News and Notes: Nash will start skating soon, Sandin getting a longer look, Andersen nearing return

News and Notes: Nash will start skating soon, Sandin getting a longer look, Andersen nearing return

The Leafs’ three-day break is nearing its end and their tilt against the Canadiens is nearly 24 hours away at the time of writing. Tuesday’s practice saw a few interesting tidbits of information become available regarding how the team’s lineups could look heading down the stretch.
First, one of the acquisitions from the deadline is nearly ready to begin practicing with his new teammates.

While he doesn’t have specifics, Sheldon Keefe said he expects Riley Nash to begin skating with the Leafs this week.
— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) April 27, 2021

Riley Nash is currently on the sidelines due to a knee sprain he suffered back on April 4th. That proved to be his final game as a Blue Jacket since he was traded to the Leafs for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft, which would become a sixth if he plays in 25% of Toronto’s playoff games.
Speaking of playoffs, that is likely when Nash makes his Leafs debut due to it being three weeks into his projected six-week recovery period his clearance would likely be around the time the postseason begins. It’s also because his $2.75 million salaries would not fit onto the Leafs currently as they would be …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

DFO Rundown: The Leafs don’t need to make a splash ahead of the Trade Deadline

We’re nearing the midpoint of the 2021 season and the Toronto Maple Leafs have the most points in the NHL.

After a commanding three-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers, the Leafs own an 18-5-2 record, sit seven points clear of the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the Canadian Division, and are in legitimate contention for the Presidents’ Trophy.
As great as a dominant regular season in, of course, the Leafs’ ultimate goal this season is to go deep into the playoffs, which is something the franchise hasn’t done since before the 2004-05 lockout.
With the Trade Deadline just over one month away, Frank Seravalli and Jason Gregor spoke on the DFO Rundown about whether or not the Leafs should make a big splash to cement themselves as the team to beat come playoff time.
YAREMCHUK: There’s lot of talk that the Leafs could maybe add Mikael Granlund at the trade deadline, but I think they can aim higher than that. I think a name like Taylor Hall makes sense in Toronto. Frank, I’ll start with you. Buying or selling on the Leafs adding a significant top-six winger at the deadline?
SERAVALLI: So just from …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Practice Shenanigans: Kerfoot returns, Engvall hurts Sandin, Petan cracks the fourth line

The Leafs are nearing the end of a five-day break and are set to host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Today’s practice saw quite a lot of things happen, so let’s break it all down.
After missing practice on Tuesday for what appeared to be an ailment, Alexander Kerfoot returned to the main group and restored balance in the universe.

Alex Kerfoot is on the ice ahead of #Leafs practice, in a regular white sweater.
He missed yesterday’s practice with an ailment of some sort.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 3, 2021

Sheldon Keefe told reporters that Kerfoot was listed as day-to-day so it makes sense that he wouldn’t be out for long if he were to miss Thursday’s game. It appears that whatever was bothering him is now just a memory and should return to his usual spot as the third-line centre.
Sandin leaves early because of Engvall
Rasmus Sandin said he’s been getting frustrated with not drawing into the Leafs’ lineup through the first ten games. Taking a puck to the face and exiting practice prematurely doesn’t help matters.

Rasmus Sandin leaving #Leafs practice early after Pierre Engvall got him in the face …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Do the Toronto Raptors need to find time for Chris Boucher?

With the Toronto Raptors nearing full strength, Chris Boucher has found himself on the outside looking in. Is it time to get the Canadian back into the fold? Early in the 2019-2020 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors were forced to delve deep into their bench and test their depth as Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka […]
Do the Toronto Raptors need to find time for Chris Boucher? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ