News from the Rink: Campbell to start vs. Oilers, Dermott and Mikheyev might play

The Leafs are in Edmonton practicing today before tomorrow night’s game against the Oilers.
Toronto is coming off a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. The Leafs had a 4-1 lead in the second period, and the Blackhawks tied it up late in the third.
“It’s the same story that it’s been here,” Sheldon Keefe said after Saturday’s win over Chicago. “It’s just too many chances against, too many freebies, too many guys in behind us. Same issues that were hurting us when we weren’t winning games early in the season.”
Today is a day where they hope to clean up all the mistakes that have cost them.
Lines at practice in Edmonton
Here’s how the Leafs’ lines shaped up before tomorrow night’s matchup in Edmonton.

#Leafs in practice:Bunting-Matthews-KaseKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderEngvall-Kampf-MikheyevClifford-Steeves/Seney-Simmonds
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) December 13, 2021

Yesterday the Leafs sent Kristians Rubins back to the Marlies and recalled Carl Dahlstrom and Brett Seney. The reasoning behind the Seney recall looks to be because Nick Ritchie is sick. He was absent from Monday’s practice, and Keefe says he’s not currently with the team.

Keefe says Ritchie is …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Meet your Toronto Six forwards for the PHF’s Season 7

Tomorrow, the Premier Hockey Federation, or PHF (formerly the National Women’s Hockey League, or NWHL), gets its 7th season started. For the Toronto Six, this is just season 2 of their franchise of professional hockey for women and transgender players. I had a blast covering last season, recapped yesterday in our review of their upcoming season.
We’re going to cover the team in an order that makes sense to me, simply by their number.
Note, Taylor Woods, one of my favourites from last season, is listed on the roster as a forward, but she played defence all last year and is shown as a defender in their promotional video announcing the captains for this year:

Maegan Beres, #7
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Baeres was one of Toronto’s three first round picks in the just-passed 2021 entry draft, where she went 3rd overall. The rookie will be making her professional debut, after just finishing four years at Boston College.
As a two-way forward, Maegan will probably feature in the bottom six of Toronto’s lineup, and probably play an important penalty killing role.
Leah Marino, #12
Another 2021 draft pick, Marino was Toronto’s third round selection. Being a rookie coming out of …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Mikheyev out long-term, Matthews unavailable for the first week, and Canadiens claim Brooks off waivers from Maple Leafs

The 2021-22 NHL season starts tomorrow, and for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they start Wednesday when they host the Montreal Canadiens, so it’s only fitting that a lot of important news breaks just days before their season begins, right? Well, sit tight, because we got you covered with the latest news and notes from the Maple Leafs just days before the season kicks off. With the Ilya Mikheyev injury scare to the questions surrounding Auston Matthews come opening night to even the crazy waiver wire that was yesterday, we finally have all the answers we were all looking for.
Mikheyev injury
For starters, let’s talk about the Ilya Mikheyev injury scare we witnessed in their last preseason game against Ottawa. He got hit into the boards during the first period and then looked like he fell awkwardly on his wrist. He got up on his own which was a good thing to see but he never returned to the Leafs’ bench in the first period and then was later announced by the Leafs PR on Twitter that he would not return to the game due to an injury.
That initial tweet from the Leafs PR right before the …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

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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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