Why did the Leafs trade for David Rittich?

So, Kyle Dubas decided to try and slip one by us before we all went to bed and it didn’t work. The Leafs acquired David Rittich from Calgary in exchange for a third-round pick in 2022 just after 10PM.
This could mean a lot of things (that you’ll have to find out by watching the video)!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Trade Deadline Preview with Ian Tulloch

We are only a few days before the trade deadline and the Leafs have not made their splash. They are rumoured to be interested in adding a middle-six forward to potential play alongside John Tavares and William Nylander. On this episode, we bring in Ian Tulloch from Maple Leafs Hotstove to preview the upcoming trade deadline. Taylor Hall, Jaden Schwartz, Scott Laughton, Nick Foligno, and many more are discussed.
 
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Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
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Ian Tulloch: @IanGraph

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander isolating after possible exposure to positive COVID case

Just hours before the Leafs were set to take on the Canadiens Wednesday night, the team announced that William Nylander would be held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons after being exposed to a possible positive COVID case with a close contact outside the team.

For precautionary reasons, William Nylander will not play tonight vs Montreal as he has had exposure to a possible positive case with a close contact outside the team. Nylander is isolating and the situation will be re-evaluated tomorrow pending the results of further testing.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 7, 2021

It is important to note that as of now, there has been no positive test reported in the case of Nylander himself and he is isolating away from the team pending the results of further testing. The hope of course is that it is a false alarm and Nylander will be fine but preventing this from becoming a full blown outbreak like we have seen in Vancouver over the last few weeks has to be the top priority.
After consulting with the league, it has been determined that Wednesday’s contest with the Canadiens will go ahead as planned so hopefully that means the league is …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Raptors draft: 1 prospect from each Final Four team the Raptors could draft

Raptors draft: 1 prospect from each Final Four team the Raptors could draft

The Toronto Raptors draft season is kicking off before the season even ends, as their pitiful month of March has helped an already challenging season become downright unwatchable. Canadian fans might find more entertaining basketball in the NCAA Tournament Final Four matchups. Baylor rode a balanced attack on both ends of the floor to their […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

With only a day left before the start of the second half of the 2020-2021 NBA season, it’s worth taking a quick look at the last two games the Toronto Raptors played pre-break and then delving into the minutiae of who needs to show up, who needs to step up and what needs to be […]
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Author: Cece Scott / Raptors HQ

This Raptors-Bulls trade will bring Thad Young to Toronto

This Raptors-Bulls trade will bring Thad Young to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have a few holes to fill before the NBA Trade Deadline. Understandably, most of the chatter is surrounded around the Raptors finding a contributing center that can help their rebounding woes. There is also a need for a backup point guard behind Kyle Lowry. A sneaky need for the Raptors right now is […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Practice Shenanigans: Vesey might (finally) be scratched, Campbell set to return, Matthews is day-to-day

As the Leafs made their final preparations before taking the flight to Edmonton to begin a five-game road trip, Friday’s practice saw quite a lot happen.
First off, it sounds like Sheldon Keefe is going to make a line change that fans have been longing to see happen:

It sure sounds like Jimmy Vesey will be scratched for the first time with the Leafs. Three points in 21 games is woof.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 26, 2021

It’s been a tough start to the Jimmy Vesey era in Toronto and his lacklustre production combined with a consistent struggle to find a permanent spot in the lineup hasn’t helped either. Keefe told the media that while Vesey’s defensive abilities have kept him in the lineup, he has also had trouble making his mark and finding a role he can provide on a consistent basis. This could be interpreted as a challenge to get Vesey to step-up his game or be moved to the taxi squad.
While this may be due to Auston Matthews missing today’s practice (more on him later), perhaps sitting out Vesey for a game or two may give him the motivation to get his season back …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

False Alarm! It turns out Michael Brantley has signed in Houston

The Michael Brantley era in Toronto is over before it began.

Despite a report earlier today from Hazel Mae that said the Blue Jays and Brantley had agreed to a three-year contract, the veteran outfielder is sticking around with the Houston Astros.

MLB source: #Astros reach an agreement with Michael Brantley on a two-year deal worth $32 million.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 20, 2021

This is certainly unfortunate, but it isn’t the end of the world.
When it came to the George Springer and Michael Brantley package, the former was obviously the one to get hyped about. There’s no doubt that adding Brantley’s bat to the lineup would have been huge, but we still have Springer.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: A George Springer decision could be coming soon, Taijuan Walker talks about pitching for the Blue Jays, and more!

Daily?!?!

There’s quite a bit going on right now! Before getting into the things that might happen, let’s talk about the stuff that has happened…
On Monday night, the Blue Jays signed Tyler Chatwood to a one-year deal worth $3 million, pending a physical. It’s an interesting buy-low option given the team plans to use him out of the bullpen rather than as a depth starter.
And then, on Tuesday, it was reported that the Blue Jays and Kirby Yates were close to a deal and that the former Padres closer was visiting the team’s complex in Dunedin. Of course, nothing has been signed yet, but adding Chatwood and Yates to the bullpen in the span of a couple days would be a pretty significant swing for the Blue Jays.
Assuming the team operates with an eight-man ‘pen, it would look something like this…

Kirby Yates (R)
Rafael Dolis (R)
Jordan Romano (R)
Julian Merryweather (R)
Tyler Chatwood (R)
A.J. Cole (R)
Shun Yamaguchi (R)
Ryan Borucki (L)

It looks like Ross Stripling is penciled into the starting rotation, but that can obviously change. There are also a handful of names like Anthony Kay, Jacob Waguespack, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Apparently the Blue Jays are one of the teams who has offered Ha-Seong Kim a multi-year contract

If we’re going to get a last-minute signing before 2020 comes to a close, it’s more than likely going to be Ha-Seong Kim.

Kim, a star from the Korean Baseball Organization, was officially posted by the Kiwoom Heroes back in early-December. Given the 30-day window for contract negotiations expires on Jan. 1, Kim will soon have to come to terms with a Major League club if he wants to make the trek overseas for the 2021 season.
According to Daniel Kim, ESPN’s KBO insider, there are multiple teams who have offered Kim a contract, and the Blue Jays are apparently one of them…

Sources – #BlueJays are one of the teams that offered multi-year contract to Ha-seong Kim. Said to be 5 years or more. Kim’s posting ends on Jan 1. #mlb #kbo pic.twitter.com/iVZDTB9BPk
— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) December 28, 2020

Along with the Blue Jays, we’ve heard that the Mets (of course), Rangers, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Padres are interested in signing Kim.
I wrote about Kim a few months ago when his name first surfaced on the international free-agent market as a possibility for the Blue Jays. I thought he made quite a bit of sense because …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation