News from the Rink: Marner, Rielly, Kase, Woll all game-time decisions for Leafs vs. Wild

The Leafs are in Minnesota for the first half of a back-to-back taking on the Wild.
Toronto has been lights out in their last 17 games, going 15-2 in that stretch. They’ve also won their last five games. This could be number six tonight.
Auston Matthews is coming off a hat-trick performance against the Colorado Avalanche. The Leafs pulled off an 8-3 win over one of the league’s best team on Wednesday night.
Toronto comes into Minnesota against a Wild team that leads the Central Division with 33 points, and is only two behind the Calgary Flames for first in the Western Conference. Similar to the Leafs, the Wild are also on a five-game winning streak of their own (11-6 in their last 17 games).
Someone is going to lose the streak tonight.
In terms of players to watch out for on the Wild, the obvious one is Kirill Kaprizov. The 24-year-old leads Minnesota in scoring with 28 points (9G, 19A) in 23 games this season.
Ryan Hartman is another player to watch out for on the Wild. He leads Minnesota with 13 goals to start the season, 12 of which have come at even strength.
Cam Talbot is expected to get the start for …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Unknown 16-year-old gets past security, scores hat trick against Avs

This had all the makings of a bad game for the Leafs.
It’s their first game back in Toronto after a four game road trip that they swept. They’re up against a dominant Avalanche team. Nathan MacKinnon is playing his first game back from injury. Nazem Kadri is on a tear and coming back to play in his old barn. They had their third stringer in net after an injury to Darcy Kuemper forced their hand, with the potential for an EBUG. It just seemed like the kind of game the Leafs would lose.
Not only did they not lose the game, they blew the Avalanche out of the water. It started out with one of their best periods of the season in the first as they exploded for a 3-0 lead, and while the Avs tried to get themselves back into the game with a couple goals to make it 3-2, the Leafs quickly got back up to a three goal lead, and then kept adding to it, resulting in an 8-3 win. While the goaltending for the Avs wasn’t the strongest, resulting in the lopsided score, the underlying numbers were well in the Leafs favour …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Report from the Rock: The last word (for now) on St. John’s arena drama

Since the conclusion of the Newfoundland Growlers’ first homestand concluded a little over a week ago, the speculation has been rampant, trying to figure out where they’ll call home the next time they touch down on the island. Yesterday, we received that answer, not just for the remainder of this season, but for the foreseeable future.
In a joint statement released by the team and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment, both parties announced that they have come to an agreement on the team returning to the Mary Brown’s Centre, effective immediately.
In late August, the team signed a three-year lease with SJSE. In late October, just over a week prior to the home opener, the Growlers were suspended from using the arena as allegations of harrassment towards employees of the MBC were leveraged to employees of Deacon Sports and Entertainment, the ownership group behind the Growlers.
Per yesterday’s release “The investigation respecting complaints as between employees of SJSEL and DSE is ongoing. SJSEL states there were never any allegations of a physical or sexual nature. Neither players nor coaches of the Newfoundland Growlers are involved in the allegations in any way. SJSEL and DSE are both …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Kyle Lowry talks departure from Raptors, legacy in Toronto in interview

Kyle Lowry talks departure from Raptors, legacy in Toronto in interview

For the first time in almost a decade, Kyle Lowry suited up for an NBA team not named the Toronto Raptors, as his reign north of the border came to an end thanks to a sign-and-trade move that sent him to the Miami Heat. Even after he made the move, Toronto remains on his mind. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Franchise Hockey Manager 8 predicts the rest of Jack Campbell’s career

Jack Campbell first arrived in Toronto in February 2020 as part of a package deal to help bolster the goaltending depth and give Frederik Andersen a chance to lighten the workload. Little did we realize that the Leafs on that fateful day would acquire their future starting goalie who would go on to re-write the record books.
Last season saw Campbell win his first 11 starts which set an NHL record and went on to snatch the starting role from Andersen on route to getting all of the starts in their 2021 playoff matchup against the Canadiens. While the team in front of him fell short yet again, his strong play signified that he was the least of the team’s concerns and that they wouldn’t have gotten to that point if it weren’t for his valiant efforts.
Fast forward to the start of the 2021-22 campaign and he has picked up right where he left off, going 8-3-1 in his first 12 starts, along with a 1.82 GAA and a .939 SV% (!!!). Considering that the new acquisition (Petr Mrazek) hasn’t been able to stay healthy and the remaining options are question marks at best, it’s safe to say that the …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Rielly undresses Trouba, snipes past Shesterkin for second of the night

After scoring just once in his first 17 games of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly added two more goals in the first two periods against the New York Rangers on Thursday evening.

Rielly’s second goal of the night was one for the highlight reel. With the Leafs on the power play, Rielly took a pass at the left point from Auston Matthews and proceeded to drag the puck around Jacob Trouba before firing it past Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
John Tavares picked up the second assist on Rielly’s third goal of the season, which came at the 10:59 mark of the second period. Here’s the video of the play, as posted to Twitter by the official Sportsnet account:

Yeah, so Morgan Rielly is having himself a night. pic.twitter.com/vx0wj667tb
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2021

Rielly now has three goals and 13 points in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting recorded the helpers on Rielly’s first goal of Thursday’s game, which came just 3:41 into the opening frame.
The Leafs currently lead the Rangers by a 2-1 score early in the third period, with Dryden Hunt getting New York …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

The Tigers signed Eduardo Rodriguez, the Blue Jays were apparently in the mix, and Carlos Correa might also sign in Detroit

Here’s the first big signing of the 2021 off-season.

The Detroit Tigers have dipped into the starting pitching market, coming to a four-year deal with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez worth $77 million. Rodriguez’s deal also includes an opt-out after his second season.
Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are looking at that contract and are salivating.
Rodriguez broke into the league with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and has largely been a middle-of-the-rotation arm since. The best showing of his career came in 2019 when he posted a 3.81 ERA over the course of 34 starts, which was good enough to result in him finishing sixth in American League Cy Young voting.
After missing the entirety of the 2020 season due to complications from COVID-19, Rodriguez had an OK season for the Sox in 2021, putting up a 4.74 ERA over the course of 32 outings. That said, while his raw numbers aren’t great, Rodriguez put up very good peripheral numbers, including 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, so the hope is that he can have better results playing in less of a hitter-friendly park.
According to Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays were in the mix for Rodriguez, but he opted for Detroit. That doesn’t tell us how serious …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Orioles claimed RHP Bryan Baker from the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays’ off-season roster shuffle has its first casualty.

According to Robert Murray, the Baltimore Orioles have claimed right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker, who the Blue Jays apparently removed from the 40-man roster.

Source: The Baltimore Orioles have claimed pitcher Bryan Baker off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Baker made his MLB debut in 2021 (one scoreless inning) and had a 1.31 ERA in 41.1 innings in AAA.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 8, 2021

Baker was one of the many arms who made his way through the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season.
Originally acquired back in 2018 as part of the trade that sent Seung-hwan Oh to Colorado, Baker put up a strong season in Triple-A in 2021. He tossed 41 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs on 18 hits and 17 walks while striking out 48. He made one appearance at the big league level, throwing a scoreless frame in a win against Oakland on Sept. 5.
This is going to be a reality of Toronto’s off-season. They have a crowded roster and a whole bunch of interesting prospects they’ll consider adding ahead of the Rule 5 draft, so players are going to have to come off the 40-man. It’s no surprise to see a team like Baltimore, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

PHF Weekend Review: Toronto Six off to a good start with Cava’s OT winner

The PHF season is now underway after its first games this past weekend. The games are all weekend games, because the majority of the players have jobs outside of hockey to do during the week. That lack of financial freedom for the players to play hockey full-time is one of the frustrating elements of the PHF, but it’s also one of the things that makes it interesting. Since I’m all about silver linings, I’m happy that this gives us an opportunity every Monday morning to look back on how the weekend went. Welcome to the PHF weekend review!
As the Toronto Six kicked off their second season as a franchise, they hoped to build off of the momentum from their inaugural season, which saw them in the Isobel Cup playoffs, but losing to the eventual Cup winners, the Boston Pride. their season success was built off of high energy, great results from their top scorer, Mikyla Grant-Mentis, and stellar goaltending from Elaine Chuli.
This season, with new faces in the fold, it was imperative to keep that high energy to maintain success against teams that have more established chemistry.
Their first game of the season, and only …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Report from the Rock: Growlers undefeated through first five games

Welcome to the first in-season Report from the Rock, we’ll be recapping the headlines from the Newfoundland Growlers’ first five games of the 2021-22 season and analyzing some key members of the squad to keep an eye on.
As you see in the headline, the biggest story coming out of Newfoundland is that the team hasn’t lost a single game so far and a big part of that is the reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Month, Keith Petruzzelli, who put up two 35-save performances in his first appearances with the club. The 22-year old added a third win last night in the home opener to start off the month of November on the right foot.
Taking a look at the skaters now, forwards Zach O’Brien, Ryan Chyzowski and Marc Johnstone, as well as defencemen Noel Hoefenmayer, Brennan Kapcheck, and captain James Melindy have appeared in all five games, which is impressive considering the minutes these players have logged and the fact that the team’s opening road trip included games on three consecutive nights.
O’Brien has picked up right where he left off when the Growlers’ 2019-20 season ended, he’s a point-per-game player so far …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation