Friedman: Bracco, Timashov and Harpur Have Asked Leafs Management to “See What’s Out There”

While neither has specifically asked for a trade, per se, three members of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization are seemingly on the lookout for new homes in the New Year.
As reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in his “31 Thoughts” column this week, Jeremy Bracco, Dmytro Timashov and Ben Harpur have reportedly each asked Leafs management to gauge who could use their services on the trade market, therein hinting at some frustration over their respective current roles.
For Bracco and Harpur, this is relatively understandable.
Bracco finished second in the entire AHL last season in points and has established himself as arguably the most gifted passer in the Leafs organization. He had one of the most prolific offensive seasons for a 22-year-old in AHL history in 2018-19 and became a dominant force on a terrific power play. And yet, as the Maple Leafs have continued to experience horrific injury luck this season, Bracco’s name has been passed over for a promotion time and time again — save for a brief emergency recall that ultimately only netted him a day or so of NHL wages.
If the Leafs aren’t keen on using his services, …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Lourdes Gurriel was pulled from the game after making an ugly throwing error in today’s loss to Tampa Bay

That was a weird one, to the say the least. Neither Marcus Stroman or Charlie Morton made it beyond five innings but the Rays kicked the door down in the eighth inning and cruised to an 8-4 win.

Things worth mentioning…
As the title suggests, the most interesting development in today’s game was Lourdes Gurriel making a terrible throwing error at second base (his second game in a row with a throwing error) and subsequently getting pulled from the game the following inning. I don’t think Charlie Montoyo removed Gurriel from the game as a punishment. You could see Gurriel wearing the frustration after he made that error. His body language showed a player with lost confidence. I imagine the play here was to get him out of the game before he had a chance to dig himself further into the hole he’s in. You have to wonder if Gurriel could use some time at Triple-A Buffalo to regain confidence, especially given the Jays need to remove someone from the 25-man roster to make room for Vlad Jr. eventually.
That error by Gurriel resulted in Marcus Stroman having to throw 15 more pitches in the third inning, which …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation