Is the Marty Party over?

Is the Marty Party over?

There has always been a belief that Martin Marincin would be a Leafs two years after the league folded, but that has been called into question today.

According to a report from iSport, #Leafs free agent Martin Marincin is set to sign with HC Ocelari Trinec in the Czech league.
Marincin has spent the past six years with Toronto, playing 142 games with the Leafs and 79 games with the #Marlies.https://t.co/fcdkmb7s8I
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) June 10, 2021

From the article (translated from Czech)
Another native of Košice is to come to Třinec – the experienced Martin Marinčin.
Twenty-nine-year-old Marinčin, chosen by Edmonton as the No. 46 draft pick in 2010, has been overseas for the past eleven years. He played a total of 227 games (5 + 29) in the NHL for the Oilers and Toronto, and another nine in the Stanley Cup. Last season he did not win a place in the Maple Leafs, he played 14 matches (1 + 4) for the Marlies on the farm in the AHL. With the same club in 2018 he celebrated a victory in the Calder Cup.
Marinčin has a similar figure (192 cm / 95 kg) and game style as Gernát. He can also significantly support the offensive. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: There’s always tomorrow, right?

Where do I begin with this one? As always, I was excited to watch a good ol’ hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, what really gets better than this match up? Well, it turns out a lot of things. I think the Leafs got the start time of this game mixed up, because they ended the first period trailing 0-2, and got outshot by the Canadiens 11-3. The Leafs woke up in the second and managed to bounce back with goals by Auston Matthews and John Tavares. But that didn’t last long as Josh Anderson helped his team regain the lead less than two minutes later. The Canadiens managed to hold on and score another in the third as they ended the game 4-2, and the Toronto Maple Leafs took the L.
Three Stars
3rd Star: John Tavares
Oh captain, my captain! John Tavares managed to tie the game up tonight after a very rough first period by the Leafs. His goal put some much needed energy and enthusiasm into the team, and it looked like the boys were going to make a comeback. They didn’t, but Tavares still had a decent game. …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: What does Khem Birch bring to the team?

Toronto Raptors: What does Khem Birch bring to the team?

It’s always good to have another Canadian on the Toronto Raptors’ books. Khem Birch has had a solid four years with the Orlando Magic. A mobile centre at 6’9 and 235 pounds, Birch is an important type of player to have on a winning team. An energy big who can switch on D, rebound, dunk, can […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Top 5 power forwards in franchise history

Raptors: Top 5 power forwards in franchise history

Throughout the history of the Toronto Raptors, there has always been a correlation between team success and having a great power forward on the roster. Remember back to the Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan days where the team was so close to getting over the LeBron hump (or at least the fans thought they were)?  All they […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Staturday Weekly Column #9: Why everyone should love William Nylander

There’s always been a tumultuous relationship between Maple Leafs fans and high skill, low grit players. From Jason Blake, to Phil Kessel, to Jake Gardiner, to now William Nylander, there’s a common theme with these players and the love-hate dichotomy in the fandom.
It comes down to perspective: do you want a player who gives it their all 100% of the time, or a player who doesn’t but still accomplishes more than most would with less-than-100% effort? When you bring on one of these players there’s a certain “leash” that comes with the territory, and some don’t accept that.
I am not one of those people. I am a Nylanderthal. William Nylander is my favourite Toronto Maple Leaf, and I wanted to use this column to present why the data supports this.
The Basics
Readers of this column will know that there’s a lot more to the story when it comes to data, but let’s start with the basics.
He’s not called “Bill Ny the Scoring Guy” for nothing. William Nylander scores points, and points help your team win. It’s a simple concept, but still valuable.
In 325 NHL games, Nylander has 235 points. …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: All-time Starting 5

Toronto Raptors: All-time Starting 5

It is always a good thing when making a list of the best players in franchise history is this difficult to formulate. For the Toronto Raptors, it is becoming an increasingly onerous task. The past few decades especially has given us some amazing talent and great moments. For the purposes of this list we will […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

DJ LeMahieu has re-signed with the Yankees

In a move that always felt inevitable, the Yankees and DJ LeMahieu have agreed on a new contract worth $90 million over six years.

The two sides had been locked in a stalemate in which LeMahieu was seeking $100 million and the Yankees only wanted to go as high as $80 million, so meeting in the middle makes sense. The sixth year is ultimately just a way for the Yankees to make LeMahieu’s luxury tax cap hit $15 million rather than $20 million annually, because it’s based on the average salary of the deal.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90M contract, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
LeMahieu’s return to New York always felt inevitable. It took a while. But he wanted to be there and Yankees get top free agent target.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2021

Though the Blue Jays had been linked to LeMahieu pretty much all off-season, it never really felt like he was a serious target. It seemed more like the Blue Jays (and a couple of other teams, like the Mets) were being used as bargaining chips for LeMahieu to get more cash from his ideal destination, which was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

DailyFaceoff.com releases free 2021 Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking to get an advantage in your fantasy hockey pool. Whether you’re in a league with you friends, your co-workers at the office, or some random people you met online, every game counts.

And our friends over at DailyFaceoff.com have once again concocted your go-to draft kit for the 2020-21 NHL season. This year the team there is giving away the kit for FREE. Yes, FREE! That’s in big thanks to the team over at OwnersBox.
The draft kit features a customizable google spreadsheet, cheat sheets, projected lineups and draft tips.
I know I’ll be finding myself diving deep into the kit with multiple drafts coming up over the next week. In the past, we used to charge $5 for the draft kit but we decided that it would be better to put it out for free so that everyone can have access to it, doing what we can to ensure that all of you are much better fantasy hockey GMs.
DailyFaceoff also offers some great other tools as well including up-to-date information on lineups, projections and starting goalies.
You can check out the draft kit in its …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

The Toronto Raptors’ bench has always been an important part of their success because of how well Nick Nurse makes the most of a player. With some players returning and new faces returning, it’s time to talk about each player’s role moving forward. Head coach Nick Nurse uses his bench just as one would try […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: VanVleet shares his free agency plans on JJ Redick’s podcast

Toronto Raptors: VanVleet shares his free agency plans on JJ Redick’s podcast

It’s always fun when a Toronto Raptors player reflects his thoughts on the team and himself. If you haven’t heard. Toronto Raptors guard, Fred VanVleet, has appeared on The Old Man and the Three (JJ Redick’s podcast). He shares his journey to the NBA, thoughts on the bubble, and most importantly what he is prioritizing this […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ