The Jets’ bus arrives in Toronto for the week

In a season that only features six different opponents, the Leafs find themselves facing a team that they haven’t seen since the fourth game of the season. That outing went quite well for the Leafs, and helped build some confidence on the roster that has carried Toronto pretty darn well through the first half of the season. Now here we are, closing out the final games of the first half this week exclusively against the Jets, and these teams will face each other six additional times after this week. Considering the Jets have moved into the second spot in the division (based on points percentage), this will make for some interesting hockey tonight.
The Jets are a different team than the last time the Leafs saw them in the sense that Pierre Luc Dubois is a very different player than Patrik Laine. Dubois was a big part of the challenges the Leafs faced against Columbus over the summer, and now they get to see him at the low point of their season, that’s right, the Leafs low point is having two regulation losses in a row. This is almost impossible to fathom when looking at the past 15 years …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: League won’t be opening training camps until Mid-July at earliest

We continue to roll out new weekly features here on TLN, and this morning we start our look at league wide news that may or may not have a direct impact on the Leafs. 
Monday the NHL and PA through Pierre LeBrun clarified a somewhat confusing aspect of the next Phase of the league relaunch. Unfortunately that clarification really just creates more questions than answers…

There’s been some confusion out there about the potential start of NHL training camps for the 24 teams in Phase 3: both the NHL and NHLPA, subject to negotiation, are hoping for mid-July still for start of camps…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2020
So, the clarification part is that it attaches somewhat of a date to when we’ll see something formal in regards to players getting back on the ice as a team. There had been pipe dream discussion of early July, but apparently that ship has sailed. That ship probably sailed a week ago when the NHL couldn’t readily identify hub cities nor articulate whether these training camps would all be happening in the hub city or elsewhere. This is the first in the string of unanswered …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The definitive starting lineup of the decade for the Toronto Raptors

A new chapter is almost upon us, but basketball lives on. Who features in the best Toronto Raptors starting lineup of the decade? A lot can happen in 10 years – in life and in basketball – and the reality in which we know can change instantly or overnight. To start the decade, life as […]
The definitive starting lineup of the decade for the Toronto Raptors – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ