DJ LeMahieu has re-signed with the Yankees

In a move that always felt inevitable, the Yankees and DJ LeMahieu have agreed on a new contract worth $90 million over six years.

The two sides had been locked in a stalemate in which LeMahieu was seeking $100 million and the Yankees only wanted to go as high as $80 million, so meeting in the middle makes sense. The sixth year is ultimately just a way for the Yankees to make LeMahieu’s luxury tax cap hit $15 million rather than $20 million annually, because it’s based on the average salary of the deal.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90M contract, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
LeMahieu’s return to New York always felt inevitable. It took a while. But he wanted to be there and Yankees get top free agent target.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2021

Though the Blue Jays had been linked to LeMahieu pretty much all off-season, it never really felt like he was a serious target. It seemed more like the Blue Jays (and a couple of other teams, like the Mets) were being used as bargaining chips for LeMahieu to get more cash from his ideal destination, which was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs make their roster cuts

It’s that magical time during training camp, it’s cut day. The Leafs have slashed away at their roster and we now have a bit of an idea of who will be the roster and the taxi squad based on these moves.

Maple Leafs trim training camp roster. #LeafsForever
Details >> https://t.co/Lqu1dWz7wh pic.twitter.com/HfMEj5vVYm
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 11, 2021

So the Leafs are still sitting at 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. From that we can based on the allowed roster size and the Leafs cap situation the Leafs have their taxi squad and roster embedded in this group.
Presumably 21 of these players will be main roster, and either 4 or 5 of them will be on the taxi squad, depending on whether or not Alexander Kerfoot is on the injured reserve.
The surprises here might be that Adam Brooks is part of this group instead of Pierre Engvall, a player that Sheldon Keefe essentially called out following the Leafs Blue and White game on the weekend. Brooks certainly stood out, picking up a goal (as did Engvall), but there’s also this…

Keefe also noted of Engvall’s goal: “I think it might be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Nick Robertson

What can be said about Nick Robertson that hasn’t already been said? He has quickly proven to be a potential draft steal following a phenomenal showing in the 2019-20 OHL season, played a big role on the US team during the 2020 World Juniours, and got to make his NHL debut in August.
All of that resulted in him being listed number one on TLN’s prospect ranking, which is well deserved given what he’s accomplished. Not bad for the second-round pick who was just days removed from the cut-off date to qualify for the 2019 NHL Draft.
It should come as no surprise that Robertson’s number is 55.
They are the number of goals he scored for the Peterborough Petes prior to COVID-19 prematurely ending the season. He had scored 1.12 goals per game, meaning he could have finished with 81 goals if he kept up his pace over a 68 game OHL season.
That along with a strong work ethic is why he earned a chance to play for the Leafs in the play-in round against the Blue Jackets where he scored his first NHL goal and made history.

Nick Robertson is the first 18-year-old to score a post-season goal for …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs to televise Blue vs White Game

The Leafs have announced that their Blue vs White Game to be held on Saturday January 9th, will be televised.

Mark your calendar
Blue vs White Game presented by @CanadianTire Saturday, 7:00 PM Sportsnet & TSN#⃣ #LeafsForever
Details >> https://t.co/geOc0X5tys pic.twitter.com/XFPY0NPKYD
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 7, 2021

This comes after the team received confirmation that they would be allowed to play games at Scotiabank Arena for the season.
The game will have a similar format to the camp where the club roster is divided into two teams. The final rosters will be released on Friday.
This will be the first game like day for the team, gving them the opportunity to jump into the swing of things before the season begins. Just like they would have if there were exhibition games like in previous years.
Per the Maple Leafs, the broadcast will include folks familiar to fans.
This includes:

Joe Bowen as play by play announcer
Two-time gold medalist and professional player Cheryl Pounder with colour commentary
Toronto Marlies play by play announcer Todd Crocker between the benches
Maple Leaf alumni Bob McGill as a rinkside analyst
Maple Leaf in-arena hosts Danielle …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays have apparently made George Springer an “aggressive” offer

We learned last week that the Blue Jays and New York Mets are understood to be the two finalists for George Springer, the top outfielder on the free-agent market. We also learned that Springer is looking for a massive contract, one that’s apparently north of $150 million.

On Monday, Jim Duquette of SportsNet New York said that the Blue Jays have tabled an “aggressive” offer for Springer, though it was well below that $150 million figure. He also reported that the Mets and Springer aren’t anywhere close on a deal.
I said over the weekend that dishing out $150 million to Springer, a player on the wrong side of 30 who will probably need to pivot to a corner outfield position sooner rather than later, might not be the best use of Toronto’s financial flexibility. There’s no doubt that he would be a good add to help the team improve immediately, but there’s significant risk of such a contract aging poorly.
Another thing to consider is that Springer and Co. might be using the Blue Jays to simply drive up the Mets’ offer. We have no idea how serious Springer is about signing in Toronto/Buffalo/Dunedin, but all …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs by the numbers: Mikko Lehtonen

It is a coincidence that Mikko Lehtonen is scheduled for today, the first day that we’ll see him on the ice with the Leafs, and in reality, the first time many of us will be taking a look at Lehtonen ever. If your exposure to Lehtonen is what you can find online, you’ve probably established that he’s got a great shot from the point and he’s an offence first type of defenceman. Think more Barrie than Ceci.
Given Lehtonen’s offence, his number is 1. He’s been a point per game player in the KHL this season, and that’s one of the reasons for choosing that number. Along with the fact that today is his first day, and also because there may be a case for making him the defenceman on the number 1 power play unit.

Mikko Lehtonen scores his 8th goal of the season. He’s now up to 8 goals and 8 assists in 14 games. #Leafs pic.twitter.com/N0pwuBWv1I
— Nick Richard (@_NickRichard) October 21, 2020

Until we get the Leafs defensive pairings in a matter of minutes, none of us really have an idea where Sheldon Keefe envisions playing Lehtonen. While he has a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs By the Numbers: William Nylander

It’s safe to say that William Nylander had a big year in 2019-20. Going into the season, he was facing a lot of scrutiny for his 2018-19 season, which saw him sit out for the first third of it in a contract negotiation, struggle to get back up to speed in the second third, and then finally regain form in the final third, but was never really given a shot to prove it. He responded with a career year, blowing his career high in goals out of the water with a 31 goal season, and falling just two points short of matching his career high in points (although his pace through a full 82 games would’ve been 71 points).
The biggest difference for him was having a coach who actually trusted him, and gave him significantly better minutes than his 2018-19 season, especially with his power play usage. His 2:53 PP TOI/game was the highest of his career, significantly more than his previous high of 2:21, and would’ve resulted in an almost 50 minute increase in his totals had he played a full 82 games. Another reason for his career year was how he changed his game, and went to the net a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Stories of the Year: Professional Women’s Hockey Comes (Back) to Toronto

If you’re a TLN reader at all, you definitely know by now that we’ve launched an exciting partnership with the Toronto Six – the newest team in the NWHL, and the only Canadian franchise. While we’re thrilled to bring you exciting content and coverage of the team’s inaugural season, there’s more to it than just hockey coverage. The establishment of a Toronto-based NWHL team is logical, necessary, and important.
Leafs fans often proudly joke (and other teams’ fans often derisively joke) that Toronto is the centre of the hockey universe. But the fact is, that’s more or less true. Toronto is home of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the NHL’s “situation room”, and one of the most prominent Original Six teams in the league. The Toronto hockey fanbase is so deeply established and embedded in Toronto life, that the waiting list for Leafs season tickets (if one can afford them) is twenty years long.
Hockey and Toronto are synonymous. And bringing an NWHL team to the city further cements that. After the CWHL folded, and following the lengthy discussions about the creation of one women’s league, the launch of the Toronto Six signifies …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

NHL releases 2020-21 regular season schedule, Leafs play opening night vs. Montreal

Now that the NHL has confirmed all the details for the upcoming NHL season, the next big thing on every fan’s radar is the schedule. Thankfully, today is that day, as the NHL unveiled it this afternoon.

The official Leafs sked for 2020-21 pic.twitter.com/qZ2lRgCId5
— 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 (@dalter) December 23, 2020

The biggest date for the Leafs is that they’ll start January 13th, with a game against the Montreal Canadiens lined up for it to kick off the season. They also finish the season against Montreal on May 7th and 8th, with both games (as well as the season opener) happening at home.
What will be considered home for Toronto, and several other teams, has yet to be determined as the league is still working on things with some of the Canadian provinces to allow travel in and out for NHL games.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you also already know that this season will feature new divisions to help with travel during the pandemic. The Leafs will be with the other six Canadian teams in their own division, and they will only play within their division. They’ll play the Canadiens and Jets 10 …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Aaron Dell

Leafs by the Numbers: Aaron Dell

Aaron Dell’s number is 30.
Not only was that the number on his jersey last season for the Sharks, and his age last season, but it’s most importantly the number of games he started for them in a season that Sharks fans would like to forget.
Dell had three previous years as the backup in San Jose coming into last season, and like most backup goaltenders his results varied wildly over that time, and essentially his correlate to the quality of the team in San Jose, which is to say he was steadily declining over his first three years. Last year was an improvement from his 2018-19 numbers, which is hopefully his rock bottom and we won’t see a .886 save percentage, 30% quality start, -14.56 GSAA year from him again, although the one thing San Jose has had is defensemen and if Dell has struggled in front of that group, he could be challenged by the more offensive driven lineup in front of him in Toronto.
Last season was an a different story, as the Sharks had to lean heavily on Dell to make up for the continued decline of Martin Jones. A career high in games and starts …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation