Leafs sign Travis Boyd to a 1 year deal

Okay, so maybe it’s not the big splash of T.J. Brodie, or even the ripple in the pool of Wayne Simmonds, but Travis Boyd is definitely in or around the water in some way.

We’ve signed Travis Boyd to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/0ymvrLxhBB pic.twitter.com/EoqpU2wvRE
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 10, 2020

From the press release:

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Travis Boyd to a one-year contract valued at $700,000.

Boyd, 27, split his 2019-20 season between the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears (AHL). In 24 games with the Capitals, Boyd recorded three goals and seven assists before adding a goal in four Stanley Cup playoff games. The Edina, Minn., native has registered 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 85 NHL regular season games and has appeared in six career Stanley Cup playoff games, recording a goal. He has skated in 221 career AHL regular season games, all with Hershey, and registered 172 points (57 goals, 115 assists). He has three goals and 14 assists in 33 career Calder Cup playoff games.
Boyd was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
At $700k, it’s easy …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

That’ll fix’em. Engvall in for Gauthier

Maybe I’m being a tad over-reactionary, but I’d argue that Keefe might be under-reacting by only making one small change to his Game One lineup…

August 3 @MapleLeafs practice lines & defensive pairings:
Nylander–Matthews–HymanMikheyev–Tavares–MarnerRobertson–Kerfoot–KapanenClifford–Engvall–SpezzaJohnsson–Gauthier
Muzzin–HollRielly–CeciDermott–BarrieSandin–Marincin
Andersen Campbell#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 3, 2020

I’m sure I’m not being too bold when I say that the minimally used fourth line was not the issue for the Leafs on Sunday night, and swapping in Engvall for Gauthier might not be a significant move.
On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt. Engvall is more versatile and is more capable of keeping up with play in the top nine. If Keefe wants to attempt some in game line juggling, Engvall is a stronger option.
The fact that it doesn’t seem the Leafs are too concerned with playing the fourth line, having situational talent could be more beneficial to the Leafs, and Gauthier, while a fine regular season fourth line player, just might lack in the ability …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: Hub City Decision seems like it’s being left to the last minute

Maybe I’m in the minority on this one, but I truly couldn’t care less where teams end up playing. If the plan is to create a bubble around the players where they won’t be out interacting with the population and no one will be attending their games, whether they play in Vegas or Nashville or Regina doesn’t really matter. Okay, that’s not true. No one should ever have to visit Regina.

Vegas will be a hub city for NHL playoff games and we should expect the official announcement before June 22.
The other depends on how the Canadian government chooses to enforce the 14-day quarantine for those entering the country. (@reporterchris)https://t.co/JDL9NuFIqG
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 13, 2020
The point being that while we seem to now know that Vegas will be one of the two Hub cities, and there does seem to be a deadline in place of next Monday for an announcement, but doesn’t that seem ridiculously rushed.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
MGM Resorts hotels in play to host visiting teams include Vdara, Delano, the Park MGM/NoMad Hotel and The Mirage, according to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #54: 5 things to watch for against the Rangers

Welcome to the Hutchinson era. That’s how we roll now. Or maybe it will be the Georgiev era if the two GMs have a heart to heart sometime in the next 24 hours.
Anyways, the Leafs are back to being on the outside looking in thanks to the loss to Florida on Monday, but a win temporary moves them ahead of the Panthers by 1 point (though Florida would have two games at hand) and they’d be tied with the Flyers in points for the final wild card spot (although the Flyers also will have a game at hand.)
The moral of the story is that every game is an important one, and given that the Rangers are clearly on the outside of the playoff picture, this is a most win for the Leafs, regardless of who is in net.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.1#38 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.2#4 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.6#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.28#4 FL1

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.1#82 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.7#17 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 77.1#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.64#8 FL2

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 72.4#73 LW

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.0#70 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 71.4#83 RW



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Raptors shouldn’t trade for Andre Drummond

Maybe the Toronto Raptors should make a move before the trade deadline. But it is about making the right move and that is not acquiring Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. Trade season has officially begun. The first player who appears to be on the move is Andre Drummond. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that […]
The Toronto Raptors shouldn’t trade for Andre Drummond – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #33: 5 Things to Watch for against Calgary

The Leafs are in Calgary. Poor bastards. Maybe it’s the last trip they’ll make here while Calgary is still part of Canada. Only time will tell. For now they’d probably settle for a Wexit, that’s a win plus a quick trip to the airport.
Anyways, I’m assuming Mercury is retrograde or something because right now the Flames are six game winning streak largely because of the play of Milan Lucic and Zac Rinaldo. Yes, in the year 2019 Zac Rinaldo is still in the NHL and somehow he’s thriving. I guess anything is possible when you move on from a toxic coach.
So here we are. Arguably the two most under-performing teams in Canada desperately trying to get back in the playoff picture under new coaches. Should be intense.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
PONTUS ABERG
Rating: 71.1#104 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 80.1#9 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 74.2#32 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.14#16 FL1

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.8#42 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.4#15 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 77.8#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.66#4 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 73.8#41 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.2#140 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.0#57 RW

FL3 Rating


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Cody Ceci is bad

Maybe it doesn’t need to be said that Cody Ceci is bad or maybe it needs to be said less frequently. It seems like not only has the horse been beaten at this point, but it is now a powder so fine that half of the NHL is trying to stick it up their noses.

Legends Row:
Jake Gardiner’s -5 in Game 7
Brett Lebda’s -3 (in a 9-3 win)
Cody Ceci controlling 1% of the expected goals
— Ian Tulloch (@IanGraph) December 4, 2019
Of course, it kinda does need to be said, because Cody Ceci is still playing north of 20 minutes every single night. Well, that’s a small exaggeration, he did have a game with 19:48 and another with 19:50 of ice time, but that exaggeration is offset by the six times he’s somehow been given over 24 minutes of ice time. And a not so fun fact is that the results are often ugly.
There’s also this from Dubas

Kyle Dubas, in full, on why he believes Cody Ceci has performed “above expectations” for the #leafs and turned the analytics war upside down: pic.twitter.com/Aiv7Oytp5S
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 14, 2019
Since that quote from Dubas, Cody …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Two Leafs Prospects to Participate in Upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase

Are you starving for some hockey in late-July? No? Just me? Maybe a few of you?
Well if you are, you’re in luck! Two recent Leafs draft choices – 2nd round pick Nicholas Robertson, and 3rd rounder Mikko Kokkonen – will participate in the upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase. Robertson will play for Team USA White (The Americans sends two teams: White and Blue), while Mikko Kokkonen will suit up for Finland.
If you don’t know what the World Junior Summer Showcase is, it’s a tournament that takes place in late July every year where World Junior hopefuls suit up for their country in an attempt to impress the brass and crack the actual roster for the real World Juniors in December. It’s a nice little taste of hockey that prospect nerds, like myself, enjoy during the dog days of summer, when basically nothing else hockey related is going on.
If you’ve never seen Robertson or Kokkonen play before, here’s your first chance to do so.
The tournament takes place from July 26th to August 3rd in Plymouth Michigan. While I haven’t seen this officially confirmed by anybody yet, TSN always broadcasts the Summer Showcase ( …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

Rangers fans cling to The Punch because it’s all the have

Maybe I’m just grouchy that the Blue Jays got spanked over the weekend in Texas after an absolutely lifeless showing in Anaheim. Whatever my ultimate motivation is, I simply can’t let this just slide by. The Texas Rangers are at it again.

Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s rubber match off of Clay Buchholz that prompted the Rangers’ Twitter account to post this…

Sure punched that one out. pic.twitter.com/gRmDcbu4RB
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 5, 2019

Odor’s homer was his second of the year and his two-for-four day at the plate pushed his OPS to a whopping .465 for the season. Odor and his teammates celebrated the homer as if it pushed them to their second of back-to-back ALDS series wins, rather than a 3-0 lead in the second inning of a game in May.
I mean, I’m not one to get mad about celebrating. I love it and I think it’s great for the game. Have fun and enjoy playing a goddamn sport for a living. The dumb thing about this, though, is that it’s the Rangers, who filled so many diapers over Jose Bautista’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

LGD: We’re Halfway There

Okay, so maybe we’re only half way there for this series, but one time ACC banner haver Jon Bon Jovi never wrote any songs about being being 1/8th there. If he did I’m sure it would be a banger.
Anyways, there’s more Bruins and Leafs tonight and damned if the series hasn’t run the gambit of being entertaining, tense, rage inducing, but also peppered with joy and hope. Tonight the Leafs have the chance to really push for more of that joy and hope with a win that would give them a truly dominate position in the series.
So how do the Leafs get there? I guess we can start with the keep on keepin’ on approach. What they are doing has worked 2/3rds of the time, every time. And as long as Mitch Marner keeps on blocking shots with his face and the Bruins aren’t interested in adapting, the Leafs should be successful.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#39 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 82.5#7 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 79.2#11 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.77#13 FL1

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.9#49 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.1#9 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.9#58 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.30#7 FL2

PATRICK MARLEAU
Rating: 72.5#71 LW



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation