Mark Fraser Released From PTO; Signing With Ottawa

Shawn Reis
September 28 2015 10:47AM

In a matter of about 24 hours, the Leafs have done house-cleaning on all four of the players that were attending their training camp as Pro Tryouts.  Early yesterday the Leafs released forwards Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi.  Later on in the day, the team signed Brad Boyes, who was also in camp on a PTO, to a one-year deal worth $700k.  Today the team cleared things up with its last remaining player on a PTO - former Leaf and Marlie Mark Fraser - releasing him from his tryout.

That said, this appears to be largely a technicality, as according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston the move was made because Fraser found work elsewhere.  In other words, this was more-so Fraser wanting to be released from his PTO with the Leafs so that he could sign elsewhere.  In this sense, the move seems largely mutual, as if the Leafs felt strongly about keeping him they likely would've pushed to sign him to a contract of their own.

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Marlies Announce Training Camp Roster

Jeff Veillette
September 28 2015 09:50AM


The Toronto Marlies begin traning camp today, and with that comes a roster of players, including a blend of both expected and new players. Here's who you'll see in camp over the coming days.

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Mike Babcock Throws Shade At Leafs Fitness Levels

Cat Silverman
September 28 2015 09:29AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs knew that things would be different under highly esteemed bench boss Mike Babcock. After all, he was brought in on the highest salary to ever get paid to an NHL coach - a whopping $6.25 million per season - to try and fix the runaway train that the Leafs have become in the post-Pat Quinn era. 

No one expects Babcock to be nice to the Leafs as he whips them back into shape. He's there to win a Stanley Cup, after all, not make friends and baby the players. 

Well... he's meeting those 'tough love' expectations pretty well. 

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TLN Player Power Rankings: September 28th, 2015

Jon Steitzer
September 28 2015 09:00AM

Sunday wrapped up with some exciting news. The Leafs cut Devin Setoguchi, and Curtis Glencross and returned Mitch Marner to the London Knights. The add to that, Brad Boyes has officially been made a Maple Leaf for the one time lost cost of $700k. The Leafs are now over halfway through their cuts to get down to the 23 man roster they require. 

If all that isn't enough excitement for you, I finally get to take actual played hockey games into consideration when building these power rankings. That's pretty neat.

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Bobby Cappuccino
September 28 2015 07:00AM

When it looked like the Leafs were going to trade everyone on the roster this past summer, Polak was a name that came up a decent amount. It’s not surprising - Polak is going into the last year of his contract, at a cap hit of $2,750,000, even though his real salary is $3,100,000. 

But it’s also not surprising that the Leafs didn’t move him yet. This is a franchise that preaches professionalism in every facet of a player’s life, including the weight room. And that’s somewhere that Polak excels. He’s a freak. In his days in St. Louis, the team had to stop him from benching more than 315 pounds because he couldn’t actually improve his fitness test results. And it’s not just the bench press that is impressive. 

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