Rodion Amirov in presently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour

Like many of you, we woke up to the unfortunate updates from Kyle Dubas and Dan Milstein (Rodion’s agent) on the health status of Rodion Amirov. On behalf of everyone at The Leafs Nation and The Nation Network, I want to wish Rodion a full recovery, and our thoughts will be with him throughout his treatment.
Below are statements both from Kyle Dubas and Dan Milstein, and also here is a link to a very thoughtful report from Elliotte Friedman who spoke with Rodion about his diagnosis.

Statement from Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas regarding Rodion Amirov’s medical condition.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 23, 2022

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas provided the following update today on the status of prospect Rodion Amirov, the team’s first round (15th overall) pick from the 2020 NHL Draft:
“I regret to inform our fans that Rodion Amirov has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Rodion commenced the 2021-22 season with Salavat Ufa of the KHL but suffered an injury to open the season. During the course of his recovery from this injury, he developed some new, unrelated symptoms that required ongoing extensive investigations over the last few months.
Rodion is currently undergoing treatment at a medical facility in Germany and will not return to play for the remainder of the season.
Our medical staff has been involved throughout the process alongside Ufa’s and we are in direct contact with the facility on an ongoing basis to monitor his treatment and care. Rodion has the complete support of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and we will continue to ensure he receives the best care possible throughout this process.
Out of respect for Rodion and his family, the Club will not have any further comment at this time.”

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Tavares and Kerfoot entering COVID protocol leads to Leafs cancelling practice

The unfortunate has finally happened for the Leafs. John Tavares and Alexander Kerfoot have been placed in COVID-19 protocol. And because of that, Toronto has cancelled their scheduled practice in Vancouver.

Forwards Alexander Kerfoot and John Tavares have been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
For precautionary reasons, today’s practice in Vancouver has been cancelled.https://t.co/rP27ClVJVN
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 17, 2021

“Maple Leafs players and traveling staff were tested yesterday in Vancouver and the club was informed of the testing results early Friday morning.” Said the Leafs’ media release. “All players and traveling staff will undergo additional testing today.”
This comes a day before the Leafs are supposed to take on the Vancouver Canucks — another team who has players in COVID-19 protocol.
Two of the NHL’s eight games on Saturday have been postponed (Wild vs. Panthers, Avalanche vs. Lightning). As the number of players on the COVID list continue to rise, there’s a possibility that more games are postponed, including the Leafs’ Saturday night game.
 

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to move back into win column against Flyers

After an unfortunate and seemingly unexpected loss to the LA Kings, everyone is in a different headspace. Do we just forget this game and remember the previous five while being optimistic. Or do we take all that is to come with a grain of salt? Tonight the Leafs get ready to take on the Philadelphia Flyers.This will be their first game against the Flyers since December 3, 2019.
What do the Toronto Maple Leafs need to do differently? 
For starters, their head needs to be in the game, for all 60 minutes right at puck drop.There can’t be anymore of “we started too late,” or “we lost control in the middle of the second”. At this point it is unacceptable. How can they stay motivated? Apart from the fact that they need to remain focused and not become deflated, the Leafs need more from just about everyone else. You cannot continue to ride the coattails of the core four and co.. They will burn out and the future of the team will be up in the air. The rest of the team needs to step up and show their coaches, etc., why they are on this roster. While it is …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Josh Ho-Sang’s debut, Nick Robertson’s injury

It was a great start but an unfortunate ending to the Marlies’ first two games.
The Toronto Marlies returned to Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday, but this time, with fans. Welcomed back with a roar was captain Rich Clune as he stepped onto the ice. The second-loudest ovation, though, was given to Josh Ho-Sang, who came out right before Clune.
Entering Saturday’s game, Ho-Sang had played 178 AHL games. He was ready for his 179th, but I don’t know if he could’ve predicted this performance. The 25-year-old had two goals, playing alongside Nick Robertson and Kirill Semyonov.

Josh Ho-Sang scores his first on the #Marlies.
Toronto up 2-0. pic.twitter.com/r4o7emKYj3
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 16, 2021

The building erupted after this goal. It was nice to see the 25-year-old get the Marlies’ first goal of the season. Look at how happy he was.

Josh Ho-Sang with his second goal of the game.
You love to see it. pic.twitter.com/Wg5ZFFok3G
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 16, 2021

It seems as though Ho-Sang is feeling comfortable in where he is, which is at home.
“Great start for him. His work ethic today was great.” Said Marlies …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander isn’t fully vaccinated, but will be soon

A bit of unfortunate news out of Leafs camp today as we have learned that William Nylander is not yet full vaccinated.
“Obviously you can see I have a mask on,” Nylander said. “I’m not fully vaccinated yet. I had a couple [of] medical things I had [to] take care of. I’ll be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the season.”
“I just wanted to do the right thing. I think being vaccinated is gonna help everybody, help the team and achieve our end goal. It was [a] pretty easy choice,” Nylander said.
(Quotes via the Daily Hive)
While it doesn’t seem that Nylander is aggressively opposed to the vaccine, and might have some reason for the recent delay, which we won’t speculate on, it has been four months and there was likely plenty of time to get things taken care of well in advance of the Leafs training camp.
We have already seen the Columbus Blue Jackets decide to send Zac Rinaldo to their AHL affiliate because of his refusal of being vaccinated, the Islanders are reportedly sending a player to Europe for the same reason, and the Oilers are truly a mixed bag as …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agency blunders by Atlantic rivals

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agency blunders by Atlantic rivals

The Toronto Raptors have the unfortunate pleasure of playing in the toughest division in the NBA. While Masai Ujiri is trying to retool this team and make the playoffs, Toronto’s rivals are either considered to be championship contenders like the Nets and 76ers or playoff locks like the Knicks and Celtics. While the Raptors were […]
Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agency blunders by Atlantic rivals – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: The Leafs finally get to play in the good kind of elimination game

After a truly unfortunate first game of this series there was a bit of pause for concern about how the Leafs would do in this series. Without Tavares, and now without Foligno, the Leafs looked to be in an uphill battle situation. Thankfully the Canadiens really aren’t good at all and that has been the great equalizer as the Maple Leafs now have a 3-1 series lead on the strength of the 4-0 shutout tonight. You can definitely hook this series up to my veins.
The first period held true to how things have gone for the Leafs in the first throughout the series. Not to say they looked bad, but just not able to get on the scoreboard. The second period was a different story and with William Nylander stretching his goal streak to 4 games, and Galchenyuk starting a night to remember, the period would end 3-0 and basically seal the game as Spezza and Thornton also found the net.
It goes without saying that with a shutout Jack Campbell had one hell of a night, and playing on back to back nights and only giving up one goal is incredible. I’m going to be cautious not …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs find a home for 4 Growlers

With the unfortunate, but largely necessary to cancel the Newfoundland Growlers season, the Leafs organization was left with a number of players in search of a place to play. It seems like they’ve found a home for four of the players, including one of their promising young defensemen.

ROSTER NEWS: The @TorontoMarlies have loaned forward Gordie Green, defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer, forward Jeremy McKenna and forward Bobby McMann to the Thunder.
— Wichita Thunder (@Wichita_Thunder) December 15, 2020

Noel Hoefenmayer is probably the player of note here, as the OHL defenseman of the year, and promising prospect is amongst the group relocating to Kansas for the year. The fact that he’ll get a chance to develop and show what he can do to earn an entry level contract is encouraging, and hopefully we’ll see opportunities for other Growlers in the near future.
Additionally the move opens the door to potentially recalling some players as needed from the ECHL to the Marlies in season. The recall would presently involve a 14 day quarantine period that might be difficult logistically, but it’s safe to assume there will be expanded AHL rosters that will mean Toronto won’t entirely be relying on swift …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Aaron Sanchez’s most recent major injury shines some light on the Blue Jays’ choice to move on

You can add another chapter to the incredible unfortunate injury history of Aaron Sanchez. The former Blue Jay and current Houston Astro was shut down a few weeks ago due to a shoulder issue, but now, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Sanchez’s injury will spill into 2020.

Aaron Sanchez said he had a tear in his shoulder capsule. Julio Urias had a similar injury and surgery in 2017. Sanchez said he will pitch next year, but will definitely not be ready for opening day.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 26, 2019

The last three seasons of Sanchez’s career have been an absolute trainwreck. After his breakout season in 2016, various injuries have made it impossible for Sanchez to pitch consistently. He had his blister issue in 2017 and a continuation of the finger issues persisted in 2018. In 2019, Sanchez was finally healthy, but, due to missing so much time over the course of the previous seasons, his velocity and stamina were down, making him much less effective than in the past.
Sanchez had reportedly been struggling with a nagging shoulder issue and was shut down for the 2019 season in order to get surgery. According to Rome, this surgery will be similar to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs to honour Red Kelly on Friday

Following his unfortunate passing, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be honouring legend Red Kelly in a ceremony this Friday, May 10th.

Join us to honour Leafs legend Red Kelly.
Fans are invited to Legends Row this Friday from 10:00-6:00 to honour Red, reflect on a collection of Maple Leafs and Red Wings photos & memorabilia and sign a condolences book for the Kelly family. pic.twitter.com/ZdV5OcqlPA
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 8, 2019

The Hall-of-Famer passed away Thursday, May 2nd at the age of 91-years-old.
This Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the Leafs will be honouring the hockey giant in a period of reflection at Legends Row in front of Scotiabank Arena.
He spent eight years (1959-1967) playing for the Leafs, after a lengthy history with the Detroit Red Wings for the previous twelve seasons. In his seasons with the Leafs, they won four Stanley Cups together and finished his career as part of the legendary 1967 championship team.
After stints with the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins as a coach, Kelly returned to Toronto in 1973 and coached the team until 1977 — making the playoffs all four years.
His number four jersey is now retired both by the Leafs and the …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation