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

Could the Toronto Raptors go Back to Back if the Season Resumes?

With the Toronto Raptors being the reigning NBA champions and currently sitting third place in the NBA, could they go back to back and win the 2020 NBA championship if the season resumes? The Toronto Raptors have one of the best teams in the NBA, with them winning the championship last season and currently sitting […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Top Leafs Players Outside the NHL: Honourable Mentions

Yesterday we kicked off the series by mentioning who wasn’t in the mix for being the top Leafs outside the NHL, so with Sandin, Engvall, Rosen, and Barabanov not factoring into the conversation, these three players still failed to make the top 20.
Two of these players certainly classify as longer term projects, while one has had a pretty limited look with the organization, but shows a little promise.
Filip Kral
The recently signed Kral has been hiding away in the far reaches of the Western Hockey League for the past couple of years, but he has quietly been doing a decent jump as an offensive defenseman, who has begun to round out his game.
Kral, 20, is a left handed defensemen from the Czech Repubic, has played the past three seasons with the Spokane Chiefs. Drafted in the 5th round in 2018, the 6’1 defender has been relatively consistent in his performance, and not taking any significant leaps. He possesses the foot speed, and the intelligence to be a contributor at the AHL level, but it’s questionable if he has any standout abilities that put him on track for the NHL.
The Leafs have historically done well with …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Masai Ujiri to the Knicks? The case for and against

Toronto Raptors president, Masai Ujiri, is being pursued by James Dolan and the New York Knicks. What does Ujiri stand to gain from a move to New York City? If we know one thing about Masai Ujiri, it’s that he loves challenges. He relishes them and embraces them. Last season, Ujiri traded DeMar DeRozan, a […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

How valuable is Patrick McCaw to the Toronto Raptors?

With Patrick McCaw being forced into an increased role, its time to determine just how valuable the 3-time champ is to the Toronto Raptors moving forward. The Toronto Raptors currently find themselves in the midst of a serious challenge. Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell are all out of the lineup, and that’s not […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors make a historic comeback against the Dallas Mavericks

After being down thirty points late in the third quarter, the Raptors’ defensive efforts and hot fourth-quarter shooting willed them to the greatest comeback in Toronto Raptors history. It’s not often that an NBA arena is electrified in December, giving fans a playoff-type of excitement in their gut. On Sunday night, in an interconference matchup […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The bench has gone from good to bad

Being one of the better teams in the NBA has come from many different places for the Toronto Raptors. Their bench has been a big part of that, however, that wasn’t always the case. After starting the season 6-2, the only real question surrounding the Toronto Raptors was their bench unit. It’s not that they […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ