective this playoff series, scoring five goals and dishing out an assist as well in the process. If Toronto is to finally exorcise their playoff demons against Boston from 2013 and 2018, Matthews is going to have to deliver once again in order for them to do so.

Category: Game Recaps


Morgan Rielly got the scoring started Sunday afternoon with a goal 9:42 into the first period to put the Maple Leafs up 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: Rielly has been impressive this series, producing five points in six games, as well as maintaining a plus-two rating during this stretch as well.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Marner dished out an assist on Auston Matthew's power-play goal halfway through the second period Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Marner now has two goals and an assist in three games played this post-season.

Category: Game Recaps


Trevor Moore opened the scoring in Game Three with his first career playoff goal to put Toronto up 1-0 against Boston.

Fantasy Impact: Moore contributed in a big way for Toronto with a goal in Game Three's 3-2 win. The Maple Leafs now have a 2-1 series lead over their rivals and will need more fourth line contributions again this series to get the job done.

Category: Game Recaps


Andreas Johnsson scored the eventual game winning goal and also produced an assist on Auston Matthews' goal as well. Toronto would win the game 3-2 and take a 2-1 series lead over the Bruins.

Fantasy Impact: Johnsson contributed in a major way for the Leafs in Monday night's Game Three win against Boston. With Nazem Kadri out for the remainder of this series it is up to other members of Toronto's squad like Johnsson to step up.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake Muzzin recorded a secondary assist on Mitch Marner's first goal of the evening as Toronto took Game One by a score of 4-1 Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Muzzin is another member of the Toronto Maple Leafs that has a fair amount of playoff experience under his belt. He improves his post-season numbers to seven goals, 13 assists, and a plus-four rating.

Category: Game Recaps


Marleau recorded his 52nd career post-season assist during Thursday's 4-1 win over the Bruins.

Fantasy Impact: Marleau brings to the table his veteran leadership qualities to a Toronto squad looking to make a deep playoff run this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Nazem Kadri contributed to Toronto's offensive efforts with an assist on William Nylander's goal to put the Maple Leafs up 3-1 against the Bruins late in the second period.

Fantasy Impact: Kadri now has two goals, seven assists and a plus-six rating in 18 career playoff games played.

Category: Game Recaps


William Nylander buried his third career playoff goal to help lift the Maple Leafs over the Bruins in Game One by a count of 4-1.

Fantasy Impact: Nylander looks to have a positive impact on Toronto's playoff hopes this spring. If he can find his scoring touch in the post-season, Toronto will be just that much more dangerous to handle this time around.

Category: Game Recaps


Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals as the Maple Leafs defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kapanen could be entering one of the hot streaks that have been a calling card of his 2018-19 campaign. He's worthy of a flyer for teams in need of a scoring boost.

Category: Game Recaps


Garret Sparks allowed two goals on 30 shots as the Leafs topped the Penguins 3-2 Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Sparks has played well behind Frederik Anderson this season, but doesn't play enough to warrant fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Hutchinson stopped 27-of-29 shots in Toronto's 4-2 victory over New Jersey Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Hutchinson has filled in nicely for the injured Frederik Andersen and Garret Sparks, although there's not much fantasy value here at the moment.

Category: Game Recaps


Zach Hyman's late hit on the Bruins Charlie McAvoy Saturday night is under review by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, according to Chris Johnston on Twitter.

Fantasy Impact: Hyman was assessed an interference major on the ice, and doesn't have a checkered history. In fact, he's authored a children's book about disciplined play on the ice. That's not a joke.

Category: Game Recaps


Ron Hainsey scores Thursday

Fri, Oct 12th 7:03am EDT
By John Pritchard

Ron Hainsey scored his second goal of the season Thursday as the Maple Leafs defeated the Red Wings 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: Hainsey's fantasy relevance is far from noteworthy heading into the 2017-18 season, but given the numbers the Maple Leafs have accrued thus far, crazier things have happened.

Category: Game Recaps


Just one day after voicing confidence that he'd won Toronto's backup goalie job, Curtis McElhinney was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs. (Source: Sportsnet Canada)

Fantasy Impact: McElhinney's waiver assignment was a surprise to say the least. He notched a 2.14 GAA with 11 wins as Toronto's back up net-minder in 2017-18. The move means Garret Sparks has won the job backing up Leafs starting goalie Frederik Andersen. While McElhinney could offer a variety of NHL teams affordable experience as a backup goalie, his 2018-19 fantasy value is likely to be very sparse.

Category: Transactions


The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenceman Connor Carrick to the Dallas Stars Monday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019. If Carrick plays more than 50 games for Dallas this season, the pick becomes a sixth rounder. (Source: Sportsnet Canada)

Fantasy Impact: Carrick had four goals and 12 points in 47 games last season. He is of little to no fantasy relevance.

Category: Transactions


The Maple Leafs loaned forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev loaned to Peterborough (OHL) Wednesday. (Source: Leafs PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's no surprise surrounding the move given the Maple Leafs wealth of offensive talent. The Russian —who is still just 18-years-old —was Toronto's third-round pick (76th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft. He's notched an impressive 60 goals and 20 assists in 131 games with the Petes the last two seasons.

Category: Transactions


Andrew Nielsen sent to AHL

Wed, Sep 26th 4:33pm EDT
By John Pritchard

The Maple Leafs sent 22-year-old defenceman Andrew Nielsen to their AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday. (Source: Leafs PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The future remains bright for Toronto's young defenceman, who at 6'3" and 220 pounds seems born to man the blue line. Nielsen gave Leafs fans a taste of just how powerful a force he can be in a skirmish he initiated with Buffalo center Tage Thompson in a pre-season game on September 22nd. He'll continue to work to establish himself as one of the game's up-and-coming big, hard-shot, two-way defenders —with crisp passing skills to boot.

Category: Transactions