The Blue Jays have signed Gosuke Katoh to a minor-league deal

This was first reported a few weeks ago, but there’s nothing going on as we trudge through the lockout, so we might as well talk about it again.

The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed utility guy Gosuke Katoh to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Katoh was originally selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2013 draft. He spent seven years in New York’s system before getting let go. He signed a minor-league deal with the San Diego Padres and had a solid season for the organization’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.
Over 114 games in 2021, Katoh slashed a .306/.388/.474 line with eight home runs and 27 doubles. He walked 46 times while striking out 84 times.
Gatoh is a left-handed hitter, something the Blue Jays badly need, and he can play first, second, and third base as well and left and right field, so he profiles nicely as the kind of player who can fill a come off of the bench in a pinch.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

TRADE: The Leafs part ways with Kurtis Gabriel

Who says nothing happens before the NHL holiday roster freeze? Certainly not me. While it’s far from a blockbuster, the Leafs did part ways with one of their better known fan favourite players on the Marlies.

TRADE: We’ve acquired defenceman Chad Krys from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Kurtis Gabriel. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 9, 2021

Out goes Kurtis Gabriel, and in comes the needed defensive help for the Marlies, with some potential for NHL upside.
We’ll start with the Gabriel side of the coin here.
With the recent acquisition of Kyle Clifford, the writing was pretty much on the wall that Kurtis Gabriel had no path to the NHL with the Leafs. While he put up some numbers and stood up for his teammates nicely in training camp, we all witnessed his deficiency in skating, and that was going to make him a liability, even on the fourth line in the NHL.
Going to the Blackhawks, a team that wants to be tough to play against, but also unload as many NHL players as it can between now and the trade deadline, they’ll be in need of NHL capable bodies who won’t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Anderson and send Semyonov to the Marlies

Nothing like the excitement of switching up the fourteenth forward on the roster and kudos for the Leafs deciding to keep things fresh…

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Joey Anderson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 30, 2021

Obviously this is far from anything that warrants a whole lot of discussion. Right now the Leafs have the space to carry 14 forwards, and that seems to be the plan.
Anderson was up prior to the promotion of Kyle Clifford to the Leafs, and never had the opportunity to get into a game. He got in some time with the Marlies, where he has been thriving and now depending on the severity of the injury to Kase, Anderson might get the opportunity to see a game or two, likely while platooning with Clifford. Ideally giving Anderson a shot is a chance at bringing in a slightly greener version of Michael Bunting into the lineup. He’s a little less ratty, but could inject some youthful enthusiasm into the forecheck.
As for the real reason behind the move, I think our own Kyle Cushman hit the nail on the head here.

How …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

All or Nothing executive producer discusses his year with the Leafs

The ‘All or Nothing’ series offers a glimpse into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lives. You get to see the good, the bad, and at some points, the ugly. But what was it like being around them at every breathing moment?
Rob Worsoff, the showrunner and executive producer for the ‘All or Nothing’ series, had the privilege of being around the Leafs daily. He followed the team wherever they travelled. Worsoff was on the plane, the bus, the trainer’s office — he was everywhere.
“I was there every single day, in the bubble with the Leafs.” Worsoff said. “Dream of a lifetime.“
He and the rest of the crew were able to get access to almost everything. During every game, they had Sheldon Keefe, a player, and one referee wearing microphones. Everything — Worsoff heard. He was even in the dressing room before and after the games, as well as the intermissions.
The most significant thing, though, was there was only one camera.
“A lot of the ‘All or Nothing’ franchises are done with, like, 35 cameras.” Said Worsoff. “In COVID, we really only had one camera and one audio inside the bubble, obviously because of the restrictions. Our coverage was way limited.“


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam thinks team made the best of Tampa stint

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam thinks team made the best of Tampa stint

The Toronto Raptors look nothing like the playoff team that was a consistent fixture in the summer over the last decade thanks to an infamous confluence of circumstances. Regardless, the season has been nothing short of disastrous. However, if you ask Pascal Siakam, he will tell you that the Raptors made the best out of […]
Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam thinks team made the best of Tampa stint – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Canadiens vs Maple Leafs 05/08/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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It’s almost a nothing game for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the standings, so bettors will have to decide whether the strong trends apply. The Maple Leafs are -220 favourites and the Montreal Canadiens are +180 underdogs with a 6.0-goal total on the NHL odds for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com (how the moneyline works).
Toronto has gone deeper than -200 at home against Montreal only four previous times in the NHL’s salary cap era and has won all four games. Toronto is 8-2 in its last 10 games as a home favourite against Montreal, and four of the last six such matchups have finished OVER. 
Canadiens vs Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Maple Leafs are 13-7 in their last 20 home games as a -200 to -250 favourite, with the OVER hitting 13 times. The Canadiens are 3-16 in their last 19 away games as a +160 to +200 underdog, with the total finishing UNDER 13 times. This season, Montreal is a 3-6 as a road underdog with the OVER hitting five times at sports betting sites.
Toronto leads the season series 6-2-1 with a 21-15 edge in five-on-five goals. The Maple Leafs, per Natural Stat …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

What we know about the Leafs latest KHL signing, Kirill Semyonov

Nothing like dropping the kids off at school and getting a LeafsPR alert on the way home. Is Andersen activated from the LTIR? Did the Leafs hire Bruce Boudreau as a special teams consultant? Nope it’s European Free Agent, and the Leafs did as they always do, they partook in a signing…

We’ve signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/24an8aBcig pic.twitter.com/oEe1jHphw4
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 5, 2021

Here is what the Leafs press release has to say on him:
Semyonov, 26, skated in 60 games for Avangard Omsk (KHL) in 2020-21, registering 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) while adding nine points (four goals, five assists) in 23 playoff games, capturing the Gagarin Cup. In 377 regular season KHL games, the Omsk, Russia native has recorded 169 points (70 goals, 99 assists) and 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 65 playoff games. Semyonov was selected to represent Omsk in the 2019 All-Star Game
Well he’s been an All-Star and won a championship. Those things sound good. The 26 points in 60 games doesn’t sound like he’s setting the world on fire, but that probably gives some sense that he’s a middle six player …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs are in on everyone and introducing The TLN Trade Bored

There’s nothing like the false hope that comes in the form of an established media personality looking to add a hook to his weekly column and to help promote his network’s ongoing coverage of the Leafs. That’s the cynical look at it. The optimistic look at it is exactly what Elliotte Friedman wrote:
After Thursday, Toronto has five games in 14 days. It would not be a stunner if the Maple Leafs tried to make their move during this time to minimize quarantine on any player coming from the U.S. In the last week, Toronto’s been rumoured to be in on half the league, from Mattias Ekholm to Filip Forsberg to Mikael Granlund to Eric Staal to Marc Staal. We will see what GM Kyle Dubas decides to do.
Yeah, that all seems pretty good, except for Marc Staal. If that was in anyway remotely true I’d be sad.
The Leafs looking to act sooner than later is nothing new, as that has been the preferred approach of Dubas for the past couple of seasons, and factor in the oft mentioned 14 day quarantine period for players crossing the border, the fact that the quarantine period …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: A short introduction to the rental market

Nothing gets you thinking about bringing in players quite like having Jake Muzzin, Zach Hyman, Joe Thornton, Jack Campbell, Freddie Andersen, and Wayne Simmonds out of the lineup. Last time I checked missing four key players and your top two goaltenders is a bad thing, and while it’s exciting to get a look at Mikko Lehtonen and Alexander Barabanov, it’s not as much fun as winning, and the Leafs might face some real challenges to win with this lineup, despite the four incredibly good players at the top of the roster.
So with that in mind, it’s time to consider some rental players. And given how early it is in the season, and the unfortunate nature of league parity, it’s pretty slim pickings at this point for who is selling and who might be available. Luke Fox of Sportsnet has compiled the list:
Buffalo: Taylor Hall, Eric Staal, Brandon Montour, Jake McCabe, Matt Irwin, Tobias Reider, Riley Sheahan, Carter Hutton, Linus Ullmark
Detroit: Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner, Marc Staal, Patrik Nemeth, Jon Merrill, Jonathan Bernier
Nashville: Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula, Pekka Rinne, Brad Richardson, Luca Sbisa
Ottawa: Derek Stepan, Ryan …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: Galchenyuk a Leaf, Granlund a target, and a possible goaltending upgrade

Nothing kills a weekly rumours column like having a trade the night before. Not a whole lot to speculate on when the Leafs have actually done some adding. The Leafs were in the market for a top six winger, and depending on how loose your definition is of top six winger, that’s what they acquired in Alex Galchenyuk. Though that’s leaning heavily into the pre 2019-20 part of Alex’s resume. In a much more accurate sense the Leafs acquired someone who if he finds his game, he could be a top six winger, maybe even a center, although that has never gone well for Galchenyuk. In reality the Leafs acquired the modern day Richard Panik, which isn’t a bad thing, but it likely wasn’t the move the Leafs are truly exploring.
Mikael Granlund and others
Via Spectors Hockey:
Friedman didn’t elaborate but the consensus around the league suggests Nashville Predators winger Mikael Granlund fits the description. He could become available if the Predators continue to struggle. The winger signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Predators. Mirtle indicated the Leafs had an interest in him during the offseason but lacked the cap space to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation