News: Orr (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Monday against the Ducks, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Impact: Orr still has yet to record his first point of the season, but has collected 96 PIM in 45 games. He can be considered fully healthy moving forward.
News: Bernier will be in the net Monday vs. the Ducks, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: The Leafs are beginning a back-to-back out west Monday, and will use their No. 1 goalie in Bernier against a top-notch Ducks squad while James Reimer likely gets the nod Tuesday in San Jose. Bernier has rebounded from a rough start to the second half with wins in two straight outings.
News: Bernier notched his second victory in a row Saturday against the Flyers, stopping 28 of 31 shots in the 4-3 overtime win.
Impact: The damage could have been worse for Bernier, considering officials overruled a goal by the Flyers' Matt Read in a somewhat controversial decision, saying that the goalie covered the puck. The Flyers would eventually beat Bernier for the tying score later in the game, but Joffrey Lupul bailed him out with the overtime winner.
Sun. Mar 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Clarkson was scratched before Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Philadelphia.
Impact: The Toronto winger suffered a pulled muscle in practice Friday.
Jake Gardiner - #51 - Defense - 6'2" - 184lbs
News: Gardiner picked up his first point in 13 games when he scored a goal in Saturday's OT win over the Flyers. He has 18 points in 63 games this season.
Impact: His game has been slow to develop, but that's OK as long as there's progress being made. And we think there is, despite the brain farts that sometimes escape out his ears. He got lucky in OT when he made a poor decision to pinch and that left an odd-man rush the other way. His name is mentioned all the time in trade scenarios, but we have no idea if that's real or contrived. This season, he's a marginal activation in deep formats -- the points just come too far apart to make him playable on a consistent basis.
Nazem Kadri - #43 - Center - 6'0" - 188lbs
News: Kadri scored his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's OT win over Philadelphia and in doing so, he equaled his career high in points (44).
Impact: He's been a bit streaky this season and at times has appeared to struggle with the chemistry between him and linemate Joffrey Lupul. This is just his third point in his last seven games, but he now has a goal in back-to-back games. This may be the start of something nice.
Joffrey Lupul - #19 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 206lbs
News: Lupul scored the game-winning goal in overtime and picked up an assist in Saturday's victory over the Flyers. It's his second goal in eight games.
Impact: We hoped for so much more after his point-per-game pace over the last two seasons. But right now, he has 19 each (goals and assists) in 56 games and that has to be considered a disappointment for his desperate owners. Count on him as a secondary scorer for the remainder of this season. Nothing more.
Troy Bodie - #40 - Right Wing - 6'5" - 226lbs
News: Bodie had an impressive game Saturday against the Flyers. He picked up two assists and fired five shots in 15:26.
Impact: He's big and strong, and he doesn't mind throwing his weight around on the forecheck and along the wall. He can skate and his strong play is earning him increased playing time and responsibility. He's not fantasy worthy (yet), but may be a lower-level contributor in hits leagues next season.
News: Clarkson (leg) will not play Saturday vs. the Bruins, David Alter of 590 Sportsnet The Fan reports.
Impact: Saturday's call-up of Frazer McLaren already seemed to provide an early indication that Clarkson wouldn't be playing against Boston. He's considered day-to-day with the leg injury, which he first sustained during Friday's practice and was then forced to depart early during Saturday's morning skate.
News: McLaren was recalled by the Maple Leafs on Saturday, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail reports.
Impact: With David Clarkson (leg) perhaps unavailable for Saturday's game after leaving morning skate with an injury, McLaren seems likely to suit up Saturday following a brief stay in the minors. McLaren's fantasy utility primarily comes in the form of penalty minutes, as he was held without a point in his previous 26 games with the Leafs.
News: Clarkson left Saturday's morning skate due to a leg issue, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: Clarkson seemed to injure his leg towards the end of practice Friday, so apparently the issue could be more serious than originally perceived. They are calling it a muscle pull, so consider him day-to-day and questionable for Saturday's game.
News: Bernier will start in net for the Leafs when they face the Flyers on Saturday, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Bernier is coming off a strong 35-save performance against the Rangers on Wednesday, so with the two days off in between, his start comes as no surprise. He is currently 23-16-7 with a 2.62 GAA and .925 save percentage this season.
Dion Phaneuf - #3 - Defense - 6'3" - 214lbs
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phaneuf received a maintenance day Friday, but he is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Flyers, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: Phaneuf was given Friday off to rest some apparent bumps and bruises, but it appears he will avoid missing any game action so long as he makes it through Saturday's morning skate without issue. Phaneuf has tallied six goals, 18 assists, and 89 PIM in 62 games this season.
Thu. Mar 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Tyler Bozak scored on a penalty shot and then got the winning goal 1:51 into overtime to lift Toronto to a 3-2 victory over New York on Wednesday night.
Impact: Bozak is on a nice roll, having recorded seven points in Toronto's last five games.
Thu. Mar 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier turned away 35 of 37 shots to pick up his 23rd win of the season in overtime Wednesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Bernier shut out the Rangers through two periods before New York rallied for two shorthanded goals in less than two minutes to tie the game and send it to overtime. The blame for the two shorthanders lies just as much with the defense as it does with Bernier, who was at his best in the first period in cleaning up several miscues by his mates.
News: Kessel hit the 70-point mark Wednesday when he picked up an assist in an overtime win over the Rangers.
Impact: He's done it in 64 games, which puts him on track to establish to set a new career mark. You know what to do.
Nazem Kadri - #43 - Center - 6'0" - 188lbs
News: Kadri scored his first goal in seven games in the Maple Leafs' 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.
Impact: It's goal No. 16 for the young center, who had heard his name mentioned in trade murmurs. He has 43 points on the season and that's one from his career mark of 44 from last season. The growth has been slow, but the potential is still there.
News: Bozak opened the scoring Wednesday against the Rangers with a penalty shot goal and finished it with the winner in overtime. The Leafs won 3-2.
Impact: This guy gets knocked left, right and center for being something less than a top-line center, but all he does is stir the drink for the Leafs' number one unit. He has 12 points, including five goals, in his last 10 games and should be ridden hard by fantasy owners.
News: Bolland (ankle) will visit with a specialist in the U.S. to discuss his recovery, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Bolland has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, and now it sounds like he might not be as close to returning as we thought. We'll likely have a better idea of his timetable in the next few days, but it would be wise to steer clear of him until he proves he's healthy.
Trevor Smith - #23 - Center - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Smith cleared waivers Wednesday and was assigned to AHL Toronto, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: The Leafs are making a flurry of lower-level roster moves in advance of the trade deadline, with Carter Ashton and Peter Holland joining the parent club and Frazer McLaren and Smith heading to the minors. Smith had four goals and five assists over 27 games with the Maple Leafs.
News: Holland has been recalled from the AHL's Toronto Marlies, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Holland checks back into the Leafs' forward mix with 10 points in 32 games to date. His recall coincides with the demotion of fellow forward Frazer McLaren and the recall of Carter Ashton.
News: McLaren was assigned to AHL Toronto on Tuesday, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: McLaren cleared waivers Tuesday and will shuttle over to the AHL team as a result. He could be back up again at some point later in the season if injuries strike the parent club.
News: Ashton has been recalled from the AHL's Toronto Marlies, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: With the Marlies, Ashton has notched 18 points in 16 games, but with the big club his fantasy impact has been limited, given that he has just three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Maple Leafs to date.
News: Bernier will be between the pipes Wednesday against the Rangers, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Impact: Bernier has had a rough go of things coming out of the break with a total of nine goals allowed in his two starts out of the break, both of which were overtime losses. The Rangers are certainly a formidable opponent, but they could be a bit light on depth with leading scorer Mats Zuccarello (hand) injured, while captain Ryan Callahan was traded to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and new acquisition Martin St. Louis is not certain to arrive in time for the game.
News: Bolland (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Rangers, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
Impact: Bolland has been sidelined since November 2, and will sit out again Wednesday. Although he's productive when healthy, the center has a history of injury issues, and should be considered a risky pickup at this point. He registered six goals and four assists in 15 games before getting hurt.
Joffrey Lupul - #19 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 206lbs
News: Lupul picked up an assist Monday in a loss to Columbus. He has just three points in his last seven games.
Impact: Honestly, it seems like he and Nazem Kadri still aren't clicking all the time. We'd like to see a bit more output from him -- he has 36 points in 54 games.
Mason Raymond - #12 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Raymond scored the Leafs' only goal -- his 17th of the season -- in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: He has three goals in his last five games, but just five points in his last 13. That makes him a tough roll in most formats -- he's just a little too inconsistent right now.
News: Reimer made 31 saves in Monday's 2-1 loss to Columbus. It was his first start since Jan. 25.
Impact: He was sharp early, but wobbled in the second, allowing two goals in under three minutes. Reimer's name has been mentioned in trade rumors, but it is unlikely he'll be moved at the deadline. An offseason move is far more likely. Until then, his starts will be few and far between.
News: Reimer will start Monday's game against the Blue Jackets, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
Impact: The start will be Reimer's first since January 25, when he was yanked after allowing four goals on 19 shots to the Jets. Reimer is 10-6-1 on the season, but will likely continue to serve as Jonathan Bernier's backup as the season winds down.
News: McLaren was placed on waivers Monday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Impact: With zero points in 26 games, McLaren is mostly responsible for checking and enforcing for the Leafs. He's a type of player that's fairly replaceable, and the Leafs will look to open up a roster spot by making him available off waivers.
News: Orr (undisclosed) is not likely to play Monday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Orr was on the ice for morning skate but apparently still needs further time to recover from his undisclosed ailment. With zero points in 45 games, Orr won't be missed in leagues where scoring categories are weighted heavily.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: He had two goals Saturday in a loss to Montreal.
Impact: He has five points in two games since returning from the Olympic break.
Mar 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland (ankle) says that he doesn't feel like he will play Monday, Sportsnet 590's Daveis Alter reports.
Impact: Bolland says there are still issues with his ankle, so he likely will remain sidelined with his ankle injury. He'll be re-evaluated daily and the Leafs will then make a determination as to when he can be activated from injured reserve.
Mar 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland has been reassigned to the Marlies of the AHL, Renaud Lavoie of Journal de Montreal reports.
Impact: Holland was just brought up after spending time with the Marlies over the Olympic break but is obviously in need of further conditioning. He had been out with an infection from lace bit but was said to have been fully recovered. He should be back sooner than later.
News: Kessel recorded his fourth straight two-point game Saturday when he scored a goal and added an assist in an OT loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: He has three goals and five assists in those four games, and 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his last nine games. When are people going to start including his name in the Hart trophy mix? He's been that valuable to his team.
News: Van Riemsdyk scored two goals, including a shorthanded marker, in Saturday's overtime loss to Montreal. The points stretched his current streak to four games and seven points, including four goals.
Impact: He has five points in two games since returning from the Olympics where he had suffered a throat injury. He sure doesn't seem to be suffering any ill effects. And he just continues to rack up career scoring marks (his 26 goals and 52 points are both well beyond his previous bests). You know what to do.
News: Bernier made 26 saves in Toronto's overtime loss to Montreal on Saturday night.
Impact: He allowed two power-play goals and was the cause of the last one -- he picked up a delay of game penalty in OT for leaving his crease to freeze the puck. The Habs capitalized 14 seconds later. He certainly hasn't stolen any games for the Buds since the break and may see James Reimer pick up a few more starts as a result.
News: Holland, who will slot back into the lineup Saturday after being out a month with lace bite, spent five days in hospital during his absence after the irritation became an infection, reports CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Impact: Yikes, infections and hockey are bad news -- there's way too much bacteria in smelly equipment. It's great Holland is better and ready to skate on the third line -- get ready to activate him.
News: Holland was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: Holland was sent down to get some ice time during the Olympic break after recovering from a foot injury. He'll reclaim his place in the Leafs lineup when they face the Canadiens on Saturday.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Van Riemsdyk finished with three assists in a 5-4 loss at the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Impact: He has two goals and three assists in his last three games.
News: Ashton (hand) was activated from injured reserve and assigned to AHL Toronto on Friday, James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Ashton has been out since Jan. 30 with the injury that is believed to be a broken hand. He had the Olympic break to rest up and appears close to being ready for action. He will take a brief trip to the AHL to get back to full speed, then should re-join the team shortly.
News: Bernier will start in goal Saturday against the Canadiens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: In Bernier's first start back from the Olympic break Thursday, the 25-year-old allowed five goals on 35 shots in a loss to the Islanders. He'll look to turn it around against the Canadiens on Saturday, after allowing seven goals on 72 shots in two starts against Montreal earlier this season.
News: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Friday that Bolland (ankle) is day-to-day, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 Radio reports.
Impact: Though still on IR, Bolland appears to be inching closer to a return from his ankle injury. Carlyle said he will leave it to Bolland to decide when he's good to go, and considering he's been out since Nov. 2, the 27-year-old figures to require at least a week or so of full practices before being activated.
News: Kessel scored a goal and an assist Thursday in an overtime loss to the Islanders. He has five multi-point games in his last six outings.
Impact: So, Phil the Thrill has points in seven of his last eight games and has been held of the score sheet just once in that span. And before we forget, six of the seven games have been multi-point efforts for a total of 15 points. Yes --15. We know how we spell delicious -- K-E-S-S-E-L. How about you?
News: Bozak's two assists Thursday give him five points in the last three games.
Impact: Yes, Tyler Bozak has taken another step in his development. We never thought he'd be close to a point per game, but we'll take it. And so will you.
News: Bernier made 30 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday night.
Impact: There was rust; there's no other way to describe it. It was a long layoff. He should be fine going forward, though.
News: Van Riemsdyk set up three goals Thursday in an overtime loss to the Islanders. He now has 50 points for the first time in an NHL season.
Impact: He has been unstoppable of late, totaling 13 points, including five goals, in his last 10 NHL games. You know what to do.
Trevor Smith - #23 - Center - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Smith (hand) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: The move essentially confirms that Smith will be in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, likely as the fourth-line center. Smith has four goals and five assists in 25 games this season.
Trevor Smith - #23 - Center - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Smith (hand) is expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Smith skated on the fourth line with Frazer McLaren and Jay McClement at the Leafs' morning session, a likely sign he'll be in the lineup Thursday. The Leafs still have to activate him from IR before his return to the lineup can be considered official.
News: Orr (undisclosed) was not on the ice for morning skate and appears safe to rule out for Thursday's game against the Islanders, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Impact: The Leafs remain mum on the nature of Orr's injury, but it was apparently concerning enough for coach Randy Carlyle to consider other options for the first game out of the break. Orr remains day-to-day, but his status probably isn't worth monitoring unless you're counting on him for penalty minutes.
News: Bernier will be between the pipes Thursday against the Islanders, TSN Radio 1050's Jonas Siegel reports.
Impact: With the Leafs set to take the ice for 22 games in the next 45 days, expect coach Randy Carlyle to lean heavily on Bernier, who came into the break with some steam. He's won five of his last six outings and seems poised to keep the winning streak going against an already feeble Islanders squad that will now be without the services of John Tavares (knee) for the rest of the season.
News: Reimer may get as few as four starts between now and season's end, reports the Toronto Sun. The Leafs play 22 games in the next 45 days.
Impact: Most of the games have a day off between and there only a handful of back-to-backs in that 45-day stretch. There's nothing carved in stone, but it seems like Jonathan Bernier could get as many as 18 of the 22 games. That leaves Reimer as a daily-start guy, but even then, he'll need to prove there's no rust on the bones to provide higher-end fantasy value.
News: Bernier will see plenty of action in the coming weeks. The Leafs play 22 games over the next 45 days and he may start as many as 18 of those games.
Impact: The Olympic break was a great rest for him to prepare for this period. Leafs goalies face more rubber per game (36.2 shots) than those on any other team. His .927 save percentage puts him fifth among NHL goalies who've played at least 25 games. The team primarily plays every second game with just a handful of back-to-backs, so Bernier will likely be a very busy man.
News: Ashton (hand) underwent a bone scan Tuesday on what is believed to be a broken hand, reports the Toronto Sun.
Impact: He has been dealing with a hand injury since late January, but this is the first indication that it was actually broken. Fingers crossed the MRI was to assess healing and nothing more. There are no results known at this point.
News: Orr (undisclosed) is day-to-day and may not suit up Thursday against the Islanders, reports Slam Sports.
Impact: He had a procedure on his elbow in December, but this issue appears unrelated. He may have tweaked a suspected lower-body injury during Tuesday's workout. This will have little impact on most fantasy lineups -- there are more consistent PIMs to be gained with other meatheads.
News: Bolland (ankle) was back at practice Wednesday, but wasn't allowed to participate in full-contact duty, The Canadian Press reports.
Impact: The setback appears to have stemmed from a stumble Bolland took during Tuesday's session, as the forward appeared to be in pain after getting up from the ice. While he's still considered day-to-day, it would appear that Bolland's downgrade to non-contact work will keep him out of the lineup for the next couple of games.
News: Ashton (hand) did not practice with the team Wednesday, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
Impact: Ashton got hurt during Monday's practice, and sat out Tuesday as well. At this point, he looks like a long shot to suit up for Thursday's game against the Islanders.
News: Reimer's future in Toronto seems uncertain now that Jonathan Bernier is entrenched as the starter, reports TSN.ca. "Who knows what's going to happen on the horizon here, and right now I don't know if I want to talk about it too much," Reimer said after practice Tuesday.
Impact: The trade deadline is March 5, and there's always a chance Reimer could be traded, although he doesn't want to talk about it. But, said Reimer: "I love playing here [Toronto] and obviously I want to be a starter, so it's been an interesting year."
News: Clarkson stayed in Toronto during the Olympic break to work out instead of taking a vacation in the sun, and said he feels the healthiest he has all year, according to the Toronto Star.
Impact: His coach, Randy Carlyle, was pleased with Clarkson's decision to stay home and work out. He's rolling Clarkson on the second line with Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri, and that's a huge fantasy upgrade for Clarkson if he sticks there. Watch this carefully and be ready to take advantage.
News: Van Riemsdyk (soreness) got the day off practice Tuesday, reports the Toronto Star.
Impact: He was banged up at the Olympics after taking a puck to the throat, but is expected to able to suit up in the Leafs' first game back.
News: Kessel, who was named the top forward at the 2014 Olympic Games, was given the day off practice Tuesday, reports the Toronto Star. "He's pretty tired. He had a long travel day," said Tyler Bozak, his teammate and roommate.
Impact: Kessel potted eight points in the tourney and opened a lot of eyes on an international stage. He deserves the day off.
News: Bolland (ankle) remains day-to-day and may not be ready to return immediately, according to the Toronto Star. He went down hard after a collision in practice Tuesday and came up limping.
Impact: He tried to continue to play and did so briefly, only to leave before the end of the workout, tossing his stick in frustration. We're not sure exactly what that means or whether it represents a setback. No surprise here -- keep him benched.
News: Ashton (hand), who left Monday's practice early, was not spotted at Tuesday's session, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Ashton -- who has three assists in 30 games to date -- was dealing with a hand injury prior to the Olympic break, with his absence from practice Tuesday suggesting that he remains iffy as Thursday's game against the Islanders approaches.
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Leafs have said that van Riemsdyk (upper body) is feeling fine after being banged up in Team USA's shutout loss to Finland on Saturday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk saw limited minutes Saturday while dealing with some swelling in his throat, but the Leafs have no fears about him missing any game action coming out of the break. Along with Phil Kessel, Van Riemsdyk is expected to receive several days of practice off just to afford him some rest after a taxing Olympics.