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Maple Leafs trade Cracknell to Ducks for Oleksy

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks made a minor-league trade Monday, with the Leafs shipping forward Adam Cracknell to the West Coast in exchange for blue-liner Steven Oleksy, the team announced.

Cracknell has spent the 2018-19 campaign with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, registering three goals and seven assists in 14 games. The 33-year-old has 208 games of NHL experience under his belt.

Oleksy, meanwhile, hasn't played in the NHL since the 2016-17 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had two points in 15 AHL games for the San Diego Gulls before being dealt.

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Leafs’ Hyman suspended 2 games for late hit on Bruins’ McAvoy

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman has been suspended two games for his late hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy during Saturday's contest, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

The play occurred late in the third period of the Bruins' 6-3 victory. It quickly prompted a fight at center ice as Boston blueliner Matt Grzelcyk stepped up in defense of his teammate, who was playing just his second game since returning from a concussion.

The department declared the decision for a two-game ban stemmed from "the force of the hit and the predatory nature of the hit itself." It's the first suspension of Hyman's career.

The 26-year-old Hyman has recorded 15 points in 30 games this season and is eligible to return Dec. 15 against the Florida Panthers.

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Report: Widespread feeling Matthews could be targeted by offer sheet

With the William Nylander saga wrapped up, one of the next major tasks facing Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas could be fending off potential suitors for Auston Matthews, who'll be a restricted free agent following this season.

"There is widespread feeling within the industry that Auston Matthews would be the rare player who would be targeted by an offer sheet," Sportsnet's Chris Johnston said during Hockey Night in Canada's "Headlines" segment.

Offer sheets in today's NHL are a rare occurrence. The last player to sign one was Ryan O'Reilly with the Calgary Flames in 2013, but the Colorado Avalanche quickly matched it and retained his services.

Matthews would have to be willing to sign a potential offer sheet, and he and the Maple Leafs have until July 1 before another team could attempt to poach the 21-year-old superstar. Mitch Marner is scheduled to join Matthews in restricted free agency next summer.

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Watch: Leafs, Bruins engage in pair of fights during chippy 3rd period

Saturday's Atlantic Division clash between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins had no shortage of fireworks.

The spirited affair was physical from the puck drop, but intensity ramped up considerably in the final frame, with the familiar foes engaging in multiple fights.

Although Nazem Kadri and Brandon Carlo had already dropped the gloves earlier in the game, things started getting out of hand after Zach Hyman caught Charlie McAvoy, who was playing just his second game since returning from a lengthy concussion absence, with a late hit in the corner.

Hyman immediately had to answer to Matt Grzelcyk before being assessed a five minute major for interference, while McAvoy missed a few shifts before returning to the bench.

In the immediate aftermath of the hit, Bruins' basher Chris Wagner lined up Morgan Rielly in the neutral zone, prompting a response from Ron Hainsey:

When all the dust settled, both teams combined for 98 penalty minutes, but Boston got the last laugh in the form of a 6-3 victory.

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Giordano suspended 2 games for kneeing Koivu

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has been suspended two games for kneeing Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu during Thursday's game, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

Here's the play:

The Wild ruled out Koivu for Friday's game in Edmonton, and he flew home to Minnesota to be evaluated for injury following Thursday's 2-0 loss, general manager Paul Fenton confirmed.

Koivu's registered 21 points through 27 games for Minnesota so far while eating up over 18 minutes per night and winning 56 percent of his draws.

Giordano, on the other hand, has played Norris Trophy-caliber hockey in 2018-19. The 35-year-old is tied for second among all NHL defenseman with 29 points and owns a Corsi For of 57 percent while anchoring the Flames' top pairing.

He's eligible to return Dec. 12 versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Report: Edmonton, Red Deer to host world juniors in 2021

The 2021 world juniors are heading to Alberta and are set to be split between Edmonton and Red Deer, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

A formal announcement on the event from Hockey Canada is expected Thursday.

It would mark the sixth time since 2010 that Canada has hosted the tournament, with this year's edition taking place in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

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Nylander agrees to 6-year deal with Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander have agreed to a six-year contract, the team announced Saturday with minutes to spare before the 5:00 p.m. ET deadline.

Because Nylander's missed the club's first 26 games of the season, his cap hit will be $10.2 million for the remainder of the current campaign and $6.9 million in years two through six of the deal.

Here are some additional figures, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

With the signing, the Maple Leafs have a projected $5.2 million in cap space for the remainder of the season, according to Cap Friendly. They've skated to an 18-8 record so far without Nylander in the lineup, good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

As for when the 22-year-old will make his season debut, Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said Nylander still has to go through medical testing, but the team hopes to have him back in action in the next week or so, according to the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan.

Nylander has played two full campaigns with the Maple Leafs, recording 61 points in each.

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Report: Devils give Flyers permission to discuss GM vacancy with Fletcher

The New Jersey Devils have given the Philadelphia Flyers permission to speak to executive Chuck Fletcher about their general manager vacancy, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Fletcher's name was linked to the Flyers role almost immediately after Philadelphia dismissed former general manager Ron Hextall on Monday. He is the frontrunner at this point, McKenzie adds.

Fletcher joined the Devils' brass as a senior advisor in June after being dismissed from his nine-year tenure as general manager of the Minnesota Wild.

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Maple Leafs trade Andrew Nielsen to Flames for Morgan Klimchuk

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Andrew Nielsen to the Calgary Flames for forward Morgan Klimchuk, the team announced Tuesday.

Nielsen, 22, was drafted in the third round by the Maple Leafs in 2015 and has registered three assists in eight games this season for the AHL's Toronto Marlies. He's a left-handed shot and brings considerable size to the table, coming in at 6-foot-4, 228 lbs.

Klimchuk has appeared in just one NHL game since being drafted 28th overall by the Flames in 2013. The left-winger has spent this season in the minors, where he's nabbed three goals and five assists.

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Maple Leafs trade Andrew Nielsen to Flames for Morgan Klimchuk

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Andrew Nielsen to the Calgary Flames for forward Morgan Klimchuk, the team announced Tuesday.

Nielsen, 22, was drafted in the third round by the Maple Leafs in 2015 and has registered three assists in eight games this season for the AHL's Toronto Marlies. He's a left-handed shot and brings considerable size to the table, coming in at 6-foot-4, 228 lbs.

Klimchuk has appeared in just one NHL game since being drafted 28th overall by the Flames in 2013. The left-winger has spent this season in the minors, where he's nabbed three goals and five assists.

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