Leafs trade day?

So there are no guarantees in life, but today isn’t a bad day to turn on notifications for insider tweets, and to hit refresh on the @LeafsPR all day long instead of doing actual work. Thanks to the 14 day quarantine required for players crossing the border from the United States, this is one of the windows that results in the fewest number of games to that would be missed by said player in joining the Leafs. A second window like this occurs after Saturday night’s game against the Flames, but with the exception of these two occurrences, the Leafs new player would miss six games minimum in joining the club. There’s also something to be said for making moves sooner rather than later, a concept that Kyle Dubas has been fond of in the past.
What are the Leafs shopping for?
Well, the consistent leading item on the Leafs wishlist according to insiders has been a middle six forward, more or less a second line winger seems to be the target, but perhaps someone who could elevate the third line is more the reality of it. Of course this is what the ongoing rumours have been, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies sign a couple of CHL stars

For me personally there are few things I want to do less in life than watch AHL hockey. Over the past few weeks, I’m shocked that my stance on that hasn’t particularly changed, as any hockey might be nice, but today’s signings test my stance a little more as I am a big fan of one of the signees.

News: The Marlies have signed defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer and forward Jeremy McKenna to two-year AHL contracts.
Details » https://t.co/HKbZW5wqRD#ForeverStartsHere pic.twitter.com/6SuFK9udAK
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 4, 2020
The player here that particularly stands out for me is Noel Hoefenmayer, a talented offensive defenseman from the Ottawa 67s. I wanted the Leafs to draft him in 2017, I wanted the Leafs to sign him last year when he wasn’t offered an entry level contract from the Coyotes, and now here we are finally getting him into the system on an AHL deal.
Here’s what I had to say about him last year:
The Ottawa 67’s defenseman was drafted in the fourth round in 2017. He’s a talent offensive defenseman, but might not have the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Getting to know these other guys who got invited to Blue Jays spring training

Since life isn’t fair, just as I had finished writing a zillion words on the 50 guys who were attending Blue Jays spring training, the team announced a list of other guys who would also be showing up to camp in Dunedin. I mean, we knew there were going to be non-roster prospects at big league camp, but, now that there’s an official list, let’s talk about them.

OFFICIAL: We’ve signed LHP Brian Moran to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.
Additionally, we’ve extended Spring Training invites to the following players. pic.twitter.com/YNx1o6sPTF
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 7, 2020

LHP Brian Moran: The most recent minor-league signing by the Blue Jays, Moran made his debut with the Miami Marlins last season at the age of 30. Moran was actually selected by the Blue Jays in the Rul 5 draft back in 2013 but was purchased by the Angels immediately after. He’s posted good numbers in the minors as a reliever with high strikeout totals but hasn’t really earned much of a chance beyond that. Given Thomas Pannone is the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors have pursued Danny Green harder?

Danny Green has started life well with the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Should the Toronto Raptors have pursued him harder in free agency? When the news that the Toronto Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard broke, Danny Green was seen as more of a bit-part player in the deal. The Raptors got Leonard and Green, […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors fans can save big on BRXLZs at FOCO

Looking for a gift for the Toronto Raptors fan in your life this holiday season? You need to check out BRXLZs at FOCO – and we’ve got an exclusive offer for you. The holidays are nearly here. Before you know it you’ll be slipping into a turkey-induced food coma on the couch, with Black Friday […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: It’s time to change the narrative on Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet is fresh off the best performance of his life in the 2019 NBA finals. After his big-time moment, it’s time to change the way we talk about the point guard. Imagine you were heading into work on whatever your profession’s biggest day of the year is. Let’s say you were a server at […]
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Author: Zak McDonald / Raptors HQ

What’s the secret to Sam Gaviglio’s early-season success?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out what’s going on with Sam Gaviglio this year. With reams of data available and logic suggesting otherwise, Gaviglio has been a godsend for the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season.
Last year, he made the second-most starts of any Blue Jays pitcher, purely because the team’s rotation was ravaged by injuries and they had no choice but to hand the ball to Gaviglio every five days.
This season is a much different story for Gaviglio. He’s flourishing in a new middle-relief role with the Blue Jays, posting some of the best numbers among Blue Jays relievers. Gaviglio, of all people, is having an All-Star calibre first half of the season.
The numbers suggest Gaviglio won’t post a sub-1.00 ERA at season’s end, but Charlie Montoyo has found a way to maximize the value out of the 28-year-old right-hander. Which brings me back to my original question … how on earth is Gaviglio doing it?
At first, I thought something might’ve changed in his delivery or his release point. Pete Walker is known for tinkering with pitcher’s deliveries, moving them around on the mound and helping …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Kendrys Morales got traded to the Yankees, lol

Sometimes life is weird and sometimes you randomly run into an ex within your division that you already saw earlier this season wearing another uniform.
The Blue Jays have already played the Oakland A’s shortly after they acquired Kendrys Morales from them, he was even able to score a run. But now, after the A’s DFA’d  Morales earlier this week, they traded him to the New York Yankees of all teams.

The Yankees have acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales and cash considerations from Oakland in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga has been transferred to the 60-day IL.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 15, 2019

Already meeting their requirement of extremely-cheap ex-Jays with Tulo Tulowitzki making a fraction of his salary with Toronto, the Yankees have decided to acquire Morales, who already had some salary retained by the Jays in the first trade.
At least the Jays were able to get more for the designated hitter than what Oakland got for him. They sent infielder prospect Jesus Lopez and international bonus pool money to Toronto, while Oakland just got some mystery box.
With the …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation