News and Notes: Thornton and Robertson skating and when will Sandin play?

After an eventful January, the Leafs are starting off February with a (well deserved?) rest. We’ve got a lot of time to fill between now and Thursday, but after that it’s another sprint for the foreseeable future. Given that it was an optional skate today, things were a little slower in Leafs land, but nothing ever completely shuts down. Here are some of the doings that transpired.
Robertson and Thornton skated today

Toronto’s oldest (Joe Thornton) and youngest (Nick Robertson) players working their way back from injury
First time we’ve seen them on the ice since injuries
Robertson – Knee on Jan. 16Thornton – Fractured rib on Jan. 20 pic.twitter.com/7Jph24OYgU
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 1, 2021

Sheldon Keefe on Nick Robertson/Joe Thornton: “The only update would be that they are making progress. They are still on the same timelines; nothing has changed there.”
Campbell “is progressing as well” but nothing as changed there in terms of his timeline.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 1, 2021

So that’s pretty darn good news. Thornton is rehabbing a rib injury, and being back on the ice in a non contact setting seems doable at this point, but the fact that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Major League Baseball is thinking about delaying the start of the 2021 season to May

If you’re already looking forward to February and have pitchers and catchers report written down on your calendar, I’ve got bad news for you.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Major League Baseball is considering pushing the start of the 2021 season back to May because it would give the league more time to get players and personnel vaccinated.
Apparently, those on MLB’s side would rather push things back and have a shorter (like 140-game) season if it means everyone is vaccinated and fans are more likely to be able to attend games in person rather than going forward with a normal 162-game schedule as planned. On the other side, the Players’ Association believes that a full season can be executed as normal even without a vaccine so long as protocols are in place.
“I don’t see any way spring training starts in February,” one anonymous executive told USA Today. “Zero chance of that. I don’t care if we play 140 games, 120 games or 80 games, we have to make sure everyone is safe to do this right.’’
I generally tend to lean pro-player when it comes to issues between MLB and the PA, but, in this …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Wild Western Conference and a potentially healthy roster await them in March

After a short but dominant February, the Toronto Raptors are hoping to keep up the excellent play and return to full strength in March. March is the beginning of the end in terms of the NBA regular season. This month is considered to be the stretch run, as some teams are on the edge of […]
Toronto Raptors: Wild Western Conference and a potentially healthy roster await them in March – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors’ franchise record win streak highlights fantastic February

The Toronto Raptors were spectacular in February, going on a historic win streak and proving they are one of the top teams in the association. If there’s one word that encapsulates how the month of February went for the Toronto Raptors, it would be “victorious”. They came into the month on an impressive win streak, […]
Toronto Raptors’ franchise record win streak highlights fantastic February – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Reviewing the Marc Gasol trade six months on

Back in February, the Toronto Raptors traded for Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. How does the trade hold up six months on? When the Toronto Raptors first acquired Marc Gasol back in February, there were question marks. Not many, but enough to raise a reasonable amount of doubt about the trade itself. Whether or not […]
Toronto Raptors: Reviewing the Marc Gasol trade six months on – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ