Gone in November: Four more months until NHL free agency (but we’ll talk about it now)

This might have been one of those things that goes without saying given that all the talk has been about contracts being extended until October 31st, but Bob McKenzie has highlighted something we all assumed…

On critical dates, one we can pencil in — we are using @TSNquizmaster’s No. 2 pencil — is Free Agent Frenzy(?) on Nov. 1, 2020. We know this, for now, because 2019-20 contracts set to expire on June 30 have been extended to Oct. 31. So Nov. 1 would be Day 1 of 2020-21 contracts.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 2, 2020
Yep. It looks like NHL GMs will be making it November Rain for the 2020 crop of NHL unrestricted free agents. And for what it is worth, it will be very much a what we see is what we get group as no names will be added through amnesty buyouts…

Seeing all sorts of speculative chatter amongst fans discussing possibility of new CBA amnesty buyouts to help clubs manage flat cap. Amnesty buyouts are NOT part of agreement. They might make a GM’s life easier but wouldn’t help owners/players navigate their troubled economy.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 2, 2020
Not that amnesty or compliance buyouts …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Getting Paid? Leafs players due for signing bonuses today

It’s July 1st. Happy Canada Day to those of you who choose to celebrate it, and happy pay day to a significant number of Leafs. Or at least it was scheduled to be pay day, whether or not any cheques were sent out remains to be seen, but the expectation is that they will or according to Bob McKenzie at least no later than after the Independence Day weekend.
As per PuckPedia, there is a substantial amount of money due to 24 Leaf players and one former Leaf player today…

Players
2020-21 Bonus
2020-21 Total Salary
Bonus as % of pay

Matthews, Auston
$15,200,000
$15,900,000
95.6%

Marner, Mitch
$14,300,000
$15,000,000
95.3%

Tavares, John
$11,090,000
$12,000,000
92.4%

Nylander, William
$3,500,000
$6,000,000
58.3%

Kapanen, Kasperi
$1,000,000
$2,860,000
35.0%

Kerfoot, Alexander
$1,000,000
$3,600,000
27.8%

Johnsson, Andreas
$1,000,000
$3,600,000
27.8%

Korshkov, Yegor
$92,500
$925,000
10.0%

Robertson, Nicholas
$85,000
$850,000
10.0%

Der-Arguchintsev, Semyon
$80,000
$800,000
10.0%

Barabanov, Alexander
$92,500
$925,000
10.0%

Abramov, Mikhail
$75,000
$775,000
9.7%

Forward Total
$47,515,000
$69,910,000
68.0%

Muzzin, Jake
$7,300,000
$8,000,000
91.3%

Holl, Justin
$1,000,000
$2,000,000
50.0%

Lindgren, Jesper
$92,500
$792,500
11.7%

Sandin, Rasmus
$92,500
$925,000
10.0%

Duszak, Joseph
$80,000
$800,000
10.0%

Lehtonen, Mikko
$92,500
$925,000
10.0%

Hollowell, Mac
$78,000
$783,000
10.0%

Král, Filip
$75,000
$775,000
9.7%

Rubins, Kristians
$60,000
$760,000
7.9%

Defense Total
$8,870,500
$23,043,000
38.5%

Andersen, Frederik
$4,000,000
$5,000,000
80.0%

Scott, Ian
$92,500
$792,500
11.7%

Woll, Joseph
$80,000
$800,000
10.0%

Goalie Total
$4,172,500
$8,092,500
51.6%

Kessel, Phil
$750,000
$900,000
83.3%

Grand Total
$61,308,000
$101,945,500
60.1%

Not surprisingly it’s the Leafs core that stands to get paid the most today, and the entry level contract players make up the majority of players due money, and arguably they are the ones who could …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Can We All Just Have Fun This Year?

For those of you foolish enough to sink any emotional investment into the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 2018-19 season sucked. Point blank. It was garbage; a never-ending hailstorm of negativity and Oakley-clad uncles from Brampton from which you couldn’t escape even if you wanted to.
The worst part, though? You didn’t want to. You’re addicted to it, baby. We all are.
From the year’s hopeful beginning down to its alcohol-hazed end, federal law apparently barred both the Leafs and their fanbase from enjoying so much as a single, solitary moment of it. As in; not one.
John Tavares is making his long-awaited debut for his hometown team? Great! But selfish William Nylander hasn’t signed yet, so do me a favour and go get bent.
Oh, Nylander signed at the literal last second for what will, in less than 6 months (thank you, Jimmy Hayes. Or, is it Kevin? It’s Kevin, right? I dunno. They’re both not great) be a financial steal? Cool!
Now enjoy a full year in which the one half of Leafs fandom yet to grasp the definition of “pro-rated” and the other half with a spray chart on hand to judge …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

The Zac Rosscup era is over

Apologies to those who are sitting at home waiting for their Zac Rosscup jerseys to arrive in the mail. The veteran reliever cleared through waivers and has elected free agency.

Rosscup made just one appearance for the Blue Jays, surrendering three earned runs over the course of one inning. He was signed, presumably, to fill in for Tim Mayza as the Jays’ top lefty was on the disabled list.
Speaking of Mayza, the Jays have also optioned Justin Shafer to Triple-A Buffalo, opening up a spot on the 25-man roster. As Mike Wilner reports, Mayza will be activated tomorrow in a corresponding roster move.

#Bluejays announced earlier this hour that Justin Shafer has been optioned back to #Bisons and that Zac Rosscup has cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent.
Corresponding move tomorrow, could well be Tim Mayza coming off the IL.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) June 3, 2019

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 3: 76ers 116, Raptors 95

Those playoff ghosts aren’t gone yet! They re-emerged last night and gave Philadelphia control of the series. Remember this feeling? This feeling of helplessness, as an opponent absolutely clowns our team — and our team just folds up? It’s the worst feeling you can have as a fan, to see your team get run off the floor right in front of your eyes.
That game sucked. What else is there to say?

Kawhi Leonard Knows All About “The Hump” Now
When Kawhi Leonard was asked about the Raptors’ playoff struggles at the start of the postseason, he shrugged it off. Had nothing to do with him, or this iteration of the team, right? And, it was being borne out; since Kawhi Leonard arrived, we were all looking forward to finally have a proven playoff performer, a bona fide superstar, the best player in a series… and he’s it. Leonard has been even better than we could have expected.
And yet… despite the new coach, and the three new starters, and plenty of new bench players… that hump is still there. What we saw last night was like so many Raptors playoff moments past: The team seems to fall …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Game Two Thoughts: How the Bruins adjusted and took over Game Two

Game Two was one of those games that feels more important than it actually is. It was a textbook Boston Bruins win. The Leafs couldn’t get anything going offensively, the Bruins imposed their will physically, and they were able to bait Kadri into a suspendable act.
The Refs didn’t do the Leafs any favours either and were probably the reason why the game got out of hand. That’s the most I’lll comment about the officiating in this piece. While the Referees might have made it difficult for the Leafs to get back in the game, it wasn’t the reason why they lost. Therefore, in this piece I will demonstrate some of the major reasons why the Bruins dominated the Leafs in Game Two.
The Bruins defencemen adjusted to accommodate the Leafs speed
In general, the Bruins defencemen love playing aggressively. They aren’t scared to hold the blue line or pinch if it means they get to keep the puck in the offensive zone. In Game One, the Leafs were able to create foot races by placing the puck in behind the Bruins aggressively-positioned defencemen, as seen below.

https://theleafsnation.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/04/DZ-marner-flip-and-hyman-speed. …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation