Jack Campbell looks to potentially take the starter’s reigns vs. Flames

Tonight may be the most important game of Jack Campbell’s career.
The Leafs go into tonight’s game against the Flames having lost six of their last seven, with five of them seeing Frederik Andersen play in net (although he didn’t start against Ottawa). This has come while the Leafs have a 54.58% 5v5 CF% and a 56.39% 5v5 xGF%, which is fifth and fourth in the league during that span. The Leafs are clearly losing games because of Frederik Andersen, and unlike past seasons where this has been the case, it hasn’t been backed up by otherwise good to elite goaltending.
Campbell hasn’t gotten the crease much in his Leafs tenure, but when he has, he’s impressed. He has a .920 save percentage in 9 games with the Leafs, and a .951 in 3 games this season. It’s an incredibly small sample size, but his .918 career save percentage has at least earned him the benefit of the doubt, especially with Freddie playing as poorly as he has. If he plays well, there’s a good chance he at least gets to split the starts, although there’s reason to believe that that was the plan all along.
Of course, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs announce the hirings of Mark Fraser and Justin Bobb to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion roles

The Leafs made an important announcement today in regards to Diversity and Inclusion within the Leafs organization with two key hirings:
Via David Alter:

It’s great to see Mark Fraser return to the Leafs, and earlier this year Mark Fraser joined Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 and Oilersnation to speak about his experiences as a Person of Colour in hockey:
It wasn’t a constant thing, however, some of my memorable incidents dealing with racism in hockey came at a younger age, unfortunately. You know whether that be from opposing team’s parents or then at the junior level, ridiculous fans sitting beside the penalty box, and having a few moments to utter some racial slurs your direction. That was definitely something that I experienced before I hit the pros.
At the pro level though, I mean yeah, definitely I encountered it. I don’t think that there is a single black hockey player who hasn’t experienced racism both at grassroots and at pro levels if they made it that far.
The difference between the two, for me, was the overt racism in my youth. At the pro level, it would have been more, more in an inadvertent, perhaps …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs reportedly searching for offensive help

Ah yes, the all important search for secondary scoring. A search that seems a little more pointless after Travis Boyd and Wayne Simmonds scoring last night, but with the injuries to Joe Thornton and Nick Robertson, it’s going to be a storyline that likely won’t go away, and one that the Leafs would probably be wise to pursue, but maybe not with the same sense of injury that seemed required a few days ago.
From Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts:
I didn’t think Toronto would need forwards, but here we are. With Nicholas Robertson and Joe Thornton out long-term, the Maple Leafs are searching for any potential upgrades to what they’ve got.
So when we look at what they’ve got, this largely points to a few players needing to show more. Both Ilya Mikheyev and Alexander Kerfoot seem more primed to be defensive specialists, and an offensive output should be considered a pleasant surprise, rather than a line that can be counted on to produce. Jason Spezza certainly doesn’t look to be a secondary scoring option so far, but it’s questionable how much he’s been given linemates to help him produce offense. One …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 Potential Kyle Lowry Trade Scenarios

Toronto Raptors: 3 Potential Kyle Lowry Trade Scenarios

The Toronto Raptors have an important decision to make with Kyle Lowry this season. Trade him or keep him? I’d rather see the Toronto Raptors keep Lowry, but I can understand the idea of trading an asset who is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA). Even if the Raptors traded Lowry, or if […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

The Toronto Raptors’ bench has always been an important part of their success because of how well Nick Nurse makes the most of a player. With some players returning and new faces returning, it’s time to talk about each player’s role moving forward. Head coach Nick Nurse uses his bench just as one would try […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Offseason Trade Targets: Undervalued Right-Defensemen the Leafs Could Pursue

The Leafs will be heading into an important offseason and with the 2019-2020 season in question, it might not be too early to look ahead. Dubas and co. will have a number of decisions to make especially on the defensive side of the coin. With Muzzin and Holl signed long term it seems like the Leafs have finally found the shutdown pairing they have longed for but they still are looking for a partner for Morgan Rielly.
During the 2019-2020 season, Rielly spent most of his time at even strength playing with either Cody Ceci or Tyson Barrie. Both players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the year and have a low chance of resigning. Rielly also spent a small amount of time with the upcoming RFA Travis Dermott. While Dermott seems to have all the tools to be a good top-four defenceman, there hasn’t been a long enough sample of his play on the right side to be convinced he could fill the position next to Rielly in the immediate future. Rasmus Sandin is another player who I believe can play on his off-side but is probably more suited to play on the third …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Jake Muzzin wants to stay in Toronto and the Leafs should want him back too

In the short-term, there’s no denying how important Jake Muzzin is to the Leafs.

When he was out of action for a month with a broken foot, the blueline appeared completely lost at times. The team suffered multiple ugly, lopsided defeats due largely to an inability to play in their own end. In his return from the Injured Reserve on Monday, Muzzin logged just under 23 minutes and was a rock defensively for the Leafs, helping the team to a commanding 5-2 victory over the Predators in Nashville.
But what about in the long-term? Having seen how the team performs without their defensive stalwart in the lineup, it’s hard to imagine a Leafs team without Jake Muzzin at this point.
Before Monday’s game, Muzzin spoke to the media and mentioned how he would love to stick around in Toronto…
“The organization, the way they look after us, the guys here, the buzz in the city about hockey is huge,” Muzzin said after Monday’s skate. “Being close to home is always a nice touch, especially with a little one around now. There’s lots of good things here and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Brad Marchand got really mad online

The first rule of Twitter is the most important one of all — never tweet. Seldom does anything good come from wading into the internet’s garbage bin and engaging with its inhabitants.

If you must break that rule, you really ought to follow the second most important rule of Twitter, which is don’t get mad online. You might be mad, but, since you’re hiding behind a screen, nobody has to know that you’re mad. As soon as you get mad online, you’ve lost. There’s no coming back from that.
Brad Marchand broke both of these rules on Tuesday night. It wasn’t pretty.
If you haven’t been paying attention the past few days, Marchand handed the Philadelphia Flyers a win in front of their notoriously aggressive fans by just skating over the puck in the shootout. Here it is if you missed it. Enjoy watching it, like, one hundred times.

Marchand became the pit of everyone’s joke the next day, with GIFs and screenshots of his gaffe showing up everywhere. In an attempt to show just how unphased …

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Author: h0ckeyfan / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: One thing from every game last week, including Pascal Siakam’s struggles

Each week we bring you the most important part of every Toronto Raptors game. This week’s highlights include Pascal Siakam being shut down, Raptors selling out to stop Harden, and an extended look at dual bigs. It was a tough week for the Toronto Raptors. Coming off an impressive seven-game winning streak, the defending champs […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

One thing from every Toronto Raptors game last week: Erasing number one options

Each week we bring you the most important play, stat, or moment from every Toronto Raptors game. This week’s highlights include Joel Embiid’s zero, Norman Powell’s emergence, and more. The Toronto Raptors had an excellent week six, going 4-0 with two wins against top-tier opponents. In what appears to be the team’s final games without […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ