Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent centres the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

Sunday’s Rundown: Three free-agent centres the Toronto Maple Leafs should target

For this week’s Sunday’s Rundown, we’re on the topic of free-agent centres that could be hitting the open market and that the Toronto Maple Leafs should potentially target this summer heading into next season. Last week we took a look at three left-wingers the Maple Leafs should target and all three players mentioned were pretty solid players that could definitely be a solid addition to this lineup next season and beyond.
All three players come into Toronto and can easily play anywhere in the lineup and all bring a similar style of play that would benefit the Maple Leafs. This week, it’s three free-agent centres we are going to take a look at, and these three centres, just like the left-wingers would definitely come here and make an impact for this team next season.
It’s no secret that Toronto wants to make more changes to this team this off-season and keep the “core 4” together for at least one more run at the cup, so they could potentially be looking at the free-agent market to fill out the remainder of their roster spots. So here are three free-agent centres that are set to become free agents …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Who should be the number one goalie heading into the playoffs for the Maple Leafs when everyone is healthy?

The topic of conversation in Leaf Land has been how inconsistent their goaltending can be at times. Jack Campbell and newly acquired David Rittich weren’t playing at their best level for about almost two weeks and they were a big reason why the Toronto Maple Leafs went on a 0-3-2 stretch after just going on their best stretch of the season, 9-0-1 picking up 19 of the possible 20 points. However, with back-to-back wins over the Winnipeg Jets for Jack Campbell, it looks like he’s put an end to his poor little stretch and is looking like the same goalie that won 11 in a row.
Although goaltending has been up and down at some points this season, I wouldn’t say we should all get too worried about it just yet. Yes, it has been shaky at times this season, but we also have to remember two of the four goalies were playing with nagging injuries that eventually sat them out for some time. And for Frederik Andersen, it’s still holding him out of the lineup.
So on the eve of the trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs went out and made a trade with the Calgary …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Monday Morning GM: Nikita Nesterov is returning to the NHL. Should it be Toronto?

I can’t think of a less flashy topic to discuss than importing a bottom pairing defender from the KHL, but here we are. And here is what we’re dealing with…
From AllHockey.Ru (google translated):
CSKA President Igor Esmantovich spoke about the transfer plans of the Moscow club, and also said that defender Nikita Nesterov will leave the club.
“We talked with Kaprizov at the end of the season, he said that he would try forces in North America. We are not negotiating with him. They made an offer on Sorokin on June 1. He listened to the proposal with the agent and said that he would make a decision later. CSKA still plans to sign two defenders and a striker.
With Nesterov, the story is interesting. We agreed with him in December, shook hands that he will remain for five years in CSKA. We agreed on the conditions, gave him everything he wanted. But a week ago, he decided for family reasons to go to North America. We thanked him for three years at CSKA and wished him good luck, “Esmantovich said.
So, why does …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: Interest in Joc Pederson, Mike Bolsinger sues the Astros, MLB’s radical proposed playoff changes, and more!

Daily?!?!?!

Before I get into the big topic of the week, which is Major League Baseball’s potential playoff format changes, there’s some old stuff to address. First, the Red Sox and Dodgers blockbuster finally went through, as Mookie Betts and David Price were sent to Los Angeles in a massive salary dump to save Boston some cash.
Lost in all of this is Joc Pederson, who was supposed to be traded down the street from the Dodgers to the Angels in a corresponding deal. Instead, Pederson remains a Dodger as Angels owner Art Moreno apparently grew impatient and pulled the deal as the Dodgers and Sox got things sorted out on their end.
There’s been plenty of talk now about where Pederson is going to end up. The Dodgers have Betts and Bellinger in their outfield and one more spot that will likely be mostly occupied by A.J. Pollock, the team’s major free-agent splash from last off-season. L.A. is heavy into using multi-position players in platoons all over the field, so we’ll see other Dodgers like Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor play in the outfield while Bellinger sees …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Even if Matthews leaves, the Leafs will be fine

It isn’t a Toronto sports topic without being extremely insecure about a superstar staying long-term and trying to win a championship.
Generally, it reaches out to all of Canada. This incessant need to be liked and accepted is a common theme throughout the country and it has stemmed its way into the mind of Leafs fans when it comes to Auston Matthews.
Immediately when he signed his five-year contract earlier this year the reaction was negative. That the team is buying only one year of unrestricted free agency and as soon as the contract expires he will only be 26-years-old, was the major concern.
So, of course, when Matthews is in an ad for Arizona State University, those old concerns rose up again and became the topic of the week. Just because he skated around in an ad with a nice looking jersey in his home state.

Brian Burke is betting there’s a good chance #MapleLeafs forward Auston Matthews leaves Toronto in five years. https://t.co/roxWRObWky
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 26, 2019

It might just be the standard attention-grabbing talk on sports radio, but this has roots throughout Toronto. Just assuming that someone will leave at the end of their …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation