Injuries plague Maple Leafs in loss to Flames – Rate That Leafs Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs started this season off very well and have now run into injury troubles. With six players out, Sheldon Keefe had to do some line juggling in this game and I don’t believe it worked.
We also got news after the game on the extent of Frederik Andersen’s injury and what his timeline to return would look like.
For the Leafs though, this game was what I’d call a throw-away game. It was unlucky, they were goalie’d by David Rittich and penalties cost them at the end of the game. Plus, Toronto didn’t score on seven power play opportunities which didn’t help.
This team knows that if it’s a bad game, they move on and I think that’s what they plan to do after this one. And so do I. Enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Should Norman Powell remain a permanent starter?

Raptors: Should Norman Powell remain a permanent starter?

The Toronto Raptors started their 2021 season not quite on the right foot as we all know by now. However, recently they’ve been racking up the wins and now hold a 13-15 record after starting 2-8 on the year. The Raptors’ slow start to the season was a mixture of a whole bunch of factors, […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Fred VanVleet destroys Aron Baynes with brutal quote about new lineup

Raptors: Fred VanVleet destroys Aron Baynes with brutal quote about new lineup

The Toronto Raptors started to come unglued following losses against Boston and Minnesota, so head coach Nick Nurse decided to switch up the starting lineup just a bit, putting much-maligned center Aron Baynes on the bench, playing a small lineup with OG Anunoby at the 4. The switch worked out perfectly, as Fred VanVleet led […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

With a flurry of goals and penalties, the Toronto Six extend their game winning streak with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps

The Toronto Six started this game looking for redemption and that’s exactly what they got. In their previous matchup with the Minnesota Whitecaps they went from what looked like a sure win, to an overtime loss. As the puck dropped for tonight’s game, The Six were fast, focused, and ready to win.

5-1 who? pic.twitter.com/5z3MNn3yni
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) January 31, 2021

With Brooke Boquist, Emma Woods, and Kristen Barbara out of the lineup, there were shoes to fill, and the rest of the team had to step up. And, guess what? They did just that.
From an early lead, to a game filled with lots of goals and penalties, the Toronto Six came out with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps, to extend their winning streak to three games.
Check here for a full play by play recap of the game.
The Good (and Great)
This game was as speedy as they come. The Toronto Six dominated the first period, more than doubling the shots of the Whitecaps at 15-7 (and a final tally of 45-31), that included a lot of good looks and scoring chances. Elaine Chuli started in net and played a …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: This Raptors-Nuggets Kyle Lowry trade package could be a win-win

Toronto Raptors: This Raptors-Nuggets Kyle Lowry trade package could be a win-win

The Toronto Raptors have started to string together some victories of late, but they are still on the outside looking in as far as the postseason is concerned. If the Raptors fail to re-enter the postseason picture, the Kyle Lowry trade rumors will start up once more, as Toronto could look to ditch the veteran […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Updates on George Springer and J.T. Realmuto

The New York Yankees finally started making moves this week.

The team re-signed DJ LeMahieu to a six-year contract worth $90 million, which always seemed inevitable, and then they dipped into the free-agent pitching market and added two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber on a one-year deal.
The Blue Jays apparently made a four-year, $78 million offer to LeMahieu but he unsurprisingly took a larger offer to stick around in New York. It seems as though the Blue Jays were ultimately just a bargaining chip by LeMahieu’s camp to raise the Yankees’ offer, but I don’t think missing out on a 32-year-old whose best offensive production has come at Coors Field and Yankee Stadium is a bad thing.
And then there’s Kluber, which is a more frustrating one to miss out on. The Yankees are only paying Kluber $11 million in 2021 and they got themselves a starter with some major upside. That being said, this addition does likely indicate that both Masahario Tanaka and James Paxton will be playing for new teams next season.
Anyway, with LeMahieu off the board, the focus shifts to George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, the top two free agent position players left.
According to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: It’s time for Nick Nurse to tinker with the rotation

Toronto Raptors: It’s time for Nick Nurse to tinker with the rotation

The Toronto Raptors have started an NBA season at 0-3 for only the third time in franchise history, and a major reason why is Nick Nurse’s seeming lack of trust in the bench unit. Toronto Raptors fans are not used to these kinds of starts. Since 2013, the Raptors have been consistently competitive in the […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

Filip Hallander is the Leafs 5th ranked prospect

In recent years, the Leafs prospect pool has started to dry up. Of course, this is a given with the Leafs’ increase in competitiveness and their emergence out of their rebuild phase, but solid prospects aren’t so easy to come by these days. Building through the draft is one way the Leafs have stocked up their prospect cupboards, but their fifth ranked prospect arrived in Toronto via trade. The Leafs acquired forward Filip Hallander, along with the pick that would become Rodion Amirov, in the six-player trade that sent Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While the Leafs truly did want to shed salary in that trade, it’s no doubt that Toronto got valuable prospects in the deal. Leafs fans should be overjoyed with the addition of Hallander to the team, who could be seen in the blue and white in just a couple of seasons.

RANK
GRADE
NHL ETA

5
B
1-2 YEARS

Position: Centre
Age: 20
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2018 2nd round, 58th overall
What kind of player is he?
The first thing Leafs fans should note when it comes to Hallander is that he is already a familiar face for Toronto’s front office. …

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Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation

Let’s cool it on LTIR as a solution for “cap hell”

Thursday morning started off with an article by Frank Seravalli of TSN suggesting the Leafs could again be pursuing long term injured players as a solution to their cap situation.
It’s almost time for Toronto Maple Leafs salary cap wizard Brandon Pridham to work his magic again.
Every penny will count for the Leafs, who will be feeling the cap crunch this off-season with hockey’s loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic likely to keep the cap flat at $81.5 million.
The article cites that with the end of David Clarkson and Nathan Horton’s contracts the Leafs could be pursuing replacements for them. While I don’t doubt the Leafs may again turn into a storage facility for unofficially retired players, I’m not sure that Frank is right in his assessment that the Leafs gain any cap flexibility from this.
For one, the acquisition of Horton was based on the fact that when he signed his contract with the Blue Jackets, Columbus wasn’t able to injure it because of his concussion history. The result was that his injury history reemerged and the Blue Jackets were paying out of pocket rather …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

An early look at the Leafs and the Seattle expansion draft

In a normal world the playoffs would have started by now. We’d all be heavily invested in how the refs are screwing over the Leafs and the Lightning are a far dirtier team than anyone gives them credit for. Without Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri, we’d have picked out our new first round scapegoats, and while I’m sure Tyson Barrie would be one of them, I’m curious if we’d be cursing a run of a bad penalties by Kyle Clifford, talking about Spezza losing a step, or just listening to our cranky old uncles complain about Nylander and Matthews being too soft, while they are suspiciously fine with Mitch Marner.
Instead here we are, discussing an expansion draft that is just over a year away. We’ll probably see some hockey before that happens. I doubt we’ll see the conclusion of this season, but I remain optimistic for a full 2020-21 season, that’s not really the point. While the expansion is still far off on the horizon, the planning for it needs to start this summer.
The Leafs will be in a situation where they …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation