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

Report: Leafs prospect Nick Robertson will not play in the WJC

While the NHL was still in the midst of negotiating a plan for the 2020-2021 season with the players’ union, top Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson was named to USA’s preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships. That selection always carried the caveat that if NHL training camps were scheduled to get underway before the tournament could be completed, Robertson would be made unavailable to team USA so that he could be a full participant in Toronto’s training camp.
It appears as though that is going to be the case with Bob McKenzie reporting today that though it isn’t official yet, the American squad could be without Robertson for the annual holiday tournament.

Interesting situation developing that may — nothing is official quite yet — mean Team could be without Nick Robertson (TOR) for the WJC.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 11, 2020

McKenzie went on to say that the Leafs would like to have Robertson representing his country at the World Juniors but their top priority is to give him the best opportunity to make Toronto’s roster out of training camp. If the NHL holds true to the reported target date of January 13th to begin the season, teams would …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Prospect Roundup: Return of Rodion, Finland’s finest, Abramov unleashed

Though the NHL owners and NHLPA are still working towards establishing parameters for the 2020-2021 season, some NHL hopefuls have already started making plans for the upcoming season. Mikko Lehtonen – signed as an undrafted free agent last May – has been playing with Jokerit of the KHL this season but his loan agreement was recently terminated and he has made his way back to Toronto to quarantine before joining some of his new teammates on the ice.

#Jokerit and Mikko Lehtonen have mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract. Next stop for him is Toronto.
Thank you Mikko and all the best in North America!#KHL pic.twitter.com/OgrrJVMuVV
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) November 20, 2020

One of those prospective teammates, 19-year-old Nicholas Robertson, has remained in Toronto since the Leafs were eliminated by Columbus in August with the hope that more time around the Leafs players and development staff will serve him well in his fight for a job in training camp. There will be plenty of competition for spots in Toronto’s forward group, but with the uncertainty surrounding the OHL season, the Leafs will give Robertson every opportunity to win a job just as they did back in …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Prospect Roundup: Rodion rises, the call of Karjala, Ovchinnikov on fire

There is still no concrete date set for the return of NHL action, but the next big event on every hockey fan’s mind is the World Juniors which is scheduled to get underway on Christmas day. The entirety of the hockey world will be ultra focused on the annual holiday tournament as there will be no NHL games competing for viewers’ attention, and it will be a great chance for organizations and their fans to get more familiar with some of their team’s top prospects. The Canadian selection camp will get underway on November 16th, and while there are no Leafs prospects expected to factor into their plans, there are some recent Leafs draft picks representing their countries at the Karjala Cup which got underway yesterday.
Rodion Amirov – LW/RW – Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
Amirov’s role with Ufa has diminished in recent weeks, to the point where he’s been seeing minimal ice time as their 13th forward in the last few games. It doesn’t look as though that will be a problem at the Karjala Cup, where he played the second most minutes of any Russian forward in their first game yesterday. He started the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

The NHL’s all-Canadian Division could be unlikely after new Canada pilot project

The NHL’s all-Canadian Division could be unlikely after new Canada pilot project

The NHL’s 2021 start date is still yet to be seen but there have been some interesting developments throughout the last few days. It started with Vegas Golden Knights owner, Bill Foley, releasing some information on a possible ‘Canadian division’.
“Yeah, but they’re going to be playing in the Canadian division this year.” Said Foley after being asked about facing former Golden Knight, Nate Schmidt, a lot next season.
This sparked many reports and a lot of reaction on social media, but could the possible division be headed on its way out as fast as it was introduced?
On Thursday, the Government of Alberta, alongside the Government of Canada released plans on a pilot project for faster testing on international travellers. The plan states that international travellers will be tested once entering the country and will enter quarantine until the test results come back. If they come back negative, they’re free to leave quarantine as long as they agree to another test six or seven days after arrival into the country.
“The pilot project (..) will help inform decisions on new measures for international travel.” Said Health Canada in an email. The pilot project will begin on November 2nd …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

RUMOUR: Leafs interested in MacKenzie Weegar

We are still an hour and half away from all hell breaking loose and free agency opening up, but we have a new name (well not completely new) to add to the list of potential targets for the Leafs today.

And, one name that isn’t the biggest — but will is gaining traction — is FLA’s MacKenzie Weegar. Right-shot D who is arbitration eligible. I think there is interest, and he is exactly the type of player TOR would look at. Enjoy the day!
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020

Wow. MacKenzie Weegar has been an analytics favourite, as well as a Leafs twitter favourite for a while based on his strong defensive numbers, and the Leafs appear to looking hard at the 6’0 right shooting defenseman from the Panthers. Given the fact that Florida added Nutivaara last night, it seems reasonable that they were preparing to move out Weegar and backfilling him early.
Weegar’s numbers are impressive:

He compares quite favourably to Jake Muzzin, and Weegar was regularly seeing top pairing minutes as the season ended for Florida last year.

Month
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
S
S%
ATOI

October
13
3
6
9
11
29
10.3
20:36

November
5
0
1
1
4
5
0
18:14

December
10
0
2
2
7
12
0
19:01

February
13
2
2
4
9
19
10.5
20:20

March
4
2
0
2
2
12
16.7
22:58

via hockey-reference.com

He would certainly address …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation