Finding a spot in the lineup for Nick Foligno

The question of where Nick Foligno plays seems like it would have been a lot harder to answer before Alex Edler went knee hunting on Zach Hyman, so the easy answer seems to be, he’ll go where Hyman was, and that’s that.
Well, if you are happy with that answer, thanks for reading, please click on a few ads on your way out.
If you are looking for a more detailed exploration that probably leads you around to a similar conclusion, strap in. We’re going for it.
First, it’s important to note that today is the last day of Foligno’s quarantine from the Leafs. He will not be in the lineup against the Canucks, but he is a virtual lock to be in against the Jets on Thursday. That first game might even be a bit of a tease as the Leafs could be easing him back in to playing after his quarantine and his injury that kept him out of his final games for Columbus. In short, don’t count on him riding shotgun with Matthews and Marner…yet.
Heading into Sunday’s game against the Canucks, the Leafs were rolling
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 1 small change that has set Gary Trent Jr. dominating

Toronto Raptors: 1 small change that has set Gary Trent Jr. dominating

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors might’ve been led to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, their third consecutive win, by a dominant Chris Boucher, but Gary Trent Jr. did his part in his return from a sore ankle, as he dropped 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, and amassed five steals. Trent, who has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Robertson slots into the lineup as Toronto Maple Leafs take on Montreal Canadiens

A day after acquiring Nick Foligno and David Rittich to bolster the roster, top prospect will be the first new face in the lineup that Maple Leafs fans get to see as the team prepares for playoffs. Tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens will be only the third NHL game for Nick Robertson after a brief appearance in last year’s play-in round and a single game this season before succumbing to injury.
Considered by many to be not only the Maple Leafs top prospect, but also one of the best across the NHL, Nick Robertson could provide that extra scoring touch in the bottom six that the team has been looking to add. While the acquisitions of Foligno, Ben Hutton and Rittich will help prevent plenty of goals for Toronto, having Robertson as an option adds some much needed scoring depth for the top-heavy Maple Leafs.
With only 15 games left to play in the regular season, it’s looking increasingly likely that the first round of the playoffs will involve the first meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens since 1979. Tonight’s game, while still holding some standings implications, will largely serve as a preview on …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Leafs have traded for Nick Foligno

It’s official the Leafs have added Nick Foligno.

TOR trades a first and two 4ths for Nick Foligno and Stefan Noesen. Though SJ
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 11, 2021

TOR is paying 25 per cent of Foligno salary
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 11, 2021

So the Leafs give up their first, as was expected, and two fourths. One which probably got the deal closed today, and the second which accounts for the Sharks retaining salary as well. As for Stefan Noesen, we’ll get to him in a bit.
Here’s the run down on Nick Foligno:

Nick Foligno, reportedly acquired by TOR, is a defensive specialist top six forward who doesn’t bring much of anything offensively whether it’s play-driving, production, or finishing. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/zdmtglAceN
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 11, 2021

Nick Foligno has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs per @frank_seravalli. We’re waiting for more details. There were a rumors that this trade can be a bigger than just Nick Foligno for a draft pick. We’ll see. pic.twitter.com/uQuRmBWDJT
— Andy & Rono (@HockeyStatsCZ) April 11, 2021

 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Has losing Chris Finch had a major impact on the record?

Toronto Raptors: Has losing Chris Finch had a major impact on the record?

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have limped through some very poor performances this season, but the unusual circumstances surrounding this season assuredly have something to do with this. Not only are the Raptors playing in Florida and just getting over some issues with COVID-19, but they lost top assistant coach Chris Finch. Finch was […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Exceptional coaching exodus presents a problem for Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors: Exceptional coaching exodus presents a problem for Nick Nurse

It has been a tough season for Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors in 2021, just two seasons removed from winning an NBA title. It’s been more than seven years since losing was the normal practice surrounding this franchise. The organization has been a model for success in the NBA. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Will Paul Watson get some chances in the rotation?

Raptors: Will Paul Watson get some chances in the rotation?

The lack of depth combined with Nick Nurse’s penchant for switching up the rotations every other game has helped almost anyone with a pulse get some consistent minutes for the Toronto Raptors this season. Despite the constant shuffling, Paul Watson has found playing time difficult to come by of late. Watson, an undrafted free agent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 4 potential sellers Toronto should keep their eyes on

Raptors: 4 potential sellers Toronto should keep their eyes on

Nick Nurse, Masai Ujiri, and the Toronto Raptors have suddenly entered the “contenders” arena, as their impressive winning run following a dreadful 2-8 start has the front office looking for upgrades around the league. In such a competitive Eastern Conference, Toronto needs to do something to set itself apart from the rest of the contenders. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Nurse, 5 other Raptors coaches out vs. Rockets due to health and safety protocols

Nick Nurse, 5 other Raptors coaches out vs. Rockets due to health and safety protocols

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors could’ve used tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets as a prime opportunity to refocus after dropping two straight games. With the Rockets sliding down to the bottom of the Western Conference, Nurse could’ve tried to tinker with rotations and figure out a way to get more explosive on offense […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ