News from the Rink: Marner, Engvall return to Leafs practice as more players enter COVID protocols

After a day off in Arizona, the Maple Leafs have returned to practice before their game vs. the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Returning to the team today is Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall, who have both in COVID protocols since January 7th. As those two come off the COVID list, the Maple Leafs have unfortunately had to add a few players to it.

The Maple Leafs have placed defenceman Justin Holl, forward Ondrej Kaše and forward Nick Ritchie into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 14, 2022

There were five players remaining on the team who haven’t been placed in protocol, and this is three of them. Justin Holl, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie will all have to isolate for five days and submit a negative test before returning to the team.
Both Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting are the only Maple Leafs left who haven’t been put into protocols this season.
Losing those three players is a huge blow for Toronto. It seemed like Holl was starting to find his way after a rough start to the season, and it looked like Kaše was a fit on the top line with Matthews and Bunting. It looked like Ritchie was starting to have a bit of success too.
Maple Leafs lines in practice
With Marner and Engvall returning, and a few others in isolation, here’s how the Maple Leafs lines shaped up in practice today.

#Leafs lines at practice Jan. 14/22
Bunting-Matthews-MarnerKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderMikheyev-Kampf-EngvallClifford-Sp …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs day after thoughts: Is Pierre Engvall for real?

The Toronto Maple Leafs returned to a sold-out Scotiabank Arena with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
And it featured a lot.
To start the game, you had the Leafs come out with new white chinstraps on their helmets. I like. Toronto also had a new helmet sponsor in TikTok. I like this too.
With a packed arena of fans, one of the things expected for the Leafs was to start on time. They didn’t, but that’s not a bad thing. They still got the win, and that’s all that matters. Maybe not to Sheldon Keefe, though.
It was still a great night with goals from both William Nylander and Pierre Engvall. And we can’t forget about Jack Campbell, who made almost every stop in Wednesday night’s game.
But I’m most interested in Engvall because he had three goals in two preseason games and now is on pace for 82 this year. It’s not going to happen, but, interestingly, Engvall is scoring at this rate. With his lineup spot in jeopardy once Auston Matthews returns, he’s likely playing with his back against the wall.
And that’s a good thing.


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 bench players with the most to gain in preseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 bench players with the most to gain in preseason

The Toronto Raptors returned to Scotiabank Arena for the first time in almost two years, and they punctuated an emotional night by handling the rival Philadelphia 76ers. This would’ve been impossible without some standout performances from some of the prospective bench players. While Scottie Barnes stole the show, and OG Anunoby helped lead the Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs Practice Notes: Hyman out a minimum of two weeks, Mikheyev questionable, Sandin & Andersen return to practice

The Leafs returned to practice on Monday following a disappointing overtime loss to the embattled Vancouver Canucks who were playing their first game since March 24th due to a COVID outbreak. Losing out on the extra point in overtime seemed rather insignificant, however, as Zach Hyman was also lost to injury after taking a brutal knee on knee hit from Alexander Edler who earned a two game suspension for his troubles.
Sheldon Keefe revealed after practice that Hyman has suffered a sprained MCL that will keep him on the shelf for at least two weeks. Given the fact that he has already had this knee surgically repaired once, and how the hit looked, it could have been a lot worse.

TOR head coach Sheldon Keefe says Zach Hyman has a sprained MCL. Out at least two weeks. Probably as good news as they could get.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 19, 2021

Some alarm bells went off when William Nylander stepped onto the ice for practice in a grey sweater typically reserved for extras or members of the taxi squad, with Pierre Engvall and Adam Brooks shedding grey for regular white practice sweaters. Nylander ended up skating in his usual spot alongside John …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Glachenyuk loses waiver exemption, Andersen still out, Amirov’s season is done

News and Notes: Glachenyuk loses waiver exemption, Andersen still out, Amirov’s season is done

The Leafs have returned home after a successful road trip where they went 4-0-0, including two wins on back-to-back nights against the Flames. As is the case for a team that is in the midst of a strong run, the morning skate saw no changes to the lineup.

#Leafs lines at morning skate (vs. MTL tonight):
Hyman-Matthews-MarnerGalchenyuk-Tavares-NylanderMikheyev-Engvall-SimmondsThornton-Kerfoot-Spezza
Rielly-BrodieMuzzin-HollDermott-Bogosian
CampbellHutchinson
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 7, 2021

One of the unique things about tonight’s game is that this will be Alex Galchenyuk’s 10th game with the club where he has produced one goal and three assists to begin his tenure. As a result of reaching this milestone, his waiver exemption status is gone and he will have to be placed on waivers if the team wants the cap benefit of putting him on the taxi squad during non-game days. Judging by the fact that the Leafs have already lost Jimmy Vesey and Travis Boyd to waivers in the past few weeks, I wouldn’t expect them to try and risk it with Galchenyuk.

Alex Galchenyuk appears set to play his 10th game for Toronto tonight, which means he’ll lose his waiver exemption.
The #leafs will no longer be able to …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Norman Powell shines in return from injury

Norman Powell returned from a 9-game absence last week against the Charlotte Hornets, and despite dropping two of three contests since, the fourth-year wing has shined for the Toronto Raptors. One step back, two steps forward is how the proverb goes. Conversely, the Toronto Raptors 2019-2020 season has been more depictive of the opposite – […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

What does Kyrie Irving’s return mean for the Toronto Raptors?

Kyrie Irving returned to the Brooklyn Nets lineup this weekend after a long absence. What does his return mean for the Toronto Raptors? The Toronto Raptors aren’t the only team that has suffered from injuries to their star players, even if the number of injuries seems excessively high compared to most teams. Even with the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors early Decemeber struggles are nothing to worry about

After Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka returned to the Toronto Raptors rotation, the team fell right into a slump. Despite those struggles, there’s nothing to be concerned about. It’s not often that Toronto Raptors fans have much to complain about. This 2019-2020 NBA season will likely result in their 7th consecutive playoffs appearance, the third-longest active […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

Grades from the Toronto Raptors loss to LA Clippers in Kawhi Leonard’s return

On the night where Kawhi Leonard returned to receive his championship ring, the Toronto Raptors fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 112-92. How did the team perform individually? In their last outing against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Toronto Raptors fell short in a game in which both teams were missing key parts. Kyle Lowry […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ