Daily Duce: Blue Jays players respond to Toronto’s quarantine guidelines, Austin Martin gets added to the 60-man player pool, and more!


As the Blue Jays slowly roll into Toronto for Summer Camp, we’ve been treated to our first actual taste of baseball action since mid-March. The team played an intrasquad game earlier this week, which featured a couple of bombs from Rowdy Tellez (here’s the first and here’s the second), a dinger from Bo Bichette, a gem at third base from Jordan Groshans, some heat from Simeon Woods Richardson, and a wicked curve from Hyun-Jin Ryu.
But that’s all been overshadowed by the ongoing drama of where the team will actually be playing its games this season.
The Jays were able to rescue their players from training in the COVID-swamp known as Florida by agreeing to follow Canada’s strict quarantine measures. The players would fly into the country after passing multiple tests and then they would stay at the hotel attached to Rogers Centre, where they would be practicing. This, of course, would mitigate the potential risk of players carrying the virus from Florida into Toronto.
Mark Shapiro said that a key part of this process has been educating the players about how a modified quarantine or a bubble environment …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Around the NHL: League won’t be opening training camps until Mid-July at earliest

We continue to roll out new weekly features here on TLN, and this morning we start our look at league wide news that may or may not have a direct impact on the Leafs. 
Monday the NHL and PA through Pierre LeBrun clarified a somewhat confusing aspect of the next Phase of the league relaunch. Unfortunately that clarification really just creates more questions than answers…

There’s been some confusion out there about the potential start of NHL training camps for the 24 teams in Phase 3: both the NHL and NHLPA, subject to negotiation, are hoping for mid-July still for start of camps…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2020
So, the clarification part is that it attaches somewhat of a date to when we’ll see something formal in regards to players getting back on the ice as a team. There had been pipe dream discussion of early July, but apparently that ship has sailed. That ship probably sailed a week ago when the NHL couldn’t readily identify hub cities nor articulate whether these training camps would all be happening in the hub city or elsewhere. This is the first in the string of unanswered …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #54: 5 things to watch for against the Rangers

Welcome to the Hutchinson era. That’s how we roll now. Or maybe it will be the Georgiev era if the two GMs have a heart to heart sometime in the next 24 hours.
Anyways, the Leafs are back to being on the outside looking in thanks to the loss to Florida on Monday, but a win temporary moves them ahead of the Panthers by 1 point (though Florida would have two games at hand) and they’d be tied with the Flyers in points for the final wild card spot (although the Flyers also will have a game at hand.)
The moral of the story is that every game is an important one, and given that the Rangers are clearly on the outside of the playoff picture, this is a most win for the Leafs, regardless of who is in net.

Rating: 74.1#38 LW

Rating: 82.2#4 C

Rating: 78.6#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.28#4 FL1

Rating: 72.1#82 LW

Rating: 77.7#17 C

Rating: 77.1#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.64#8 FL2

Rating: 72.4#73 LW

Rating: 73.0#70 C

Rating: 71.4#83 RW

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast Episode #9: Just Win, Baby

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a roll and don’t look like they are planning on stopping the good times anytime soon. After four straight wins, Nick DeSouza and Kevin Papetti hold a mailbag episode of The Everything Leafs Podcast. As a result, this episode is full of answers to intriguing questions from our viewers.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a question!
0:30 Carolina game1:50 Recapping a perfect week8:15 Thoughts on the New Forward Lines17:00 Leafs vs. Hurricanes Style of play25:00 Why haven’t the Leafs traded Ceci?30:10 Why did the Leafs misevaluate Holl for so long?34:45 Who is the best right-shooting defenceman on Leafs?37:15 Next Contracts for Engvall, Holl, and Mikheyev53:00 Is one of Kapanen or Johnsson Expendable?1:01:00 Would You Consider Trading Barrie?1:10:00 Preview of Week Ahead and Final Thoughts
Where Can You Listen:


Apple Podcasts
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Rachel Doerrie’s Pre-Game: 5 Things to Watch For vs. Pittsburgh

The Maple Leafs roll into Pittsburgh tonight with both teams playing the second half of a back to back with travel and coming off losses on Friday night. Toronto played at home, while Pittsburgh played in New Jersey, so both are on a relatively level playing field.
Here are five things to watch for:
1) Kaskisuo Debut
The first NHL start for Kasimir Kaskisuo will come this evening in Pittsburgh. The Leafs back-up spot seems to be his for a while, as Michael Hutchinson proved he couldn’t handle the load. After a few seasons with the Marlies, Kaskisuo is off to a great start, with a 6-1-1 record and a .928 SV%.
Considering the man he’s replacing, the bar is not particularly high at this juncture.
Kaskisuo makes his debut on Hockey Night in Canada against a tired Penguins team. Granted, the Leafs are playing on a back to back as well, but that should level the playing field a little bit. As for expectations, Kaskisuo has been known to let in stinkers. However, he can make key saves at critical times, something the Leafs have needed from their backup.
For Kaskisuo’s sake, let’s hope his teammates …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation