Behind The Net Podcast Episode 45: Offseason Review (ft. Nick Richard)

In this episode, Matthew Rodrigopulle and I are joined by Nick Richard, a fellow writer for TLN. We discussed the Leafs performance at the draft, what they have in the players they got, why they might have chosen not to move down, and any hidden gems in the draft to keep an eye on. We also went over the Leafs offseason moves via trade and free agency, what each player could provide to the team, if there are any other moves coming, and projecting the lines going into 2020-21. Afterwards, Matthew and I go over the NBA Finals, the NFL Week 5 results so far, and make our predictions for the ALCS and NLCS.
Where you can listen
Spotify

Apple Podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-45-offseason-review-ft-nick-richard/id1488383354?i=1000494615321
Relevant Links
https://jhanhky.substack.com/p/tj-brodies-blueprint
Toronto Maple Leafs 2020 NHL draft recap

Nick’s Twitter: @_NickRichard
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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Behind the Net Podcast Episode 37: Black Lives Matter in Sports (ft. Erica L. Ayala and Omar [@TicTacTOmar])

In this week’s episode, Michael Mazzei and I are joined by Erica L. Ayala, a colour analyst for the Boston Pride and Connecticut Whale and a freelance sports writer, and Omar, known as TicTacTOmar, a writer for Pension Plan Puppets. Erica and Omar join us for a very important discussion about racism and diversity in hockey and in sports. They discuss the significance of kneeling in sports, how bad hockey’s diversity problem has been, how the sport can be more accessible to people of colour, and how the NHL can better show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
For more resources, donation drives, petitions and other ways you can help, check out:
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
https://linktr.ee/blackgirlhockeyclub
https://hockeydiversityalliance.org/
Time Stamps:
2:08: Toronto Maple Leafs, Jake Muzzin injury
4:05: Toronto Raptors finding success, standouts
7:30: Toronto Blue Jays expectations
10:55: Discussion with Erica Ayala and Omar (TicTacTOmar) about diversity issues in sports

15:55: The significance of kneeling in sports and hockey
44:30: Why does hockey struggle with diversity?
53:51: Supporting the movement and taking action 
1:24:00: How to be a better ally

Where you can listen:
Spotify:

Apple Podcasts:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-37-black-lives-matter-in-sports-ft-erica-ayala/ …

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Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation

Behind the Net Podcast Episode 36: The Leafs, Raptors, and Jays are Back!

In this week’s episode, Matthew Rodrigopulle and I are joined by Ian Hunter, the lead baseball writer for Daily Hive Toronto, where we discuss the Blue Jays season so far and if the 2020 campaign will be completed. We are later joined by Nick DeSouza, a fellow writer at The Leafs Nation, to analyze the Leafs play so far, Robertson’s impact, and what are the keys to a Leafs-Blue Jackets series.
Time Stamps:
1:55: Blue Jays talk, Miami Marlins testing positive
9:41: Ian Hunter

12:20: Blue Jays early impressions, standout players, pitching staff analysis
25:00: Season predictions for the Jays
30:43: Thoughts on the MLB’s return to play plan and the Miami Marlins outbreak
39:20: World Series predictions
42:15: Favourite ballpark snacks

45:15: Basketball discussion, Tom Thibodeau hired by the Knicks
48:14: Raptors scrimmage impressions
52:25: Leafs exhibition game impressions, Nick Robertson discussion
55:27: Nick DeSouza

56:00: How he got into writing
59: 13: Leafs impressions, standout players, analysis
1:03:43: Thoughts on the NHL bubble
1:05:34: Nick Robertson analysis
1:11:55: Leafs-Blue Jackets series preview, keys to success, analysis
1:15:50: What should the Leafs do in the offseason?
1:18:39: Leafs playoff predictions

1:23:49: 2011 NBA Redraft
Where you can listen
Spotify

Apple Podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-36-leafs-raptors-jays-are-back-ft-ian-hunter/id1488383354?i=1000486620603 
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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

John Tavares talks music and teammates he’d quarantine with on NHL conference call

Earlier this afternoon, John Tavares joined in on an NHL conference call today and spoke about several topics, ranging on the state of the season, deserted island music, and which teammate he’d quarantine with if he had to choose.
When asked about which Leafs teammates he’d most like to be quarantined with, Tavares had a couple of options:

“How much fun they have every day, their ability to turn any environment into something that anyone would enjoy.”@91Tavares talked about the two teammates he’d most want to be quarantined with on today’s @NHL media call. pic.twitter.com/HmbiyrWiYu
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 30, 2020

It’s easy to see why the guy would want to spend time with someone that knows how to keep things light:
“Probably, Mitchy (Mitch Marner) or Justin Holl. The type of energy they bring around the locker room and how much fun they have every day. Their ability to turn any environment into something that anyone can enjoy. They bring that enthusiasm.”
The clip that really seemed to draw some attention on Twitter, though, was Tavares’ music choices when asked for his Top-3 desert island picks:



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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Dreger speculates on Kerfoot being an option for the Oilers

Darren Dreger joined TSN Edmonton’s Dustin Nielson for his morning insider report, and spent some time speculating on whether Alexander Kerfoot could be a possible fit for the Oilers. The basis for this discussion is that the price seems to be going through the roof on J.G. Pageau, and teams looking for a top six forward or third line center might need to look at other options. That led to into the Kerfoot talk: (you can find the entire radio hit here.)
“There has been a lot of speculation around the Toronto Maple Leafs, about how are they going to acquire a defenseman. And I don’t know that the Edmonton Oilers are the right fit for Toronto in that regard, but I know that the Oilers are among the teams that are watching the Toronto Maple Leafs very closely. And for the Maple Leafs to get that piece, whatever that piece might be, maybe it’s a third pairing guy that Toronto thinks with more opportunity can bump into the top four on the blue line. They would prefer a right side d-man that they can work with longer term. So then you …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What Pascal Siakam’s return means to the Toronto Raptors

In this week’s episode, Hunter Surphlis is joined by Lior Kozai to discuss Pascal Siakam’s imminent return to the Toronto Raptors lineup, Fred VanVleet’s future and much more. The Toronto Raptors have been without their star forward Pascal Siakam for 11 games now due to a groin injury. However, the 25-year-old has been cleared to […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors trade for a big man?

In this week’s episode, Hunter is joined by Lior Kozai to discuss the most recent Toronto Raptors news. Trade rumours, Kyle Lowry to the Hall of Fame and more! One of the most exciting times for an NBA fan is about a month before the trade deadline. The rumours, the deals, and the opportunity for your […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Can the Toronto Raptors survive their injury crisis?

In this week’s episode, Hunter is joined by Mike Bossetti to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors’ most recent injury news. It seems like we’ve mentioned it 100 times already this season. But, here we are again…the Toronto Raptors are going to be missing some key pieces in their rotation for a period of […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors Podcast: Recent offensive struggles continue

In this week’s episode, Hunter is joined by Mike Bossetti to talk Kawhi Leonard’s return, the Toronto Raptors offensive struggles and where the team sits at the top of the league. The most anticipated Toronto Raptors game of the year has come and gone. Kawhi Leonard returned to the city he won a championship for […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors Podcast: Previewing Kawhi Leonard’s return

On this bonus episode, Hunter is joined by Sean Woodley of Locked on Raptors to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto. Where does Kawhi rank among Toronto Raptors’ legends? Should his jersey be retired? All that, and much more! In the most anticipated game of the year, Kawhi Leonard is coming back as a member […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ