Friedman breaks down the Leafs

Tomorrow we’re treated to the end of year press conference from Dubas, Keefe, and Shanahan. As a bit of an appetizer, tonight we have Elliotte Friedman breaking down the Leafs heading into their extended off season. Of course we have some thoughts on his thoughts too. You can find Friedman’s full article here.
I’m going to start this week’s blog with a personal belief: I think GM Kyle Dubas’s plan was to give Toronto’s “Big Four” (

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Mitchell Marner
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Say “Hi, man” to Hyman

Hyman cleared, returns tomorrow #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 12, 2019
The moment of Hyman’s return is somewhat bittersweet. We’ve been looking forward to this moment all season, and recently felt that this was going to be the date that the Leafs roster was made whole again, but now here we are living in a world of Mitch Marner having a high ankle sprain and now it may be Christmas before we have a chance to kid ourselves into believing the Leafs will ice a completely healthy lineup.
No more Marner negativity, this is about celebrating Zach Hyman, a player who’s absence has been noted in the lack of toughness and the lack of penalty kill success. Hyman’s try hard ways is something that will hopefully also be infectious for a Leafs team that at times has seemed a little light on effort.
As for where Hyman slots in, well…

#Leafs lines at practice:
Spezza, Timashov
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 12, 2019
Hyman being next to Tavares is no surprise, and that’s exactly where we should want to see him. The addition of Kapanen to that line is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs willing to part ways with Kadri and Kapanen

With the 2019 NHL Draft happening tomorrow in Vancouver, the Leafs are in constant discussion throughout the league and two key names have come up recently in trade talks.

Toronto Maple Leafs bracing for activity. Telling teams they will listen on Kapanen and Kadri. Would need a D back in a Kapanen trade and a centre back for Kadri. Strong sense Connor Brown could go as well.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 20, 2019

It was already going to be a wild couple of weeks for the Leafs — the possibility of a Marner offer sheet and negotiating with his team, as well as trying to improve at the draft — but now there will be more names added to those rumours.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Leafs will listen in on offers for forwards Nazem Kadri and Kasperi Kapanen.
In both of these deals, the Leafs will be looking for NHL players back, no future assets, according to Dreger. Toronto will be looking to fill their current hole on the blue line with a trade involving the 22-year-old Kapanen, while a centre will be the hopeful return for Kadri.
Kapanen is currently a restricted free agent, in need of his first contract after …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Richard Ureña optioned to make room on the 25-man roster for Clay Buchholz

Th Clay Buchholz era begins tomorrow. In order to make room to officially add the veteran starter to the roster, the Blue Jays have reportedly optioned infielder Richard Ureña to Triple-A Buffalo.

#BlueJays optioning INF Richard Urena to AAA to make room for Clay Buchholz tomorrow.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 13, 2019

This is a little odd given the fact Ureña was actually hitting. He has a .350/.381/.500 slash line over 23 plate appearances in seven games playing second, third, and short. I mean, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but Ureña has been doing well at the plate thus far.
The logic here is likely Ureña will benefit more from playing every day in Buffalo while the Jays give newly-acquired Alan Hansen a serious look as the team’s utility infielder. With Hansen on the roster, it was harder to find reps for Ureña.
If Hansen sucks ass and Ureña continues to hit in Triple-A, I’m sure the latter will come back up eventually.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation