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

The Case for Travis Dermott as the Leafs’ Most Lovable Goofball

You can love the way Travis Dermott plays, you can hate it, or you can be indifferent. But I’m here to argue that what you cannot deny is that he is, off the ice, by far the most lovable goofball on the Toronto Maple Leafs current roster.
I want to disclaim, before I begin making my case, that there was a picture of Travis on vacation a few years ago in a Speedo, with cornrows in his hair. While some Twitter users suggested this to me as an example of Travis’ affable, goofball personality, I have to disagree. Cornrows are a hairstyle that carries deep meaning to Black people, and when white people or people from other cultures mimic this style it is a form of cultural appropriation and insensitivity. Travis was rightfully called out on this by many, and I am hopeful that he learned from that experience.
Aside from that instance, though, there are countless examples of Travis’ fun-loving, easygoing, carefree personality that we can point to when arguing that he’s the most lovable goofball on the team. I put a call out on Twitter (as mentioned above) and received so many suggestions, I might not …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #35: Lowry recalls his low point, and his vow

As the flashback plays out, we see what made Lowry the man he is today. It’s a simple scene of betrayal — but it’s powered him all the way to the present moment. Lowry is still in that old moment, remembering the night after the job in the motel room. The loot was in play, the future was bright — and then Stockton and his goons took it all away. Conley made it out, but so did Lowry. And he never forgot.
Catch up on Pages 34 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Point Man #21: Lowry labours on his plan alone

While everyone else plays catch-up, Lowry continues to take steps towards his ultimate goal: boosting the loot at Silverstern. While the underworld and the cops chase each other around, Lowry continues to put his plans into action elsewhere. He’s got blueprints, hardware, funds — everything he needs to carry out the Silverstern job. But now who’s this calling?
Catch up on Page 20 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram and Twitter)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ