It looks like the Vancouver Canadians are becoming an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics

Here’s some bad news for Blue Jays fans out west.

It appears as though the Vancouver Canadians, who have been the Blue Jays’ short-season rookie ball affiliate since 2011, are becoming a full-season affiliate for the Oakland Athletics.

interesting baseball development (to my interests + geography, anyways)
According to @susanslusser article, the @vancanadians MLB affiliate may be changing from the #BlueJays to the #Athletics.
+ moving up a level with minor league restructuring?https://t.co/XEhwISwu10 pic.twitter.com/XoKy9Qx8s6
— Mike McKinnon (@mikemckinnon) October 20, 2020

The original Vancouver Canadians played in the Pacific League back in the Good Old Days with the Edmonton Trappers and Calgary Cannons. But, in 2000, they got purchased by new ownership and packed up and moved south to Sacramento, California. Calgary and Edmonton would soon follow.
Immediately after the original Canadians moved south, a new Canadians franchise popped up and became a Class-A affiliate for the A’s. They would be an Oakland affiliate from 2000 to 2010 before reaching a deal to become one of the Blue Jays’ rookie ball teams.
So, really, affiliating with Oakland isn’t anything new, it’s actually a throwback. It’s just a shame that fans in Vancouver and the rest …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Chopping Block Roundtable Part One: Which Leafs Players Should Go?

Understandably, Leafs fans are spending much of the off-season discussing which players might be useful bargaining chips in a trade, with the hope that some of the deficits on the roster can be built up. This will likely be an in-depth topic for The Leafs Nation team over the next little while, and some of the chatter has already started.
To help kick things off, I challenged my colleagues by throwing out a bunch of names of current Leafs players, with the question: Would you trade the following player during the off-season. If yes – for what kind of return? If no – why not?
I’ve pulled together the players that got the most attention. See where team TLN stands on trading certain Leafs, below.
Zach Hyman
Mer: I can’t believe I even put him on the list. That’s all.
Michael: It pains me to write this, but Zach Hyman might be the player that could net Toronto the top four defenceman it desperately needs. He is coming off a season where he was on pace to score 34 goals, 26 assists, and 60 points despite missing the first month and change because of injuries. Those …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

It’s time for the Maple Leafs to show us who they are

Leafs fans found themselves repeatedly asking the same question after many games this season: who are these guys?
On paper the Leafs have an immensely talented roster, which made the results we saw this season all the more alarming and bewildering. It is one thing to be able to chalk up your struggles to a lack of talent, but when that talent is clearly there, it makes it all the more frustrating.
We are a curious species: we gravitate towards trying to make sense of the insensible. But the 2019-20 Leafs are a hard bunch to peg.
Context matters. Let’s do a quick recap of everything that has happened since July 2019:

Fan favourite and valuable cap commodity Nazem Kadri was traded after back-to-back first round suspensions. The trade felt like great value at the time but fans soured on it over time.
Mitch Marner’s contract negotiations became ugly and public, causing damage to his reputation and resulting in a down year (by his standards)
Auston Matthews was charged with disorderly conduct while spending his offseason in Arizona
There was clear dysfunction and disagreement between then-coach Mike Babcock and the front office around player use and tactics


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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from Kyle Clifford this summer

Many Leafs fans have begged and pleaded for a larger physical presence to be injected into the Leafs lineup throughout the entirety of Kyle Dubas’ tenure as Leafs GM. He’s built his team pretty much as advertised – skilled, and a tad undersized. In early February, Dubas pulled the trigger on a trade that brought in backup goalie Jack Campbell, and 6’2, 211lbs, Ontario-born Kyle Clifford, a gritty forward who’s been with the Los Angeles Kings for the past 9 seasons. Let’s take a look at what type of value Kyle Clifford has brought to his teams throughout his career, and how he may impact the play-in series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
By the Numbers
From a number standpoint, Clifford has struggled a little in his 16 games with the Leafs, but overall has shown to be a solid defensive winger throughout his career. 
Clifford has never been much of an offensive player, which is made imminent just by looking at his point totals. He’s averaged about 16 points per 82 games since entering the league, which has slightly risen to 20 points per 82 over the last three seasons. 
Clifford is also revered …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

How Much Will Morgan Rielly’s Next Contract Cost the Maple Leafs?

Between Sportsnet and TSN us Leafs fans are put through constant worry about our cap situation. Well, allow this article to maybe act as a calm amidst the storm we’re currently in (Leafs and life related). 
Today, I’d like to take some time to talk about Morgan Rielly. What specifically about him? Well, the new contract he’ll be needing in two years. I know there are lots of variables and uncertainty at the moment with the NHL salary cap, but there are a few tools and comparisons that we can use to help us determine what a fair cost for Rielly would be. Things to consider are the salary cap, his age, team situation, and his comps. 
But before we do that I think it’s important to review just how good Rielly has been for the Leafs over the last three seasons (17/18 – 19/20).
 

Year
GP
G
A
PTS
P/G
EVP
PPP
ZS%
xGF% Rel
xGAR

17/18
76
6
46
52
0.68
27
25
48/52
-0.20
8

18/19
82
20
52
72
0.88
51
21
56/44
-0.56
20.7

19/20
47
3
24
27
0.57
20
7
50/50
-0.43
0.4

 
It’s no secret that Rielly struggled this season. He never really looked right out there and admitted to playing injured earlier in the year. Also, Connor McDavid …

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Author: Stephen Brown / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Is Nick Nurse too reliant on Patrick McCaw?

Fans of the Toronto Raptors remain torn over Patrick McCaw’s role. Is Nick Nurse making a mistake by playing the polarizing guard as much as he has to this point in the 2019-20 season? For some fans of the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse’s habit of playing Patrick McCaw for 24+ minutes a night is inexcusable […]
Toronto Raptors: Is Nick Nurse too reliant on Patrick McCaw? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Leafs complete wild comeback

Leafs fans were treated to Christmas early on Monday night in Toronto as the team pulled off a wild comeback against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. The win gave the Leafs a five-game winning streak and put the team in second place heading into the NHL’s holiday break. Here’s some news and notes heading into the break.

In case you somehow missed it, here’s the Leafs scoring three goals in under a minute, turning a two-goal deficit into a one-goal lead in the third period:

59 seconds 3 gorgeous goals Enjoy #LeafsForever #NextGenGame pic.twitter.com/2AUth7A53S
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 24, 2019

A key cog in last night’s comeback was the Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and Zach Hyman line. Marner scored the first of three goals in the minute span off of a great pass from Matthews, Hyman fed Tyson Barrie for the second, and Marner then scored the third off of the face-off. All told, those three combined to put up 10 points last night. Since becoming a line during the game against the Red Wings a couple of days ago, they have 18 points over two games.
Auston Matthews spoke after the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Smartwatch for sports, what features should they have?

In recent years sports fans have received valuable support from technology thanks to smartwatches. These smart watches, in fact, are equipped with a large number of functions that allow you to monitor physical activity by evaluating intensities, the type of effort, recording workouts and much more.
On the market there are several smartwatches for sports so, before buying one, it is essential to know what parameters and features must be considered to focus on a product corresponding to your sports needs.
Naturally, the aesthetic factor cannot be ignored: the smartwatch is often worn not only during training sessions, but also in everyday life, so it is important that it reflects its own tastes. After talking about individual models like the Garmin Forerunner 235, below we will consider the main features that a sports smartwatch must have in order to be considered a true ally of your workout.
First you need to distinguish smartwatches from smartbands. The former, in fact, are real watches with a series of sports functions perfect for high-level athletes or amateurs and which vary according to the brand of the watch. Smartbands, instead, are bracelets more suitable for fitness and low impact physical activity: they have various functions, …

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Author: oilersnationstaff / The Leafs Nation

Auston Matthews is the Best Goal Scorer in the NHL

If you were to ask most hockey fans who the best goal scorer in the NHL is, I think the most common answer would probably be Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin has won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in six out of the past seven seasons, so it seems like a pretty open and shut case. However, I’m going to explain why Ovechkin’s claim to the title as the league’s best goal scorer is not quite as strong as it initially seems.
Since I’m going to explain why the honour actually belongs to Auston Matthews, we’ll start by restricting all of the statistics we’re looking at to the past three seasons, which is how long Matthews has been in the NHL. If we look at the list of the players with the most goals in that time frame, there’s a familiar name on top.
Player
Goals
Ovechkin
133
Kucherov
120
McDavid
112
Tavares
112
Matthews
111
Laine
110
Marchand
109
Crosby
108
Pastrnak
107
Kane
105
Tarasenko
105
Ovechkin is still at the top, well ahead of Matthews in 5th place. So why would I claim that the league’s best goal scorer is actually Auston Matthews?
Rates vs Counts


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Author: Drag Like Pull / The Leafs Nation

Dear Toronto Raptors fans, America doesn’t hate you

Toronto Raptors fans are always worried about the American media and a bias against Canada. While the claim isn’t completely baseless, it is often overblown. I am an American citizen. I grew up in Ohio, about an hour west of Cleveland. Through all my years, I’ve met very few Americans with a strong stance on […]
Dear Toronto Raptors fans, America doesn’t hate you – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ