Rapid COVID-19 testing could help bring the Blue Jays back to Toronto

Earlier this week, Mark Shapiro hosted a media availability and mentioned that he’s optimistic that the Blue Jays can play home games in Toronto come 2021.

It was sort of a puzzling statement given the fact there’s no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic and things down south are getting worse and worse by the day. The Canadian government opted to not allow the Blue Jays to play at home in 2020 because of issues with players crossing the Canada-U.S. border. Why would this be different come April?
But, on Thursday, news came out that the federal government is testing a pilot project for rapid COVID-19 testing in Alberta beginning in November.
Currently, travellers returning to Canada from outside the country are legally required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Beginning on Nov. 2 at the Coutts land border crossing and the Calgary International Airport, travellers will be offered a COVID-19 test upon arrival before proceeding into the required quarantine. If the test comes back negative, they will be able to leave their place of quarantine as long as they commit to getting a second test on Day 6 or 7 after arrival.
If the trial is successful, we would likely …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Mark Shapiro talks about his contract, support from ownership on free agency, the Vancouver Canadians, and more!

Mark Shapiro hosted a media call on Wednesday to speak about a variety of Blue Jays-related topics, which was nicely summed by Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling in a Twitter thread. I’ll talk about the highlights from the call…

On his contract…
Shapiro joined the Blue Jays back in 2015 after the team made the playoffs for the first time in over two decades. That five-year contract is now coming to an end. Though he didn’t offer any specific details, it does seem as though Shapiro and the Blue Jays will reach a new deal for him to remain the organization’s President and CEO.
“I want to be here,” Shapiro said. “I want to finish the job.” Addressing the ongoing partnership between him and the organization, Shapiro said, “I’d expect that’s going to continue to happen.”
Anything can happen, of course, but it’s difficult to imagine that the Blue Jays would move in a different direction at this point. Shapiro has slogged through the difficult part of the organization’s rebuild over the past few years and it appears as though the team is finally ready to turn a corner.
Beyond rebuilding a strong core of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Postgame: Big D in Town

Our Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Dallas Stars for the hockey game on this Tuesday night for what could easily have been touted as a tight competition. The Stars are just 1 point ahead of the Maple Leafs (with 1 fewer game played, mind you).
The game saw the return of Frederik Andersen to the Leafs net, relieving new Leaf Jack Campbell of his fourth start in a week.
Here are some thoughts from tonight’s game.
Rough Return for Freddie
The Leafs got behind in this one early as the Stars scored less than 2 minutes into the first period:

THAT WAS FAST
Denis Gurianov forces a turnover and buries it on the doorstep for his 17th of the season to give the @DallasStars a 1-0 lead! #GoStars | : FSSW pic.twitter.com/IQURh0ddel
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) February 14, 2020

And then, as the second period got going, another goal early in the period from Radek Faksa to make it 2-0:

Radek Faksa 2-0 #GoStars pic.twitter.com/Sys39ArtUU
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) February 14, 2020

Then in the 3rd, ANOTHER early period goal from Tyler Seguin to make it 3-1:

HE’S BACK
Tyler Seguin puts home a power play goal …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Postgame #45: Leafs vs Jets

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Winnipeg Jets for Wednesday Night Hockey.
The Leafs are coming off of a frustrating loss against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but they’ll be hoping to rebound against a Winnipeg team that they’ve had success against in the past.
The Leafs lost the game in a shootout, 4-3.
Here’s 5 thoughts from the game.
Tough Luck for Andersen
After getting pulled against the Oilers on Monday night, Andersen had another rough night. He had allowed 3 goals on 15 shots. Obviously all of the chances were highly dangerous ones, but he didn’t exactly look sharp through the rest of the game.
The first goal for the Jets was some combination of bad luck and bad decision making by Andersen. He trips himself up on the way to stop a dump in he had very little chance of retrieving, and Nikolaj Ehlers is right there to fire it into an empty net.

#NHLJets lead off scoring with a very strange one that Nik Ehlers takes advantage of! 1-0 Jets. pic.twitter.com/KyApBMafuQ
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) January 9, 2020

He earned some luck back late in the game. As we went …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

The three best quotes from the Toronto Raptors media day

The Toronto Raptors hosted their annual media day this Saturday. We sifted through the uneventful and found the three most interesting responses. For the most part, media day is pretty boring. It’s a bunch of cookie-cutter quotes from players who don’t really want to be there and whose primary concern is saying nothing noteworthy. It […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ