Bernier had a rough start to 2015-16, allowing the first shot that he faced to trickle across the goal line. After that he settled in, stopping a total of 27 shots on the night in a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens. The Maple Leafs didn’t actually look too bad, but they will be in tough again on Friday as they face a young, talented Red Wings squad.
The Maple Leafs have recalled Scott Harrington from Toronto (AHL).
Harrington was originally sent down because he was waiver exempt and helped the Leafs get down to 23 players. After Richard Panik cleared waivers, they were able to send him down and bring Harrington back up. The 22-year-old was part of the Phil Kessel trade this summer and is expected to make his Maple Leafs’ debut tonight vs. Montreal. He had two goals and 10 assists (12 points) in 48 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) last year and was held pointless in 10 games with the Penguins.
The Maple Leafs have placed Richard Panik on waivers.
Panik, 24, had 11 goals and six assists (17 points) in 76 games with the Maple Leafs last season. Toronto brought in a tonne of depth pieces this offseason which continuously push Panik down the depth chart, to the point where he has been placed on waivers with the intention of sending him to the minors.
The Maple Leafs have claimed Frank Corrado off of waivers from Vancouver.
Corrado, 22, had one goal in 10 games with the Canucks last season and 16 points (7G / 9A) in 35 games with their AHL affiliate in Utica. Corrado is a strong puck-moving defenseman who should spend the year in the NHL after being claimed by the rebuilding Maple Leafs.
Bernier will star the Maple Leafs' season opener on Wednesday.
Despite being slightly outplayed by James Reimer in the preseason, Mike Babcock will roll Bernier out in his Leafs’ coaching debut on Wednesday. Bernier was winless against the Habs last season, going 0-2-2 with 2.67 GAA and .908 SV%. With Babcock behind the bench, things may tighten up defensively, but Bernier doesn’t appear as if he will be in line to win too many games this season.
The Maple Leafs have signed Andrew Campbell to a two-way contract.
Campbell, 27, had one assist in 33 games with the Coyotes last season. He was a third round pick (74th overall) in 2008 and plays a physical game, but doesn’t have much of and offensive game to speak of.
On Sunday, the Maple Leafs signed Brad Boyes to a one-year deal worth $700K.
Boyes, 33, spent the last two seasons in Florida, where he collected 35 goals and 39 assists (74 points) in 156 games. Boyes was one of a few players who were brought into Maple Leafs training camp on PTO’s but was the only one to receive a contract. Boyes will battle with Michael Grabner, P.A Parenteau and Richard Panik for playing time in the Leafs’ top six.
The Maple Leafs have acquired Michael Grabner from the Islanders in exchange for Taylor Beck, Carter Versarghe, Matt Finn, Tom Nilsson and Christopher Gibson.
Grabner, 27, was limited to 34 games last season due to a multitude of injuries including sports hernia surgery. In the 34 games he played in, the speedy winger tallied eight goals and five assists (13 points). He had a career-high 34 goals in 2010-11, but since then he has scored just 56 goals in four seasons. This trade helps his fantasy value because he moves from a team with an ultra crowded top-six to a team who is very thin at forward.
The Maple Leafs have signed Brad Boyes to a professional tryout (PTO).
Boys, 33, collected 14 goals and 24 assists (38 points) in 78 games with the Panthers last season. Boyes has a career high of 72 points (2008-09) but has averaged 18 goals and 26 assists (44 points) per 82 games in the last three seasons. The Maple Leafs are thin upfront, so they have brought in a number of veteran forwards to compete for a roster spot.