The Blue Jays are apparently interested in Jake Odorizzi

I know, I know, another The Blue Jays are apparently interested in _______ update.

It’s getting exhausting to hear, but this one, in particular, is a little bit interesting.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are one of four teams who have expressed interest in signing free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The other three teams are the San Fransisco Giants and the New York Mets (who we’ll see involved in every single rumour this off-season) and the Minnesota Twins, who are interested in re-signing him.
Odorizzi’s name is one we heard a bunch last winter. Apparently, the Blue Jays made him a multi-year deal offer but he opted to take the qualifying offer from the Twins and give free agency another chance without being bogged down by draft pick compensation.
How did that plan go? Not well!
Odorizzi’s 2020 season was an injury-riddled disaster. He suffered a back strain, a blister on his throwing hand, and a chest contusion after being struck by a line drive and ultimately ended up throwing just 13 2/3 inning.
Thankfully for Odorizzi, one of those are mostly just freak injuries and aren’t ones that are really going to scare a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: What if DeMar DeRozan came back to Toronto?

Toronto Raptors: What if DeMar DeRozan came back to Toronto?

DeMar DeRozan is apparently unhappy in San Antonio and there are two ways he can change that feeling. It’s possible the Toronto Raptors’discarded son could return home. The Toronto Raptors drafted DeMar DeRozan in 2009 ninth overall at the NBA Draft. In terms of linking team success to player development, he was the most significant […]
Toronto Raptors: What if DeMar DeRozan came back to Toronto? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #29: 5 Things to Watch vs. the Flyers

Apparently the Leafs and Flyers wanted to get their games over with, because tonight will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs only two months into the season.
Lineups

First line centre Morgan Frost, huh?
1. JVR
James van Riemsdyk has been off to a slow start this season, with only 5 goals and 11 points with the Flyers. It seems like former Leafs always have a field day against Toronto (he did have a hat trick last year), so we’ll see if he has a breakout game tonight, although it might be hard on the fourth line.
2. The Fringe Guys
Nick Shore got sent down earlier today, and with Marner and Moore apparently ready to come back soon, the depth guys are all going to want to play well to figure out who will fill out the bottom six. Spezza seems to have locked himself in thanks to the coaching change, but guys like Petan, Gauthier, and Timashov are all going to have to put on their A-game, because not only could they not be regulars in the lineup once the Leafs are healthy, they might not fit on the roster in the cap crunch.
3. Pierre Engvall
Engvall …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Attempting to fix the Leafs back-to-back problem

Apparently the Leafs did something horrible to whoever makes the NHL schedule, because they got off to a rough start in terms of the schedule this season. Four back-to-backs in October, another three in November, and another three in December.
Now, back-to-backs and the Leafs are actually quite the iconic duo. This has been their number of back-to-backs over the last ten seasons:
2019-20: 14
2018-19: 13
2017-18: 14
2016-17: 18
2015-16: 16
2014-15: 18
2013-14: 16
2012-13: 9 (were scheduled to play 14 in full-season schedule before lockout)
2011-12: 17
2010-11: 14
So, the fewest they’ve ever had in a full season was last year, when they only had to play 13 back-to-back games, and even then, that’s roughly middle of the pack.
Now, there are several things that go into this. The NHL loves to put the Leafs on Saturdays, but they also need to get their Friday and Sunday games in as well. Their close proximity to most of the Eastern Conference allows for them to easily have a home game and travel to a road game the next night (and vice versa).
So, let’s try and fix this. I’m going to attempt to get rid of some of the Leafs back-to-backs this season with …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs are reportedly interested in Ilya Mikheyev

The playoffs are truckin’ along but apparently Kyle Dubas is still putting in work…

Hearing #TMLtalk is among the few remaining teams closing in on Ilya Mikheyev, 24yo speedy versatile RW. No agreement in place yet
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 23, 2019
 

Accurate. Leafs have been chasing this guy for awhile. As @IgorEronko has previously reported, Vegas in the mix and I believe, Chicago as well. Majority of NHL teams have shown interest. Decision this weekend. https://t.co/RwqAOwWogl
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 23, 2019
So that’s a thing, and it looks promising for the Leafs, especially since Toronto has a much more favourable reputation when it comes to bringing over KHLers than Vegas does, and is in a much more competitive position than the Blackhawks are.
We know Dubas has made a couple of trips to Russia to both check in on Leafs draftees like Yegor Korshkov and to scout players like Mikheyev, and in what will be a cap crunched season next year, Mikheyev could be a nice and affordable replacement for which ever player draws the short straw and gets sent packing this summer.
Vitals

DoB
10/10/1994
Pos
RW
Ht
6’2
Wt
194 lb
Shoots
L
via eliteprospects.comMikheyev has played four …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation