Jakob Chychrun is available and the Leafs should be interested

Look, I get it. Anytime a player is seemingly available we end up writing about whether or not they are a potential fit for the Leafs. It’s exhausting. That comes with having a number of different writers on this site with a number of different opinions on who would be a fit, and that comes with the fact that even when things are going great for the Leafs, the thought of upgrading the team shouldn’t leave our minds for a second.
It also doesn’t hurt that when we’re talking about a need for the Leafs, a top four defenseman is definitely something that is something that needs some attention. We’ve talked at length about how Justin Holl is a straight up liability this year, and even in a 5-1 win against Edmonton, you can probably credit Holl for most of the best opportunities for the Oilers to get in the game. There’s the fact that Muzzin, while still serviceable, has noticeably lost a step, and while the infusion of foot speed by giving him Liljegren as his partner has helped, it doesn’t change the fact that the Leafs aren’t getting what they …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to move back into win column against Flyers

After an unfortunate and seemingly unexpected loss to the LA Kings, everyone is in a different headspace. Do we just forget this game and remember the previous five while being optimistic. Or do we take all that is to come with a grain of salt? Tonight the Leafs get ready to take on the Philadelphia Flyers.This will be their first game against the Flyers since December 3, 2019.
What do the Toronto Maple Leafs need to do differently? 
For starters, their head needs to be in the game, for all 60 minutes right at puck drop.There can’t be anymore of “we started too late,” or “we lost control in the middle of the second”. At this point it is unacceptable. How can they stay motivated? Apart from the fact that they need to remain focused and not become deflated, the Leafs need more from just about everyone else. You cannot continue to ride the coattails of the core four and co.. They will burn out and the future of the team will be up in the air. The rest of the team needs to step up and show their coaches, etc., why they are on this roster. While it is …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

E.J. Johnston of 3ICE provides us with some more details on his new 3 on 3 league

Seemingly out of the blue on Monday afternoon there came word of a new hockey league coming to fruition in time for Summer 2021. They already had their TV deals in place with both TSN and CBS Sports, an partnership with ASM Global, who operate around 60 arenas in North America with and they had a prized format we’ve all come to love in the past few years, the 3 on 3 format that we all can’t get enough of in overtime.
The league also promises to fill a void of the summer months when hockey disappears from our TVs, but not from our hearts. According to E.J. Johnston, CEO of 3ICE, the plan is that as soon as the Stanley Cup is awarded, 3ICE starts touring. They’ll hit the road for nine Saturdays from June to August, being wrapped up before the start of NHL training camps, or before Saturday sports television transitions to College Football.
It very much seems like this league is going to happen, and reached out to E.J. Johnston to find out more.
According to E.J. the idea of building the league came largely from the success of the new …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

We’re On To You, Darren Ferris

I’ll try to keep this brief, as Twitter has seemingly beaten this dead horse of a topic for so long it’s since turned into a foul-tasting jerky.
Mitch Marner is planning to meet with other NHL teams this week, the first of his reported rendezvous set to take place as early as tomorrow afternoon. And while Marner may technically still be under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the moment – his rights belonging to them as an RFA – courting outside suitors during a tense negotiation saga is an unimpeachable right afforded to him the CBA of which the youngster should take full advantage.
Frankly, I think most fans would agree with that sentiment. The situation Marner finds himself in right now is entirely foreign to nearly every single keyboard warrior (myself included) weighing in on this perceived stalemate. We’re talking about a 22-year-old kid here, after all – coming off the best individual scoring season from any Leaf since Mats Sundin’s identical 94-point campaign in 1994, and who wants nothing more than to secure his financial future to the greatest possible degree.
Nobody can blame Marner for that. In fact, it’s the smart thing to do.


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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays just pulled off a wild 11th inning comeback

I don’t even know what to say. After seemingly giving the game away, the Blue Jays rallied off of arguably the best closer in baseball to win in the 11th inning and complete the season sweep of the Athletics. Holy fuck.

Things worth mentioning…
Charlie Montoyo made an odd decision to pinch run Alen Hanson for Vlad Jr. in the bottom of the ninth inning, which ultimately resulted in the Blue Jays losing their best hitter as the team failed to score the winning run. Hilariously enough, Hanson took a walk in the bottom of the 11th inning, which played a key role in the team’s rally. Rowdy Tellez led off the 11th with a double, Hanson took a walk, and then after Billy McKinney beat out a possible double-play ball, Brandon “The Oakland Murderer” Drury tied the game on a three-run bomb. After that, Freddy Galvis singled, Danny Jansen took a walk, Eric Sogard flew out, and Justin Smoak walked things off with a two-out single.

Thought this one was over? Tell that to the Drury. #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/TglDqJ2PTS
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 28, 2019

Brandon Drury: This isn’t the Treinen league. It’s the get-it-done …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation