Maple Leafs sign Joey Anderson to three-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that they have signed restricted free agent forward Joey Anderson to a three-year contract extension with an AAV of $750,000.

Making it official
Joey Anderson has signed a three-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 30, 2020

Anderson was acquired from the New Jersey Devils earlier this month in exchange for Andreas Johnsson. The Devils selected Anderson with the 73rd pick in the 2016 NHL draft and he played in 52 games for New Jersey prior to being traded, including 18 games last season in which he tallied four goals and two assists. He also recorded 15 goals and 19 assists in 44 games with Binghamton in the AHL last season.
The Minnesota native has represented the United States internationally on several occasions, and captained the US team to a bronze medal at the 2018 World Juniors where he picked up seven points in seven games.
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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs sign Travis Dermott to one-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that they have signed restricted free agent defenceman Travis Dermott to a one-year contract extension worth $874,125. Dermott made his Leafs debut in the 2017-2018 season and has played in 157 regular season games over the last three seasons, registering nine goals and 31 assists.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 23, 2020

Dermott has put up very strong underlying defensive numbers through the early part of his career, and he will look to earn an opportunity to do that against tougher competition this coming season as he jostles for a lineup spot with the likes of Justin Holl, Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Bogosian, and Rasmus Sandin.
The salary for Dermott’s new contract is equivalent to what his qualifying offer was so this is a deal that will provide him with a chance to prove he is a valuable part of this team’s future. With Ilya Mikheyev and Dermott signing new contracts, the Leafs lone remaining restricted free agent is the newly acquired Joey Anderson.

Travis Dermott’s new contract (one year at $874,125) is equal to what his qualifying offer was. Good value for the Leafs. And a prove-it contract for Dermott, who …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

This year’s Gold Glove finalists are really weird

Major League Baseball announced the Gold Glove Award finalists for the 2020 season and, in 2020 fashion, they’re, uh, pretty weird.

Lourdes Gurriel is the Blue Jays’ lone Gold Glove nominee which sorta kinda gives you an indication of how strange some of the selections were.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, Gurriel is a solid fielder. He makes some highlight reel snags in the outfield and he has a cannon for an arm that he used on multiple occasions to gun guys out at home.

How did @yunitogurriel earn his FIRST Gold Glove nomination?
Two words: Piña Power
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 22, 2020

But he’s not exactly your prototypical Gold Glove guy. Gurriel just switched to left field mid-way through the 2019 season and still looks pretty green at the position at times. He often runs the wrong way off the hop and that’s why he ends up making TV grabs. FanGraphs had him at -3 defensive runs saved in 2020, but defensive metrics are always a bit tricky, so take them with a grain of salt.
Elsewhere, there are some other puzzling choices, like… the White Sox having two catchers as finalists, Clint …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Marlies re-sign Rich Clune to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced on Thursday that the team has re-signed veteran forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. Clune first joined the organization for the 2015-2016 season and has suited up in 164 games for the Marlies over the last five seasons, racking up 18 goals and 25 assists.

Dicky is back!
We’ve signed forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >>
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 15, 2020

Clune’s value to the organization has stretched far beyond his contributions on the ice, serving as a mentor of sorts for many of Toronto’s young prospects as they come through the AHL system. Kyle Dubas and his staff have shown again and again that they value what Clune brings to the organization despite the fact that he has played just 31 games in the last two seasons.

Rich Clune is coming back for another season with the Toronto Marlies.
He’s become such a respected voice in that dressing room. Ask almost any #Leafs prospect who’s done time in the AHL, and there’s a story there about an impact Clune has had on them.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 15, 2020

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies sign Rourke Chartier to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced Wednesday that the team has signed center Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. The 24 year old former 5th round pick sat out the entirety of the 2019-2020 season due to lingering post-concussion symptoms.

News: We’ve signed forward Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >>
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 14, 2020

Chartier suited up for 13 NHL games with San Jose in the 2018-2019 season but will serve purely as depth for the Marlies if and when the next AHL season gets underway. In 121 career AHL games, Chartier has tallied 30 goals and 44 assists for 74 points.

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs sign Aaron Dell to one year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they signed Aaron Dell to a one-year, $800 million contract.

We’ve signed Aaron Dell to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 14, 2020

TLN’s Jon Steitzer was right on the money with this piece from earlier today Leafs should be shopping for a third string goaltender
From the press release:
Dell, 31, played in 33 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20, posting a 12-15-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. In 107 career NHL appearances with San Jose, the Airdrie, Alberta native owns a 48-34-12 record with a 2.76 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and five shutouts.
Dell originally signed with the Sharks as a free agent on March 4, 2015.
Dell can play a key role in this organization, serving as a mentor to a young Joseph Woll. He also serves as a reliable number three with NHL experience.

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Ilya Mikheyev’s arbitration hearing scheduled for October 21

The NHLPA announced on Tuesday the dates for the arbitration hearings for 22 RFAs, one of which includes Ilya Mikheyev.

The 2020 salary arbitration hearings will be held from Oct. 20 to Nov. 8, 2020. The calendar of hearings is available here:
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) October 13, 2020

According to the official press release, Mikheyev and the Leafs will have their arbitration hearing on October 21 and he will be the only player to have a meeting that day.
While it is possible that the two parties could wait until next week to continue, the scenario of a contract being agreed to before the meeting is still in the cards. It’s also entirely possible that a signing could be announced before a ruling has been set for Mikheyev’s next contract.
In the meantime, we will have to wait and see how the next few days play out as the two parties continue to negotiate an extension. For what it’s worth, the Leafs do have a big advantage in the talks due to Mikheyev having a small sample size since he missed significant time due to an injury he suffered back on December 27th.
If you want …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Auston Matthews could win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on Friday, as NHL will reveal award winners this week

On Saturday, the NHL announced that they will be revealing the winners of the 2020 NHL Awards once a day, starting on Sunday, Sept. 6, through the Conference Finals.
Winners will be announced on NBC Sports, Sportsnet and TVA Sports during their pregame windows through the Conference Finals. Eight awards will be given out once a day for eight days throughout the Conference Finals.
Of the award finalists, Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews is particularly a name to note. He is currently one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is the annual award given “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy will be revealed on Friday, Sept. 11.
After the initial eight awards are handed out, the remaining five awards (the Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy), will be revealed at some point in a 30-minute program during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Below is the complete schedule for all the awards, along with their finalists.
Sunday, Sept. 6
King Clancy Memorial Trophy ( …

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Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation

The NHL and NHLPA announce anti-racism and inclusion efforts

The NHL has announced plans to tackle racism and increase inclusion and diversity across the league. 

The @NHL has announced initiatives to combat racism and accelerate its inclusion efforts. The League will work with the @NHLPA and Clubs to adopt additional measures. Details:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 3, 2020

The NHL and NHLPA will work with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to implement a hockey development program for BIPOC children in the Greater Toronto Area. A similar program is TBA for the US. There will also be mandatory inclusion and diversity training for players and staff as part of the 2020-2021 season. 
Conversations related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion will be conducted at the club level. These sessions hosted by Kim Davis and Brian Blake are meant to be about self reflection and navigation of topics about the varying levels of diversity. Coaches and GMs will receive a comparable program. 
Councils and Committees created include:

The Executive Inclusion Council co-chaired by Kim Pegula and Gary Bettman; consisting of team owners, former players, as well as club and league executives 
The Player Inclusion Committee co-chaired …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

The PTBNL heading to the Mariners in the Taijuan Walker deal will reportedly be a Top-30 prospect in the Blue Jays’ system

The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that they had acquired Taijuan Walker from the Mariners in exchange for either cash considerations or a player to be named later.

According to MLB analyst and insider Jim Bowden, the Blue Jays will be sending a prospect ranked in the top-30 of their system to Seattle to complete the deal. Further, Joe Doyle, a Mariners-based minor-league prospects writer has suggested that it appears it’ll be a position player.

According to multiple sources involved on both sides of the #BlueJays #Mariners trade of Taijuan Walker….the #Mariners will receive a top 30 prospect from the #BlueJays in the trade.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) August 27, 2020

It sounds as though the player headed back to the #Mariners in the Taijuan Walker return will be a position player.
— Joe (@JoeDoyleMiLB) August 27, 2020

This isn’t overly surprising. Walker was one of the better names on the rental starting pitcher market and, given the fact MLB has doubled its playoff field this year, way more teams are going to be buying than selling.
The benefit of building such a deep farm system is that it gives the Blue Jays the ability to buy-in on a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation