Leafs to be well represented in the World Junior Tournament

MY STARS! There are no Leafs prospects at the Canadian World Junior camp. While understandably disappointing as Canadians are likely to be cheering for Team Canada, the Leafs have put us in a situation where Leafs fans will have a vested interest in the Russian, Finnish, and American teams as well.
Nick Robertson
Robertson may or may not be on Team USA’s roster. It’s going to come down to when NHL training camps are going on and if the Leafs see having Robertson with the Leafs or whether giving him the opportunity to play with Team USA is the better option for him.
Robertson would be a very welcome addition for the Americans and given the Leafs depth on wing, sending him to play at a competitive best on best tournament might be a better use of his time than skating on depth lines in Toronto.
The Russian Three
Without a doubt the team that Leafs fans should be watching the most, it’s probably Russia. Rodion Amirov has shown the potential to be every bit the elite prospect that Robertson is, and he will be playing for certain. Mikhail Abramov has the potential to be a first …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mark Shapiro says the Blue Jays are “exploring” extensions for the young core. What would those look like?

With more and more young stars signing long-term extensions before reaching their arbitration years, eyes have turned to the Blue Jays’ front office and how they plan to handle their young core. Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio just broke into the league last year, but it isn’t out of the question to start talking about long-term contracts.

Mark Shapiro appeared on Writers Bloc with Stephen Brunt and Jeff Blair on Sportsnet 590 on Tuesday and this was one of the topics the trio discussed.
“That is a strategy which (has been) a very big part of my career,” said Shapiro. “And it’s something that we believe strongly in.
“Whether we do anything or not, I would assume we’ve explored it or are exploring it with every one of our young players that we have a strong belief are gonna be good players here for a long time.”
Back when he was with Cleveland, Shapiro was involved with signing Corey Kluber to a long-term extension before he was able to reach arbitration for the first time. After two full seasons in the Majors, Cleveland and Kluber agreed …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Postgame: Big D in Town

Our Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Dallas Stars for the hockey game on this Tuesday night for what could easily have been touted as a tight competition. The Stars are just 1 point ahead of the Maple Leafs (with 1 fewer game played, mind you).
The game saw the return of Frederik Andersen to the Leafs net, relieving new Leaf Jack Campbell of his fourth start in a week.
Here are some thoughts from tonight’s game.
Rough Return for Freddie
The Leafs got behind in this one early as the Stars scored less than 2 minutes into the first period:

Denis Gurianov forces a turnover and buries it on the doorstep for his 17th of the season to give the @DallasStars a 1-0 lead! #GoStars | : FSSW pic.twitter.com/IQURh0ddel
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) February 14, 2020

And then, as the second period got going, another goal early in the period from Radek Faksa to make it 2-0:

Radek Faksa 2-0 #GoStars pic.twitter.com/Sys39ArtUU
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) February 14, 2020

Then in the 3rd, ANOTHER early period goal from Tyler Seguin to make it 3-1:

Tyler Seguin puts home a power play goal …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation