Dion Phaneuf deserves respect for his time as a Leaf

January 31, 2010, was one of the most exciting moments of the early 2010s for Maple Leafs fans. On the heels of a six-game losing streak and with the 29th-place Leafs in jeopardy of relinquishing a lottery pick to Boston from the Phil Kessel trade, Brian Burke pulled off two blockbuster moves in a single day that generated a lot of hope in Leafs Nation.
The Leafs, who were last place in goals-against-per-game at the time of the trade, needed defence and goaltending, badly. Burke first acquired the goaltender who delivered him a Stanley Cup in Anaheim three seasons prior, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, in exchange for two John Ferguson Jr. oopsies: Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala.
Burke then followed it up with an even bigger deal. Darren Dreger with the call:

phaneuf to the Leafs
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2010

The Internet was set afire with gossip about who could be going back the other way. Kessel and a first? Kaberle and Kadri? Getzlaf in a three-way deal? I truly encourage you to read through at least the first 15 pages of this Calgary Flames message boards thread, which catalogues the initial moments of panic in the aftermath of Dreger’s tweet, the (horribly wrong) …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Adam Brooks is on waivers and it makes sense for the Leafs to claim him

A lot of us have missed Adam Brooks. He gave us a few fun moments that made us believe he could be a solid option as a fourth line center or at the very least a pretty good 13th forward option. The problem always was that while he’s on the cusp of being that, he’s still better suited to being on the Marlies most of the time, and required waivers to get there. The Canadiens weren’t particularly fond of Brooks joining the Marlies, and gave him a shot on the Canadiens, the result of which has been Brooks playing in 4 of the 17 Canadiens games this season and picking up a solitary assist. They’ve decided they are comfortable moving on…

Waivers: Adam Brooks (MON)
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 16, 2021

This is great news for the Leafs, and Leafs fans who want to see if Brooks can build on the 4 goals in 11 games Brooks had last season in Toronto. At a cap hit of $725k that’s certainly a bargain the Leafs might want to take advantage of as well as they try to manage their salary cap situation especially with the looming return of Ilya Mikheyev.
The biggest …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

John Tavares leaves the game after a terrifying collision

The first period provided us with one of the scariest moments of the season as John Tavares took a hit and while falling awkwardly was then hit by Corey Perry’s knee on his way to the ice. The play looked bad in real time and the replays only confirmed that it was bad.
In an attempt to sit John Tavares up, his head immediately fell backward and I think that is the moment that most viewers knew that this was an especially horrific injury.
After being worked on by team doctors, EMS, and trainers, John Tavares was escorted off the ice on a stretcher. The sign of hope came with John Tavares giving a thumbs up on the way out, but needless to say it was hard to watch and why we are not including any footage of the injury in this post.
While we await an update on Tavares, we just want to wish him the fullest of recoveries, and now is not the right time to guess at what the injury is or what the timelines for his recovery are. When that information is shared you’ll find it hear.
It was hard to watch and you …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell is rightfully the Leafs Masterton nominee

Masterton nominations are one of the more bizarre moments of the final days of the season. It often draws attention to some truly monumental obstacles that have been overcome, but often it is just a bunch of teams going “look at how old this guy is? He’s still playing.” This year was no different in that regard as Patrick Marleau, Corey Perry, Zdeno Chara, Mike Smith, David Backes, Pekka Rinne, and Marc-Andre Fleury were all nominated. Perhaps the most bizarre nomination is Milan Lucic, who seemingly is preserving from being overpaid. I’m sure there are plenty of good stories from markets that I haven’t been paying attention to, but it seems this is Oskar Lindblom’s award.
As for the Leafs, it’s hard to argue with their selection.

Our Toronto chapter of the @ThePHWA has voted Jack Campbell as the #Leafs 2021 Masteron nominee
The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded to one NHL player each season in recognition of sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication to hockey
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) May 10, 2021

The rocky path to holding down a job in the NHL for Jack Campbell has been well documented, and as a former first round selected goaltender the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Steve Kerr quote after Warriors decimation proves how bad Toronto embarrassed them

Toronto Raptors: Steve Kerr quote after Warriors decimation proves how bad Toronto embarrassed them

The Toronto Raptors have had some legendary moments over the last few years, but they had never won a game by 53 points until Steve Kerr and the ragtag Golden State Warriors came to town last night. The Warriors were stomped by the Raptors, as Nick Nurse’s squad, led by 36 points from birthday boy […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What the Blue Jays have in Derek Fisher

In the very last moments of the trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Derek Fisher from the Houston Astros for Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, and prospect Cal Stevenson. No matter what is the perceived value of those players, Fisher is now in Toronto and will play out the rest of the 2019 season.
Fair trade or not, there is a new outfielder that will be playing for the Blue Jays and will most likely get his longest stint in the majors in the short couple of months that remain in the 2019 season.
Since the Astros currently have a stacked outfield with no opportunities to make way for an upcoming prospect that needs some major league at-bats, moving on from Fisher makes sense for them and the Blue Jays. Now, the outfielder will get some consistency in his career that might do him good.
For a rebuilding team, Fisher might just be the kind of player you take a flyer on. Regardless of the price, his floor has already been shown as a “AAAA” player and it can really only go up with the opportunity that he’s going to now get in Toronto.
Through three different years involving short …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Ranking the random items the Blue Jays douse themselves in

One of the most endearing Blue Jays moments of the early season was the team dousing Charlie Montoyo in beer after his first big league win. It was a heartwarming show of camaraderie from the players to their brand new manager.
Since that first beer shower on Opening Weekend, this tradition has grown and turned a little weird at times. On Friday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got the dousing treatment after his first Major League game and Elvis Luciano joined the club with his first official win as a pitcher on Sunday.
What started as a simple act of celebration has evolved into a bizarre ritual where players are grabbing whatever they can find in the fridge and dumping it on their teammates. Yes, this is the Blue Jays content you didn’t know you needed today – the official ranking of random items the Blue Jays players have doused their teammates in.
8.) Beer

The “bathing your teammates in beer” thing has been done to death, almost to the point where the postseason beer showers after every series get to be a bit much. But this is one of the rare cases where it was totally warranted to marinade your coach in …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Prospects Make Statement in Marlies’ First Round Sweep

Moments after his team punched their ticket to the second round with a commanding 3-1 win over the Rochester Americans in game three of the first round —sweeping the best of-five-series— Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe started off his post game press conference with a stick tap to his opponent.
“Hats off to them,” Keefe told reporters. “That’s great hockey team that gave us all we could handle and then some.”
While he may have done so inadvertently, Keefe drew attention to just how incredible the Marlies’ first round performance was. They had defeated the favourited Americans— who received reinforcements from the Buffalo Sabres after their NHL affiliate missed the postseason–and they did it with a great deal of emphasis.
“In a series where we were probably the underdogs and not a lot of people expected us to come out of this series —especially with Buffalo finishing early and sending down some of their good players—we’re happy to be moving on, especially doing it in that type of fashion,” said forward Adam Brooks. “Obviously we think we have more [to give].
The series victory, and the way in which it transpired–came as quite a …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation