Why the Leafs and other NHL teams could benefit off jersey ads

As reported on Tuesday by Eben Novy-Williams and Scott Soshnick of Sportico, the NHL owners have approved ad placements on jerseys for the 2022-23 season.
When I saw this tweet pop up in my timeline, I was excited. Others, well, they were not thrilled about it. I totally understand why you would hate the idea, especially the fans. The NHL has never had ads on their jerseys, unless you look at the Adidas logo (or any other jersey made for the NHL).
It’s not known whether these ads will be on jerseys that you’d purchase from the store, or the arena, but I can see why people could be upset for paying to advertise a company. That’s a fair argument to make regarding why you’d be opposed to it.
Having ads on jerseys isn’t new in sports, though. Obviously, you look at hockey in Europe and jerseys are absolutely covered in sponsors. I believe people will look at those and say “that’s us next!” Which is not true at all. Although the NHL is not as big, or as rich as the NFL, MLB, NBA, or European football teams — they’ve got more money …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Friedman’s thoughts on Leafs being “all in” and more

The majority of the Leafs news on Tuesday came directly from Kyle Dubas (covered here), the Leafs are aggressively searching for help sooner rather than later, it’s likely to be a forward, a rental, and in addition to that, the Leafs placed Jimmy Vesey on waivers and have a number of players returning from Europe to the Marlies. We’re trying to make sense of it, but so are the insiders. Here are Elliotte Friedman’s thoughts on the Leafs this week.
1. Toronto’s Kyle Dubas confirms he’s all in. The last two weeks haven’t been great, but the vast majority of the season’s been strong. He’s going for the best forward he can get and their top prospects are on the table. No Boston or Tampa Bay until at least the third round. Crazy not to take the leap.
Rough skid be damned, Dubas is still eying the ultimate prize, and for the sounds of things it’s going to come at a steep price. Top prospects being on the table is a tough pill to swallow, especially when Dubas has also been promoting the idea of bringing in rentals. Not having Nick Robertson …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Yu Darvish? Kris Bryant? Exploring options from the Cubs’ impending blow-up

The winds of change are blowing in the Windy City.

On Tuesday morning, the Chicago Cubs announced that Theo Epstein was stepping down from his role as the organization’s President of Baseball Operations.
Epstein, who led the Cubs to their first World Series in roughly one billion years back in 2016, was expected to finish off the remaining year of his contract, which was set to expire after the 2021 season, but he ultimately decided to move on early.
It seems as though Epstein’s departure has something to do with the Cubs staring down the barrel of either a retool or a full-on blow-up and rebuild process. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Cubs have told other teams that “significant turnover” is coming, and have signalled a “willingness to move almost any veteran” on their roster.
While our focus this off-season has been on trading for Francisco Lindor, the Cubs feature plenty of options for the Blue Jays to flex their financial muscle and make a big, creative splash.
Last winter, the biggest trade that went down was the one that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox were looking to shed a lot of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Ilya Mikheyev’s arbitration hearing scheduled for October 21

The NHLPA announced on Tuesday the dates for the arbitration hearings for 22 RFAs, one of which includes Ilya Mikheyev.

The 2020 salary arbitration hearings will be held from Oct. 20 to Nov. 8, 2020. The calendar of hearings is available here: https://t.co/c0E8Psiyj8 pic.twitter.com/JUFwqguj16
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) October 13, 2020

According to the official press release, Mikheyev and the Leafs will have their arbitration hearing on October 21 and he will be the only player to have a meeting that day.
While it is possible that the two parties could wait until next week to continue, the scenario of a contract being agreed to before the meeting is still in the cards. It’s also entirely possible that a signing could be announced before a ruling has been set for Mikheyev’s next contract.
In the meantime, we will have to wait and see how the next few days play out as the two parties continue to negotiate an extension. For what it’s worth, the Leafs do have a big advantage in the talks due to Mikheyev having a small sample size since he missed significant time due to an injury he suffered back on December 27th.
If you want …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

How the lines could look following Muzzin’s injury

While the Leafs did enjoy a bounce-back win on Tuesday evening, it came at the expense of Jake Muzzin who left the game early.
Late in the third period, Muzzin was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and as he fell to the ice, his head and neck were knocked back after colliding with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg. He was unable to get up on his own power and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher following a 15-minute delay.

Here’s the cross check from Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jake Muzzin. No penalty for Dubois. pic.twitter.com/AMdu7lFuU4
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) August 4, 2020

In the fallback of this gut-wrenching injury, fans wonder how the Leafs will adjust their lines for Games 3 and 4. This depends on what Sheldon Keefe will be looking for on his blue line for however long Muzzin is gone. Does he want to implement a player who can impact the game offensively or can provide value on the penalty kill?
If the answer is the former, then Rasmus Sandin makes the most sense. He showed promising progression during his second tenure with the big club and was trusted into big minutes when they had …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

How does the Maple Leafs blueline stack up against the Blue Jackets blueline?

On Tuesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s Return to Play plan. Our very own Scott Maxwell wrote more about the plan here. This plan confirmed that the Toronto Maple Leafs will play a best-of-five series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Play-In round.

In today’s article, I wanted to take a look at the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets defense and see how they stack up against one another in a five-game playoff series.
The Defense
Below is the defensive depth chart for the Leafs and Blue Jackets. The tables are ranked based on the average amount of shifts each player received during the regular season.
Stats from NHL.com
At first glance, both teams heavily tested their defensive depth this season. Travis Dermott started the year on Injured Reserve, Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Cody Ceci all made trips to the IR as the season progressed. Tyson Barrie is the lone defenseman on the Leafs to have played in all 70 games this season. In Columbus, Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara all missed games due to injury this season. The extended time off due to quarantine has certainly …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

City of Toronto announces cancellation of mass events permitted by the City through June 30th

Mayor of Toronto John Tory announced on Tuesday that the City would be placing a ban on City-led public events and social gatherings in order to promote social distancing and to combat the spread of COVID-19. This ban will go through June 30.

According to the official release, the ban includes “City-led major mass participation events.” This includes things like events, festivals, conferences, cultural programs, and all City permits for events planned by external groups at city centres, parks, and public spaces. The entire announcement can be read below:

Today we announced the cancellation of mass events permitted by the City through to June 30th. While the City recognizes the importance of special events and festivals to the livability and vitality of the city, protecting the health and safety of residents is of primary concern. pic.twitter.com/m6xcS70Gyn
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 31, 2020

Earlier in the week, we learned that Major League Baseball is hoping to get the 2020 season kicked off sometime between June 1 and July 1. There apparently isn’t an appetite for a prolonged stretch of games played in front of empty stadiums, but MLB and the Players’ Association are planning for the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Is the match-up against the Bucks a must-win for the Toronto Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors are set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Should this match-up be viewed as a must-win? Pretty much every collective basketball mind knew that the Milwaukee Bucks were going to be a force this season. So far, that proclamation has been true. The Bucks have already clinched a playoff […]
Is the match-up against the Bucks a must-win for the Toronto Raptors? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #62: 5 Things to watch in the Pittsburgh rematch

After getting destroyed by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, aren’t you thrilled the next game the Leafs are playing is against Pittsburgh? YAAYYYYYYY!!!
You could go into this hoping the Leafs are going to make a statement. You could go into this game hoping the Leafs will continue to fight to stay on the right side of the playoff bubble. You could point to how talented this team is, but ultimately, you probably aren’t feeling too confident tonight. That’s probably the biggest issue with the Leafs. Lots of talent, but no certainty of success.
This is the second last game the Leafs play before the trade deadline, at the very least they should be playing to show Kyle Dubas they don’t want the roster blown up.

Rating: 75.3#27 LW

Rating: 82.4#3 C

Rating: 77.7#10 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.44#6 FL1

Rating: 76.5#15 LW

Rating: 78.7#13 C

Rating: 72.1#86 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.75#5 FL2

Rating: 71.3#95 LW

Rating: 68.3#157 C

Rating: 71.5#99 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.35#30 FL3

Rating: 69.9#125 LW


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Frederik Andersen day-to-day with neck injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs got good news Tuesday morning in that G Frederik Andersen is considered day-to-day with a neck injury.
Word on his injury was announced by head coach Sheldon Keefe Tuesday.

Sheldon Keefe said Frederik Andersen has been diagnosed with a neck injury. Day to day.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 4, 2020

Andersen was injured during a game Monday night with the Florida Panthers after a nasty collision with Panthers F Frank Vatrano.
He underwent concussion testing so news he is day to day is good for the club pushing for a playoff spot.
The Maple Leafs announced early Tuesday morning the team recalled G Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation