Day After Thoughts: Welcome to the Leafs offseason

Day After Thoughts: Welcome to the Leafs offseason

If you are reading this, congratulations on not rage quitting the Leafs. They sure do make it tempting, and the following quotes are reminders of how bad things were destined to go…

Hyman: “It’s a huge opportunity. Montreal-Toronto Game 7, we’ll be ready.” #leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) May 30, 2021

Spezza: “There’s an excitement in the locker room … and a quiet confidence.” #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) May 31, 2021

Thornton: “It’s been a resilient group all year long and the guys are ready … clear your mind, you have to enjoy the moment.” #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) May 31, 2021

This fucking team.
Anyways, is there any point to dissecting that brutal game? Are there any insights that we can take from it that will help with the next game in *checks calendar* October? No. It’s over, it’s done. The season is done, and we are back to our familiar pain, and garbage answers about how things went…

Sheldon Keefe on Game 5-7: “We didn’t score enough, we didn’t play with the lead and that made it hard.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 1, 2021

Mitch Marner says he didn’t live up to his own standard: “I just have to make sure that it stops happening.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins Need to Explain Themselves

Mickey Callaway’s behavior was unacceptable. Everybody reading this understands that fact. In The Athletic’s latest article about Callaway, Katie Strang, Britt Ghiroli, and Ken Rosenthal detail Callaway’s harassment and uncomfortable actions while he was employed by the Cleveland baseball team.

For context, Callaway was hired by Cleveland in 2010, and he served with them in four different roles until 2017. Mark Shapiro, the Blue Jays’ current President, was Cleveland’s President from 2010 until he left to come to Canada in 2015. Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays current GM, was Cleveland’s Director of Player of Development from 2006 through 2014, and served as the club’s Vice President of Player Personnel until he too came to the Blue Jays after the 2015 season.
What this means is that while Mark Shapiro was in charge of Cleveland’s entire organization and Ross Atkins was in charge of their minor league system, Mickey Callaway was hired and then promoted three different times. There were at least four different opportunities for Shapiro or Atkins to evaluate the performance of Callaway and check with others on how people felt about Callaway, and yet he continued to advance in the organization.
It’s difficult to believe that they …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs rumoured to be looking for a “Shattenkirk or Sekera return” for Barrie

If you are just reading the headline and going into a cold sweat about the Leafs trading for Kevin Shattenkirk or Andrej Sekera, please relax, it’s speaking to the first round pick plus a prospect return both of those players warranted at the trade deadline.
According to Bob McKenzie, the Leafs are far more open to trading Tyson Barrie as a result, not only because of the historically embarrassing game on Saturday night, but a week that featured three bad losses, and one small glimpse of hope on Thursday. On insider trading Bob McKenzie suggested the return in line with what both of those players brought in.
Darren Dreger suggested the Leafs will lean more on Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren in March, and the return of Rielly and Ceci will also make the notion of trading Barrie more palatable.
Here’s what those trades looked like
Shattenkirk:
Traded from St. Louis Blues with Pheonix Copley to Washington Capitals for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, conditional draft pick, round 1 pick in the 2017 draft (Morgan Frost) and conditional round 2 pick in the 2019 draft
Sekera:
Traded from Carolina Hurricanes to Los Angeles Kings for Roland McKeown and round 1 pick in …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs are waiting to name Matthews captain because it might disrupt Marner negotiations

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The negotiations between Marner and the Leafs are still at a point where the sides are not close, and the insistence from Marner’s agent that he is paid as much as Auston Matthews is causing the Leafs to delay naming their captain, according to multiple reports.
Making the radio rounds this morning, James Mirtle of The Athletic checked in to TSN1050 to say as much when asked about whether or not the Leafs will put the ‘C’ on someone’s jersey before opening night.
I think they’re going to name Auston Matthews captain. I wonder if (with) the Marner situation, if they’re worried about the optics of that or not. That’s the only hang-up. If that wasn’t going on I’d say they would name Auston Matthews captain.
And that more or less backs up what Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston relayed last night when asked the same thing.
I believe it’s Auston Matthews… but I think the timing of that is tricky, especially with Marner’s situation unresolved. Do they want to make that announcement before Mitch Marner signs? That might complicate some of the discussions being had …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Kevin Gravel could become a vital piece of the Leafs’ blue line

If you answered “who?” reading the headline, it’s alright. Being on the Edmonton Oilers does that to players that move on from them.
Kevin Gravel was one of the seven free agents that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed on the same day in the middle of summer. In the middle of a majority of fans most likely not paying attention about hockey whatsoever, the Leafs decided to sign all the depth they could handle in one fell swoop.
Gravel was the only defenceman of that group — a position that Toronto tried to fix this offseason.
The major transaction was acquiring Tyson Barrie from the Colorado Avalanche, while one of their key forwards in Nazem Kadri was headed the other way. A move that could potentially work out, or could wind up being a mistake if the Leafs are ever without Auston Matthews or John Tavares at any point this season and are wondering why their offence has suddenly dried up.
This summer focus of solidifying a group of six defencemen that could take them beyond the first round has potential, but it’s also taking a major risk changing up the personnel so drastically. Two defencemen that will most …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation