We Need To Talk About Justin Holl

I remember at the end of January, during the early stretch of the Maple Leafs regular season, seeing a meme about Justin Holl in a reply to the Edmonton Oilers team Twitter account. The Maple Leafs had just beaten the Oilers 4-3 and were off to a blazing 7-2-0 start. The meme made me chuckle, as it read “Thank you for your contribution to Justin Holl’s 2021 Norris Trophy”. Justin Holl had just emerged from the ashes as a top 4 right-handed defenseman for the Maple Leafs, not only providing steady reliability on the back end, but outright winning matchups against the league’s premier players, notably Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl that very evening.
The story of Justin Holl’s ascent has been echoed ad nauseama amongst Maple Leafs fans, oftentimes as a jab at Mike Babcock, who famously scratched the Minnesota native for 71 games during the 18-19 campaign. Holl hung around nonetheless the year after, outlasting even Babcock, and eventually finding his way into the Leafs lineup as a regular beside Jake Muzzin for the Maple Leafs in their top four. The 19-20 season was a breakout campaign for Holl in many respects, as he ranked amongst the …

Read More

Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Thornton and Robertson skating and when will Sandin play?

After an eventful January, the Leafs are starting off February with a (well deserved?) rest. We’ve got a lot of time to fill between now and Thursday, but after that it’s another sprint for the foreseeable future. Given that it was an optional skate today, things were a little slower in Leafs land, but nothing ever completely shuts down. Here are some of the doings that transpired.
Robertson and Thornton skated today

Toronto’s oldest (Joe Thornton) and youngest (Nick Robertson) players working their way back from injury
First time we’ve seen them on the ice since injuries
Robertson – Knee on Jan. 16Thornton – Fractured rib on Jan. 20 pic.twitter.com/7Jph24OYgU
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 1, 2021

Sheldon Keefe on Nick Robertson/Joe Thornton: “The only update would be that they are making progress. They are still on the same timelines; nothing has changed there.”
Campbell “is progressing as well” but nothing as changed there in terms of his timeline.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 1, 2021

So that’s pretty darn good news. Thornton is rehabbing a rib injury, and being back on the ice in a non contact setting seems doable at this point, but the fact that …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Healthy roster and synergy key to Toronto Raptors’ excellent January

The Toronto Raptors had a marvellous month of January, accumulating wins and also seeing their full potential when everyone is healthy. January in the NBA is widely known by players, fans, coaches, and experts as the dog days of the NBA season. The hype that was present at the beginning of the NBA season has […]
Healthy roster and synergy key to Toronto Raptors’ excellent January – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: William Ricks / Raptors HQ