Leafs look to bounce back in rematch with Montreal

With the division crown still technically up for grabs and the season rapidly winding down, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to rebound from their Monday night overtime loss as they host the Montreal Canadiens for the second of three consecutive games later tonight.
While three of the four playoff positions in the North Division have been secured with Edmonton and Winnipeg punching their postseason tickets Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively, Montreal has yet to officially claim the last spot, despite sitting ten points clear of the fifth place Calgary Flames. A win against the Leafs tonight would drop Montreal’s magic number to a single point. The Leafs meanwhile, are still playing for the number one seed and assured home ice through the first two rounds. They need five points (either gained by them or lost by Edmonton, meaning a Toronto win and Edmonton loss tonight would drop the number to one) to secure their first division crown since the 1999/2000 season.
The key focus over the past few days for Leafs fans has been the health of Nick Foligno, who left Monday night’s game late in the second period with what was revealed to be an upper body injury. …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

One realistic and one chaotic suggestion to try and fix the Leafs power play

Breaking: The Leafs’ power play is still struggling to find some consistency.
It feels like clockwork each time their struggling man-advantage unit gets brought up on each broadcast with the commentators going over how the team has only scored three goals in that scenario since March 9th. To put into perspective how long it has been since the Leafs’ power play was dominant, Travis Boyd and Jimmy Vesey were still on the team when Auston Matthews scored a PP goal that marked the beginning of this aforementioned drought.
Earlier this month, some of the TLN staff and I went over some ideas on ways to improve Toronto’s power play (which was one for 38 at that time). To summarize my initial idea: the Leafs need to determine a combination that works and use their top unit for as long as possible based on trends suggesting that is the best method. I have since come up with two ideas that might just get the PP back on track heading into the playoffs. One of these ideas is more realistic while the other is a bit chaotic, but both have the potential to provide a spark that the team desperately needs to …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers players show off Raptors fandom

Toronto Raptors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers players show off Raptors fandom

The Toronto Raptors are still in the middle of their sabbatical in Tampa thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that they’ve had to convince a bunch of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays fans to put their Orlando Magic fandom aside and come on out to Amalie Arena. At the very least, they’ve won […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Multiple teams calling Toronto about Norman Powell trade

Toronto Raptors: Multiple teams calling Toronto about Norman Powell trade

The Toronto Raptors are still figuring out if they will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, as their quality roster has been let down by the fact that several star players have missed time due to the league’s health and safety protocols. While they could be buyers and trade for someone like Tristan Thompson, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs recall two Marlies and demote Galchenyuk and Marincin

It’s a minor shuffle, but still a significant one as the taxi squad and the Marlies will both have new looks soon.
Looking at the demotions first, Galchenyuk’s trip to the AHL is by far the more interesting part of the moves as he has never played a game in the league before.
The decision to send him down shows the Leafs are committed to working with him on rediscovering his game and see him as a worthwhile project. The fact that he’s on the Marlies now shows the desire to see him in a few games to measure where he’s at and what they still need to get out of him. He’ll likely be a part of the Leafs if they believe he is ready.
As for Marincin, well, this is a sigh of relief for a lot of his detractors, but in reality he’s a safety net for the club and this is also probably a move to get him skating in a couple of games.
As for the recalls, I think there is a genuine desire to try and find a way to get Liljegren into a game for the Leafs. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Could Trevor Ariza end up in Toronto if he gets bought out?

Raptors: Could Trevor Ariza end up in Toronto if he gets bought out?

The Toronto Raptors, still hanging around in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, will likely be in the hunt for some veteran additions when it comes time to beef up the depth and make a postseason run. Even though this roster needs a true superstar, one or two little tweaks here and there might be enough […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Lamenting the Leafs: Fred on a leash

Leafs hockey is finally back! There are still a few hours to kill until puck drop so be sure to check out the season preview episode of Lamenting the Leafs featuring:

discussion on how the Leafs goaltending situation could shake out
reactions from the Blue and White scrimmage
thoughts on the new look top line and Matthews killing penalties
recap of the World Juniors and how the Leafs’ prospects fared
bold predictions for the season, and more!

If you like what you hear, be sure to rate and subscribe on whatever podcast platforms you use. Thanks!
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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Marcus Stroman tees off on the Blue Jays’ front office for missing out on Lindor

I think it’s safe to say Marcus Stroman still has beef with the Blue Jays’ front office.

Shortly after word broke that Francisco Lindor, a top off-season target of the Blue Jays, had been acquired by the New York Mets, Stroman took to Twitter to let everybody know that his former employer was getting outdone by his current team. The post has since been deleted, so props to the guys over at JaysJournal for catching it…
That front office will never build the team they should around their unbelievable core of young players…it’s a travesty!
This angst Stroman has towards the Blue Jays’ front office is nothing new. Back in 2019 after he was traded to the Mets, Rob Longley reported that there was a “loud commotion” inside the team’s room and that Stroman’s reaction to learning the news “wasn’t pretty.”
Shortly after, Stroman criticized Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins, suggesting that they got rid of everyone from the 2015 and 2016 teams to start their own regime while also complaining that he had never been offered a contract extension despite his accomplishments.
“Nobody’s left,” Stroman said. “It seems like [management] wanted to get rid of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs put Denis Malgin on waivers

So here’s the deal. Denis Malgin is still in Switzerland, wasn’t on the Leafs camp roster, and generally someone we didn’t plan on seeing this season.

Malgin (TOR) on waivers. Both from yesterday cleared
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 5, 2021

So why is he on waivers?
Well. If he’s going to stay in Switzerland, he’ll need to clear waivers. That certainly seems to be the plan, and would be similar to what the Leafs did with Kalle Kossila, although there are probably a lot of teams more interested in Malgin than Kossila (but in reality, not by much.)
Is there a chance that Malgin gets claimed?
Well, probably not. It’s probably been made painfully clear that Malgin intends to stay in Switzerland this year and other GMs aren’t going to claim him, just to go through the same process of having to waive him and lose him to Toronto, who still may wish to use Malgin once the NLA season concludes.
Should the Leafs care about what happens here?
Yes. While it’s not a huge deal if Malgin gets claimed, he’s still young and only turning 24 later this month. The Leafs still have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam should be untouchable in any Harden trade

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam should be untouchable in any Harden trade

The NBA season may have tipped-off, but the rumour mill is still rolling with the Toronto Raptors being reported as an active contender for James Harden. It is no secret that James Harden wants out of Houston. The Toronto Raptors have had some buzz in the Harden sweepstakes lately and have even been rumoured as a current […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ