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MLSE and Toronto Maple Leafs to Host 2017 Rookie Tournament

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and the Toronto Maple Leafs are pleased to announce that the 2017 Rookie Tournament will take place at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto from September 8-10, 2017. This year's tournament, which marks the start of a new Centennial for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will feature the franchise's top prospects as well as prospect teams from Canadian rivals, Montréal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. Each team will play two games beginning Friday, September 8.

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Maple Leafs Sign Callé Rosen & Andreas Borgman

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed free agent defencemen Calle Rosén and Andreas Borgman to two-year entry level contracts.

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Top 12: Mark Blinch's Pictures of The Season

Maple Leafs photographer Mark Blinch shares his favourite photos from the 2016-17 season.

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

MapleLeafs.com recently asked team photographer Mark Blinch to share with us his favourite photos from the 2016-17 season and tell us the story behind how they came to be. The 12 images selected cover goals and hits, celebration and concentration and provide a great insight into Blinch's work and the season that was. 

"This picture was taken using an overhead remote camera. We install these cameras three hours prior to a game in the roof of the ACC by clamping it to a catwalk rail. The goal of shooting from this angle is to produce a nice graphical top-down view of the game and so you can see into the net when a goal is scored." - Mark Blinch

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Zaitsev Earns Multi-Year Contract After Strong Rookie Campaign

The Maple Leafs made their first big move of the off-season Tuesday, locking up Nikita Zaitsev, a valuable component of their defence corps, to a seven-year contract.

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

The 25-year-old blueliner just completed his first NHL season after growing his game in his native Russia for the previous seven years, and Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello was more than pleased at what he saw from Zaitsev in his transition season to the North American brand of the sport.

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Maple Leafs Sign Ben Smith to One-Year Deal

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Ben Smith to a one-year contract worth $650,000.

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Maple Leafs Sign Zaitsev to Seven-Year Extension

The annual value of the contract is $4.50 million in each season through to 2023-24.

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the club has signed defenceman Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract extension. The annual value of the contract is $4.50 million in each season through to 2023-24.

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Maple Leafs Sign Carl Grundstrom to Entry Level Contract

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the hockey club has signed forward Carl Grundstrom to a three-year entry level contract.

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Wrapping It Up

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

Prior to the beginning of the Maple Leafs' 2016-17 regular season, head coach Mike Babcock noted that, in the previous year, the team didn't have enough players for the jobs that were available. But as he met with the media Tuesday at Air Canada Centre to reflect on the 2016-17 campaign - one in which his team impressed many people by making the playoffs and pushing the powerful Washington Capitals to six games in their first-round series - Babcock acknowledged there's been a drastic change in internal competition for jobs among players, and that change is a great indicator of how far the Leafs have come in his second year with the franchise.

"In exit meetings today, you're telling (players) they've got to come back and win a job - that's just reality," Babcock told a packed room of reporters. "We'll have more people coming, and I think that's what it's all about: the more competition you have internally for those jobs, the better opportunity you're going to have for success long-term. And we're not good enough. If you look at Tampa and the quality organization they are, they still almost got in the playoffs with the injuries they had. That wouldn't have been possible for us. We're not at that level yet that's possible. 

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Maple Leafs Centennial Season in Review

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

When the Maple Leafs kicked off their centennial season in October, there were a few clear signs and events that underscored the depth and accomplishment of the organization, and the crucial role the team has played in the city of Toronto's history and identity: The team redesigned its logo. Legendary centre and Hockey-Hall-of-Famer Dave Keon re-embraced his place in franchise history by having his number retired - along with 16 other Buds icons - and returning to the city to see a statue of himself erected on Legends Row.

Video: BOS@TOR: Maple Leafs retire Dave Keon's number

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Capitals - 04/23/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series Sunday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

1.   Toronto outshoots, out-chances Capitals in opening frame, but neither side produces offence in first 20 minutes. Facing elimination, the Leafs came out of the gate Sunday with a sturdy and smart first period, keeping the puck in the Capitals' zone for long stretches and outshooting Washington 14-10 in the first 20 minutes of action. 

However, neither the Buds nor the Caps were able to generate any offence before the first intermission, and the score remained 0-0 entering the second frame. But Leafs Nation and head coach Mike Babcock likely both were pleased to see the defensive structure and competitive effort out of Toronto's players right off the bat. In a must-win matchup, the Leafs played with necessary urgency.

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