Matthews undergoes successful wrist surgery, will be unavailable for six weeks

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced last night that Auston Matthews underwent wrist surgery yesterday, which was wholly successful.
This comes after a season of a lingering wrist issue, which caused him to miss two games last season, and was still affecting him when he returned to the lineup.
The surgery will cause Matthews to miss at least six weeks, which brings the timeline right up to training camp, perhaps even missing it. The Leafs have yet to announce the dates for this year’s training camp, but it typically occurs in the mid to late weeks of September, before the season starts in early October. This year’s season will start a little later than normal, on October 13th. Surely, Matthews is expected to be ready in time for that.
The decision to perform the surgery now is certainly a curious one, when the issue was already there and well known last season. However, in the Leafs’ announcement, they stated that Matthews was experiencing increased discomfort during his off-season on-ice training, and thus decided to take action now, in consultation with specialists and the Maple Leafs’ medical staff.
In the middle of last season, when coach Sheldon Keefe noted that …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

2021 NBA Draft night kicked off on July 29th as expected, with the top three picks of the board being Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley. As the Toronto Raptors were on the clock to lock in their pick, even ESPN began to show the college highlight reel of Jalen Suggs. At the last […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ

That’s what you like to see

It’s August 1st, 2015. The night before, I experienced a magical moment that all teenagers look forward to. You can guess what that is. The next day I experienced an even better event as the Jays played the Kansas City Royals. Here’s a brief recap of the madness that game was: 8/2/15: Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

There are a lot of similarities between the 2021 Blue Jays and the 2015 Jays, even with the specific game. The 2015 series was intense as it was the two best AL teams going head to head. Hell, even Jim Wolf was behind the plate as, @Minor_Leaguer points out.
While the 2021 Jays and the Red Sox aren’t the best of the best, they are in a battle for a potential AL East division title.
The first 4 innings were quite boring and it looked like it would be a disaster when the bases were loaded for the Red Sox in the top of the fifth. However, the big man Manoah got out of the inning allowing only 2 runs in 5 innings pitched.
Then the bottom of the fifth happened.
Smash the Fraud-sox
Lead off catcher Alejandro Kirk started it off with a double. …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Is Scottie Barnes’ great workout a good sign or bad omen?

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

By now, the Toronto Raptors’ draft night surprise and the Scottie Barnes vs. Jalen Suggs debate are in the past, as Barnes was taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. In truth, we’re still a long way from being able to properly evaluate the club’s risky, against-the-grain choice of Barnes over […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: UDFA Justin Champagnie offers tons of potential

Toronto Raptors: UDFA Justin Champagnie offers tons of potential

The Toronto Raptors’ busy 2021 NBA Draft night was far from over after the selections of Scottie Barnes, Dalano Banton, and David Johnson. In fact, the Raptors managed to pick up one of the better undrafted players in the entire draft in Pitt forward Justin Champagnie. The twin brother of St. John’s star Julian Champagnie, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leaflets: Thoughts heading into Draft Day

It’s Draft Day!!! Woooooooooo. A magical night where anything seems possible, except for the Leafs doing anything. With Kyle Dubas’ repeated vocal support for the top of his roster, there is absolutely no chance that the Leafs find their way stumbling into the first round. At best they might do something that sets them up a bit differently for Saturday, but watching the draft tonight is just hoping for as many teams as possible to reach with their picks and provide the Leafs with the best possible talent pool to work with tomorrow.
Change needs to be made beyond the free agents
The Leafs have no shortage of vacancies created due to departing free agents, but that doesn’t seem like it should be the extent of the changes being made, and there is a need for additional funds to improve the Maple Leafs. As things sit right now, sticking only with the returning Leafs on the roster, the Leafs have just over $10M to address 4 roster spots (3F and 1G) and up to three reserve spots. At best they can comfortably chase a $7M if they plan on cheaping out the rest of the way. The fact that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

Late last night, news broke on Twitter from John Matisz at The Score, that he was hearing the Toronto Maple Leafs are re-signing goalie Joseph Woll to a contract extension. Woll is one of the many goalies in the Maple Leafs system that is up for a contract this off-season so it’s good to hear they are working together to get something done and by the sound of it, John has the details of the term as well.
 
Joseph Woll contract
According to John Matisz, he is hearing Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year, two-way contract. No official word at this time what the price is, however, we do know it is a one-year, two-way contract for the 23-year-old goalie who will continue to develop down in the AHL and who knows, he might get a shot in an NHL game sometime soon with the Maple Leafs.

Hearing goalie Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Maple Leafs. 1 year, 2-way contract.
— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) July 17, 2021

Joseph Woll’s stats
Woll is coming off this 2020-21 season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies playing in only 15 games compared to the 32 he suited up for …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry declining Team USA invite is the right move

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry declining Team USA invite is the right move

Last night sent the Toronto Raptors fanbase into a state of unbridled euphoria, as they were able to somehow land the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Considering that Kyle Lowry is a free agent, they could use this selection to potentially land his successor if he does indeed decide to leave. Lowry […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Maple Leafs need to keep this third line together for the rest of the series against the Canadiens

The Maple Leafs need to keep this third line together for the rest of the series against the Canadiens

After game one on Thursday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs were faced to make a lineup change due to the injury of their captain, John Tavares. With the injury to Tavares, Alex Galchenyuk was called upon to slide into the lineup and slot back in the top-six alongside Nick Foligno and William Nylander. As well, with the addition of Galchenyuk in the lineup, Sheldon Keefe also went with the decision to slot Pierre Engvall in the lineup and take newly acquired Riley Nash out of the lineup for one simple reason. Offence.
Well, with the new-look second and third line entering game two against Montreal, Leaf fans were excited to see how they would perform after a game one loss, but more importantly, how the team as a whole would perform after losing one of their best players and their captain, John Tavares. I think it’s safe to say all four lines were absolutely amazing last night as they all provided a little bit of something whenever they were out there on the ice together.
The Maple Leafs flat out dominated the Canadiens last night and I guess some could say six power-plays helped Toronto outplay Montreal, but even …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Predicting how far the Leafs will go in the playoffs

So, the Leafs lost to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night in a game that didn’t matter. Now we prepare for the Toronto and Montreal first round. I am excited. I am also nervous.
In this video, I look forward predicting where the Leafs will go and how far they will make it. I did knock on wood too because I don’t want to jinx anything. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation