The only reason why the Leafs could win game 7

Listen, I know you don’t want to hear it. The Leafs lost in overtime and are back in another game seven. It sucks, yes, but there’s something you have to think about here and why it may be good.
There is so much on the line. Somebody will likely get traded if they lose on Monday night. Do the players want that? No. And that, to me, is the only recipe for success. Nothing else. I hope you enjoy today’s video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Page 6ix Wednesday, May 26th: Deep in playoff mode

How we doing drama fans? Enjoying the playoffs? Did you hear the Jets swept the Oilers and Connor McDavid is big mad? Oh you didn’t? Well, we’ll talk about that and more today. We are deep into the playoffs now, with some teams having already secured their round 2 spot, and many others knocking on the door. For the teams whose seasons have ended, we’re getting a glimpse at some of the drama to come.
Let’s dive in.
Leafs land
We start, as always, with our Buds. This time last week they had not yet started their playoff run, but they are now four games in and lead the series 3-1. Obviously we all know what happened during the first game, and we won’t share any images or video of the injury here. We will share the following:

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— John Tavares (@91Tavares) May 21, 2021

An update on @MapleLeafs captain John Tavares. pic.twitter.com/sV0dlfpdI8
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 21, 2021

The Leafs have been without captain John Tavares since 10 minutes into game 1, but they’ve certainly taken “win it for Johnny” to heart:

For Johnny.
The Leaf: Blueprint Moment presented by @Molson_Canadian. #LeafsForever …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Seravalli: Leafs one of the teams offering a first round pick for Nick Foligno

Today in rumours we didn’t want to hear, we’ve been treated to this unfortunate tweet:

Believe the #Leafs, #Avs and #caps are among the teams potentially willing to part with a 1st round pick in a Foligno deal – and that list may not be conclusive. https://t.co/jGjNBrHvS2
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 11, 2021

Now, I think there are certain aspects to this deal that can be justified. The Leafs are certainly a team that can benefit from more forwards that are willing to finish their checks. Foligno is another capable veteran presence, and one that could potentially improve their power play. The higher cost associated with bringing him in likely also points to the Blue Jackets retaining half of his salary, and while this trade isn’t ideal, nor the first choice of most Leafs fans, it would be far from the worst thing they could do at the deadline. The worst thing would be to stand pat.
Nick Foligno, of course, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so this is a steep rental price to pay for someone with seven goals (16 points) in 42 games. The fact that Foligno has over 100 hits …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Auston Matthews continues point streak in Leafs loss – Rate That Leafs Game

Not often do you hear the words ‘loss’ and ‘leafs’ in the same sentence anymore, but here we are. The Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Montreal Canadiens in a game that they could’ve won. Sure, they slowed down halfway through the game and the Canadiens came back but the Leafs could’ve capitalized on a lot of chances in the first half but didn’t.
Auston Matthews continued his point streak after an assist on Mitch Marner’s first-ever goal against the Habs. Unfortunately, that’s really it. A close game, and to me, it’s a loss that’s okay. I mean, it’s better than getting blown out by Ottawa or Vancouver, right?
Anyways, here’s my video on the loss. I hope you enjoy it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Breaking Down Columbus’ Goaltending

For as much as we hear about how teams need to Grind It Out and Dig Deep © in order to win in the playoffs, more often than not, series are won and lost on the backs of goaltending. Run into a hot goaltender (Jaroslav Halak with the Habs in 2010 against the Capitals being the most famous example) and your time in the playoffs may come to a frustratingly quick end, regardless of how well you may have played.  For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the question of who to start for the postseason is a no brainer. Despite his struggles this season, Toronto’s net belongs to Frederik Andersen, just as it has for the previous three postseasons. Unlike those postseasons however, there is no clear indicator who will oppose him.
After four seasons of minimal playing time, the Columbus Blue Jackets started the year with Joonas Korpisalo as the heir apparent to Sergei Bobrovsky, after the two-time Vezina Trophy winner opted to leave for Florida in free agency. Korpisalo performed admirably in his first season as a starter, posting a .913 save percentage in his first 32 games (31 of them starts) before he was forced to undergo knee surgery …

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Author: briancrd / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Raptors don’t have a superstar, but they do have Nick Nurse

All too often you never hear the Toronto Raptors in the playoff conversation because they have no superstar. What if I told you, they do have a superstar. With the NBA supposedly engaging in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the NBA season, the season might be closer than you think. The Toronto […]
The Toronto Raptors don’t have a superstar, but they do have Nick Nurse – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Marlies Name Greg Moore as New Head Coach

Did you hear about Sheldon Keefe’s promotion? Pretty big stuff, right?
Roughly two weeks ago, the long-time Marlies bench boss finally got the call-up fans had been waiting for, jumping into the NHL to take over a little team called the Toronto Maple Leafs and leaving his former employer without a coach.
Until now, that is.
Having gone about their business with a tandem of assistants, A.J. MacLean and Rob Davidson, since Keefe’s departure on November 20th, the Marlies opted to install a permanent fixture moving forward and officially named Greg Moore the seventh head coach in franchise history.
The news, which broke late Sunday night, came shortly after Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” segment discussed the growing interest in the Marlies job during Saturday’s broadcast.
Moore now joins the Marlies after spending parts of the past two seasons with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, of which he was head coach. As one would expect, his ties to the Maple Leafs organization run relatively deep.
Not only did Toronto select one of Moore’s top players, Nick Abruzzese, in the fourth round of the draft this very summer, but both the Leafs and the Steel …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Listen, the offer sheet rumours aren’t going away, so let’s talk about the recent one here

I get it. You don’t want to hear about Mitch Marner or offer sheets or Paul Marner or Darren Dreger or frankly anything that isn’t the Leafs PR twitter account announcing a team friendly deal. All of that would be nice, but sadly it’s not the world we live in and with each new development we get a chance to restate our beliefs about how the Marner situation should be handled to any audience willing to pay attention.
I’m sure everyone in your life either real or online already knows the amount you’d be willing to sign Marner for, and when you’d let him walk for picks. They know whether you’d front load or include bonuses. They know the term you prefer and your stance on bridge contracts. We’ve all exhausted this, and are exhausted from it.
That being said, in the absence of real insiders who have retreated to their Muskoka getaways, we’ve had a flurry of information making the rounds connecting Mitch Marner to his former boss, Lou Lamoriello…

I’m hearing offer sheet coming on @Marner93
— Joey Vendetta (@RadioVendetta) July 5, 2019

No day off… new Blog after i received …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 6 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

We spoke to Sean Kennedy of Liberty Ballers to hear his take on the Raptors’ largest win in franchise playoff history, and to prep for Game 6. After an absolute decimation of the 76ers in Game 5, we asked Liberty Ballers’ Sean Kennedy about what went right for the Raptors, Joel Embiid’s illness and changes of strategy heading into next game.
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Out of all the iterations that could’ve played out in Game 5, a Raptors blowout win was not an outcome I envisioned. When the Raptors are hitting their shots, is there a way the 76ers can combat them?
The Sixers are pretty thin in the rotation and don’t have the defensive bodies to throw at the Raptors beyond what they’re been doing thus far. If Toronto is clicking on all cylinders offensively, the only way the Sixers have a chance is to win in a shootout. To win a shootout, Philadelphia needs a reasonably healthy Joel Embiid, i.e. the version we saw in Game 3.
If Embiid is effective, it creates open shots for JJ Redick in the dribble handoff game; as well as good looks from behind the arc for Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, etc., when the …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ