TLN Three Stars: Jack Campbell steals a point, but Leafs cough up the extra point in OT

Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Should the Leafs trade a top prospect?

Now that the Leafs are off again until Thursday it’s pretty easy to switch back into trade mode. Kyle Dubas has put it out to the world that he’s trying to make something happen, and he even put the scarier notion out to the world that he’s willing to part with a top prospect in order to get the deal done. It was in that spirit I asked our distinguished panel if the Leafs should be parting with one of their top prospects, and if they are, who would they be willing to let go.
Michael Mazzei:
I am usually hesitant to move a top prospect, but this season is the perfect opportunity to deal at least one of them away to get back a player that will be an immediate boost to the lineup. The Leafs have a legitimate chance to go deep into spring and they should be looking at every opportunity to do just that. The only one of their top prospects worth dealing away would be Timothy Liljegren due to him being close to NHL-ready and would be an enticing enough piece for teams to consider acquiring. The same obviously goes for the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs officially announce their training camp rostet

The Leafs waited until the last possible moment to share their condensed training camp roster to the world:

The squad
Here’s our roster for Training Camp Fuelled by @GatoradeCanada. #LeafsForever
https://t.co/QErhOtTxbL pic.twitter.com/smlNsXmvcc
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 3, 2021

There are few surprise inclusions and understandable omissions worth noting.
Most of the players the Leafs loaned overseas earlier this year will be staying there. There is no Filip Kral, Kalle Kossila, Denis Malgin or Egor Korshkov, at least not until the Marlies hold their camp.
Included on the list are a number of players on AHL contracts like Scott Sabourin, Rourke Chartier, Tyler Gaudet, and perhaps most intriguingly Justin Brazeau. They might not have a shot at making the Leafs but its probably not a coincidence that Dubas invited players that will play a harder game against his potential NHL regulars.
The Leafs decided on going with 23 forwards and 13 defenseman, along with 4 goaltenders that don’t count towards the 36 player roster limit. It is perhaps interesting that neither Woll or Scott received an invite, but given the short term of the training camp and the reality of the decisions that will be made, I guess they …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors need to cut Terence Davis already

Toronto Raptors need to cut Terence Davis already

The Toronto Raptors have until November 29 to decide Terence Davis’ future. I understand that everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty, but the Toronto Raptors are making a mistake by having not walked away from Terence Davis already. When the news broke on October 28 that Davis had allegedly “hit the victim in the […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis

Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis

I believe that anyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the Toronto Raptors should walk away from Terence Davis. A few days ago, Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis was charged in New York City after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this scenario in Toronto, but I hope it’s the last. […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

The NHL wants you to binge hockey

Exciting news everyone, from noon until past midnight (or 10am to 11pm for us Mountain timers) you’ll have the opportunity to do nothing but watch hockey.
From Bob McKenzie:
The plan is to play three games a day both in Edmonton and Toronto and the timetable template in local times is to schedule those games at noon, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Now, keep in mind the two-hour time difference between Edmonton and Toronto. It means basically there’s going to be six games a day spread out over a 15-hour window, if not longer.
That sounds damn good to me and having games in other time zones is paying off.
Of course the immediate question is what about Overtime and Bob McKenzie’s thoughts are:
In the preliminary round, when you’ve got four placement teams in the East and the West – the top four teams in each conference – playing seeding games, there isn’t unlimited overtime. So, what they will do there, they’ll just use regular season overtime and shootout. They would put those games in the 4:00 spot to try and make up time if the first game …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Father’s Day gifts for the Toronto Raptors fan

Father’s Day is nearly here. Don’t wait until the last possible moment to get dad something awesome. Instead, get him a Toronto Raptors gift. Father’s Day is June 21. It’s time to celebrate dad for being… well, dad. For all the tidbits of knowledge given, for all the time spent… it’s time to say thanks. […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Leafs talks with the Canucks over Tyson Barrie have “intensified”

There are less than 24 hours to go until the trade deadline, and you know what that means: There is chatter. Lots of it, folks.
We’re going to try to keep bringing together as many trade talk items (known in some circles as “rumours”) from legitimate outlets until everything is settled, so let’s get right back into the Tyson Barrie situation.
Barrie shot up the TSN Trade board a couple days ago, at fifth-most likely to move at the deadline. With the Leafs in a weird position of still needing upgrades on the back end, this didn’t seem to make much sense, but there’s been a lot of rumbling about them making a series of moves for a longer term solution. As such, Barrie’s name has been very much out there, and the Vancouver Canucks appear to be zeroing in on him more than any other team.

Hearing this too, Barrie talks have intensified https://t.co/zNVEPDa88A
— Satiar Shah (@SatiarShah) February 23, 2020

Sources from the Vancouver Province, TSN, and Sportsnet have all weighed in to say the Canucks are in heavy talks with the Leafs for Barrie. …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Mason Marchment returned to the Marlies

It’s a week until the trade deadline and there is a lot of excitement whenever @LeafsPR pops up in your twitter timeline.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Mason Marchment to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 18, 2020
This is one of those times when the excitement went away pretty quickly.
For the second time this year, Mason Marchment has been returned to the Marlies after a very brief look with the Leafs. While there seems to be a desire to add his physical play to the team, he hasn’t been sticking, and certainly didn’t impress on the level that Egor Korshkov did in his first go at the Leafs.
Mason Marchment returns to the Marlies where he has had hot hands of late, and hopefully will continue to help the Marlies to push for some extra games this spring.
As far as his replacement goes, well, there isn’t one yet, and the Leafs might prefer to keep a bit of flexibility with their roster heading into the trade deadline next Monday.
As for Marlies it would be nice to see, well Kenny Agostino would be an intriguing forward to see …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Friedman reports the Leafs are waiting to see whether they will buy or sell

There are 26 days remaining until the NHL trade deadline. More importantly the Leafs have 13 games remaining until the deadline, while sitting two points back behind Florida for the final divisional spot and 2 points back of Carolina for the final wild card spot. The Leafs are a pretty good team and I say they make it, but with 13 games remaining, Elliotte Friedman notes that Kyle Dubas is going to be patient to find out where they are before making his next move:
Toronto GM Kyle Dubas has had this to say to other teams regarding his team’s approach at the deadline: “Our players will decide what we do.” Their fortunes will determine whether or not the Maple Leafs pursue a right-handed defender or test the market on their UFAs-to-be. They played very well in a 5-2 win over Nashville in their first game back from the all-star break, with a tough game in Dallas coming up on Wednesday. They have looked into Minnesota’s Mathew Dumba who fits with Toronto’s modus operandi — he has three years remaining on his contract. As one exec said, “They are investigating every good defenceman on the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation