Leafs find a home for 4 Growlers

With the unfortunate, but largely necessary to cancel the Newfoundland Growlers season, the Leafs organization was left with a number of players in search of a place to play. It seems like they’ve found a home for four of the players, including one of their promising young defensemen.

ROSTER NEWS: The @TorontoMarlies have loaned forward Gordie Green, defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer, forward Jeremy McKenna and forward Bobby McMann to the Thunder.
— Wichita Thunder (@Wichita_Thunder) December 15, 2020

Noel Hoefenmayer is probably the player of note here, as the OHL defenseman of the year, and promising prospect is amongst the group relocating to Kansas for the year. The fact that he’ll get a chance to develop and show what he can do to earn an entry level contract is encouraging, and hopefully we’ll see opportunities for other Growlers in the near future.
Additionally the move opens the door to potentially recalling some players as needed from the ECHL to the Marlies in season. The recall would presently involve a 14 day quarantine period that might be difficult logistically, but it’s safe to assume there will be expanded AHL rosters that will mean Toronto won’t entirely be relying on swift …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maybe hold off on buying a Johnsson, Kapanen, or Kerfoot jersey for another six weeks

If there was one thing that seemed to largely survive the transition from Lou Lamoriello to Kyle Dubas, it’s the decision to keep trade talks relatively quiet. Dots can still be connected, but it’s not so much the open book of the Burke and Nonis eras. It will surprise no one that the Leafs are looking for defensemen, and that they are looking for a backup goaltender. Those dots have been pretty well established, the same can also be said for the names of the Leafs players that teams are seeking out, and the most likely Leafs to be offered up to the trade gods.
From TSN Insider Trading:
Dreger: And the Battle of Alberta may drift off the ice as well because the Edmonton Oilers are also looking for a top-six forward. Not sure about the Flames but I believe the Edmonton Oilers are going to pay close attention to what happens with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Again, speculation around the likes of Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson, maybe Alex Kerfoot. And another team to watch? The Minnesota Wild. I’m told that Bill Guerin is open for business and part of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Three Questions from the Raptors: An Orlando Series Retrospective

After a largely one-sided series, we spoke to the Orlando Pinstriped Post to hear a Magic fan’s perspective on how the series went down. For the final instalment of the Magic series’ Three Questions, we spoke to managing editor Mike Calli of the Orlando Pinstriped Post to hear his thoughts looking back on the first round.
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In the spirit of positivity, let’s reminisce on some of the best Orlando Magic moments/plays during this series. Are there any that pop into your head?
Thinking… thinking… thinking.
Yeah, I can only think of one: the D.J. Augustin game-winning shot in Game 1.
After that, the Magic didn’t hold a lead in the series again until midway through the third quarter of Game 3. In fact, I went back and did the math and, after Game 1, Orlando held a lead over the Raptors from a grand total of five minutes and 49 seconds over three games. The Raptors led the entire way in Games 2 and 5, the Magic held the lead for 27 seconds in Game 3 and for the first 5:22 of Game 4. When playing from behind for the entire series, mostly by a large margin, there won’t be too many happy moments …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ