Page 6ix Wednesday, January 27th: A hail storm of hockey drama

Another week, another influx of drama happening in and around the hockey world. It might just be me, but this shortened COVID season seems to be bringing more drama than usual. And now that the NWHL bubble season in Lake Placid is underway, the drama is not limited to the NHL. That’s right, women’s hockey drama has entered the chat.
Let’s take a look, and as always, we’ll start with our Toronto teams.
Leafs Lads
The Leafs season is actually off to a solid start, with a current record of 6-2 and a winning streak of 3 games. However, the season is not without drama. The Leafs are already being plagued by the injury bug, with Nick Robertson and Joe Thornton out, Auston Matthews missing a game due to “upper body soreness”, and now *sob* Jack Campbell is week to week with a leg injury.
In fact, let’s talk a bit about Jack Campbell. Though not the cause of the leg concern, there was quite a bit of drama that he was at the centre of in the 2 game series against the Calgary Flames.
So, there’s a scuffle around the net, see. And Matthew Tkachuk …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Richard Urena designated for assignment

With the Blue Jays influx of free agents from before Christmas being made official, there was some roster shuffling to be done in order to fit the newcomers into the 40-man roster. With Travis Shaw officially becoming a Blue Jay, Richard Urena was the odd-man-out.

OFFICIAL: We’ve signed INF Travis Shaw to a one-year contract. Welcome to the #BlueJays Travis!
To make room on the 40-man roster, INF Richard Ureña has been designated for assignment.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) December 30, 2019

Given that Shaw is an infielder, it isn’t all too surprising that another infielder was removed from the roster. That said, I didn’t expect Urena to be the guy. Yet again, Breyvic Valera, a guy the Jays grabbed late last year off of waivers, has survived to see another day as a member of this organization.
I mean, we’re dealing with backup infielders here, so it isn’t really that big of a deal, but it’s a little surprising to see the Jays cling to Valera rather than Urena given the fact the latter is four years younger and likely still has quite …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation