A new theory has emerged about why the Leafs didn’t trade for Nick Jensen

Throughout the 2018-19 season, many Leafs fans were clamouring for the team to acquire then Red Wings defenceman Nick Jensen to help improve the backend. His playstyle appeared to match what Kyle Dubas was looking to add and the asking price was likely going to be reasonably low. A deal between Toronto and Detroit ultimately never materialized and Jensen ended up getting traded to the Capitals at the deadline.
There was a lingering doubt of wonder as to why the Leafs did not go through with a trade to acquire the American defender. Nearly two years after his initial trade to Washington, we now have a better idea as to why:

My third favorite Mike Babcock story:
At the 2019 trade deadline we were discussing bringing in RD Nick Jensen from DET to play on an active, puck-moving 3rd pair with Dermott.
MB essentially said fine, but if we get him then he’ll put Jensen in and sit Dermott.

— Jack Han (@JhanHky) February 24, 2021

Jack Han was formerly a Hockey Operations Assistant and a Player Development Analyst for the the Leafs, so he would have had the first-hand experience of what went on behind the scenes. The basic takeaway is that Mike …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Leafs put Scott Sabourin on waivers, which means they signed him

In what may be the first of many moves to deal with the run of injuries on the Leafs, the Leafs put Scott Sabourin on waivers…

Waivers: Scott Sabourin (TOR)
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 7, 2021

The thing is, Sabourin wasn’t previously signed to the Leafs, he had a deal with the Marlies. Putting him on waivers means it’s a SPC contract now and if he clears waivers he’s eligible to join the Leafs.
Sabourin would potentially replace some of the physical and enforcer qualities of Wayne Simmonds game, but not much else. Depending on their opponent they may want that some nights. We don’t have the contract info yet, but we’ll assume it’s not more than $700k.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors rumors: Does a P.J. Tucker reunion make sense for Toronto?

Raptors rumors: Does a P.J. Tucker reunion make sense for Toronto?

One of the many reasons Masai Ujiri has been able to consistently turn the Toronto Raptors into winners is the fact that he is always looking for new ways to acquire talent at every potential avenue. Even though the team’s recent uptick in form would make most executives complacent and unwilling to fix what isn’t […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs Legend George Armstrong passes away at 90

For many of us now, the idea of the a Leafs Stanley Cup dynasty is a difficult concept to wrap our heads around, but today we mourn the passing of one of the legends who made that success possible as George Armstrong has passed away at the age of 90.
Armstrong played a 21 season career, and most significantly we captained the Leafs for 13 seasons of it. 13 years where it was common place for Armstrong to receive the Stanley Cup and pass it around amongst his teammates. Thirteen years of captaining the most dominant team Toronto has ever known.
Armstrong was never the most skilled player on his team, and while he was certainly talented, it was his work ethic and willingness to do what was necessary to win that led him to his Hall of Fame career and was the catalyst behind naming him the captain.
Since Armstrong belonged to my father’s Leafs and I never had any first hand experience watching him, I rely on my Dad’s frequent compliment to me following my games. Like Armstrong, I wasn’t the strongest skater, and when I would put in a strong checking effort, and came back to cover my …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Six Introduces Fan Participation Packages for Inaugural Season

As many of you know, The Leafs Nation is thrilled to be partnering with The Toronto Six to bring you all sorts of content and coverage of their inaugural season. But there are other ways to get involved and support the team, as well.
Last week, the team introduced their interactive fan packages – a way to be involved and support the team even from afar.

Our Season Memberships are Officially Available
Be part of our inaugural season and support us while we battle it out in Lake Placid for the Isobel Cup in January!
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— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) December 17, 2020

Though this season looks a bit different, this is an amazing way to support the team in its early stages and help grow the game!
Check out the link for more details! See you “in” Lake Placid.

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Don’t start calling the Toronto Raptors the Tampa Bay Raptors

Don’t start calling the Toronto Raptors the Tampa Bay Raptors

Like many Canadians, the Toronto Raptors are heading south for the winter. The pandemic has put a damper on many things in our life and not being able to watch the Toronto Raptors at home is one of them. Based on restrictions and being the only NBA team in Canada, it made sense that the […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Turning Drew Hutchison into Teoscar Hernandez is Ross Atkins’ biggest win so far

Among the many bright spots on the 2020 Blue Jays, Tesocar Hernandez’s breakout season was arguably the biggest.

Heading into the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, you would have likely expected somebody like Vlad Jr. or Bo Bichette or Nate Pearson to be the team’s young breakout star. Instead, it was Hernandez.
On Thursday, Hernandez’s excellent season was rewarded as he was given an American League Silver Slugger Award. Hernandez joined Eloy Jimenez and Mike Trout as the AL’s Silver Sluggers for the outfield.
The award is really no surprise at all as Hernandez was one of the best hitters in the league this season. He smashed 16 homers, drove in 34 runs, and slashed a .289/.340/.579 line. Had Hernandez not gotten injured late in the season, he could have feasibly found himself in the discussion for AL Most Valuable Player.
Though it was only a 60-game sprint of a season and results sort of have to be taken with a grain of salt, it looks like Hernandez has become a key part of the Blue Jays’ future. Over his past 162 games (136 of which have come since making a major adjustment during a stint with Triple-A Buffalo), Hernandez has a .833 OPS with 42 home …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Who will play center for Raptors in 2020?

The Toronto Raptors have many decisions to make during the off-season in 2020. There are options if it’s not Serge Ibaka or Marc Gasol. The Toronto Raptors will have to make some hard decisions this off-season, and chief among those choices is who will play center? This past season it was Marc Gasol and Serge […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors should consider drafting these prospects

There are many questions the Toronto Raptors’ management will have to address in the 2020 off-season.  One big question is what to do with the 29th overall draft pick at the 2020 NBA draft. The NBA Finals are well underway, finally, and the Toronto Raptors failed to return that stage in which they earned the […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Kyle Clifford this summer

Many Leafs fans have begged and pleaded for a larger physical presence to be injected into the Leafs lineup throughout the entirety of Kyle Dubas’ tenure as Leafs GM. He’s built his team pretty much as advertised – skilled, and a tad undersized. In early February, Dubas pulled the trigger on a trade that brought in backup goalie Jack Campbell, and 6’2, 211lbs, Ontario-born Kyle Clifford, a gritty forward who’s been with the Los Angeles Kings for the past 9 seasons. Let’s take a look at what type of value Kyle Clifford has brought to his teams throughout his career, and how he may impact the play-in series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
By the Numbers
From a number standpoint, Clifford has struggled a little in his 16 games with the Leafs, but overall has shown to be a solid defensive winger throughout his career. 
Clifford has never been much of an offensive player, which is made imminent just by looking at his point totals. He’s averaged about 16 points per 82 games since entering the league, which has slightly risen to 20 points per 82 over the last three seasons. 
Clifford is also revered …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation