Leafs rumoured to be looking for a “Shattenkirk or Sekera return” for Barrie

If you are just reading the headline and going into a cold sweat about the Leafs trading for Kevin Shattenkirk or Andrej Sekera, please relax, it’s speaking to the first round pick plus a prospect return both of those players warranted at the trade deadline.
According to Bob McKenzie, the Leafs are far more open to trading Tyson Barrie as a result, not only because of the historically embarrassing game on Saturday night, but a week that featured three bad losses, and one small glimpse of hope on Thursday. On insider trading Bob McKenzie suggested the return in line with what both of those players brought in.
Darren Dreger suggested the Leafs will lean more on Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren in March, and the return of Rielly and Ceci will also make the notion of trading Barrie more palatable.
Here’s what those trades looked like
Shattenkirk:
Traded from St. Louis Blues with Pheonix Copley to Washington Capitals for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, conditional draft pick, round 1 pick in the 2017 draft (Morgan Frost) and conditional round 2 pick in the 2019 draft
Sekera:
Traded from Carolina Hurricanes to Los Angeles Kings for Roland McKeown and round 1 pick in …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

According to Elliotte Friedman the Canes are shopping Jake Gardiner. Should the Leafs be interested?

I am 100% here for how angry that headline makes you all. It fuels me. I’m wrapping myself up in your anger and drinking warm cocoa thinking of the responses this will receive. Thank you for this.
Anyways, let’s loop back around to Elliotte Friedman stating on his 31 Thoughts podcast that the Canes are shopping Jake Gardiner. I will say this here and now, and underline in bold, so there’s no confusion about it… Friedman didn’t say the Leafs are looking at Gardiner, that speculation is my own. The fact that Gardiner is available and had some success in Toronto is what has me connecting the dots back to Toronto with him.
Now, I’m also going to take the time acknowledge some truths about Jake Gardiner…
Many of you don’t like him because he does somethings in his own zone that offend your eyes. This is a valid concern. Jake Gardiner can be better defensively and his greatest strength comes from when the Leafs have the puck, which he helps them do more often. I understand that there are few things more bothersome than watching Jake …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Kevin Gravel could become a vital piece of the Leafs’ blue line

If you answered “who?” reading the headline, it’s alright. Being on the Edmonton Oilers does that to players that move on from them.
Kevin Gravel was one of the seven free agents that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed on the same day in the middle of summer. In the middle of a majority of fans most likely not paying attention about hockey whatsoever, the Leafs decided to sign all the depth they could handle in one fell swoop.
Gravel was the only defenceman of that group — a position that Toronto tried to fix this offseason.
The major transaction was acquiring Tyson Barrie from the Colorado Avalanche, while one of their key forwards in Nazem Kadri was headed the other way. A move that could potentially work out, or could wind up being a mistake if the Leafs are ever without Auston Matthews or John Tavares at any point this season and are wondering why their offence has suddenly dried up.
This summer focus of solidifying a group of six defencemen that could take them beyond the first round has potential, but it’s also taking a major risk changing up the personnel so drastically. Two defencemen that will most …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors 2019 NBA Finals schedule is here

It’s a headline that still feels surreal, but it truly exists. Here are the times and dates for the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. As unbelievable as this sounded as recently as last week, the Raptors are going to the NBA Finals to take on Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and (presumably) Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors for the championship. It’s the first time in franchise history that this has ever happened. As you can imagine, everyone in Toronto is extremely hyped up.
So let’s get the details out there. Here is the official NBA Finals schedule for the Warriors and Raptors. (Remember: owing to their regular season records — 58 wins vs. 57 — the Finals actually start in Toronto. Hoo boy.)
Game 1: Thursday, May 30 — Golden State at Toronto — 9pm EST on ABC/Sportsnet
Game 2: Sunday, June 2 — Golden State at Toronto — 8pm EST on ABC/TSN
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5 — Toronto at Golden State — 9pm EST on ABC/Sportsnet
Game 4: Friday, June 7 — Toronto at Golden State — 9pm EST on ABC/TSN
*Game 5: Monday, June 10 — Golden State at Toronto — 9pm EST on ABC/Sportsnet
*Game 6: Thursday, June 13 — Toronto at Golden State — 9pm EST on ABC/ …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ