An exciting announcement from The Nation Network and how it affects the Leafs (coverage)

Good news everyone, especially those of you looking for even more Leafs coverage and hockey coverage in general.
The Nation Network have asked me to be the messenger regarding the growth in NHL coverage you’ll find both on The Leafs Nation, and other network sites, but most specifically DailyFaceOff.com.
The Nation Network will be scouring Canada looking for talented journalists they can add to DailyFaceOff.com to build out the site’s coverage of the league. Writers will be covering each NHL market, and for those of us seeking more Leafs coverage, this likely means you can count on Daily Face Off as well as The Leafs Nation to give you even more Leafs than you’ve already been getting from us. The site will feature some of the best writing, podcasts, and hockey video content you will find on the internet.
Many of you are already using DailyFaceOff.com which is the best resource for current line combinations, starting goaltenders, injury updates, and anything you could require as far as fantasy hockey goes, but over the next few months we’ll see the site completely take off from where it is today, to not only be a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It’s just been one game but…

No one wants to deal with overreactions to one game, especially a game that going in we knew was going to be sloppy. Players were rushed into the season, without a single preseason game and it wasn’t surprising that last night looked like a highly skilled version of a peewee house league game.
Still, overreacting is what we do as Leafs fans and there were certainly a few things to react to.

Freddie Andersen doesn’t have our confidence. With the reminder that the whole thing here is acknowledging that it was just one game, Andersen had a shaky end to last regular season, and didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the Leafs brief return to play in the summer. Giving up four goals in his first game back, include a few that were stoppable, but either trickled through him or resulting from poor positioning, no one should be shocked that people want to see more of Jack Campbell, and see more of him soon.The good news is that with a back to back this weekend we’ll get our wish and Campbell will make his 2021 debut. It also wouldn’t be surprising to have Aaron …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

4 Players Leafs Fans Want That Would Probably Be a Bad Idea

The offseason always brings a ton of crazy speculation, especially the first week or so after the Stanley Cup is awarded, as teams try to figure out their game plan going into the draft and free agency. And of course, fans will eat up every bit of speculation in anticipation of what their team should do. Lots of brainstorming happens, and with every great idea comes a few bad ones.
So, let’s look at some of the bad ideas that I’ve seen about who the Leafs should bring in, ideas that probably hurt the Leafs more than help them in the long run.
Radko Gudas
Gudas might be the one consistent I’ve seen on everybody’s wish list. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s been a consistent analytics darling throughout his career, is physical, is a defenseman, and shoots right. He sounds like someone who could help round out the top four for the Leafs.
Except for one problem:

While it’s just one season, he is also 30 years old and plays a style of play that doesn’t age well. It could be an anomaly, or it could be the start of his decline. …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors Target Montrezl Harrell in Free Agency?

Free agency is coming closer and closer, especially if you’re the Toronto Raptors who have been eliminated from the playoffs for a little while now. The Toronto Raptors have some decisions to make this off-season as they are in need of extending some of their key players. The only sure player I see them re-signing […]
Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors Target Montrezl Harrell in Free Agency? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

3 Things the Toronto Raptors did right against the Miami Heat

The Toronto Raptors and especially VanVleet came up big against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat yesterday. Coming into this game, the Toronto Raptors failed to get a win against the Miami Heat in the regular season. The Heat was just a team the Raptors couldn’t figure out. Adebayo was too mobile, Duncan Robinson was […]
3 Things the Toronto Raptors did right against the Miami Heat – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

A collection of CBA thoughts from the Leafs moves this season

Over the course of any season, especially one as turbulent as the Leafs have undergone, the transaction count really piles up as teams approach the trade deadline.
Every trade, AHL assignment, NHL recall, waive, or signing leaves a little trace of what the team is thinking. I went back through my notes on each move and tried to take away key points that will impact the Leafs this summer.
Waivers
The first thing I noticed was that teams did not want to spend an asset to acquire Leafs players when their cap position dictated those players will likely be on waivers at some point anyway.
The Leafs couldn’t find a trade partner for Nick Shore or Dmytro Timashov and lost both on waivers. I thought it was interesting that Detroit claimed Timashov, understandably they need bodies but the very first team with an opportunity to claim Dima did so. He’s RFA at the end of the year and likely plays a more significant role for Detroit next year than he ever would have for the Leafs.
For the very same reason I cannot fathom how no team claimed Nic Petan. His NHL production has been subpar …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Chris Johnston Gives Us the Offseason’s First Reasonable Marner Take

Well, this feels different, doesn’t it? Especially given what the past six months have brought forth.
Fresh off a summer in which countless “reports” of the contract demands of one Mitch Marner blacked out the sky and snuffed out the sun, being treated to what is an otherwise level-headed breakdown of the situation is like a breath of fresh air.
I didn’t even know such a feat was allowed, quite frankly. Isn’t the directive at the moment for everyone to hammer home why their beloved Mitch should pull in around $11 million per year, therein guaranteeing themselves a spot on a certain hockey parent’s Christmas card list?
If it is (and it certainly appears that way), Chris Johnston has not gotten the memo.
During an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan earlier this morning, Johnston was asked about whether Marner is facing pressure now to spin his negotiation as a win, given how the other young Leaf stars seemingly did the same with their own deals. It’s an entirely justified question at this point in the saga — one that, when posed to a different branch of Toronto’s media cohort, might have elicited a more inflammatory answer.


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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation