An open letter to Martin Marincin

So, I guess this is goodbye, huh? Obviously this isn’t the circumstances I wanted, but hopefully you’re happy with them.
You probably don’t know who I am — but I definitely know who you are. You’re great person. A mysterious man. An elite highlight-reel goal-scorer.
It all started back on February 29th, 2020 when you scored that goal. It was truly amazing.
The smile on your face after you scored it, the joy everyone had when you put it past Thatcher Demko — each and every moment you stepped onto the ice after that — I was looking for you.
A few days after the goal, I was pressed to buy your jersey. One of my tweets hit 500 retweets and I had to answer the bell, which for me meant purchasing a possible one-in-ten Martin Marincin Leafs home jersey.
Yep. I spent $280 on that thing.
The man making the jersey wondered if I was crazy when I asked for it, to which I said “no”. But honestly, I didn’t know what was to come in the future.
Because of you, I’ve met a lot of great people online. Great isn’t even the right word — they’re incredible. …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren’s struggles as coach are bad for Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren’s struggles as coach are bad for Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse and Toronto Raptors have had to say goodbye to some of the assistant coaches that helped this club become one of the most consistent winners over the last decade. Nate Bjorkgren left before the season started to get his first NBA gig with the Indiana Pacers, while Chris Finch was hired in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell’s Top 5 moments as a Raptor

Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell’s Top 5 moments as a Raptor

Goodbye Norman Powell. Sometimes when a player leaves, the fanbase can tell right away that they’re going to miss him. DeMar DeRozan is a prime example, but it even happens with non-all-stars.  Serge Ibaka never sniffed the all-star game, but as soon as he walked to go to the Clippers the entire Toronto Raptors community […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Stories of the Year: COVID-19 and the NHL

As we finally say goodbye to 2020, we’ll stop one last time to reflect on how COVID-19 has impacted the NHL. Of course, the NHL portion of the impact of the disease is so much more trivial than the devastation of that we’ve seen on a global level. The deaths, the separation of families, the exhaustion of health care systems, the rise of conspiracy loons and anti-maskers, and the financial impact that has also taken a toll on so many households. In short, the hockey part seems incredibly small, but in the hockey world, COVID was still a dominant storyline that needs to be discussed.
The Initial Shutdown
Like so many things with the NHL, the league was hesitant to shutdown first. Jurisdictions like San Jose were already forbidding games in front of audiences, and it wasn’t until the NBA committed to shutting down that the NHL realized it was time to follow suit. Given that by the end of that weekend, the entire world and all non-essential businesses followed suit, it wasn’t a particularly brave decision, and from the beginning, the NHL began to sell a bill of goods about the NHL’s return.
Amazingly enough, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Breaking down the Trevor Moore Blockbuster

Today we say goodbye to a Leafs legend. A guy that hasn’t scored a goal since game six of the season. A guy who hasn’t picked up a point since game eight. A guy who is recovering from an injury, and has numbers befitting a bubble fourth line/13F player. This is really all we should have to say about Trevor Moore, who was well liked because of a comical comment about his ass, but really was a throw-in so the Leafs could remain under 50 contracts and the Kings can trot out a California boy for a few games this year.
On to the what the Leafs addressed in this deal.
Need for a backup goaltender that you aren’t terrified by
Team toughness in the form of someone who can play hockey
Jack Campbell
After Elliotte Friedman connected the dots between the Leafs and Campbell earlier today, I put together some thoughts on Campbell that still hold pretty true now…
There are obvious benefits from bringing in a goaltender that your coach is familiar with, and the GM knows what to expect from them. There’s the fact that Campbell’s …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Series Preview: New Beginnings

The Blue Jays said goodbye to their longest-tenured player recently. There’s no speculation about where Marcus Stroman could be traded to anymore. Surprisingly, the New York Mets are the ones who will become the new home for Stro-Show.
While some fans may still be upset over Stroman being dealt in the first place, all of us can now move forward and further look towards the future. The Blue Jays will also finally be welcoming the final piece of their young core of position players. Bo Bichette will be making his long-awaited MLB-debut during this series. Which should make most fans think even more about future seasons for when the Blue Jays plan to be competitive once again.
Monday at 8:15 ET
Stro-Show was supposed to be opening this series against the Royals. But, the Blue Jays decided to push Marcus Stroman’s start back a day. So, that the Blue Jays would have an extra day to trade Stroman before he’s scheduled to pitch in another game.
So, the Blue Jays have decided to recall Thomas Pannone to make this start instead of Stroman since he’s gone now. Pannone last pitched for the Blue Jays back on July 18 …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Kawhi Leonard’s thank you to the Toronto Raptors was more than enough

Kawhi Leonard finally said thank you and goodbye to the Toronto Raptors in his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Clippers. It wasn’t much, but it was enough. Call it clarity or whatever you want, but Kawhi Leonard finally said goodbye to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday afternoon. When Leonard first left Toronto at […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ