The Leafs should consider selling high on Alex Kerfoot at the deadline

We may be less than two months away from the trade deadline, but the speculation on who could be on the move is quickly picking up steam. It is especially the case when it comes to what buyers will do and what pieces could be involved in an attempt to upgrade their team for a better chance at a deeper postseason run.
This is why we need to talk about Alex Kerfoot.
The 2021-22 campaign has been a solid one for Kerfoot so far and it has been highlighted by a resurgence in performance that has not been seen since his last season with the Avalanche. In 39 games played, he has registered six goals, 21 assists, and 27 points. That equates to a 0.69 PPG rate, putting him on pace to finish the season with 57 points, which is 14 points clear of his previous career-high of 43 points in 2017-18.
It has been impressive to see Kerfoot finally find his rhythm after having trouble adjusting to the Leafs in his first two seasons following the infamous trade that sent Nazem Kadri to Colorado. But when you take a closer look at the underlying metrics, you see a player who is riding an unsustainable hot streak while also playing fairly similar to seasons past.
PLAYER
CF%
FF%
SF%
GF%
XGF%
SCF%
HDCF%
HDGF%
PDO
KERFOOT
51.09
50.88
51.32
62.50
52.09
54.47
53.93
59.38
1 …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Raptors rumors: Joe Ingles would be a perfect trade target

Raptors rumors: Joe Ingles would be a perfect trade target

The Toronto Raptors may have shifted from retooling mode in 2021-22 to a win-now mindset, as their recent hot streak has them right in the thick of the playoff picture. If they want to make a deal that bolsters the bench, they could consider trading for a player like Utah Jazz sharpshooter Joe Ingles. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors star Scottie Barnes’ take on ROY is refreshing to hear

Raptors star Scottie Barnes’ take on ROY is refreshing to hear

The Toronto Raptors went from a team that few expected to make a ton of noise this season to a firm playoff contender that currently holds the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference. The play of Scottie Barnes directly correlates to Toronto’s sudden rise back to relevancy. Despite being in a bit of a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 17

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 17

The Toronto Raptors manage to rebound from a very difficult loss against the Pistons by surprising the defending champion Bucks on the road. The latest Raptors odds don’t seem to think they will carry that momentum into their next game, however, as they are scheduled to fall in defeat against another East contender. The squad […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Maple Leafs don’t need a top four defenseman, they need a top four defenseman who can defend

In someways it feels later than usual, but from a scheduling perspective it’s much earlier than usual, but no matter how you look at, trade rumour season seems to be upon us.
Now I fall into the crowd that loves trade rumour season. Most of my school workbooks were half filled with trade proposals I’d write out, and when I was cleaning out my parents basement a few years back I reflected on the horrible trades of an eight year Jets fan trying to build a dynasty. I love this. The fact that any minute there could be an announcement that changes the direction of a team is exciting, and I don’t buy into the idea of going with who got you there. I’m not sentimental. Upgrades galore, baby.
That’s said, I can appreciate that not everyone wants to read about every player rumoured to be available and how they’d fit in with the Leafs. It’s exhausting. There’s going to be no shortage of trade deadline content on this site and others, but not every available player needs an article on them. That’s decidedly why this is not a “John Klingberg is available, should the Leafs be after him?” article. James Mirtle is in favour of Klingberg as an option for the Leafs,respectfully I am decidedly less convinced, so I am going into why the Leafs don’t to look at offensive …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 9

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 9

While the Toronto Raptors have benefitted from playing some good teams without their best players in 2022, the fact that they’ve started the year this hot is very encouraging. The latest Raptors odds seem to believe that Fred VanVleet and company will pick yet another victory against a Western Conference team. Toronto will match up against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could the Toronto Raptors target Danilo Gallinari in a trade?

Could the Toronto Raptors target Danilo Gallinari in a trade?

The Toronto Raptors may have switched from a selling team to a win-now squad over the last few successful weeks, as they may need to make an addition or two to push towards the postseason. The Atlanta Hawks may have made a perfect Raptors trade target in Danilo Gallinari available. Hawks GM and president Travis […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Rockets players the Raptors should consider trading for

3 Rockets players the Raptors should consider trading for

The Toronto Raptors aren’t far away from a postseason spot, and they may need to be in a buying mood if they want to make sure that they will be in the hunt. They could potentially look to add players from a rebuilding team like the Houston Rockets that want draft capital. The Rockets have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Kings Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 13

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Kings Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 13

The Toronto Raptors have rebounded from an iffy West Coast road trip, as they were a nullified Justin Champagnie buzzer-beater away from winning four consecutive games on their homestand. The latest Raptors odds seem to suggest they will pull off another victory against a team from the West. The Raptors will tussle with the Sacramento […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News from the Rink: Leafs place Marner and Sandin on IR, Steeves and Rubīns to make NHL debuts

As the fallout from Sunday’s “gongshow” – as Auston Matthews so eloquently put it – continues, the Leafs announced a slew of roster moves on Tuesday morning ahead of their matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Following a pair of losses on the weekend, a shorthanded Leafs group will be looking to get back on track against a Blue Jackets team that has lost four of their last five.

The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Alex Biega, defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns and forward Alex Steeves from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Marlies. Forward Mitch Marner & defenceman Rasmus Sandin have been added to injured reserve.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 7, 2021

Most notable among Tuesday’s transactions was the news that both Mitch Marner and Rasmus Sandin were headed to injured reserve. Marner missed both games on the weekend after a collision with Jake Muzzin and despite being labeled a “game-time decision” on Saturday, it appears as though he will be sidelined for a bit longer as recovers from a shoulder injury.

Sheldon Keefe said it’s a shoulder injury for Mitch Marner. Could be out 3-4 weeks.
Got bumped by Jake Muzzin in practice and …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation