Remember whose fault this really is: The Leafs

Remember when New York City put red stockings on the Statue of Liberty after the Red Sox snapped their 86-year championship drought in 2004?
Did you know that earlier that summer the city of Chicago put a Detroit Pistons jersey on the Michael Jordan statue outside United Center after the three-headed monster of Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups won the NBA Finals?
I mean, sticking within hockey, there was the time the Detroit Red Wings celebrated Claude Lemieux’s 1000th game played with a congratulatory jumbotron video.
You don’t remember any of these things? Oh. That must be because they never happened.
Which makes what happened with the CN Tower tonight all the more enraging:

Tonight the #CNTower will be lit red, blue, and white for the @CanadiensMTL who will go on to represent Canada’s hope for a 2021 @NHL Stanley Cup! pic.twitter.com/cEqsXqBefZ
— CN Tower/La Tour CN (@TourCNTower) June 8, 2021

I don’t know who calls the shots over at the CN Tower, but congratulations on making this city a punchline and giving Montreal something to forever hold over our heads: the night our biggest hockey rivals got to own our city’s most famous landmark.


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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays head to Fenway for a two-game series against the surprisingly good Red Sox

Coming off of an ugly performance in Kansas City, the Blue Jays will play a two-game set with the best of the American League East which, just as we all expected, is the Boston Red Sox.

How they’re doing…
It’s only been a little over half a month, but the Red Sox are killing it this year. They’re 11-6, tied for the top spot in the American League, and they’re fresh off of kicking the shit out of Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito.
The expectation was that Boston would be a middling team this year and that would score quite a few runs but also allow quite a few in return. So far, the offence has come even more than advertised, as Boston has the second-most runs-per-game in baseball, and the pitching has been better than expected, as their 3.70 team ERA is above league average.
Now, of course, a few-week-long hot streak shouldn’t mean all too much, but this team has a good base here with Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, and we’ve certainly seen the Red Sox inexplicably fart their way to a successful season despite low expectation. 2013 comes …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Injury Updates! Jordan Romano is expected back soon, Teoscar Hernandez is COVID symptom free, and more!

The weekend in Kansas City was ugly but we got some positive injury updates in regards to some key players. Let’s go through them all…

Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and has been away from the team since the series last weekend against the Los Angeles Angels. Thankfully, Hernandez has recovered and is now “symptom-free,” which is a great sign. Of course, per MLB’s COVID protocol, Hernandez has to be quarantined from the team for a 10-day period and he has to test negative before he can join the Blue Jays. That would mean that, if he can test negative, he’ll be eligible to join the team on April 23, which is the beginning of this weekend’s series in Tampa against the Rays.
Speaking of that series against Tampa, we might also see George Springer finally make his debut this weekend. According to Ross Atkins, Springer isn’t quite at 100% but “all signs are exceptionally positive,” and Charlie Montoyo noted that Springer has resumed all baseball activities.
This, of course, would be a game-changer for the Blue Jays lineup. The team pretty much only has two players, Bo and Vlad, who are hitting right now, and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs prospects looking to shine at the World Juniors this Christmas

It looks like Edmonton will be back for Hub City 2: Electric Boogaloo.
A Hockey Canada press release announces the tournament will get underway on Christmas Day, a day early than the usual Boxing Day start:
For the first time since 2005, the IIHF World Junior Championship, a holiday hockey tradition, will get underway on Christmas Day. Three games highlight the opening-day schedule before Canada’s National Junior Team begins defence of its gold medal against Germany on Boxing Day.
Hockey Canada and the host committee, on behalf of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), unveiled the full tournament schedule Monday. All 28 games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., from Dec. 25, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021.
While most Leafs fans will default to cheering for Canada, there’s little doubt that our eyes should be elsewhere as well. The Leafs representation in the tournament is going to be decidedly Finnish and Russian, and while Nick Robertson could be the big focal point, Bob McKenzie is hinting that he might not be attending…

Zegras stayed in ANA to work out/skate there as did Kaliyev in LA and Robertson in TOR. Turcotte is in Germany, where he’s been assigned to play by …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Please NHL, put us out of our misery and announce the Hub Cities already

Living in Edmonton I feel like I’m in the one city that remotely cares about this Hub City saga. The Premier has hilariously shared videos of the province where all the footage is four hours away from the flat prairie city in which the players would be locked down. The media provides daily updates on the status of the Hub City bid, and there seems to be a resentment towards the league if they choose to go with any location that has been strong in its containment of COVID-19. Perhaps that last point is a valid one, but if you’re putting a bubble around the hockey community, it probably doesn’t matter as much about what city they use along as they are effective in maintaining the bubble.
Long story short, I suspect that everyone outside of Edmonton doesn’t care where they play, and either falls into the camps of
A) Just name the cities and get on with it already.
B) For the love of God, just cancel it and let’s try for a 2020-21 season when we’re all feeling better about this.
Admittedly, I’ve shifted …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Trudeau says federal government open to having Canadian city as NHL hub

A Canadian city could still be in the running for a NHL hub city in their 24-team format as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is open to working with the league to bring hockey north of the border.
“We have indicated that we are comfortable with moving forward on an NHL hub in one of three Canadian cities that are asking for it. Obviously, the decision has to be made by the NHL and the cities and provinces in the jurisdiction, but Canada is open to it as long as it is OK’d by the local health authorities.”
Yesterday, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Toronto would continue to be in the running as a hub city and Trudeau’s comments continue to leave that option open. The NHL will reportedly be having Las Vegas as one of the two hub cities.
According to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, no official decision has been made on where the second city would be but three Canadian cities — Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver — continue to be in the mix.

While no official decisions have been made by NHL/NHLPA on …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors close win vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Toronto Raptors held off a late Oklahoma City Thunder comeback to pick up a big win on the road. How did everyone grade in the win? After a grueling period, that pushed the Toronto Raptors to reach deep into their bench for production, the Raptors are nearly back to full strength but it seems […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Things to Watch For vs Colorado

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the Mile High City tonight for game two of the Sheldon Keefe Era. Between the return of Tyson Barrie to the Leafs first game after practising under Keefe, there is a lot to watch for in this evening’s game.
Here are five things to watch for:
1) The Return of Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot
Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot return to Denver for the first time since being traded to the Leafs. Barrie admitted going into Denver without a goal would’ve weighed heavily on his mind. Well, he got the monkey off his back in Arizona, and he’s got to be feeling good about his game right now.
Kerfoot returned to the Leafs lineup after dental surgery on Thursday and I would think he’s pretty fired up to play against his old team, too. I’d expect some sort of video tribute by the Avs in the first commercial break — both may be in the starting lineup — and it may get emotional for a few seconds.
With Barrie’s new lease on the rest of the season, I’d expect him to activate more in the rush and create more …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: New City Edition uniform surfaces online

The 2019 City Edition Uniform for the Toronto Raptors leaked online Wednesday morning. It incorporates elements from the past and past and present. It appears as though the 2019 Toronto Raptors City Edition Uniform has surfaced online. Leaked Toronto Raptors City Edition Jerseys 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Vk5b6jIVv2 — clear eyes, bad takes (@bobbyboxscore) November 20, 2019 Similar […]
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Author: Gavin Axelrod / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors: A Curious Case of Market Singularity

Toronto is the third-largest NBA city. However, as the one team located outside of the United States, the Toronto Raptors face a unique market situation, unlike any other franchise. Cold weather. Passports. High-income tax. And the idea of a life outside of the United States. While there have always been deterrents to plying one’s trade […]
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Author: Nikola Cuvalo / Raptors HQ