The Leafs are in on everyone and introducing The TLN Trade Bored

There’s nothing like the false hope that comes in the form of an established media personality looking to add a hook to his weekly column and to help promote his network’s ongoing coverage of the Leafs. That’s the cynical look at it. The optimistic look at it is exactly what Elliotte Friedman wrote:
After Thursday, Toronto has five games in 14 days. It would not be a stunner if the Maple Leafs tried to make their move during this time to minimize quarantine on any player coming from the U.S. In the last week, Toronto’s been rumoured to be in on half the league, from Mattias Ekholm to Filip Forsberg to Mikael Granlund to Eric Staal to Marc Staal. We will see what GM Kyle Dubas decides to do.
Yeah, that all seems pretty good, except for Marc Staal. If that was in anyway remotely true I’d be sad.
The Leafs looking to act sooner than later is nothing new, as that has been the preferred approach of Dubas for the past couple of seasons, and factor in the oft mentioned 14 day quarantine period for players crossing the border, the fact that the quarantine period …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Page 6ix Wednesday, March 3rd: A little bit of everything

Hey there hockey gossip fans, hope the past week has been treating you well. Hockey drama is at a bit of an all time high these days, with firings, player social media habits, COVID response, and more. Of course, our own Toronto Maple Leafs remain at the centre of it all, as usual, because they are the centre of the hockey world, as we all know. Let’s take a gander around the league, shall we?
Leafs Lads
Captain John Tavares is expanding his hockey footprint, as he and buddy Sam Gagner are the proud new papas of a hockey team.

A statement on the @TorontoMarlboro. Very thankful for this opportunity!
— John Tavares (@91Tavares) March 2, 2021

That’s right, the Leafs captain is the new owner of the Toronto Marlboros. JT seems to be setting himself up for a long commitment to hockey – perhaps a fun little project for when he retires? Investing in the Toronto hockey scene like this certainly indicates that he plans to be a Leaf for the duration of his career, wouldn’t you think?
Meanwhile, coach Sheldon Keefe had a hilarious reaction during media availability recently, when he was asked how he …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors hoping for healthy roster and road success in January

The Toronto Raptors hope to back get to full health after an injury crisis and will look for more success on the road in the new calendar year. Coming into the new decade the Toronto Raptors are ailing and right in the middle of what is a competitive Eastern Conference. They managed to get through […]
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Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ

Daily Duce: The Edwin reunion dream is dead. What about David Price?


If you were like me and you were holding out hope of an Edwin Encarnacion return to Toronto, you’re going to be disappointed. The former Blue Jay inked a $12 million deal that includes a club option for 2021 also worth $12 million with the Chicago White Sox. The dream is DEAD.
Honestly, that’s a wildly reasonable pricetag for Edwin, and it’s unfortunate the Jays couldn’t swing a deal. There was talk that both sides had a mutual interest in a reunion, but, after the Jays brought the more versatile Travis Shaw on board, it wasn’t all that surprising Edwin’s return didn’t happen. Had they signed Edwin, it would be to pretty much exclusively DH, which doesn’t work with a roster consisting of Vlad Jr. and Toescar Hernandez. If Edwin’s return was going to happen, he would have to be coming in as a first baseman.
Speaking of reunions, what about David Price? The last we heard was that the Jays were talking to the Red Sox about a possible deal, but we have no idea how far that went. From a Toronto perspective, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jets Claim Nick Shore. We’re not entirely sure why

I hope Nick Shore isn’t a fan of airports, because it’s going to be a long time before he sees one again.

WIN claims Shore
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 4, 2019
The Winnipeg Jets (named after the gang from West Side Story, not a plane because no one in Winnipeg has seen one) have claimed Nick Shore off of waivers today at noon.
The decision is likely based on the injuries to Bryan Little and Mark Letestu, and the fact that the Jets really like making waivers claims this year.
Nick Shore is from Winnipeg, which might make you think he’s excited about heading there, but as someone who has moved out of Winnipeg, I can assure you that Nick Shore is not happy about having to return. It may or may not beat playing in the KHL again, but it’s what he signed up for by returning to the NHL, so off he goes…
The numbers on Nick Shore this year aren’t impressive…
…and it seems the only real reason to be upset about this claim is the minor hit the Leafs will be taking to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Pre-season Post-Game #7: 5 Thoughts from the Leafs’ depth victory against Detroit

With a roster full of players that hope to sniff a couple games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team headed to Detroit to face a more complete Red Wings lineup. Of course they came away with a victory, it’s Detroit.
It required a shootout in the end – winner provided by Jeremy Bracco – but it became the Leafs’ fourth win of the pre-season, if that matters to you.
Let’s take a look at some thoughts from the seventh exhibition game.
1) Rasmus Sandin appears to be ready
With other young players or AHL veterans surrounding him, Sandin was able to shine beyond them and really stand out for being a dynamic defenceman.
His ability to appear beyond his years and seem like a big fish in a small depth-player pond might have just secured him a spot on this roster. Not even for when Travis Dermott is out with an injury, perhaps beyond that will remain in Toronto for the entire regular season.

Favourite play of the first period:
Rasmus Sandin steps up to disrupt play twice in the span of fifteen seconds.
— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) September 28, 2019

Just those little plays and awareness …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation