Our Christmas list for the Leafs

It’s Christmas Eve, and while we forgot to write our letters to Santa, we’re hoping that Kyle Dubas will take care of our wishlist we’re posting here instead.
Here are our what we want to the Leafs to get for Christmas or give to us:
Nick Barden
A few days off. There’s been a lot of guys who’ve been banged up and some guys really need the rest. My first answer would be a nice dinner, but I most definitely don’t have the money for that. So, I give them a few days off, which is free for me.
Joseph Zita
They don’t have to give it to me for Christmas, but I think we all know what we would like from them.
Michael Mazzei
Consistent health and better play from Justin Holl.
Roxanne Khasow
A healthy team, a full season with vaccinated fans in the stands.
Dylan Murphy
Ok, now to be serious, I think the best gift the Leafs could give me personally is a Justin Holl trade. With all 7 members of the current defence group healthy, it has been made very apparent that Holl is clearly the 7th best, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs By the Numbers: Denis Malgin

He might just be the best player you forgot the Leafs had. Denis Malgin appeared in just 8 games for the Leafs last season, but there was a time when the 2015 4th rounder was making a name for himself in Florida. More accurately, he was distinguishing himself from Evgeni Malkin. The 2015 draft was a strong one for Switzerland, with Timo Meier going 9th overall and Jonas Siegenthaler in the 2nd round. Still it was Malgin who broke into the NHL first as a 19 year old, with 10 points in 47 games.
Malgin made two appearances for Switzerland at the WJC before being joining the Panthers, tying for the team lead with 7 points in 6 games in 14-15 and leading the team outright the following year with 9 points in 6 games. The diminutive winger was also a teammate of Auston Matthews on the ZSC Lions before coming to North America.
Denis Malgin’s number is 192
That’s how many NHL games Malgin has played to date, and he’s not turning 24 until January. There is no guarantee he hits the 200 milestone this season, at this point it is still unclear if Malgin will remain in Switzerland or if he’s Toronto-bound. My intuition says the former, …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: The 2002 Corliss Williamson Revenge Tour

Chris Childs forgot the score, but Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson was the real difference-maker in Detroit’s series against the Raptors. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at Toronto’s disappointing first-round exit in 2002.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (42-40, 7th seed) vs. Detroit Pistons (50-32, 2nd seed)
The Outcome
Detroit defeats Toronto 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
The series was tied 2-2, the Raptors trailed by 3 points in Game 5, the clock was winding down, there were no timeouts left… and Chris Childs forgot the score.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
The 2001-2002 Raptors season was one of disappointment, despite their making the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. After the seven-game affair with Philadelphia in the 2001 Playoffs, and the offseason re-signings of Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, and Alvin Williams, and the acquisition of Hakeem Olajuwon… everything seemed to be going in the right direction.
But then Carter got hurt, Olajuwon was a bust, and at one point the …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ