It was 3-1. Toronto Maple Leafs complete late comeback over Edmonton Oilers

So this is what it’s like being on the other side of a late game collapse against a divisional rival.
After a night spent out-chancing the Edmonton Oilers, and ringing more posts than an Amazon driver rings doorbells, the Toronto Maple Leafs erased a 3-1 deficit with under eight minutes remaining in the game to win 4-3 in overtime.
After a quiet first period that saw no goals or penalties, Pierre Engvall opened the scoring in the second period by not punching in a goal. Initially it was ruled no goal due to a hand pass, but the replay showed that despite reaching out, Engvall’s glove never made contact with the puck.

PIERRE ENGVALL
Off Mike Smith’s head! pic.twitter.com/hk28cpwaN5
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 28, 2021

The next period and a half was spent watching McDavid and Draisaitl do things that only McDavid and Draisaitl can do (which may or may not include putting up multiple points in a loss). With ex-Leaf Tyson Barrie extending the Oilers lead to two, it seemed like Toronto’s grasp on the North Division lead was about to further slip.
Instead, John Tavares decided to show why he’s the Captain and …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Latest report says Kyle Lowry is not getting traded this season

Toronto Raptors: Latest report says Kyle Lowry is not getting traded this season

The Toronto Raptors were being bombarded with Kyle Lowry trade rumors even when they were winning this season, and their recent slide, which has helped them lose six straight games and eight of their last nine, has only amplified matters. Lowry is still one of the game’s best point guards on both ends of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs add some offensive depth by trading for Alex Galchenyuk

So, after Galchenyuk’s recent interesting week of being on traded to Carolina, instantly being put on waivers, going unclaimed, and assigned to Chicago of the AHL, he’s now found a new home.

We’ve acquired Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for Egor Korshkov and David Warsofsky. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/SZX639nsNG pic.twitter.com/P8uMQ5wDQ1
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 15, 2021

Yep, that’s right, the Leafs added Galchenyuk, a guy they could have claimed off waivers for free in exchange for Egor “Not DeBrincat” Korshkov, and David Wars of Sky, who was the throw-in AHLer in the Kapanen trade.
In case you’re wondering why they traded for Galchenyuk instead of claiming him off waivers, it comes down to the fact that Galchenyuk is more valuable to the Leafs when they can start him out in the Marlies, or have him take up residency on the taxi squad for the next month without requiring waivers than having to force him into the roster and hoping he pans out every night.
Additionally, it frees the Leafs from a couple of standard players contracts in the process, which isn’t a bad thing.
We can probably …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors depth chart: Best lineup for 2020-21 playoff push

Raptors depth chart: Best lineup for 2020-21 playoff push

The Toronto Raptors being anywhere close to the postseason has to be one of the most unlikely stories of the first third of the 2020-21 NBA season, as the Raptors started off the season winning just two of their first 10 games, showing exactly how much this team missed Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

One trade the Toronto Raptors need to make ASAP

One trade the Toronto Raptors need to make ASAP

The Toronto Raptors are one trade away from being a team you’d hate to play against in the playoffs. When it comes to making a splash, the Toronto Raptors have been pretty active over the past few years. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster haven’t been afraid to move a few pieces if it meant improving the […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs look to make the Habs pay the Price in home opener

The price being a loss, of course.
ITS MAPLE LEAFS GAME DAY NUMBER ONE OF THE 2020-21 SEASON FOLKS.
While the arena will be empty, that doesn’t mean the energy will be lost. If the Blue vs. White game was any indication, we’re in for a real treat with this home opener. It will be different, but special nonetheless.
If you weren’t excited already, now is the time! This is a new season, a new team, and 56 game season to prove their worth.
Tonight we get to see the Leafs back in action again the Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena, in one of the first matchups in the Scotia North Division. In a squad with several new faces alongside many familiar ones, this game is just one opportunity for us to see how the new works with the familiar.
This game serves as the anticipated hometown welcome for Wayne Simmonds and Joe Thornton. When Simmonds signed, he made a point of saying “Anything happens to the boys, I’ll be the first to jump in.”As the king of true grit, I expect nothing less in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Jumbo Joe Thornton, established team dad, …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Kasperi Kapanen has been traded to Pittsburgh

Kasperi Kapanen is being traded to PIT
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 25, 2020

As of right now the return isn’t known, but we will have a full update and analysis as soon as the details are available.
Kapanen has two more years left of his contract paying him an AAV of $3.2M.
The rumoured but unconfirmed return is…

Rumblings this morning the Leafs and Penguins are working on a trade that would send Kasperi Kapanen to Pittsburgh.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) August 25, 2020

With the 2021 1st being committed to Minnesota, that would mean the Leafs would be getting the 2020 1st, which is the 15th overall pick.
Apparently Kappy isn’t travelling alone…

TOR D prospect Jesper Lindgren also going to PIT. Sounds like a first-rounder is key part of return. TOR clearing space
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 25, 2020

 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

That’ll fix’em. Engvall in for Gauthier

Maybe I’m being a tad over-reactionary, but I’d argue that Keefe might be under-reacting by only making one small change to his Game One lineup…

August 3 @MapleLeafs practice lines & defensive pairings:
Nylander–Matthews–HymanMikheyev–Tavares–MarnerRobertson–Kerfoot–KapanenClifford–Engvall–SpezzaJohnsson–Gauthier
Muzzin–HollRielly–CeciDermott–BarrieSandin–Marincin
Andersen Campbell#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 3, 2020

I’m sure I’m not being too bold when I say that the minimally used fourth line was not the issue for the Leafs on Sunday night, and swapping in Engvall for Gauthier might not be a significant move.
On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt. Engvall is more versatile and is more capable of keeping up with play in the top nine. If Keefe wants to attempt some in game line juggling, Engvall is a stronger option.
The fact that it doesn’t seem the Leafs are too concerned with playing the fourth line, having situational talent could be more beneficial to the Leafs, and Gauthier, while a fine regular season fourth line player, just might lack in the ability …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mac Hollowell replaces Timothy Liljegren on Leafs Phase 3 roster

After being removed from the Leafs Phase 3 training camp roster, Mac Hollowell is back:

Defenceman Mac Hollowell has replaced defenceman Timothy Liljegren on the Phase 3 Return to Play roster.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2020

Timothy Liljegren has been removed from the Return to Play roster due to being “unfit to play”. It’s not known if he will return or if this is a permanent change for the Maple Leafs defenceman.
According to TSN’s Kristen Shilton, Liljegren did make an appearance yesterday but was talking to the medical trainer and as we know, didn’t skate.
With the NHL and NHLPA’s protocol, players shall only be deemed unfit to play and there will likely be no update other than those exact words from Sheldon Keefe later today.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Three teams the Toronto Raptors want to face and three they want to avoid

  The reigning and defending NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors, are being disrespected with Las Vegas betting odds at +2400x for the Raptors to repeat. However, the Raptors are currently second-best in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and third overall in the NBA. As a top-five team in the NBA, there are three teams the Toronto […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ