Willy Styles is the name, fashion is his game: Maple Leafs Gameday Fit Week #1 Power Rankings

One of my favourite things about hockey, and all sports really, is seeing what the athletes wear walking into the arena.
Whichever sport it is — hockey, basketball, football, or baseball — players like to show their personality through what they drape themselves in before games.
Hockey, in particular, is no fun when it comes to fashion. It’s a sport where kids are told at a young age to wear suits to their games and they do that all the way to the NHL level, if they make it there.
It’s boring. Unentertaining. Monotonous. Dull. I could go on.
There are some NHL teams that have loosened their dress code a little bit, but for the most part each team still wants their players to enter the arena looking ready for business.
While it’s understandable, I still hate it. I love fun, and dressing different is fun.
Toronto has settled for business casual, which means still wearing a suit. However, they are allowing the players to spice things up a little bit. And as you may know, there are plenty of guys on the Maple Leafs who want to show off their gameday drip.
So, I thought I’d write about it. Maybe it’ll be a weekly series, maybe it won’t. It all depends on if the Maple Leafs cont …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Projecting the Leafs training camp cuts

To date, the Leafs haven’t really been cutting anyone from training camp. Ty Voit wasn’t so much of a cut as he was a late addition who pitched in and departed as soon as the Leafs were able to bring back some injured players. Fraser Minten is done with the Leafs training camp, due to a wrist injury, and I guess you can also lump Carl Dahlstrom and Jordie Benn into the camp departures as they join John Tavares and Timothy Liljegren on the list of players with injuries that will go past the opening day of the season.
Really what we are looking at is the first round of cuts and one that will coincide with the opening of the Marlies training camp next week.
As a refresher, here was the original camp roster:

Now, here’s what I’d wager the current situation looks like heading into the pre-Marlies camp cuts:

ROSTER LOCKS
ON THE ROSTER BUBBLE
LIKELY IMMEDIATE CUTS
INJURED
G
MATT MURRAY
ERIK KALLGREN
KEITH PETRUZZELLI
JOSEPH WOLL
G
ILYA SAMSONOV
DYLAN FERGUSON
DRYDEN MCKAY

D
TJ BRODIE
JUSTIN HOLL
NOEL HOEFENMAYER
JORDIE BENN
D
MARK GIORDANO
FILIP KRAL
MAC HOLLOWELL
CARL DAHLSTROM
D
JAKE MUZZIN
VICTOR METE
MIKKO KOKKONEN
TIMOTHY LILJEGREN
D
MORGAN RIELLY
MARSHALL RIFAI
TOMMY MILLER
AXEL RINDELL
D
RASMUS SANDIN

WILLIAM VILLENEUVE

F
NIC AUBE-KUBEL
NICK ABRUZZESE
SEMYON DER-ARGUCHINTSEV
MIKHAIL ABRAMOV
F
MICHAEL BUNTING
JOEY ANDERSON
PAVEL GOGOLEV
PIERRE ENGVALL
F
CALLE JARNKROK
ZACH ASTON-REESE
LOGAN SHAW
FRASER MINTEN
F
DAVID KAMPF
JOSEPH BLANDISI
GRAHAM SLAGGERT
JOHN TAVARES
F
ALEX KERFOOT
KYLE CLIFFORD
TY VOIT (ALREADY REASSIGNED)

F
MITCH MARNER
CURTIS DOUGLAS

F
AUSTON MATTHEWS
MAX ELLIS

F
WILLIAM NYLANDER
ADAM GAUDETTE

F

PONTUS HOLMBERG

F

DENIS MALGIN

F

BOBBY MCMANN

F

NICK ROBERTSON

F

WAYNE SIMMONDS

F

ALEX STEEVES

To start off, players like Dylan Ferguson and Erik Kallgren really aren’t on the bubble for making the Leafs roster, they are just likely to stick around and provide the Leafs some additional goaltenders in camp. As far as non-goaltenders who are sticking around, Marshall Rafai has had a strong camp and with the Leafs lack of healthy defensemen, he could get an extended stay despite not having an NHL contract. Joseph Blandisi is another player who could stick around due to th …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Clutch hits from Whit Merrifield and George Springer propel Blue Jays to split doubleheader

It was a really gloomy day for the Toronto Blue Jays offense. Pair that with a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays, and this had the recipe to be a nasty sweep.

Toronto dropped the first game 4-2 in a matchup that included Toronto going 1-8 with RISP and leaving 10 runners on base. Game 2 had a similar look to it (with an unreal amount of ground ball outs), until the 7th inning provided some of the biggest hits of the season from guys who needed them badly.
Toronto trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the frame, and they got a leadoff walk from Santiago Espinal. Espinal would end up on third base due to a couple of wild pitches from Rays reliever Colin Poche. It brought up the first of multiple buttons that John Schneider pushed correctly, as he pinch hit Whit Merrifield for Jackie Bradley Jr. He also pinch ran Bradley Zimmer for Danny Jansen, who had just walked to get on first.
Coming into tonight, Merrifield had been batting .182 as a member with the Blue Jays. Aside from his defensive prowess of being able to play mult …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

3 takeaways after Raptors destroy 76ers in Summer League

3 takeaways after Raptors destroy 76ers in Summer League

Toronto Raptors fans can’t really ask for much more out of a Summer League debut. Not only did fans get to see young studs like Armoni Brooks and Christian Koloko put on solid performances against the rival Philadelphia 76ers, but they did so in what became a 97-77 victory. While it was far from a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ