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How ‘Injured’ Is Joffrey Lupul?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Joffrey Lupul on Sunday accused the Toronto Maple Leafs on social media of cheating with the NHL's long-term injury list but quickly deleted his post.

It was the first time the Maple Leafs' use of the long-term injury reserve (LTIR) was subject to any accusations, although there have been suspicions around the league for the last two seasons about some of their moves. Those moves – putting veteran players who were said to have failed their physical exams on the list, thereby taking their salaries off the NHL salary cap – came to be known as being sent to Robidas Island, named for defenceman Stephane Robidas, exiled to the list after training camp in 2015....

But Lupul, 33, claimed on his verified @jlupul account in an Instagram post on Sunday night he is healthy and ready to play: "I'm ready.. Just awaiting the call.." When last week's failed physical was mentioned by his followers, Lupul posted, "Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them." Lupul deleted the latter post after a stream of comments from followers.

Lupul can file a grievance with the NHL over the long-term injury decision through the NHL Players' Association, generally within 60 days of the perceived dispute. No one from the NHLPA could be immediately reached for comment.

A Maple Leafs spokesman said Monday morning the team will not comment on the matter.


added 12:00pm, Glenn Healy (audio) on the situation is below...

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Confident In Toronto

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

“Teams know that the Maple Leafs are serious this year,” said centre Nazem Kadri. “We want to hang with the best, and we certainly believe we can do that.”

“We definitely had some good experiences and learned a lot of things, so hopefully we can channel that in the right way and go from there,” van Riemsdyk said. “Everyone starts in the same point, so it doesn’t matter how much buzz or hype or positivity you have around your group: you have to go out there and prove it on the ice every night, and hopefully we’re ready for that.”

“I usually used to say, if you’re (still) playing on my birthday (on April 29), you’ve had a good year, that means you’re starting the third round,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I haven’t seen a third round since I can’t remember how long. I miss you media guys so much, we’re going to play longer this spring.”

Leaving aside that if you were playing on April 29 last year, you were still early in the second round, Babcock tends to share the cockiness that Kadri carries around. After winning the World Cup of Hockey here last year, Babcock exited his press conference by saying, “This is just a sign of what’s going to happen here in Toronto, just so you know.”


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Lou Lamoriello Is On The Last Year Of His Contract

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The most intriguing impending free-agent season for any member of the Toronto Maple Leafs arguably belongs to the man in the big chair.

Lou Lamoriello found himself in the final year of his contract as the team opened training camp on Thursday morning after going through the off-season without receiving an extension, sources tell Sportsnet.

The veteran general manager remains on the original three-year deal he signed with Toronto in the summer of 2015. His future, and a potential front-office succession plan, could become a significant subplot around the team in the months ahead.

Of course, the Leafs and Lamoriello will do whatever they can to keep it a footnote.

Senior members of the organization generally refuse to discuss their contracts as a matter of course. In fact, there’s no guarantee a public announcement would even accompany a new deal at the executive level – although sources insist that hasn’t happened with Lamoriello to date.


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Afternoon Line- Brendan Shanahan

“I’m a little hesitant, at the end of the day we got into the playoffs in our 81st game, we didn’t get past the first round and yet still there was a lot of happiness and joy and optimism about where we can go.

“You know, you have to do it, and we understand that there’s a lot of work ahead of us.”

-Brendan Shanahan, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the hype surrounding the Leafs.  Chris Johnston of Sportsnet has more.

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It’s Called Destiny Toronto

from Steve Simmons at the National Post,

You can see a Stanley Cup from here.

Maybe for the first time since the Stanley Cup season of 1967, you can see it.

You can envision it. You can believe in it. You can close your eyes and actually picture Gary Bettman calling Auston Matthews — assuming he will eventually be granted the captaincy — to come up and grab the Cup.

The Toronto Maple Leafs: future Stanley Cup champion.

This isn’t a dream or a joke, it’s a path. It’s a destination. The seemingly impossible eventually becoming possible. For most of our lives, we haven’t known anything like this at all. You could hope, but it was never realistic. You could predict, but it wasn’t logical. There hasn’t been a Maple Leafs team in 50 years that looked to be the anywhere near the part of champion in September — and even that old 1967 team, and they were old, didn’t begin the season as any kind of favourites.


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James van Riemsdyk’s Time In Toronto May Be Coming To An End This Season

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It’s the more expensive older players — those facing free agency, those seeking big raises as well — whose time as a Maple Leaf is likely limited.

On top of that list is James van Riemsdyk.

At 28, he’s in his prime. He notched a career-high 62 points last season, ranking him ninth among left-wingers. His 118 goals since 2012-13 — the season he became a Leaf — is eighth among left-wingers in that time.

He earns a cap-friendly $4.25 million this season and is said to be asking around $6 million on an extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

If the Leafs truly want to acquire a defenceman — believed to be their biggest hole — then van Riemsdyk is their biggest chip. His name came up over the summer in trade talk and will surely continue into the season.


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Video- Patrick Marleau After His First Skate With The Leafs

Patrick Marleau on his new team and city.


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Auston Matthews’ Summer

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

If there’s a sophomore jinx perched like a buzzard outside the Air Canada Centre, it must first overcome a rested, robust Matthews, who has had none of last summer’s distractions these past few months.

No world championships, draft hype or busy appearance schedule that had him crisscrossing two continents from March until late June. No NHL scouting combine or a World Cup in September, filming TV bits or time needed to get settled in Toronto.

After coming off the ice Friday with Mitch Marner, Zach Hyman, Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev and the rest of the young Leafs, Matthews underlined how a quiet summer could help, approaching main Leaf camp in less than two weeks.

“For sure,” he said. “It was nice not having so much stuff going on around you, being so hectic with the combine, the draft and everything. It was more relaxing. It was nice to spend a little more time training.”

Matthews is singing the praises of Pilates, a fitness system designed to alleviate back pain and improve balance. It's an ideal workout for a 6-foot-2, 200-plus pounder who feels the slings and arrows for 82 regular season games.


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A New Name For The ACC

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has agreed to a landmark 20-year sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank to rename the Air Canada Centre, TSN has learned.

The agreement is worth about $800 million (Canadian), according to three sources familiar with the matter. Under MLSE’s previous agreement with Air Canada, struck in 1999, the airline paid about $4 million per year.

The agreement with Scotiabank, which will see the downtown Toronto arena renamed the Scotiabank Arena next July 1, is believed to be the highest-priced annual building and team sponsorship in North American sports history.

David Hopkinson, MLSE’s chief commercial officer, said in an interview that he received serious offers for the arena naming rights from eight companies.


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All Eyes On The Leafs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Leafs are about to truly take centre stage in this city, and the hope is that this team’s high-end youngsters will be able to handle all that’s going to be coming at them. Well, it’s up to Babcock to make sure they do.

This is the year when Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Morgan Rielly et al need to consistently demonstrate that a commitment to a total team game is now a must if you want to get regular ice time with this hockey club. Draft pick Carl Grundstrom arrives from Sweden, ostensibly to skate for the Marlies. He needs to see the correct attitude from those young players already with the big club. Timothy Liljegren, the team’s top pick last June, needs to get the right message early and often.

Patrick Marleau arrives, turning 38 on Sept. 15, and there are few more consistent, committed players in the league than Marleau. But it’s Babcock, with Lamoriello’s backing, who needs to lay the hammer down early and often with this group of youngsters, some of whom will have spent the summer months being told how great they are by friends, family and well-wishers.

Maybe they’ve diligently gone about their off-season workout regimen, maybe they haven’t. It’s not easy to stay focussed while being adored. The subject of the millions of dollars that await Matthews, Marner and Nylander, meanwhile, is already a constant subject of discussion, and who could blame those young men if they are convinced goals will get them that money more than backchecking or shot-blocking.


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