Toronto Six get blanked in their debut; but that’s nowhere near the most important part of today’s game

The Toronto Six made their much-awaited debut on the NWHL stage today in Lake Placid, and it was delightful! Yes, they lost to the Metropolitan Riveters, but the game was so much fun, so impressive, and promised so much to look forward to that the loss seems almost secondary to the momentousness of the occasion.
The Good (and Great)
The Six outshot the Rivs 40-19, and if not for Rivs goalie Sonjia Shelly standing on her head, this game would have looked much different. Meanwhile, at the other end of the ice, Six goalie Elaine Chuli looked solid as well. The first couple minutes were a bit shaky as she got her bearings, leading to the first Rivs goal, but after that she was calm, cool, and collected in net, making some impressive saves to help keep the score down.
Watch Chuli perform some goalie magic below, as a preview of what we can expect from her this season:

Chuli snapping in the third with a point-blank save
Check at the end for good measure! pic.twitter.com/d4aaKucnEh
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 23, 2021

The Six dominated faceoffs and killed all three of their penalties, proving that coach Digit Murphy’s …

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Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors win against the Heat

Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors win against the Heat

The Toronto Raptors learn from their past mistakes and are able to defeat the Miami Heat. Coming off a loss against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors returned the favor, as they arose victorious the second time around. In a battle of two teams that play in Florida, Pascal Siakam and the […]
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Raptors: 3 players that Toronto should sign to replace Alex Len

Raptors: 3 players that Toronto should sign to replace Alex Len

The Toronto Raptors acknowledged that their decision to sign center Alex Len in order to replace the departed Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol was a titanic flip, as they already parted ways with the Ukrainian big after a handful of games. With Len not on the team anymore, it gives Raptors president Masai Ujiri some flexibility […]
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Leafs put Robertson on Long Term Injured Reserve, Thornton could be next

The Leafs continue to shuffle their roster and cap to get their lineup to where it needs to be.

The Maple Leafs have placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 21, 2021

In a move that could have happened sooner, but didn’t because of salary cap reason, Robertson has been put on the LTIR. With the Leafs maxing out their cap today with the recall of Joey Anderson to the Leafs and bringing Adam Brooks off their taxi squad, the move put Robertson on LTIR gives Toronto the flexibility to backfill Robertson’s salary, as well as Brooks and Anderson’s if they choose to send them down. The Leafs would have $2.271M to put towards replacing two players rather than $500-600k they had available this morning before shuffling deck chairs to replace one player.
Essentially these moves allow Toronto get both Barabanov and Lehtonen into Toronto’s lineup, and the 11F/7D approach will continue for the foreseeable future.
There is the possibility that Joe Thornton might also be added to the LTIR today, depending on the results of his MRI. If that were to occur it remains to be seen what the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Six announce official roster for the 2021 season

The Toronto Six have announced their official roster heading into the Lake Placid bubble to begin the 2021 NWHL season. Led by team captain Shiann Darkangelo, the 20-person lineup is set to play their first game in franchise history this Saturday at 1pm against the Metropolitan Riveteers.

Roster is set
See you soon, Lake Placid pic.twitter.com/ofEIqUHyCU
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) January 21, 2021

Playing out of Herb Brooks Arena, the Toronto Six lineup will be tested early and often with five games over eight days to kick off their inaugural campaign. Notable players to crack the opening lineup include the leadership team of Darkangelo alongside alternate captains Emma Greco and Emma Woods, second-round pick Amy Curlew, and two-time NWHL all-star Emily Fluke who put up 27 points in 23 games last season for the Boston Pride.
With a lineup that has blended experience alongside some new faces to the league, the Six will look to avoid those expansion team blues and make a name for themselves right out of the gate.

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the Blue Jays are close to a deal with Kirby Yates

It looks like the Blue Jays are adding to their bullpen again.

After inking Tyler Chatwood to a buy-low deal on Monday, reports have come out Tuesday morning that closer Kirby Yates is visiting the Blue Jays’ complex in Dunedin and the two sides are close on a deal.

Kirby Yates is close to a Blue Jays deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2021

Free agent reliever Kirby Yates is firmly on #BlueJays radar, per source.Yates, who had surgery on right elbow in August to remove bone chips, is expected to be in Dunedin today and I’m told he’s not just “visiting.”
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) January 19, 2021

Now, of course, as we saw with Liam Hendriks a few weeks ago, a player heading to the complex in Dunedin doesn’t mean a deal is inevitable, but there weren’t any reports last time that a deal was close.
Yates would be a really interesting add for the Blue Jays. He only pitched 4 1/3 innings in 2020 as his season came to an early end due to injury. But, in the two seasons before that, Yates was arguably the best relief pitcher in baseball.
Between 2018 and 2019 with the Padres, Yates tossed 123 2/3 innings and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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The Toronto Raptors extend their winning streak to three, with a blowout victory against the Dallas Mavericks. The Toronto Raptors are back to their winning ways, after defeating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. From beginning to end, the Raptors had their most impressive victory on this young NBA season. The light at the end […]
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Raptors: 3 matchups that will decide winner of two-game series vs Hornets

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The Raptors could turn their season around in two straight games against the Hornets. The Toronto Raptors appeared to turn over a new leaf on their West Coast road trip, but a few unlucky bounces of the ball against the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers turned a potential three-game winning streak into a […]
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Raptors: This stat shows just how unlucky Toronto has been during their 2-8 start

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The Toronto Raptors are playing better than their 2-8 record. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, which came just 24 hours after the Golden State Warriors prevailed in a similar fashion, shows exactly how tough the start to the 2020-21 season has been for Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors. While plenty […]
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Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors loss to the Trailblazers

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The Toronto Raptors were not able to get out of their cold spell as they lose another heartbreaker to the Portland Trailblazers. It’s been a rough season for the Toronto Raptors, and this game against the Portland Trailblazers proved just that. On a second night of a back to back, the Raptors suffer their second […]
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