Leafs make roster cuts as players are assigned to Marlies

And here they come. The Toronto Maple Leafs have made more cuts.

The following players have been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL): F Mikhail AbramovD Joseph DuszakD Noel HoefenmayerD Teemu KivihalmeF Jack KopackaF Jeremy McKennaF Nick Robertson
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 5, 2021

Toronto already placed Michael Hutchinson on waivers today, so this comes as a surprise. With two games remaining in the preseason, Toronto decided to assign the younger players to the Marlies first.
The Marlies announced their training camp roster today, and these players will be a massive part of their camp.
Each of these players was expected to be sent down, except for Nick Robertson. You could’ve made a case either way for him, but it looks like he will start the season in the AHL.

Robertson, earlier today, on Marlies possibility: “There’s downs in everyone’s career, and whatever happens, happens. What keeps going is trying to get better and (understand) that I’m going to be a full-time NHL player one day, it’s just a matter of when.” #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) October 5, 2021

Five of the seven players were a part of the Marlies team last year and will likely round out their …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Digging into Hyun Jin Ryu’s recent struggles

Hyun Jin Ryu has been struggling here down the stretch.

Over his last eight starts, he’s pitched to an 8.10 ERA, giving up seven runs in three separate starts. In four starts he failed to make it past the fourth inning.
He’s been putting the team in early deficits and putting more pressure on the bullpen to cover more innings. It hasn’t all been bad for Ryu he did have a couple of good starts in this stretch, shutting out Detroit over seven innings on August 21st, and then shutting down the Yankees over six on September 6th. However his last two starts against Baltimore and Minnesota he gave up 12 runs over 4.1 innings.
For a team in a tight playoff race, you can’t afford to keep pitching Ryu and see if he will figure it out. The Blue Jays have given him a chance to reset and placed Ryu on the 10-day injured list with a strained neck.
When a pitcher like Ryu has stretches like this it’s usually tied to his velocity. Ryu for his career has much more success when his fastball is averaging above 90 miles per hour. His two best starts in this …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs training camp: Who got bigger, who slimmed down, and who got…shorter?

The first day of training camp is finally here. There might not be any Toronto Maple Leafs action on the ice as Day 1 is all about media, but we do get some interesting insights into changes players have made heading into the season on the opening day of camp.
Of course, that comes in the form of the training camp PDF shared by each NHL team. Included in that release are the new height/weight measurements for each player attending camp, and when comparing them to the last measurements we got, we can see which players have bulked up, slimmed down, or had a previously incorrect height measurement corrected.

Camp crew
Here’s our roster for Training Camp Fuelled by @GatoradeCanada. ⁰#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/PpJc8VaNh6
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 22, 2021

Who got bigger?
This is the one everyone is most interested in. Everyone loves a player getting bigger and there was a fair amount of it from the Leafs group this year.
The most notable change has to be with top prospect Nicholas Robertson. Listed at 5-foot-9, 164 pounds at Leafs camp in January, Robertson has gained 13 pounds and even an inch on his official listing heading into this season. …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Recapping TLN’s 2021 Leafs prospect rankings

Over the last few weeks, we here at The Leafs Nation have been counting down the top-20 prospects in the Leafs’ organization as voted on by our team of writers, as well as a couple of outside contributors familiar with Toronto’s system. Our countdown reached it’s conclusion on Friday with Rasmus Sandin taking over the #1 spot after Nicholas Robertson had held that honour a year ago.
A handful of players made their debuts in our prospect rankings this year, including 2021 second-round pick Matthew Knies coming in at #7 and undrafted free agent signing Pavel Gogolev landing the #15 spot. The Leafs’ didn’t graduate anyone from the 2020 list but last year’s #5 prospect Filip Hallander was dealt back to Pittsburgh earlier in the offseason, vacating a spot in the top-five.
Our biggest risers from a year ago include a pair of players who were honourable mentions for the 2020 list in St. Cloud State winger Veeti Miettinen and Sibir Novosibirsk forward Dmitri Ovchinnikov. Miettinen racked up plenty of accolades during a tremendous freshman season in the NCAA and Ovchinnikov torched Russia’s junior league, earning a look in the KHL as an 18-year-old. After impressive draft+1 seasons, Topi Niemelä and Roni …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2K22 ratings revealed, OG Anunoby disrespected

Toronto Raptors: 2K22 ratings revealed, OG Anunoby disrespected

NBA 2K22 is here, and the Toronto Raptors are underrated again. With the always controversial 2K ratings finally out, Raptors fans have tons of grievances that they need to air, with Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby firmly at the top of the list. Siakam has an overall rating of 83. He is rated lower than […]
Toronto Raptors: 2K22 ratings revealed, OG Anunoby disrespected – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ

Nate Pearson is back with the Blue Jays (along with some other roster moves)

We’ve got quite a few roster moves here, so buckle up.

Yesterday, the Blue Jays designated Brand Hand for assignment, putting an end to that experiment only one month after acquiring him from the Washington Nationals ahead of the trade deadline.
In eight-and-two-thirds innings as a Blue Jay, Hand allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out just five. Digging into his numbers with the Nationals, it seems Hand was one of the pitchers who struggled with MLB’s crackdown of foreign substances and he hasn’t been able to rebound.

Brad Hand since being traded to the Blue Jays: 7.27 ERA in 11 games
Riley Adams since being traded to the Nationals: 1.010 OPS in 19 games https://t.co/sHyZVkSi3G
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) August 31, 2021

On the other side of that coin, Riley Adams has been killing it for the Nationals. A catching prospect buried on the Blue Jays’ depth chart, Adams has gone 15-for-44 with Washington with two homers and four doubles, though he has a poor 15-to-4 strikeout-to-walk rate.
If Adams continues to hit, this is obviously going to go down as a really, really bad trade for Toronto. Of course, as well as Adams …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 Toronto Maple Leafs that need to bounce back next season

The 2021-22 NHL season is already almost here, and for Toronto Maple Leafs fans, they don’t know whether to be excited about yet another season or to be worried that another season is upon us and we might see the same movie for the sixth year in a row. Despite the Maple Leafs collapsing in the first round yet again, it was definitely a regular season to be proud of, but them losing in the first round again does make their regular season meaningless at this point.
However, it was a season filled with great moments and a season filled with some stressful  moments, and for some players, in particular, they will be looking to bounce back next season after having not the strongest of seasons during the 2020-21 campaign. These three individuals all have specific skills that will allow them to bounce back, it’s just a matter of if they can apply it next season and show us they are capable of bouncing back to help lead this team to greater things.
1. Justin Holl – 29 years old – RD
2020-21 stats – 55 GP – 2 G – 18 A – 20 PTS – 21:04 TOI
Contract – $2M x 3 years – signed through the 2022-23 season
This pick shouldn’t …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

The options still available to the Leafs of free agency

Here we are. Day Two. All the insiders are on their way to the lake. There’s just one or two guys left with the scoops and then a whole lot of reliance on the team PR accounts stepping up their game.
Once you take a bit of a closer look on at the Leafs cap situation, and realize what contracts are likely Marlies bound, the Leafs are left with about $3.8M to address one roster position at forward, assuming they won’t carry a reserve player to start the year. For the second day of free agency that’s not too bad a budget. Of course the Leafs could also trade some players to free up additional funds, but as of right now we’ll take Kyle Dubas at his word, and look at players who might fall into that price range.
James Neal
Let’s start off with a name that you immediately want to move past. Neal has a questionable track record. 2 of his past 3 seasons haven’t been ideal. He was bad enough in Calgary to get flipped for Milan Lucic. He then put together a season that earned him the moniker Real Steal. That evaporated …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Latest Leafs Rumours to kick start free agency

Here we are. The moment of truth. What will the Leafs team that is finally going to make it past the first round of the playoffs going to look like? Well, that first round victory is a bit of a stretch, as the Leafs are losing Zach Hyman today, and need to find a solid NHL caliber goaltender with about $10M to address four roster positions, at least 3 of which need more than a bandage.
Still, today is about fun, and we should be like GM’s with their owner’s bank account today and not worry about the future.
With that in mind, here is the rundown of the latest Leafs rumours:

Michael Bunting has been linked to the Leafs through logical connecting of the dots, but we can confirm the two sides have been talking and Bunting wants to be a Leaf. Interest is mutual. Unless there is an offer out there that the Leafs won’t match in FA, we expect he will be.
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) July 28, 2021

Our peers at MLHS appear to be breaking another Leafs signing, and it’s the one that we’ve spent some time talking up on this site. Throw …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: 24 hours until we get some new Leafs

Here we are in the home stretch. So long old roster full of bad memories, hello new roster full of… well… pretty much the same guys, but a few new role players and a fancy new 1B goaltender. Still, with change comes hope, and right now Leafs fans need hope almost as much as they need a 3rd line center, top six forward, and goaltender who can share the workload with Jack Campbell.
Given that we’re in the final hours of rumour mongering and we can soon switch over to overanalyzing new players, roster construction, etc, we’ll take a look at as much as we can for what’s out there for the Leafs at the moment.

Nick Foligno, #Leafs still talking
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) July 26, 2021

So that’s somewhat to be expected. If the NHL was to follow the rules (they aren’t) the only team that Foligno could talk to right now would be the Leafs. The Leafs obviously attach value to Nick Foligno, as they traded a first round pick for him. They didn’t get to see a lot of him in a Leafs uniform, and with the departure of Zach Hyman, the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation