News from the Rink: Updates on the status of injured Leafs

After coming off a road trip in California, which saw the Leafs get the sweep (for the first time since 2018), they’re back in Toronto.
It’s been a day of returns for some Leafs who’ve been out for some time due to injury. One is Ilya Mikheyev, and the other is Petr Mrazek. Ondrej Kase, however, was absent once again from practice.
He’s missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury.

Keefe says Kase skated this morning and it went well. Plan is for him to join the morning skate but will not play tomorrow.
— David Alter (@dalter) November 30, 2021

Ilya Mikheyev skates before Leafs take the ice
Starting with Mikheyev, he’s been out since training camp after suffering a broken thumb. The 27-year-old skated before practice at Ford Performance Centre on Tuesday.

Ilya Mikheyev taking feeds from Alex Kerfoot with Petr Mrázek in goal. pic.twitter.com/651hbLxVdf
— David Alter (@dalter) November 30, 2021

Mikheyev is on week seven of his recovery, which means he may return to full practices (or maybe even game action) very soon.
Petr Mrázek takes in full Leafs practice
Back on October 14th vs. Ottawa, Mrázek suffered a groin injury which …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs aren’t for sale or at least not yet

The Leafs aren’t for sale or at least not yet

Last Saturday during the 32 Thoughts segment (which enough with the 32 thoughts brand already, but I digress) Elliotte Friedman introduced us to the idea that before the Fenway Sports Group was actively engaged in negotiations to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins, they were sniffing around the opportunity to merge with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Yesterday in his 32 Thoughts column, Friedman expanded on the idea:
It’s going to be an interesting time around Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Prior to making its push for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Fenway Sports Group — through an intermediary — approached MLSE about the possibility of a merger. This was 12-18 months ago. It wasn’t the right time and didn’t go far, but that would have been one monstrous powerhouse, potentially featuring Liverpool, the Leafs, the Raptors, Toronto FC, Scotiabank Arena, the Argonauts and a baseball team. (That would have been the incredibly interesting one. FSG owns the Red Sox, while my employer, Rogers, owns the Blue Jays along with 37.5 per cent of MLSE. So, something would have to give.) There’s change at the top of our company and The Globe and Mail reported that could mean …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Matthews returns, new lines, and a couple of injury updates

Following last night’s game which included the apparently unforgivable act of having a student athlete sit on the bench instead of an AHL goaltender, the Leafs have closed out the necessary steps in bringing in Michael Hutchinson as their emergency call up goaltender.
As expected, the Leafs bring up Michael Hutchinson

Whether your issues are that the Leafs shouldn’t have had to wait a game to do this, or if you are offended that the Leafs spend to the salary cap, you can take a deep breath and recognize that it didn’t really matter, and the worst that could have happened was Alex Bishop could have had the night of his life, and we would have been treated to a nice story at the cost of 1/82nd of the results of the regular season.
Mrazek will be out 14 days, which means six games. There are back to back games Friday and Saturday night this week, so it seems likely that Michael Hutchinson will get the start Saturday in Pittsburgh. If he sees anytime in net beyond that it will depend on the health and play of Jack Campbell.
Beyond Mrazek, there are a couple of other injury …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Did Sam Dekker do enough to make the roster?

Toronto Raptors: Did Sam Dekker do enough to make the roster?

As the Toronto Raptors try to figure out which non-guaranteed players should make the final roster, the likes of Sam Dekker are doing everything they can to stick in the NBA. During Toronto’s preseason finale against the Washington Wizards, Dekker put together one of the most sensational shooting performances you’ll see in the preseason. Despite […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #9 Petr Mrazek

Following a relatively quiet offseason in which no blockbuster additions were made, Petr Mrazek ranks as the highest new Toronto Maple Leafs player in our Top 20 Leafs rankings.
Over the past three seasons, Mrazek has built up stock as one of the league’s best tandem goaltenders. With Jack Campbell’s emergence last season and Frederik Andersen’s declining play, Mrazek’s strong resume as a tandem goaltender made him a coveted free agent for the Leafs, signing him minutes after the opening of free agency.
Coming to Toronto on a three year, $3.8 million AAV contract with a 10 team no-trade list, the expectation is for Mrazek to push Campbell for the starter’s job and provide dependable starts. The biggest cap hit added this offseason by Toronto, the allocation of $3.8 million to goaltending rather than forward depth reiterates the Leafs faith in Mrazek and his importance to this team.
Five Important Stats

2018-2021 Starts
2018-2021 Record
2018-2021 Shutouts
2018-2021 Quality Start%

2018-2021 5v5 HDSV%

90
50-32-8
10
54.44%
.847
Over the past three seasons in Carolina, Petr Mrazek has quietly put together a strong resume. While by no means among the top goaltenders in the league, Mrazek stabilized what was a consistently underperforming …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 5 games to look forward to during 2021-22 season

Toronto Raptors: 5 games to look forward to during 2021-22 season

The Toronto Raptors schedule for the 2021-22 season, in which they return to their home digs in Canada, has been revealed. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and Raptors fans have to be thrilled that it appears a return to Toronto is all but assured. This season could go in any number of different directions, […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri will discuss new contract after season ends

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri will discuss new contract after season ends

The Toronto Raptors not only have to figure out which players from the comically unlucky 2020-21 team they will retain heading into next season, but they also need to closely examine the front office, as Masai Ujiri potentially leaving Toronto after building them into a champion due to his lack of a new contract. With […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs sign NCAA Free Agent Alex Steeves

We are now in NCAA Frozen Four season, which overlaps the NCAA season most of us pay closer attention to, free agent signing season. The Leafs like to dip their toes in that water every year looking for a free wallet, and here’s their latest attempt…

We’ve signed forward Alex Steeves to a three-year entry level contract for the 2021-22 season.
Details » https://t.co/f8MS3Ejlc9#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/PZNbFxY2SV
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 28, 2021

So our prospect experts will have a lot more on Alex tomorrow, but we’ll give you the high level overview now.
The 21 year old forward who played for Norte Dame put up 32 points in 29 games this season, including 15 goals. He’s 5’11, 185lbs, and a junior. He’s from New Hampshire, and this was his second strong season of offence after putting up 28 points in 36 games last season.
His contract starts next season, so he’ll get the full three years of development in the Leafs system to see what they can turn him into.
We’ll have a lot more on Steeves tomorrow, but now it’s nice to see the Leafs giving us a few more wildcards …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam reportedly crossed lined, got personal in Nick Nurse spat

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam reportedly crossed lined, got personal in Nick Nurse spat

As if the last few weeks of Toronto Raptors basketball, which has featured COVID-19 outbreaks and a nine-game losing streak, couldn’t get any worse, star power forward Pascal Siakam has found himself in head coach Nick Nurse’s doghouse for the second time this season. Siakam, who was disciplined earlier in the year for a similar […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Grapefruit Notes: There were plenty of great Blue Jays pitching performances over the weekend

We’ve reached the Dog Days of Spring in which the shine of Grapefruit Ball has worn off a little bit but there were still a handful of excellent performances from some Blue Jays pitchers from the weekend worth talking about.

Things worth mentioning…

Hey, how about Robbie Ray? The lefty having a rebound season after his difficult 2020 campaign (which featured a nightmare in Arizona and some noticeable improvement after he was dealt to Toronto) is pretty key to the Blue Jays’ success this season. If the Blue Jays can even just get the Robbie Ray of 2019 (in which he posted a 4.34 ERA over 33 starts), that would be nice. If they could get the Ray of 2017 (in which he posted a 2.89 ERA over 28 starts and got Cy Young votes), that would be incredible. The hope here is that the Ray who posted a 6.62 ERA in 2020 and walked everyone is gone and the old Ray, now having worked with Pete Walker, is back. Based on his results so far in spring, things are looking good. On Saturday Ray made his third start of spring against the Orioles and tossed four hitless innings while picking up three strikeouts. The only blemishes on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation