The NHL and Black Lives Matter: A year later

The NHL and Black Lives Matter: A year later

Look at the NHL. Look at the athletes. Look at the training staff. Look at the front offices. What do you see? What changes around diversity and inclusion have happened in the past year that have actually made a difference and have been more than performative or for show?
Do you remember where you were on August 27th, 2020? Do you remember the statement the athletes and teams made that day? Less than a year ago, the NHL postponed playoff games after the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA) requested that the league do so following the unjust shooting of Jacob Blake and the ongoing efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and Canada.
The NHL released this statement to support the players and their decision:

Statement from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League. https://t.co/uV1F5iDeUS pic.twitter.com/JS2t0MvUij
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 27, 2020

The part that gets me the most is, “The NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices, and beyond.” It sounds hopeful, it sounds promising, it sounds like the NHL actually understands the …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs re-sign Joseph Duszak to one-year, two-way deal

When you look at a player of Joseph Duszak’s caliber and the season he had last year with the Toronto Marlies, you’d think — the Maple Leafs should re-sign him. And they did.

#Leafs signed RFA Joseph Duszak1 year / 2-way
NHL: $750,000Minor: $150,000
Duszak will once again be an RFA with Arb rights when his new deal expires next summer.https://t.co/6IpPGG4c4p
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 4, 2021

This is both a very good signing, and an interesting one by the Maple Leafs. It shows that they see his potential and are willing to extend him so he is able to reach that potential.
His next season with the Toronto Marlies is going to be a big one, and one that could lead to an NHL gig. In this video, I discuss what the Maple Leafs have in him and why this was such a good deal for both sides.
I hope you enjoy the video!

 

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Could FanSided alum Jason Preston get drafted by Toronto?

Raptors: Could FanSided alum Jason Preston get drafted by Toronto?

The Toronto Raptors will look to use both of their second-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft to acquire the next great developmental player that emerges as a quality rotation presence. If they have their heart set on a bigger, offensively-gifted guard, the perfect player for them might be Ohio guard Jason Preston. Preston’s story […]
Raptors: Could FanSided alum Jason Preston get drafted by Toronto? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Marlies have a few free agents worth retaining

As we take an all encompassing look at the Leafs free agent situation this summer, it’s necessary to also consider what the Leafs will do in the way of the Marlies free agents. A decision was already made around Antti Suomela, and he was brought back on an AHL deal. A decision was seemingly made on Martin Marincin, who is rumoured to be returning to Slovakia. Whether he spearheaded that decision or the Leafs, it doesn’t really matter, but he will apparently be gone from the Leafs organization next season.
That leaves a handful of others that need at the very least some brief consideration and some others that are no brainers.
We’ll start with the no brainers.
Joseph Woll is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights. In all likelihood the Leafs will make him a qualifying offer and he’ll sign it. That will be the last we speak of this for two years. And honestly, that could be where the no brainer decisions end. Every other Marlie player up for free agency either has arbitration rights or will be an unrestricted free agent. That complicates things.
Veini Vehviläinen might be the next closest …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Ben Hutton returning wouldn’t be a bad thing, but is it necessary?

As we take a look at the Leafs pending free agents and try to determine what they should do with them, few players warrant more of a “why are you even bothering with this?” response more than Ben Hutton. Writing about Ben Hutton as a Leaf seems completely ridiculous as he spent a grand total of four games in a Leafs uniform, none of which were in the playoffs, which actually might be a selling point for bringing him back.
Hutton’s time with the Leafs saw him playing over 18 minutes a night in the largely meaningless, rest the top players games of spring. Hutton did what was expected of him, he was hitting, blocking shots, and had positive differentials on Corsi and Expected Goals. He was on the ice for a lot of low event hockey, and that’s pretty much what you want from a guy like Hutton.
Hutton’s numbers took a bit of a hit during his time in Anaheim, but his previous season in Los Angeles showed a lot more promise. There’s something to be said for a player like Hutton who is a more capable version of Martin Marincin, and could provide a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — So uh… game seven hey?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

They didn’t do it in game five, but can the Leafs make it happen in game six? We’ll find out in a few long hours.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
3-3
3-3

GF/GA
17-11
11-17

Power play %

14.3

11.1

Penalty kill %
88.9

85.7

CF%
52.12
47.88

xGF%
58.32
41.68

PDO
101.2
98.8

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Big players show up in big games and the Leafs need Auston Matthews ($9,200) to show up tonight. He’s been generating lots of shots, but has four points in six games — three of which came in game two. He’s still averaging 16.7 FPPG, a slight decrease from his 18.3 in the regular season.
William Nylander ($6,000) has been great for the Leafs in the playoffs scoring seven points in six games. He’s averaging 13.4 FPPG, a slight uptick from his 10.6 in the regular season.
Someone who …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Will the Leafs close out the Habs in game six?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

They didn’t do it in game five, but can the Leafs make it happen in game six? We’ll find out in a few long hours.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
3-2
2-3

GF/GA
15-8
8-15

Power play %

17.7

0.0

Penalty kill %
100.0

82.4

CF%
51.91
48.09

xGF%
57.28
42.72

PDO
101.5
98.5

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,200) is up to four points in five games and has only scored one goal. That, despite firing 19 shots on net. I think that changes soon and it could be tonight. He’s always worth a spot in your lineup.
William Nylander ($5,900) is leading the Leafs in playoff scoring with seven points in five games. He’s scored four times and at his value, he’s absolutely a must-play.
Jake Muzzin ($4,800) is averaging 9.4 FPPG so far in the playoffs, a slight uptick from …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Leafs look to eliminate Habs

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to close out the Montreal Canadiens in their first round series. Can the Leafs finish them off?
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
3-1
1-3

GF/GA
12-4
4-12

Power play %

18.8

0.0

Penalty kill %
100.0

81.3

CF%
52.35
47.65

xGF%
57.76
42.24

PDO
103.6
96.4

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Have you heard of Auston Matthews ($9,200)? He’s pretty good. Despite only have points in one games, he’s still averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game.
I’m once again telling you to ride with William Nylander ($5,800). He’s got goals in each of the Leafs four games and is averaging 14.5 FPPG. Great value there.
I think Jack Campbell ($8,300) price might be a few hundred high, but I don’t mind this play tonight.
Around the NHL
The only other game is Carolina-Nashville tonight. Alex Nedeljkovic ($8,000) gets the …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Game three against Montreal

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

TheLeafsNation fantasy gameday is back! Let’s dive into
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
1-1
1-1

GF/GA
6-3
3-6

Power play %

20.0

0.0

Penalty kill %
100.0

80.0

CF%
57.43
42.57

xGF%
62.40
37.60

PDO
100.2
99.8

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Held off the scoresheet in game one but still scoring 15.8 fantasy points, Auston Matthews ($9,200) exploded for a goal and three points in game two. Look for him to continue with another strong fantasy performance tonight.
Up to three points in two games, William Nylander ($5,200) has played well against the Habs. I’ve liked his game all year, and like him tonight.
Morgan Rielly ($5,300) has shown up these playoffs with points in each game. He’s also scoring lots of peripheral points averaging 15 FPPG so far.
Around the NHL
The flood gates opened for the Oilers last night and neither Connor McDavid ($9,000) or …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Playoff Preview: While it’s unlikely the Leafs will face the Jets, they might be the toughest North Division competition for Toronto

When we set out to do our playoff previews and look at the three other North Division playoff bound teams, the Jets were the interesting wild card in this. They were either going to continue to slide in the standings to the point where they would be facing the Leafs, or they would barely cling to the 3rd spot in the division and end up facing the Oilers and could fall victim to the Connor McDavid show, making this preview as useless as an air traffic controller in Winnipeg.
Still for the sake of thoroughness and recognizing that eventually Mike Smith will come back down to Earth and hard, it seems worthwhile looking at the Winnipeg Jets, a team I was crazy enough to pick to get past the Oilers despite things like this…

Prediction: Oilers in 5 over Jets pic.twitter.com/mni0MggjQ3
— MoneyPuck.com (@MoneyPuckdotcom) May 12, 2021

So that is an uphill battle. That doesn’t mean the Jets can’t pull it off, but they are the first test to see if Connor McDavid will continue scoring at a 1980s pace or whether having a Vezina caliber goaltender is enough to make up for the complete lack of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation