Leaflets: Some Leafs thoughts as we run out the final days of the regular season

I think the only hockey I dislike more than preseason hockey is the hockey played between the time that the Leafs clinch a playoff spot and the actual start of the playoffs. Other than Matthews hitting the 40 goal mark, there isn’t a storyline left, and we’re left collectively holding our breath whenever we see something like the Nick Foligno injury last night. At least with the preseason we’ve been deprived of hockey so long that we’ll take what we can get, but here we are 52 games down, and nothing left to do but clinch first in the North, which should happen soon. Anyways, here are some stray thoughts in the dog days of May.
Nick Foligno needs to sit
I don’t know the extent of his injury, whether he was held out precautionary, or whatever, but the time is now to get Foligno as close to 100% as possible before the playoffs. Shutting him down now would give him close to weeks to rest up for the playoffs, and even if he requires a game or two to start the playoffs off, I think you give it to him. There are plenty of players like Engvall …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Grading the Leafs trade deadline

Grading the Leafs trade deadline

It’s seems like only yesterday it was the trade deadline. And now that we’ve had a mountain of time to reflect back on it, and consider the performances of the players who have shuffled around the league, it’s time to grade the Leafs on the same scale that restaurants select their meat on. Fun. The question was simple, how would you grade the Leafs trade deadline?
Filipe Dimas:
B+
The team absolutely improved, there’s no question about that. Did they improve enough to vault themselves from contenders to cup favourites? Probably not, but it doesn’t seem like the opportunity to do so was there.
When the most desired trade piece was a controversial player who has scored only two goals this season, you can’t fault Dubas and the management team for not making a true blockbuster trade.
The Leafs are grittier, more experienced, and better at keeping the puck out of the net than they were two days ago, which is as much as anyone could have asked for.
While some people may be disappointed that Dubas didn’t pull a magic trick to add Taylor Hall, Jack Eichel and Mecha-Hasek from the Sabres …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Trade Deadline Preview with Ian Tulloch

We are only a few days before the trade deadline and the Leafs have not made their splash. They are rumoured to be interested in adding a middle-six forward to potential play alongside John Tavares and William Nylander. On this episode, we bring in Ian Tulloch from Maple Leafs Hotstove to preview the upcoming trade deadline. Taylor Hall, Jaden Schwartz, Scott Laughton, Nick Foligno, and many more are discussed.
 
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Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors heroes and villains: A Space Jam tribute

Toronto Raptors heroes and villains: A Space Jam tribute

The Toronto Raptors might only be a few decades old, but they’ve already woven quite a rich tapestry of history across their franchise. We’ve seen hated villains rise from the muck and heroes that helped the Raptors take home the first championship in franchise history. Even though the NBA media as a whole tends to […]
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Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ

Roster Updates: Jonathan Davis cracks the roster, Robbie Ray will miss a start, and more!

The start of the regular season is only a few days away and we’re getting closer to the Blue Jays announcing their opening day lineup.

The team made a handful of cuts on Saturday morning, optioning Santiago Espinal, Joey Payamps, Riley Adams, and Josh Palacios while also re-assigning non-roster invitees Kevin Smith, Dany Jimenez, Kirby Snead, Richard Urena, Forrest Wall, and Tyler White to the minor-league working group. Save for maybe Espinal and Payamps, none of these players were really in the mix to crack the team, and even those two aren’t overly surprising given they have options.
Elsewhere, Robbie Ray, who was having a brilliant spring before falling down the stairs, will miss his first start of the season. We don’t yet know if he’s going to go on the 10-day disabled list, but, as Scott Mitchell points out, the Blue Jays could backdate his IL trip to March 29 which would allow him to be activated on April 8. The same goes for George Springer who has been dealing with an oblique issue.
It was also announced today that Jonathan Davis will crack the team’s roster, which miiiiiiight give us an indication that the Injured …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Oh look, there’s a Leafs game tonight

After having only two games in the past 10 days, the Leafs are finally back at tonight in Ottawa.
The Leafs went into this most recent break a lot more favourably than the last one. Jack Campbell’s shutout has certainly given us a lot of hope that the recent skid is over, and now that they are facing the bottom of the division in the Senators, there’s no reason to believe that the good times won’t continue (except the Sens, along with the Jets have been the most difficult opponent for the Leafs this year.)
So here’s the deal. The Sens are going to bring their best game, and it turns out that Filip Gustavsson knows what he’s doing in net. As bizarre as it is that a goaltender named Gustavsson knows what he’s doing, the Leafs need to be prepared for an attempt at goalie-ing. On the upside of that equation is the Leafs will either be getting Gustavsson who just played last night, something that rarely goes well for goaltenders, or Anton Forsberg. Yes that Anton Forsberg who has lived on waivers for the entirety of the season. He’s had one successful …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: The versatile OG Anunoby

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: The versatile OG Anunoby

As the Toronto Raptors return to normal, the only one who’s looked it has been OG Anunoby. Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry are on a bit of a cold streak shooting, Pascal Siakam had one good game followed by a stinker, and the rest of the team has been wallowing in the same slump that […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

TSN puts the Leafs as the number one buyer, Johnston still has the Leafs in on Ekholm, and updates to The TLN Trade Bored

It’s only fitting that if TSN is updating their Trade Bait Board that we also update our Trade Bored, so here we go with more rumour mongering and wild speculation to kick off your morning.
Frank Seravalli did some sorting and came up with a list of top buyers for the trade deadline (deadline month), and you’ll never guess who is number one (assuming you didn’t look at the title of this post already)
1. Toronto Maple Leafs: GM Kyle Dubas hopes to make a trade ASAP? Check. Willing to trade a top prospect? Yep. Would prefer a rental player? Indeed. Primary goal: A middle-six forward? Yes, the Leafs check all of the classic buyer boxes as they attempt to make hay in a unique year before some roster surgery is required with Zach Hyman and Frederik Andersen as pending free agents.
So that’s a lot of to unpack in a small amount of space. Let’s work backwards through this, and start with the idea that the Leafs will be hamstrung by re-signing Frederik Andersen. I’m going to speculate here, but the Leafs aren’t going to be too worried about bringing back their increasingly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kyle Lowry says he’ll retire a Raptor despite offseason uncertainty

Raptors: Kyle Lowry says he’ll retire a Raptor despite offseason uncertainty

The Toronto Raptors not only have had to deal with a 2-8 start, playing the entire season in Tampa, and the fact that several key team members have been held out of game action due to the league’s health and safety protocols, but they’ve had to deal with constant Kyle Lowry trade rumors. While Lowry […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

With only a day left before the start of the second half of the 2020-2021 NBA season, it’s worth taking a quick look at the last two games the Toronto Raptors played pre-break and then delving into the minutiae of who needs to show up, who needs to step up and what needs to be […]
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Author: Cece Scott / Raptors HQ