The Leafs don’t appear to be one of the teams in on Jake DeBrusk, but should they be?

I’ve gone into this before. I want to believe the Leafs can fix anyone. Bring me all the reclamation projects, especially one with the speed and agitating play of Jake DeBrusk.
Of course we all remember DeBrusk as the reason that the Leafs don’t have Nazem Kadri anymore. Between DeBrusk’s knee on Kadri, followed up with his boarding of Marleau leading to Kadri’s retaliatory crosscheck, Jake DeBrusk likely established himself as a player permanently hated by a number of Leafs fans. On the other side of the coin, he got the job done and removed an impact player from a close series.
Interestingly enough, the series that made DeBrusk an enemy of Toronto was also around the time that his game began to slip.
Season
GP
TOI
TOI/GP
Goals/60
First Assists/60
Total Points/60
S%
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF%
xG%
PDO
OZ Faceoff %
20172018
70
855.53
12.22
0.98
0.63
2.38
11.57
62.14
51.90
54.49
61.73
53.75
1.03
70.07
20182019
68
861.12
12.66
1.18
0.42
1.81
14.53
58.95
46.47
55.92
59.38
55.32
1.01
63.45
20192020
65
835.38
12.85
0.86
0.43
1.65
9.16
54.51
52.29
51.04
53.57
52.27
1.01
61.76
20202021
41
500.73
12.21
0.36
0.48
1.32
4.23
57.40
56.32
50.47
53.33
52.97
1.00
59.23
20212022
18
211.48
11.75
0.57
0.28
1.42
9.09
51.64
51.07
50.28
42.86
52.62
0.98
43.59
DeBrusk as been on a steady downward trajectory from his rookie season, that likely puts him in a situation where those early results aren’t going to be an expectation of him. His shooting percentage isn’t likely to return to the teens, but if his goal totals do, that’s probably all …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jake Muzzin’s rough start exemplifies Leafs’ early struggles

To say that not much has gone well for the Leafs through the early part of the season would be a massive understatement. They have dealt with injuries, their offensive stars have almost completely been held off the scoresheet and the team has struggled mightily to create offense in transition – something that has been a strength for this group in the past. The defensive unit hasn’t been getting the job done either, namely the shutdown pairing of Jake Muzzin and Justin Holl who have excelled in that role in the last couple of seasons.

Keefe on Muzzin and Holl: “Just two guys that haven’t played at the level that we’ve come to expect from them. Those guys take on a lot of tough assignments and it is difficult for them. But we’ve come to expect them to thrive in that position and it hasn’t happened here yet.”
— David Alter (@dalter) October 25, 2021

Given the team’s overall struggles, it may seem unfair to point the finger in any one direction but Muzzin and Holl have stood out from the crowd so far, and for all the wrong reasons.
While Holl has found a way to complement Muzzin on that pairing …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 34: Recapping an incredible weekend at The Dome

The Blue Jays’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better.

After nearly two years away from Toronto, the Blue Jays returned home and treated the fans to an absolute ass-kicking of the Kansas City Royals. Not only had the team been away for a long time, but this weekend’s games featured the first playoff atmosphere at the Rogers Centre since the 2016 American League Championship Series against Cleveland. What a blast.
With Tyler still lost in the woods, I had Paul Berthelot join to talk about all of the good vibes from the weekend. We talked about George Springer really establishing the whole “George Springer is a Blue Jay” thing with a huge weekend, Alek Manoah rising to the occasion and having an amazing start, and Jose Berrios putting together an excellent debut. We also talked about our thoughts on the Berrios trade and why it was a worthwhile move for the front office to make, despite the huge cost.
Finally, I drew about as many comparisons as I could to the 2015 team because, seriously, the patterns are getting ridiculous.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Will Nick Robertson be in the Leafs lineup on opening night?

I’ve gone back and forth in terms of what I think about Nick Robertson and what type of player he can be. For now though, I know what player he is. A fast, skilled and strong shooter who belongs in the NHL, not the AHL.
Here’s a video where I discuss my reasons behind this and what makes him more of a threat with the Leafs rather than the Marlies.
I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Name your price for Zach Hyman

It seems that Zach Hyman is as good as gone. That’s a bitter pill to swallow as he’s been a very unique player for the Leafs and the absence of his physical, but smart style of play in the top six will definitely be missed. Still, with there being a very good likelihood of Hyman receiving a contract north of $6M, there is a very good chance that none of us will like $6M/yr Zach Hyman as much as we love $2.25M/yr Zach Hyman, and giving term to a 29 year old with an injury history that raises an eyebrow, probably doesn’t sit right especially when the Leafs are already limited as far as cap resources go.
Still, around these parts we can all see the value Hyman brings, so here are our last best offers to keep Hyman.
Mark Norman:
The absolute highest I would go for Hyman is 8 years X $4.5M. Basically the Killorn contract + 1 year to bring the AAV down. I’m not sure other suitors will go past 5 years for Hyman so perhaps the long-term security would be persuasive.
Ryan Hobart:
Term is certainly something to consider, as he will certainly be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 players that could have bigger roles next season

Toronto Raptors: 3 players that could have bigger roles next season

As we all know, the Toronto Raptors season has come and gone after a very disappointing, yet understandable year. The Raptors are now shifting their focus towards the coming off-season and into next season after not qualifying for a playoff spot for the first time in quite some time. With some decisions to make this […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

What do the new guys bring to the team?

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Leafs have made a few moves to help beef up their roster. While they didn’t go for any big names, it was very clear that Kyle Dubas had a very specific need he wanted to improve up front, and that’s what he looks to bring in with the acquisitions of Nick Foligno and Riley Nash.
With that, I’m going to dive into both players and what kind of role they can play on the current Leafs team. This won’t be evaluations on the trades themselves, but if you want my thoughts in very few words, the Nash trade was sneaky good, and the Foligno trade was a bit of an overpayment, even though I like the player. I won’t dive into Rittich because we already have an article on the way for that.
Nick Foligno
At age 33, expecting Foligno to be the power forward he once was would be setting yourself up for a disappoint. He hasn’t had more than 20 goals and 35 points since 2016-17, and even then, he only ever had seasons of that calibre three times in his 14 season career, and was mostly …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: The Athletic talking Gaudreau to the Leafs, Nick Foligno won’t go away, and bad deals involving top prospects

So an optimal day for Leafs trades has come and gone. Monday was sadly uneventful, but doesn’t necessarily mean that we are in for a completely quiet week. The Leafs could be willing to take an extra missed game to due to quarantine requirements if it means that teams aren’t pressuring them into an overpayment, and there’s always the possibility of trades within Canada as well, as we’ll soon discuss. There is also the fact that after the game Saturday night the Leafs will once again find themselves with a bit of a break and that could yield the trade we can feel coming.
Burnside wants to see Gaudreau on the Leafs
So calling this a rumour is a little much, this is more a columnist at The Athletic pushing out something he knows will get discussed. Such is the nature of Scott Burnside’s “6 Trades I’d like to see” article.
The logic behind the suggestion seems to be obvious from a Leafs perspective, Gaudreau is a great player and with a year left on his contract, he improves Toronto for next season as well, something I’m sure Kyle Dubas would love if he’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Pass or Pursue on forgotten big Kevin Love

Toronto Raptors: Pass or Pursue on forgotten big Kevin Love

Now that the All-Star Break has come and gone, the Toronto Raptors can get on with the second half of their season. The team has had many obstacles to overcome this season, some self-imposed and others through no fault of their own. The COVID-19 flare-up that affected the team almost two weeks ago has not cleared […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Could the Leafs be eying Rickard Rakell?

While much has gone right for the Toronto Maple Leafs early on this season, a quick rash of injuries coupled with depth forwards failing to meet the lofty expectations of “just chip in here and there, we literally have Auston Matthews” has left the team, at times, looking out of kilter. And despite the trade deadline being over two months away, the Leafs front office supposedly is already looking to add.
On his 31 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that he believes that the Leafs have a particular forward in mind, but he has not been able to confirm, a sentiment he doubled down on during an appearance on Tim & Sid. Friedman specifically mentions it would be a winger of high enough caliber to play with either Matthews and Marner or Tavares and Nylander, the latter pair having been affected the most by the early season shuffling.
In typical fashion, fans of the Leafs have begun scouring the roster pages of teams expected to be outside the playoffs, trying to determine who the mystery winger could be. The most common name is Los Angeles Kings winger Alex Iafallo, and while it is not hard to see why (established trade history …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation