It’s decision time on Zach Bouthillier

Last week I started the slow death march towards June 1st, the date when 2018 NHL draftees will need to be signed by otherwise they will re-enter the draft. The case for Riley Stotts was largely built off of the lack of center depth in the Leafs system, but goaltending depth is becoming something where the Leafs can be a pick more selective.
The Leafs will go into next season wanting to give as much of the AHL workload as possible to Joseph Woll. They will also attempt to reboot Ian Scott after his year off and get him as much work with the Newfoundland Growlers as possible, and perhaps some AHL spot duty as well.
The decision to bring in another goaltender to develop isn’t a bad one, but it’s not something that needs to be rushed an a less than ideal candidate, it remains to be seen how ideal Bouthillier is.
Bouthillier was selected with being a project in mind. The Leafs selected him in the 7th round, with the 209th overall pick. He was for a team that served the Leafs well decades before in the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, but that’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Andersen seems to be fixed, so now we can worry about everyone else

It was a kiss of death the second any of us pointed out that the California road trip would be the means for the Leafs to stake claim to their playoff spot. We’ve been down this road too many times before and know that jinxes and Toronto sports go together like Gin and Tonic.
So here we are two games down, and only one point to show for it.
That’s not to say that last night was a total loss. Freddie Andersen picked up his second shutout in six outings. In those six outings he also only has one game where he gave up more than one goal. Saying Andersen is fixed is an absolute stretch, but the Leafs not giving up goals with their goaltending and defensive shortcomings has helped keep me off the ledge about last night’s loss.
Of course this is also the second game in a row where offense didn’t show up against a team with shaky goaltending, and the Leafs are failing to utilize their biggest strength. That’s one hell of a problem.
Though the difference again last night that should help us feel better …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The new generation of Blue Jays is carrying on the tradition of clowning the Rangers

Death, taxes, and the Toronto Blue Jays making the Texas Rangers look like a bunch of chumps. This started all the way back in 2015, carried into 2016, and, hopefully, never ends.

The Rangers rolled into town today to kick off a three-game series in Toronto. Given that the two teams met for the first time this season all the way back in early May, this is Texas’ first first-hand look at the new generation of Blue Jays.
Did they enjoy it? *Narrator voice* They did not.

We are:
single
taken
not enjoying this
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 13, 2019

Here’s what went down…
Bo Bichette went four-for-six with two doubles. He set a record in the process. 
Cavan Biggio went two-for-six with a couple of runs driven in.
Vlad Jr. went two-for-four.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer.
Randal Grichuk hit a solo homer, a double, and drove in four.
Teoscar Hernandez doubled.
Derek Fisher walked twice and had a single.
Brandon Drury hit a grand slam.
Danny Jansen had two hits and then he homered off of a position player.
All told, the Jays pounded Texas by a score of 19-4.
I’m thrilled to see the Baby Blue Jays carrying …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation