Leafs look to snap their losing streak with another game against the Canucks

It seems like every time I tell someone (or write in a pre-game) that I’m not too bothered by a couple Leafs losses, the team decides to pull a “hold my beer” and double down. So yeah, the Leafs are in a bit of a slump – to put it mildly. But the bright side, I guess, is that they’ve managed to steal a few points out of these losses.
It was only a matter of time before Jack Campbell regressed a bit. His start this season was ridiculously impressive, and completely unsustainable. He’s also been bearing a heavy burden, suddenly a starter after coming off injury. Now, Sunday’s game was weird. There was that late Leafs goal that was definitely a goal but wasn’t counted as a goal, so the game went to OT where the Leafs lost. While the team could have played better, Campbell included, it wasn’t exactly some blowout loss, either.
Putting that aside, Sunday’s game also saw this hit on Zach Hyman:

Breaking News: #Canucks Alex Edler has been suspended 2 games for kneeing #LeafsForever Zach Hyman. pic.twitter.com/vwvHlI92wh
— Hockey Hound (@HockeyHoundShow) April 19, 2021

Alex Edler was ejected …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to rebound from Habs loss against the Flames – with David Rittich in net?

Listen, Jack Campbell was not going to win every game he started this season. A loss was bound to happen sooner or later, and I don’t know about you, but Leafs losses just don’t faze me as much this season. They’re good, their record is good, they have what it takes to pull out wins even when they might not deserve it. Yes, last night’s game was not exactly a great example of what they can do, but I can’t be too mad at a stinker every 9 or 10 games.
Onward. The Leafs play again tonight against the Flames – and on Sunday evening they traded for former Flames goalie David Rittich  (who has historically played very well against the Leafs) – it’s like a soap opera and I love it. Will he start tonight? If so, is that a good thing? Obviously having some extra goalie insurance is a plus, because with Frederik Andersen sidelined indefinitely the Leafs goalie options are Campbell, who is clearly not yet used to handling the starter’s workload, and Michael Hutchinson, who is Michael Hutchinson. It’ll be interesting to see what Rittich can do behind this Leafs team.
The …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

A Who’s Who of 2021 NCAA Free Agency

Every year the NCAA season begins to wind down and the players who have earned some NHL attention begin to have their names bubble to the surface. Not every player that garners interest signs a contract and many never result in much more than quality AHL depth but the NCAA market always seems to be a hotly contested one. This season’s crop of college free agents may face some barriers because of the COVID-19 pandemic as teams are strapped for cash and have been hesitant to spend in some cases. This could give teams like the Leafs, Rangers, and Bruins a bit more of an advantage as they are not held to the same monetary restrictions as others.
The drop, in general, is fairly average in terms of talent and there may not be a Tyler Bozak but you could get a Zach Whitecloud or a Zach Aston-Reese from this group. Bottom of the roster players need to be contributors and they need to be on good, cheap deals. NCAA free agents are a good way to give yourself extra options to fill those roles with cheap talent. If they don’t work out, the only asset that has …

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Author: Tony Ferrari / The Leafs Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: So, you want to trade William Nylander again?

If I had a nickel for every time William Nylander’s name was thrown around in trade rumours for something the other core players would just get a stern finger wagging for, I’d probably be the richest man in the world.
Look, Nylander isn’t a perfect player. His defense can be a bit lacking, he’s prone to make those big mistakes that scream bad to the eye test, and he can look like he isn’t always putting in 100% effort, sometimes because he isn’t, and sometimes because his skill and skating are well above most of his competition that he just doesn’t look like he’s working as hard as Grinder McGritface on the fourth line.
But, trading Nylander would be a mistake. A big one. The kind of mistake that you think looks great now, but in two or three years, he’s torching the Leafs in a playoff series on route to a Stanley Cup, while all those “valuable” depth pieces we got for him turned out to be just that: depth pieces that could never replace the value that Nylander brought.
Look, I get it. You’re still not over the fact …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors 905: What Toronto can learn from their standout G League team

Raptors 905: What Toronto can learn from their standout G League team

While the Toronto Raptors are fighting for every single victory during their push towards the postseason, Raptors 905 is dominating in the G League bubble. Head coach Patrick Mutumbo has a roster led by Alize Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Gary Payton II, and two-way Jalen Harris sporting a 12-3 record, qualifying them for the postseason. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 2 trades Toronto could make for Harrison Barnes

Raptors: 2 trades Toronto could make for Harrison Barnes

The Toronto Raptors will need to look at every potential bend in order to find reinforcements that can help them in the postseason push, and Sacramento Kings wing Harrison Barnes might be the ideal player to give the Raptors some extra pop on the offensive end. While the core of Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

This Raptors-Mavericks trade gets Kristaps Porzingis to Toronto

This Raptors-Mavericks trade gets Kristaps Porzingis to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors are in the process of unturning every stone at the Trade Deadline as they look to acquire some size, and the Dallas Mavericks might’ve just started to dangle a very shiny lure in front of them by making Kristaps Porzingis available. League sources told Bleacher Report that Dallas has “sniffed around” the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Where do the Maple Leafs go from here? – Rate That Leafs Game

Every year something like this happens. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a massive lead and then they blow it. Maybe it’s good that it happened this early into the season, right?
I don’t want that question to be answered.
The only thing I want right now is for the Maple Leafs to show us that they’re not this team. To show us that they’re better than giving up a four-goal lead to one of the NHL’s worst teams. If they prove us wrong, it’ll be amazing.
If they don’t — I’m ready to yell, scream and throw chairs like I almost do in this one. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the numbers: Auston Matthews

Every year, I try and look back on certain players’ past seasons and try to prepare myself for what’s next with that player. Today, I try and predict how Auston Matthews plays in this upcoming season.
If you’ve forgotten, the 23-year-old was one goal off of a tie for the Rocket Richard trophy. Both David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin had 48 goals, while Matthews had 47. More importantly though, he had 35 even-strength goals which was a tie for the lead league, with again, Ovechkin.
Matthews has been one of the most dominant players since entering the NHL back in 2016 — growing into the two-way centre that we all imagined him to be. He has 158 goals and 127 assists in 282 games, which puts him 19th in the NHL for points since his draft day.
I know we can all agree that he’s a great player. Scoring goals, getting back in the play when it’s in the Maple Leafs’ zone, and even picking the pockets of other players (which he’s incredible at) are all massive attributes to his game. However, there’s one attribute that he’s brought with him to the NHL that’s made him such an incredible player …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

NHL 21 predicts the rest of William Nylander’s career

It seems that every other day on social media, part of the fan base shares a post about how they really want the Leafs to trade away William Nylander. Each time that happens, his name pops up on the trending tab and the other half of the fans that recognize his value moans and groans about it happening yet again. I lean towards keeping the eighth pick in the 2014 NHL draft on the team and believe his presence helps the Leafs out a ton, even though it looks like he’s “not trying.”
So instead of complaining for the millionth time that not everyone in the fanbase agrees on Nylander’s importance to the team, I decided to turn this into an opportunity to look into the glass ball and see how his career will turn out according to EA Sports. That’s right, we’re doing another career simulation!
I last did this two months ago by simming Mitch Marner’s career with NHL 20 (spoiler alert, he turned out alright). Since that article has come out, a new game was released and I knew it would soon be time to do another one of these articles.
For those who …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation