The Everything Leafs Podcast: Kapanen to PITS

It certainly didn’t take long for the offseason action to begin for the Leafs. Earlier today, a big trade was made.

BREAKING: The Toronto Maple #Leafs have traded Kasperi Kapanen in a packaged deal to the Pittsburgh #Penguins for their 2020 first-round pick and more. Swipe for the full details. pic.twitter.com/1uTm6tOlAF
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 25, 2020

In this episode of Everything Leafs, Kevin Papetti and I give our overall thoughts on the trade and break down each of the pieces involved including Evan Rodrigues, Filip Hallander and who the Leafs can draft at the 15th overall spot (if they choose to keep the pick).
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Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Injury Updates: Bo Bichette’s knee injury isn’t major, Rowdy Tellez is in concussion protocol

As we wait for Nate Pearson to take on the Trash Birds tonight, here are a couple of injury updates to fill the time…

First, there’s Rowdy Tellez, who was removed from last night’s game in favour of Brandon Drury. Obviously, you don’t really go out of your way to get a guy with a .245 OPS into the lineup in favour of a big bat, so it was pretty obvious that something was up.
It turns out that Tellez is in concussion protocol right now (I’m assuming it was that play early on when Tellez collided with an Oriole running to first and he smacked himself in the head in the process) and he’s day-to-day.
Second, Bo Bichette has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, which is apparently considered minor with no long-term effects. This is much, much less terrifying than the report from a couple of days ago that said the injury to Bo was “worse than expected.”
It’ll take some time for him to get back to action, but, thankfully, there isn’t supposed …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: It’s probably better if the Leafs get swept by Columbus

Is this a hot take? I mean, it might have been a lot hotter of a take in previous years, but I think a Leafs fan saying they want the Leafs to lose when it doesn’t involve tanking is still kind of a hot take.
I feel like this will be a lot less of a hot take once you hear my reasoning, but yeah, when the Leafs go into the first round of this weird playoff set-up against the Columbus Blue Jackets, I want them to get swept. Here’s why.
You know there will be an asterisk
I’m just going to get this one out of the way because it’s probably the reason you all think I’m saying this, even though it isn’t really that high on my actual list of why. But, it’s probably true.
Now, I definitely don’t think that there should be one. This is one of the weirdest seasons we’ve had in a while, and there’s the potential that a team could have to win five playoff rounds to win the Cup this year. If …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Six unveil their jerseys and become the best dressed Toronto team

I know this is a controversial take, but I am not particularly a fan of the Leafs uniforms. I find them plain and boring, and beyond tradition they don’t have a whole lot going for them.
That’s why I’m probably excited about the unveiling of the Toronto Six jerseys which have a definite personality to them…

6 is usually our number but today good things come in 3’s
Home ➙ Away ➙ Alternate pic.twitter.com/6ezgY17Ymj
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) June 26, 2020
As much as I would have loved to see a gold jersey, these are damned good. And while you might take issue with the Senators colour scheme, really that is the only thing that isn’t objectionable about the Ottawa Senators, so let that go.
The design to put a design on the white jersey is a particularly good idea, as are the stripes on the arms. I’m not normally a fan of white jerseys but this one is solid.
Going with the Canadian flag shoulder patch to celebrate being the only Canadian team in the NWHL is also a strong move.
In closing. We approve, now bring on …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Postgame: Big Swing for the Real Thing

Tonight, the Leafs were in sunny Florida to take on the team on their heels, the Florida Panthers. This game was a huge test for Toronto against an opponent just 2 points back with a game in hand in the battle for third spot in the Atlantic Divison heading into tonight.
The Leafs held on to win a close game 5-3, and below are some thoughts on just how this important contest went tonight for the Maple Leafs.
Bad, Bad Goaltending
It seems like this goes into every postgame lately, but Frederik Andersen has just not been himself this season. This really soft goal from a bad angle highlighted a terrible performance tonight in a huge game from the netminder.

Noel Acciari gets another one for Florida pic.twitter.com/wRhLt7VnFF
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 28, 2020

Thankfully, Toronto wasn’t the only team in this game that suffered from a poor showing in net. This powerplay goal for the Leafs simply shouldn’t be able to get through a goalie getting paid as much as Sergei Bobrovksy is.

Kapanen with a critical goal on the PP. 3-2. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/hTN1gzjqDx
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) February 28, 2020



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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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