Training Camps Not Likely To Open Until January 10th or Later

Training Camps Not Likely To Open Until January 10th or Later

According to Brian Burke, the NHLPA has dug in their heels on being able to spend Christmas/holidays with their families. As a result, they would not be available to cross borders or begin quarantining in hub cities until December 26th or 27th. With a 14 day quarantine necessary, that means camps would not be be able to begin until January 10th or later.
Keep in mind this is but one of a number of sticking points between the league and the players, so there is still much to determine before final decisions are made.

Brian Burke @Burkie2020 just said on radio the players “have dug in on Christmas, they’re not giving up Christmas with their families.” If true (and I believe it) border corssing/quarantining can’t begin till Dec. 26, or 27th, camps would open 14 days later.
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) December 2, 2020

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Brian Moran got claimed by the Marlins

The Brian Moran era is over. The left-handed reliever has been claimed on waivers by the Miami Marlins.

I honestly didn’t even know that Moran had gone on waivers, but logic would indicate that he was the one who was removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for Nate Pearson earlier this week.
Anyways, that’s that. He’s a Marlin now. You have to feel for the guy. That’s probably the last situation I’d want to be getting myself into.

#BlueJays announce lefty Brian Moran has been claimed off waivers by the Marlins.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 2, 2020

In other news, Sam Gaviglio has been moved to the Blue Jays’ taxi squad and Jonathan Davis has been activated from the Injured List and will report to the team’s Alternate Training Site.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Best Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 4: Luke Schenn fo James van Riemsdyk

Brian Burke’s time in Toronto was very clearly a failure. The team posted a 128-135-42 during his four seasons as the team’s general manager, never coming close to playoff contention.

In hindsight, it was very clear that the Leafs needed a full-on rebuild to overhaul their mediocre roster and no amount of retooling or patchwork could fix what ailed the organization. While Burke’s time in charge will ultimately be looked back as spinning tires in the mud and delaying the inevitable, he actually made quite a few excellent deals that deserve praise.
Burke will always be remembered for his desire to add truculence to the lineup. It was something he spoke about in his first-ever press conference as Leafs’ general manager when he outlined what his plans were for the team. Ironically, some of his best moves were ones that went completely against this mantra.
Burke was officially named general manager in November of 2008, replacing Cliff Fletcher who was running the ship with the interim label after John Ferguson Jr. had been let go in January of that year. After years of mediocre drafting and trading away top picks (like …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors’ season in jeopardy as the NBA looks for options

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Friday that the NBA is currently heading towards canceling the 2019-20 season. For the Toronto Raptors, and the rest of the league, that means no more basketball for a long time. It’s been 24 days since the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended indefinitely. The Toronto Raptors played the night before […]
Toronto Raptors’ season in jeopardy as the NBA looks for options – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Burke: The Canucks wanted Kadri, Gardiner, and two first-round picks for Luongo in 2013

In order to help us all kill time, Brian Burke did a Q&A on Twitter on Thursday night, fielding questions from fans about his time as an executive in the league. One of the more interesting tidbits that came out of this was Burke admitting truth behind all of the Luongo to the Leafs rumours from a few years ago.

We were all in hard on Luongo around the time when I got fired. The price would have come down to a lot but we were in the mix. They asked for Gardiner, Kadri and two firsts. Way too step, even for @strombone1 https://t.co/QNto0oM5XU
— Brian Burke (@Burkie2020) April 3, 2020

So, as Burke says, this happened around the time he got fired, which was in mid-January of 2013, right before the start of the lockout-shortened season. The previous season, the Leafs had missed the season by a pretty wide margin. A key reason for that was the goaltending group of Jonas Gustavsson, James Reimer, Ben Scrivens, and Jussi Rynnas combined for a .900 save percentage.
On the other side of the country, the Canucks had a goaltending controversy on their hands. Cory Schneider had put together …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Vladdy Watch: Is Friday the next most likely call-up date?

Extremely Brian Fantana voice: “VLADDY WATCH!”
Blue Jays fans are on pins and needles about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s arrival. Earlier this week, Bob Nightengale reported Vladdy would make his debut on Tuesday. That was debunked shortly afterwards, but the Jays’ rabid fanbase was still left wondering when baseball’s consensus number one prospect will make his MLB debut.
The reports of Tuesday’s debut were only a false alarm. As Vladdy Watch enters day 28 since the beginning of the 2019 season, whispers continue about his official introduction to the Major Leagues.
As of now, the timing seems perfect to bring Guerrero up ahead of Friday night’s series against the Oakland A’s. The Bisons play a mid-morning game in Syracuse today, followed by an afternoon matinee on Thursday. If the organization is concerned about Vladdy getting those extra reps, they could bring him along following the Bisons’ afternoon matchup in nearby Syracuse.
The Blue Jays have an off-day on Thursday following today’s mid-afternoon series finale against the San Francisco Giants, which leads perfectly into a Friday evening tilt featuring baseball’s hottest prospect. That’s enough time to build some momentum going into Friday and sell a few …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation