Angels blank Blue Jays for second straight day, spoil anniversary of 1992 World Series team

Today’s game between the Blue Jays and the Angels included a day-long celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the 1992 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.

Multiple Blue Jays legends were recognized on the Sportsnet broadcast such as Dave Stieb, Mike Timlin, Joe Carter, Pat Borders and many more. All of those aforementioned names were spectators for an absolute duel between two of the MLB’s best pitchers in Alek Manoah and Shohei Ohtani. Unfortunately, they couldn’t celebrate a win, as the Angels defeated Toronto 2-0, shutting out the Blue Jays for a second straight day.
Both pitchers were on their game from the jump, as they both pitched to their strengths. Ohtani blew batters away with his 98+ mph fastballs and his wipeout splitter/slider, while Manoah had plenty of movement on his fastballs and sliders. They both also had to overcome long first innings by their standards; Manoah and Ohtani threw 25 and 28 pitches, respectively.
Their final lines were very similar, but the biggest difference was that Manoah was the first to blink as he allowed an RBI single to Luis Rengifo in the top of the 6th. The inning could’ve looked a little different had one play gone their way; with runners on first and second with no outs, Ohtani ground …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #12 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

This past season was the start of something new between the Maple Leafs and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev.
Although the 21-year-old had one short stint of pro while on loan in the KHL, this would be his true taste of North American professional hockey. And it was a fascinating year to say the least.
It didn’t feel like there was much riding on this season for Der-Arguchintsev, but there actually was. This was his first full season in the AHL — in a prominent role albeit. It was SDA’s time to shine and to show what he could have for the organization in the future.
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
C | Toronto (AHL) | Age: 21 | 5-foot-10 | 165 lbs | Shoots: RAcquired: 2018 Draft, 76th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #16
Entering the 2021-22 season, the 21-year-old needed to add a few things to his toolbox to fit in well with the Toronto Marlies — gaining more weight and muscle was the biggest. Coming out of the Traverse City prospect tournament, it was evidently clear that if Der-Arguchintsev wanted success, he’d need to grow.
Over the course of the season, that happened. In his first 17 games, the 21-year-old had 13 points — four being goals and the rest coming as assists. This was the fiery start that Der-Arguchintsev needed, yet unfortunately after this huge …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Best guesses at what the Rasmus Sandin contract could look like

It seems like the last thing standing between Kyle Dubas and vacation is the Rasmus Sandin contract. That’s not entirely true, but it could be what’s standing between Brandon Pridham and vacation. The Leafs very much established what they were looking for when Timothy Liljegren was signed to a 2-year $1.4M AAV deal, but it doesn’t seem to be what Rasmus Sandin has in mind. From the 32 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman suggested that Sandin would be looking for a deal similar to Adam Boqvist’s 3-year $2.6M AAV deal.
The truth could lie somewhere between the Liljegren deal and the Boqvist deal, or we could be looking at something completely different. Sandin is represented by Lewis Gross, who you will best remember from the William Nylander contract saga. So whatever it is Sandin wants, there is the potential that his agent will advise him to wait until December to get it.
Up until now, we’ve largely focused on what 2-3 year contracts would look like for Sandin, and when it comes to defensemen under the age of 24, the 2 or 3-year contracts are by far the most popular option. That shouldn’t exclude the possibility of a one-year, let’s come back to this next year when the Leafs have a money deal or the fact that Sandin could be looking for a locked-in long-term contract now. All three present different pro …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Goaltending is number one priority for Maple Leafs ahead of free agency

The Maple Leafs need to find two goaltenders between now and October 12th.
It was an interesting day one at the NHL Draft on Thursday — mostly because many were interested to see what Toronto was going to do with their first-round pick. And as you already know, Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas traded the 25th to Chicago, along with Petr Mrazek, in exchange for the 38th pick.
Toronto was confident that they’d get their guy in the second round and it turns out they likely did, drafting Fraser Minten with Chicago’s pick. They shed the salary of Mrazek while moving down 13 spots and still got the player they wanted. I guess you could call it tidy business.
Now, though, with the first in-person draft since 2019 finished, the Maple Leafs have a massive task at hand — finding two NHL goaltenders.
One of the most difficult parts to this situation is whether or not Toronto will retain Jack Campbell. There’s plenty of rumours stating his time with the Maple Leafs could likely be over, but with the Mrazek move, it gives them more cap space to see if they can make it work.
Signing Campbell would be one half of the puzzle because Toronto needs another goaltender. However, according to the Maple Leafs GM, the second netminder could come from inside the organization.
“I think I feel good about (Erik) Kall …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation