What to expect when attending a Maple Leafs game this season

We’re officially under a month away from the Maple Leafs’ first regular-season game of the season. And at this moment in time, a lot is still unclear.
The Ontario Government announced earlier this month that the province will have vaccine passports. The Government stated that to enter an arena, you must provide proof of vaccination (completed at a minimum of 14 days prior). That’s really all we know at this point in terms of what you’ll have to show if you wish to attend games.
Among the questions, the biggest is “How many fans will be permitted in Scotiabank Arena?” That’s yet to be answered.
I reached out to Ontario’s Minister of Sport, Lisa MacLeod, for comment, and their press secretary linked me to the province’s re-opening plan. It states that in Step 3, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities will have capacity limits.
However, a few days ago, the Ottawa Senators put out a statement stating that they expect to be at full capacity:
“It is the organization’s expectation, based upon its full compliance with provincial requirements, that Canadian Tire Centre will have the ability to welcome full capacity for opening night on Oct. 14.”


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is on schedule to return for opening night

About a month ago, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews underwent successful wrist surgery after dealing with a nagging injury throughout the season. It’s honestly crazy that Matthews was playing with basically one wrist at points of last season and still ended up leading the NHL in goals with 41 and ultimately winning his first Rocket Richard. In all seriousness, we’re all glad he got the surgery to help his wrist because clearly, it was bothering him at points last season when he sat out multiple games at once and it also affected his playoff performance as well.
It’s being reported by Luke Fox of Sportsnet that the Maple Leafs forward sat down for a recording with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek for their newest 31 Thoughts podcast episode that is releasing in the near future and he explained that he is well on track to return by opening night to face the Montreal Canadiens.
 

Auston Matthews’ left wrist is on track to be operational for Opening Night with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ star saying he’s “definitely not worried about it” during a recording of the 31 Thoughts podcast. (By @lukefoxjukebox) https://t.co/XUzT2bQ2tZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 13, 2021



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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

What we could expect from the Leafs ‘All Or Nothing’ docu-series

We’re just under a month away from Amazon’s ‘All Or Nothing’ series on the Maple Leafs. It debuts on Amazon Prime just 13 days before the start of Toronto’s season.
Everyone has feelings towards this series, whether that be excitement or the feeling of ‘ugh, I don’t want to watch this.” Either way, you’re likely watching it.
I’ll be honest, I’m really excited about this docu-series. I’ve always been someone who loves to go behind the scenes. To me, it gives you a feel of who each player is behind the curtain. You get to see their real personality and everything they’re all about.
The biggest question to ask is “How much did the Maple Leafs cut out?” This can’t be called a documentary if management at MLSE saw one part and said they wanted that cut from the final product. It’s supposed to be a raw and uncut version of what this team is like behind closed doors.
I’m not sure we’ll never know, but it would be upsetting if we heard that there were some cuts.
What we could expect
I’ll begin by pointing out …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Why this Leafs team can win a round in the playoffs

Of all the fun content I can write about in the month of September, I’ve decided to go seven months into the future. That, of course, is when the Leafs will finally win a playoff round.
Note: if they lose in the first round again, don’t blame me.
What makes this Leafs team different than previous ones? Well, good question. Toronto lost one of their best players in Zach Hyman, who’s unfortunately off to the Edmonton Oilers. The team also lost Joe Thornton, Nick Foligno, Zach Bogosian, and likely Alex Galchenyuk.
The Leafs have replaced them, though, with Michael Bunting, Nick Ritchie, Ondrej Kase, and David Kampf.
If we took all of the players that Toronto lost after this season and put their ages together, you’d get an average of 31.6-years-old. However, if you take each of the players the Leafs have added who’ll likely be in the lineup this season, you have an average age of 26.25-years-old.
That’s a five-year difference from the players you lost, to the players you gained. Obviously the biggest trait that was lost was experience — Toronto got younger. Some might say that’s a bad idea, some might …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Sink or swim

The last month has been quite a rollercoaster ride.

The Blue Jays returned to Toronto for the first time in nearly two years at the end of July and promptly put together their strongest stretch of the season. They swept the Royals, took three of four from Cleveland, and then went and beat Boston in three of four games, highlighted by an epic late-game, go-ahead bomb by George Springer.
At that point, they were 60-50 and seemed poised to track down a playoff spot.
And then the team hit the road and everything went to shit. They split a four-game series in Anaheim, lost two of three to Seattle, and then dropped two to the horrendous Nationals. Upon returning home, the Blue Jays then dropped two of three to the Tigers, a mediocre opponent, and then squeezed out a split with the White Sox.
Taking four of six games against the Tigers and the Orioles this week helps, but that wasn’t the result we were hoping for back in June when we looked ahead to this “soft” part of the schedule.
Now, here we are. The Blue Jays are 70-62 and there isn’t really any room for error. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors free agency: 6 best free agents to target at center

Toronto Raptors free agency: 6 best free agents to target at center

NBA free agency is just over a month away, and the Toronto Raptors are going to have a busy offseason. Besides drafting a player in the lottery and their hopes to re-sign Kyle Lowry and Gary Trent Jr., One of their most important priorities is to get a center. The center position was the main […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

5 worst draft mistakes in Toronto Raptors franchise history

5 worst draft mistakes in Toronto Raptors franchise history

In about a month from now, the NBA will be holding its annual draft lottery.  A time of hope for the league’s most broken and beaten down franchises, a time of prayer as the basketball gods decide who will rise and who will fall, and a time for the Toronto Raptors to get their due […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

How Morgan Rielly has done against North Division competition

It was just over a month ago that I decided to explore what the Leafs have in Morgan Rielly. The reality then is the same as it is today, Rielly is a talented offensive defenseman, that will always let us wanting more from him in his own zone. I think everything was summed up pretty well there, and my ultimate that the Leafs need to move from him over the summer remains unchanged.
A lot of that was looking at Rielly heading into the trade deadline, and now we find ourselves in a different situation, and that’s looking at how much of a liability Rielly will be heading into the playoffs from a defensive perspective, and if his offence outweighs that issue. At no point am I going to attempt to make a case that Rielly doesn’t belong in the Leafs top six. No matter how you slice it, Rielly deserves to be in the lineup, but as line matching increases, does Rielly need to be deployed differently, and is T.J. Brodie the ideal defensive partner for him?
Rielly’s defense against top competition
At this point the North Division playoff teams are pretty much set. Unless …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 players playing well in their new roles

Toronto Raptors: 3 players playing well in their new roles

There’s about a month remaining of games left for the 2020-21 regular season. Things haven’t been easy for the Toronto Raptors, but there have been many silver linings to take away. With injuries and players being out due to health and safety protocols, it has led head coach Nick Nurse to mix and match a […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Net rating shows this Raptors team is the unluckiest squad in 2021

Toronto Raptors: Net rating shows this Raptors team is the unluckiest squad in 2021

The Toronto Raptors won just one game in the month of March, helping a team that was 17-17 and on pace to host a home playoff series at the beginning of the month tumble down to the bottom of the standings, which prompted non-stop trade rumors and focus shifting from the playoffs to the 2021 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ