A new theory has emerged about why the Leafs didn’t trade for Nick Jensen

Throughout the 2018-19 season, many Leafs fans were clamouring for the team to acquire then Red Wings defenceman Nick Jensen to help improve the backend. His playstyle appeared to match what Kyle Dubas was looking to add and the asking price was likely going to be reasonably low. A deal between Toronto and Detroit ultimately never materialized and Jensen ended up getting traded to the Capitals at the deadline.
There was a lingering doubt of wonder as to why the Leafs did not go through with a trade to acquire the American defender. Nearly two years after his initial trade to Washington, we now have a better idea as to why:

My third favorite Mike Babcock story:
At the 2019 trade deadline we were discussing bringing in RD Nick Jensen from DET to play on an active, puck-moving 3rd pair with Dermott.
MB essentially said fine, but if we get him then he’ll put Jensen in and sit Dermott.

— Jack Han (@JhanHky) February 24, 2021

Jack Han was formerly a Hockey Operations Assistant and a Player Development Analyst for the the Leafs, so he would have had the first-hand experience of what went on behind the scenes. The basic takeaway is that Mike …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Raptors completely disrespected in latest NBA Power Rankings

Raptors completely disrespected in latest NBA Power Rankings

Toronto Raptors fans didn’t enjoy looking at NBA power rankings early in the season, as their disappointing 2-8 start had them rooted right to the bottom of most hypothetical rankings. Luckily for Nick Nurse and company, their hot stretch against some of the best teams in the league has finally helped them claw over the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Could any mid-2000s Raptors help this 2020 team?

Raptors: Could any mid-2000s Raptors help this 2020 team?

The gripes that fans have about the current Toronto Raptors reveal the spoils of successes stemming from numerous deep playoff runs and, of course, the 2019 title. ‘They’re no longer elite’, ‘they aren’t championship-caliber’, ‘they may not get out of the first round’! While the thought of going into tank mode has at least been […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Person of Interest: Who is the mystery forward the Leafs want?

Few things spark the imagination of Leafs fans quite like saying the Leafs are interested in a winger and then not telling us who. To make matters worse this name is apparently sitting on a piece of paper in Elliotte Friedman’s possession just haunting and teasing Toronto sports fans, especially after a game where they could only muster one goal. While we might be light on answers, we’re certainly fully stocked on wild specualtion, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do here. We’re going to speculate the hell out of this as we try to figure out who the Leafs are after.
Michael’s pick: Alex Iafallo
I mentioned in an earlier roundtable that Alex Iafallo makes a lot of sense and I think he is the mystery winger. Not only is he someone who can slot anywhere in the lineup, but his contract isn’t too high in spit of Toronto needing to retain some of it. The Leafs and Kings already have a strong trade relationship (Muzzin, Campbell, etc) so it makes sense the two might be negotiating another trade.
Brian’s pick: Tanner Pearson
I wrote on Friday about the potential …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: Fred VanVleet

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: Fred VanVleet

Toronto Raptors fans have heard a lot about Fred VanVleet this week, so why not sum up the obvious stuff first. He broke the franchise record for points in a game on Tuesday when he exploded for 54 big ones vs. the Magic. He averaged 30 points a game this week, shooting 50% from three and making 21 […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: LeBron’s Courtside Karen interaction could change things for Raptors, NBA

Raptors: LeBron’s Courtside Karen interaction could change things for Raptors, NBA

While NBA players and fans occasionally getting into some verbal altercations is by no means extraordinary, the negative interaction between a star player and a fan that made waves on social media could serve as a sobering lesson that both the Toronto Raptors and the league as a whole must learn from. The incident involved […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors fans are going to love this Fred VanVleet bobblehead

Toronto Raptors fans are going to love this Fred VanVleet bobblehead

Toronto Raptors fans love Fred VanVleet – and for good reason. But now, you can bring him into your fan cave with a new bobblehead. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet has gotten a little bit better each and every season. The 26-year-old is currently averaging 19.4 points, 6.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Obviously, […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell out for weeks, Joseph Woll recalled to the taxi squad

Leafs’ fans worst fears have become a reality as Jack Campbell is going to be missing time due to an injury suffered during Sunday’s win over the Calgary Flames.

Leafs have recalled Joseph Woll to join the taxi squad.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 26, 2021

Due to Campbell being out of commission for the time being, Michael Hutchinson is back to being the Leafs’ backup goalie. Joseph Woll was brought up to the taxi squad as a result of the move.
Late in the game against the Flames, Campbell was in discomfort after Matthew Tkachuk appeared to fall on him during a scramble in the crease. Campbell was in serious discomfort but stayed in the game for the final few minutes to close out the win.

Matthew Tkachuk Jack Campbell#hfhits
You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/THJMop3AF5
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) January 25, 2021

Campbell has a 2-0-0 record along with a .920 SV% and a 2.00 GAA in his two starts. Hutchinson, who split last season between the Leafs and the Colorado Avalance, posted a 5-9-1 record, a .888 SV%, and a 3.47 GAA in 16 games during the 2019-20 campaign.
It’s times like this where Leafs fans really miss having Aaron Dell …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Matt Devlin: The Voice of the Toronto Raptors

Matt Devlin:  The Voice of the Toronto Raptors

You’ve heard the voice, Raptors fans, now meet the man.  For over a decade, Toronto Raptors history has been recorded in Matt Devlin’s voice. Since 2008, there have been two constants in the Toronto Raptors organization.  Not Kyle Lowry, not DeMar DeRozan, not Dwyane Casey or Nick Nurse or winning, or positive culture. Even the […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

NWHL Lake Placid Bubble Season Schedule Announced

Gear up Toronto Six fans! The NWHL has released the schedule for the upcoming bubble season in Lake Placid! Time to watch some hockey and cheer on the women of the Six.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Your 2021 NWHL season and post-season schedule is here!
: https://t.co/t7GeztxMkm pic.twitter.com/eJUmceTIp8
— NWHL (@NWHL) January 14, 2021

The @NWHL has released its game schedule for the upcoming bubble season in Lake Placid: pic.twitter.com/SXIWWZI0uy
— Lyndsey D’Arcangelo (@darcangel21) January 14, 2021

And don’t forget that the semifinals and finals will be broadcast on NBCSN, too!
We’re excited to watch these women in their inaugural season, and of course we’ll be bringing you a ton of great game coverage and team content as well! See you in Lake Placid!

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation