Leafs players who have a realistic shot at representing Canada at the 2022 Olympics

It feels like I’m a month removed from being annoyed by TSN and Sportsnet filling time during the draft and free agency discussing their mock rosters for the 2022 Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team. Alas, there are no more draft picks, free agents, or trades incoming at the moment, so it’s time that I too take a trip to that content well, and consider what Leafs could be representing their country at the Olympics.
Rather than start with the international players and work towards Canada, it seems much more fitting to kick this off with the country most of our readership will be excited about. Latvia. Canada. And while the Leafs haven’t been fond of drafting Canadians in the past couple of seasons, there are a number of Canadians on the Leafs, and many of them play at a high enough level to be considered.

So both Craig Button and Mike Johnson weighed in with their rosters, and to the joy of Leafs fans it appears that both Morgan Rielly and Mitch Marner would be on their Team Canada rosters. And why shouldn’t they be, statistically the case for both of them is sound.
Morgan Rielly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs have re-signed Ilya Mikheyev to a two-year, $3.29 million deal

Less than 24 hours removed from their scheduled arbitration hearing, Ilya Mikheyev and the Leafs agreed to an extension.

Soup’s back on the menu for two more years!
Ilya Mikheyev has signed a two-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/awTa3TDZff pic.twitter.com/0QhV48B46p
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 20, 2020

His agent, Dan Milstein, first broke the news on Twitter with a photo of a young Mikheyev.
The terms of the deal were reflective of the arbitration rules, given that players heading for a hearing usually get no more than two-year contracts. It’s at a cap hit they are happy with and, most importantly, he will be exempt from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft next year.
More to come.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

It’s time for the Leafs to score a goal

Forty-eight hours removed from what proved to be a defensive slugfest that saw the Leafs finish the night with a goose-egg, Toronto gets a shot at redemption this afternoon as they look to even the series against the Blue Jackets. Unlike a regular playoff series where there is little reason to panic after going down 1-0 in a playoff series, the urgency is increasing as this series is a best of five.
So it’s understandable why some fans are feeling a bit anxious after the Leafs were shutout in a playoff game. Given that Columbus likes to play trap-style hockey and suck the life out of the opposition’s attack, the Leafs will need to find a way to generate more offensive looks in tonight’s game if they want to stand a chance.
That’s not to say the Leafs didn’t put up a fight in that game (with the exception being the final six minutes), because there were some quality looks from Toronto throughout. Unfortunately, those weren’t as frequent since the majority of their chances were from low-percentage areas.
Columbus thrives off the forecheck and capitalizing on the opposition& …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Mac Hollowell replaces Timothy Liljegren on Leafs Phase 3 roster

After being removed from the Leafs Phase 3 training camp roster, Mac Hollowell is back:

Defenceman Mac Hollowell has replaced defenceman Timothy Liljegren on the Phase 3 Return to Play roster.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2020

Timothy Liljegren has been removed from the Return to Play roster due to being “unfit to play”. It’s not known if he will return or if this is a permanent change for the Maple Leafs defenceman.
According to TSN’s Kristen Shilton, Liljegren did make an appearance yesterday but was talking to the medical trainer and as we know, didn’t skate.
With the NHL and NHLPA’s protocol, players shall only be deemed unfit to play and there will likely be no update other than those exact words from Sheldon Keefe later today.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors are the NBA’s new model of consistency

One year removed from their first-ever NBA championship and without a true superstar, the Toronto Raptors are still among the elite. They are now positioned as the NBA’s new model of consistency. Eight months removed winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in the Bay Area – for the first time in team history, no less – […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Leafs Pregame: Win against Vancouver and we can call it a streak

On a day where we are a week removed from the Leafs losing to an emergency backup goaltender, who happened to be employed by the Leafs, the situation is a lot rosier. I mean, a lot rosier considering that they also lost Jake Muzzin for 4 weeks over that time, didn’t do anything at the trade deadline, and Freddie Andersen gave up 3 goals in the first period.
It’s rosier in the sense that the Leafs have won 3 of their last for, and for the first time in 13 games, they have the opportunity to find themselves on a three game win streak. How’s that for turning the tables on the narrative?
The Leafs still have an incredibly questionable and incredibly inexperienced blueline, but it is likely to be a six man unit tonight, with Denis Malgin factoring back into the forward lineup. The Leafs playing at home and controlling the lineup means that matchups will be easier to come by and for better or worse, the defensemen on the ice will in fact be the defensemen that Sheldon Keefe wants out there.
Freddie Andersen had an absolutely terrible first period, but the Leafs managed to figure …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Could the Toronto Raptors miss out on the playoffs this year?

One season removed from winning their first-ever NBA title, what are the odds the Toronto Raptors could miss out on the playoffs this season? No matter how you phrase it, the Toronto Raptors are still the NBA champions. They will be all the way up until June 2020, when the NBA Finals will draw to […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ