Maple Leafs sign Bobby McMann to a future two-year, two-way contract

After a season and a half of hard from Bobby McMann with the Toronto Marlies, he finally secured a contract with the NHL club.

We’ve signed forward Bobby McMann to a two-year, two-way future contract.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 29, 2022

The 25-year-old has been a massive part of the Toronto Marlies this season after starting the season in the ECHL. McMann has 35 points over a 60-game span in the AHL this season and most recently broke the Marlies rookie goal record of 23 goals, set by Josh Leivo.
This is a great signing for the Maple Leafs, who are getting a leader, strong player on and off the puck, and finally, a goal scorer. McMann has worked incredibly hard this season and is very deserving of this contract from the Maple Leafs.
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The legend of Alejandro Kirk continues to grow

It’s hard to be anything but pleased with the run of games Alejandro Kirk has put together this season.

And earlier today against the Boston Red Sox, he just kept rolling not only catching for The Big Man, Alek Manoah, but by putting together some formidable at-bats.
He went 2 for 4 in the matinee — one of which being an RBI single in the 3rd giving the Jays their lone score of the day. On top of it all, he extended his at-bats without a strike streak to 41 at-bats, the longest active in the MLB. On the season, he’s been struck out just four times all of which coming over the first five games of the season.
According to baseball savant, his K% and Whiff% are in the 99th percentile, while his B% sits in the 87th. That B%, however, sits at 14.8 percent — a 4.7 percent increase over last year.

On the season, he’s slashing .265/.362/.265 recording 13 hits, two RBI’s and a spicy eight walks — a number second to that of Vladimir Guererro Jr. His slugging percentage is down .192 from his last year and that should improve, while his on-base percentage is a sliver higher than last year.
His versatility has played a part, too. He’s designated hit twice, while also pinch-hitting on three occasions. In 10 at-bats, he’s had one hit, a sac fly RBI and one walk.
Nonetheless, Kirk’s ability to get on base and most importantly, not get struck out, has been tremendous for the club in a time where they’re battling some bumps and bruises. Can you ask for much more from him at this point?
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There are plenty of lineup card battles on the Leafs in the remaining six games

Folks, it’s hard to get excited about lame-duck hockey. This year’s post playoff spot clinch the Leafs have done their best to keep us entertained with milestones. We’ve got Matthews chasing 60 goals, Marner chasing 100 points, each win brings a new best season for the Leafs, each goal or point brings a new best for William Nylander, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that John Tavares can pick up seven points in the next six games to hit 900 points in his career. There’s a lot happening to care about, and there’s also that whole locking down second place in the Atlantic thing too.
While the Leafs are sitting quite pretty and have the potential to be largely drama-free for the next couple of weeks, the reality is there is still a lot to sort out on the lineup card. There is plenty up for grabs, and while there are roster locks (see below) their spot on the lineup card isn’t established and there are still some players who could play their way into an opening night of the playoffs spot in the final few days.
Roster Spot Locks
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D
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Auston Matthews
Morgan Rielly
Jack Campbell
John Tavares
TJ Brodie

David Kampf
Mark Giordano

Mitch Marner
Jake Muzzin

William Nylander

Michael Bunting

Alex Kerfoot

Ilya Mikheyev

Pierre Engvall

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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Trade targets for the Maple Leafs’ blueline

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It’s hard to ignore that there has been an upswing in trade rumours and speculation of late. That kind of comes with the territory of it being seven weeks away from the trade deadline. In the spirit of that, and the spirit of the Leafs presumably targeting a top-four defenseman, I’ve asked the TLN crew to weigh in on who should be targeted with the question: “Which impact defenseman should the Leafs target before the trade deadline?”
Michael Mazzei:
Calvin de Haan may be a left shot defenceman that the Leafs have aplenty, but he could be a massive defensive upgrade at a smaller cost compared to some of the other pending FA blueliners. His offensive upside my be limited, but that isn’t what he does best. de Haan has been effective at limiting high danger chances, getting in the lanes to block shots, and plays a physical brand of hockey that could make for an effective shutdown pair alongside Jake Muzzin. The two big questions that will need to be answered is can he play effectively on the right side and will he be able to stay healthy. So long as he can confidently slide to his off position and can remain in the lineup. de Haan could be the missing piece for the top four at a fraction of what the other options could for (ex: Josh Manson).
Dylan Murphy:
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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Toronto Raptors Quarter-Season Awards: Which players stood out?

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Joseph Woll provided a lot of hope for the future of the Leafs net

It’s hard to believe it was just a couple of weeks back that I was writing about how we shouldn’t expect too much of Joseph Woll, and this was more about the organization getting a chance to assess him, not a situation where he was going to come in and immediately steal the net. And while I want to stay very true to the spirit of that article, there is something about a shutout in his second start that warrants both some excitement and a need to pour some cold water on our new expectations.
Joseph Woll’s debut will provide the Leafs with an assessment opportunity

When talking about Woll’s arrival there was an acknowledgement that things haven’t gone particularly well in the AHL, but also with the recognition that statistical success in net in the AHL isn’t much of a predictor of NHL success. It certainly doesn’t hurt to do well there, it probably gets a look at a NHL job a little earlier, but it’s by no means required to be a capable NHL goaltender as the realities of the game are very different between the two levels of play.


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Joshua Ho-Sang signs an AHL deal with the Marlies

Joshua Ho-Sang’s hard work has finally been rewarded and he will be sticking with the Leafs organization for the coming season.

Josh Ho-Sang signs an AHL deal with the Marlies. He attended #leafs camp on a PTO.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 6, 2021

In only two pre-season games, he has amassed an impressive  four points (all of which are assists). In spite of a limited showing, he has already impressed a number of players with his hard work and resilience.
Had there not been a log-jam with the forward unit, there was a real chance Ho-Sang could have earned a spot on roster and challenge for the top-six. While I’m sure the Leafs would have loved to keep him on the main roster to begin the season, he would have had to been placed on waivers and be in serious danger of getting scooped up by another team in need of bodies. By signing an AHL deal now, it leaves open the option to convert it into an NHL contract once the time is ripe to bring him up to the main squad (whether that be injuries or he is done enough dominating in the AHL).
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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

The case against Charlie

As I laid my head on my fairly hard pillow to slumber, I had a sudden spark of inspiration for an article, in fact, it’ll be a two part article. It may come off as controversial, but I think Charlie Montoyo is here to stay and if I’m being honest, he should stay. Many people may disagree, but in this article I’ll give you the most common reasons for fans wanting Charlie to be fired.

As I started writing this article on August 31st, he had already made some questionable decisions. In fact, I truly thought they were out of the race as they were 4.5 games behind in the wild card. While he had made some questionable decisions during the course of the ongoing season, the perceived underachieving cannot be pinned on him in the slightest.
I’ll be running through the arguments (without belittling you) and giving my take on the perceived incompetence of Charlie. In the next Montoyo article, I’ll be giving you my arguments as to why the Blue Jays should retain him for the 2022 season and beyond.
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Giving Zach Bogosian a contract extension is a no-brainer

It’s hard not to make a case for Zach Bogosian being the Leafs’ most pleasant surprise of the 2021 campaign.
When he signed with the team to a one-year, $1 million contract back in October, expectations of what he could provide to the Leafs were rather low in spite of coming off winning his first Stanley Cup with the Lightning. He played well in his role as a defensive defenceman and was a factor in why Toronto improved from 3.17 GA/G in 2019-20 to 2.64 this past season. With a full campaign donning the Blue and White under his belt, it makes total sense to keep him on board for another year.
Even with the defence being crowded next season (including the likes of Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren battling for roster spots), Bogosain’s game style is unique and valuable enough to warrant him a member of the Leafs for 2021-22. It certainly helps that one of Travis Dermott or Justin Holl will likely be heading to Seattle in the upcoming expansion draft.
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