Leafsnation Power Rankings: Week 7

What’s up Leafsnation! How are we feeling? Week 7 of the NHL is officially in the books! There were a lot of positive takeaways from the Toronto Maple Leafs this week but here are my top three moments:
3- California Sweep
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on serious fire right now after winning all three of their games in California this week and also getting the dub last Sunday in Long Island. Can someone say, road warriors?
How about we throw a franchise record in there, too!

Maple Leafs set a franchise record with 7 straight road wins. Outscore opponents 18-4 on this four-game trip. Never trailed once.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) November 29, 2021

 
Right now the Maple Leafs are sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division with a 16-6-1 record and fans across the country are loving every second of it. 

Leafs sweep their 4 game road trip outscoring their opponents 18-4. Currently 1st place in the Atlantic with 33 pts. #LeafsForever
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) November 29, 2021

Trivia time… What team is tied for 1st in the NHL AND is first in the Atlantic?
— Toronto Leaf Head – Will never bag it (@JoeShedler) November 29, 2021

The start of the season was a little scary …

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Author: Caroline Szwed / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Kyle Clifford, loan Joey Anderson to the Marlies

Leafs recall Kyle Clifford, loan Joey Anderson to the Marlies

Kyle Clifford is officially back.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Clifford from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, the Leafs announced Tuesday afternoon.
In a corresponding move, the Leafs loaned Joey Anderson to the Marlies. Toronto had previously recalled Anderson from the AHL on Nov. 21 but he did not appear in any NHL games before being returned to the minor league.

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 23, 2021

The Leafs acquired Clifford from the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 16. In return, Toronto sent “future considerations” (read: nothing) back St. Louis’ way. He’s in the final season of a two-year contract with an average annual cap hit of $1 million.
This is Clifford’s second tenure in the Maple Leafs organization. He previously joined the team at the 2020 trade deadline, coming over from the Los Angeles Kings as part of the deal that made Jack Campbell a Maple Leaf.
Clifford appeared in 16 games with the Leafs to close out the 2019–20 regular season, scoring a goal and two assists. He was held without a point in five playoff games with Toronto.


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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week one of the season (October 12-16)

Week one is officially in the books for the Toronto Maple Leafs after a long wait for the start of the regular season. Toronto started their first week playing none other than Canadian teams after playing them for the entirety of last year, so I’m just happy they got past this week so they can start playing some American teams for the first time since 2020.
They opened their season on Wednesday when they welcomed the Montreal Canadiens to town and took care of business picking up a close 2-1 win to open the year 1-0-0. We didn’t have to wait long for another Maple Leafs game as they took a plane and flew to Ottawa to play the second half of a back-to-back the next day. We all know what happened in that game, a very slow start and a three-goal period for Ottawa ultimately resulted in a 3-2 win for the Senators as the Maple Leafs pick up their first loss of the season.
Fast forward to Saturday night and they’re playing, you guessed it, the Ottawa Senators, yet again. This time Toronto actually started on time and they pounced early with two goals in …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

What to expect when attending a Maple Leafs game this season

We’re officially under a month away from the Maple Leafs’ first regular-season game of the season. And at this moment in time, a lot is still unclear.
The Ontario Government announced earlier this month that the province will have vaccine passports. The Government stated that to enter an arena, you must provide proof of vaccination (completed at a minimum of 14 days prior). That’s really all we know at this point in terms of what you’ll have to show if you wish to attend games.
Among the questions, the biggest is “How many fans will be permitted in Scotiabank Arena?” That’s yet to be answered.
I reached out to Ontario’s Minister of Sport, Lisa MacLeod, for comment, and their press secretary linked me to the province’s re-opening plan. It states that in Step 3, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities will have capacity limits.
However, a few days ago, the Ottawa Senators put out a statement stating that they expect to be at full capacity:
“It is the organization’s expectation, based upon its full compliance with provincial requirements, that Canadian Tire Centre will have the ability to welcome full capacity for opening night on Oct. 14.”


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri lowers expectations for 2021-22 season

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri lowers expectations for 2021-22 season

The Toronto Raptors have officially transitioned out of their championship phase that they spent the last decade in, as Masai Ujiri decided to restock the roster with young talent after the sign-and-trade of Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat. While they held onto championship holdovers like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Fred VanVleet and added Scottie […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

The Toronto Raptors have officially started to gear up for a pivotal 2021-22 season, as their 11th place finish last year is simply not acceptable for a franchise that has been as used to winning as this one. Still, the latest Raptors odds don’t paint as optimistic a picture for this campaign. In addition to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 underrated 2021-22 games that could be dramatic

Toronto Raptors: 3 underrated 2021-22 games that could be dramatic

The 2021-22 Toronto Raptors schedule has officially been released, as Nick Nurse, Masai Ujiri, and the rest of this bunch will look to put their nightmarish 2020-21 season firmly in the rear-view mirror as they try to reboot and get back to the postseason. With a revamped roster, the Raptors’ fanbase will get their first […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Checking in on the Toronto Maple Leafs depth chart

We’re officially into the dead of the offseason. Just about every notable free agent has signed for next season and the last trade was almost three weeks ago. Any news coming across the timeline is incredibly minor with maybe the exception of arbitration settlements, of which the Toronto Maple Leafs have none to deal with.
Though the depth chart is not complete yet with plenty of time for more moves to be made, the general outline of the Leafs organization to begin the 2021/22 season is set. So today, let’s take a look at where things stand from a projected Leafs roster all the way down the organization.
If you follow me on Twitter (@Kyle_Cush), you’ll be familiar with the organizational depth charts I put out fairly regularly. I’ll still be putting them out frequently on Twitter, but I’ll also be diving into more detail with updates on the organization here throughout the season.
As of August 18, here is where the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth chart stands:
Currently, the Leafs can only afford one extra skater while remaining cap compliant. Toronto would need to shed about $1.4M in cap space to make room for …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 bold predictions for a pivotal offseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 bold predictions for a pivotal offseason

The Toronto Raptors’ offseason has officially begun and much more early than most hoped and/or expected. The Raptors’ 2021 campaign was one of ups and downs with much more of the latter than the former, but there is still plenty to be hopeful about. Players like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby seemingly took a step […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: How will Chris Boucher perform next season?

Toronto Raptors: How will Chris Boucher perform next season?

Now that the Toronto Raptors are officially eliminated from the playoffs, it’s now time for the team to focus on the 2021-22 season. One of their things that the Raptors should focus on is the growth of Chris Boucher. Boucher is making $7 million next season, but his contract is non-guaranteed in the summer.  Luckily, the […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ