Leafs trade Greenway to the Bruins for Future Considerations

Not the blockbuster you would have hoped for, but it’s something resembling Leafs news today…

TRADE
To Toronto Maple Leafs #LeafsForever Future Considerations
To Boston Bruins #NHLBruins D James Greenway (Signing Rights)https://t.co/6YFJlipItk
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 26, 2021

James Greenway is an unsigned NCAA free agent who’s rights are about to expire on August 15th. He’s a big 6’5 defenseman, and the brother of Jordan Greenway of the Minnesota Wild. He’s been in the Leafs organization for a while, and had a setback where he left the University of Wisconsin for the USHL, and then joined the University of Maine. There isn’t a whole lot in his history that says he was going to be an AHL contributor let alone a NHL player for the Leafs, so letting him walk isn’t the end of the world.
On the other hand the Leafs just let a giant defenseman walk to the Bruins for nothing so you know how it’s going to play out. At least they got Future Considerations.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs expansion draft protection list raises a lot of questions

A few days ago it seemed incredibly likely the Leafs would go with a 4F-4D-1G approach to their protection list in the expansion draft. We were all prepared for that. Then Jared McCann was acquired, and 7F-3D-1G seemed incredibly likely. Now here we are…

So we can project that the #Leafs went 4-4-1 on their protected list:
– Matthews– Marner– Tavares (NMC)– Nylander
– Rielly– Brodie– Muzzin– Holl
– Campbell
That would leave Kerfoot and McCann unprotected up front, Dermott unprotected on the backend https://t.co/2Q9d89UWba
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 18, 2021

Yep, that’s basically the predicted list for earlier this week, last month, whenever.
There were plenty of people making reasonable arguments that protecting the cheaper and younger Travis Dermott over Justin Holl made sense, but it’s now becoming apparent the organization either has tremendous faith in Holl’s abilities or they think they can get something more substantial for him in the trade market and he’s worth protecting.
The Jared McCann situation is an absolute mystery. The Leafs seemingly went out of their way yesterday to acquire a good player, a player who would be an upgrade for the Leafs …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Meet the Sellers: Chicago Cubs

When news broke saying the Cubs would become sellers this morning, I had to pause my AL “Meet the Sellers” writing and go back to the NL. This comes on the heels of a 1-9 record over their last 10 games.

The Cubs have slowly slid into a tie for third place in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals. They hold a record of 43-45 after starting the season hot. They are 9.5 games back of the division-leading Brewers, who appear to have run away with the division.
The Cubs have a former NL MVP on the team, a stud closer, and a lefty reliever available, and I think the Blue Jays should have interest in all of them.  Honestly, I did not expect to have to write about the 2016 World Series Champions, as I thought they would win the NL Central coming into the season. Now that the Brew Crew are comfortably in first place, it does not make sense for the Cubs to hold onto expiring contracts, no matter the talent.
Here are some players that would fill the Blue Jays’ needs…
Kris Bryant
Let’s start off with a bang. Kris Bryant, the former NL MVP (2016) should …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Reflecting on the first Leafs and Habs playoff series in 42 years

As a kid born in Winnipeg I would have been perfectly happy to be treated to a first round between the Jets and Leafs. I would have had the opportunity to trash talk my relatives, I could gingerly walk the line between 80s Jets nostalgia, and my love of the Leafs. It could have been fun. That said, the matchup we are receiving is a whole lot better.
In my lifetime (I’m not young, and by internet standards I’m a damned dinosaur) there has never been a Leafs vs. Habs playoff series. Of course we should have had one in 1993, but Kerry Fraser is incapable of seeing a blatant high stick directly in front of him, and the world had to suffer through a Kings vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Final instead of the Leafs-Habs series the world demanded (or probably just Canada, I’ll assume the rest of the hockey world was perfectly content to get more Gretzky). Anyway, that’s the closest we’ve come in 42 years. Despite the Leafs being in the same division as Montreal, the stars just haven’t aligned and either the two teams were incapable of being good at the same time …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

If it was really load management it would have been happening all along and not just emerging in the final two weeks while the Leafs close out their season. From early on in the season it seemed painfully clear that the Leafs are a notch above their North Division rivals, and frequently had to beat themselves (hehe) in order for the other team to pick up a win. Mildly banged up players or some of the more senior players could have been resting throughout this season and we could have been treated to things like Rasmus Sandin (pre and post injury) more frequently, or Timothy Liljegren, or have seen what a serviceable NHLer Adam Brooks could be all along. The price would have been John Tavares taking a rest in the press box, or Jake Muzzin getting to step out of the lineup whenever he wasn’t feeling 100%, and all that stuff. This is all my wonderful hindsight vision, but it of course doesn’t account for the razor thin cap space margins the Leafs have been dealing with all season, so maybe we consider NBA style load management another year and instead look at what we’ll get out …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn shutting up those who doubted shooting with red-hot month of April

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn shutting up those who doubted shooting with red-hot month of April

If not for the heroics of Malachi Flynn, the Toronto Raptors would have suffered another brutal loss against the Atlanta Hawks. Even without star point guard Trae Young, Atlanta had little trouble with the Raptors for most of this game. Gary Trent Jr. had a rare off night, and a solid game from Khem Birch […]
Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn shutting up those who doubted shooting with red-hot month of April – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Staturday Weekly Column #13: Just how good is Jack Campbell?

If a meme could say it all, I would leave at just a meme. But it’s true: Jack Campbell is SO hot right now. He has won all 8 of his starts so far this season and is making a pretty air-tight case that he’s the best choice for starting goaltender that the Maple Leafs have this season.

(Just realizing now that that’s Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in the background lol)
But, since this is Staturday, we’re going to delve into Jack Campbell a bit, both to see just how good he’s been, and to familiarize ourselves with some fancy goalie stats that you may not have come across before.
Campbell began his NHL career with the Dallas Stars, but made himself known as a member of the LA Kings. When Jonathan Quick was suffering from injury issues and general poor play in the 2018-19 season, it was a duo of Jack Campbell and Cal Peterson who stepped up to fill the void. They each posted higher than 92% save percentages that year, and 8 years after he was drafted, Campbell finally looked like he was ready to play regular minutes in the NHL.
Before that, he …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Who is the Juggernaut Jr. of the North Division?

The Leafs have had what they would deem a “slump” by dropping two games in regulation, and the fact that these losses came against a very bad Canucks team might lead people to panic. Those people would be silly. There are going to be off nights, and Auston Matthews is still recovering. The Leafs are safely the first place team in this division, and all the juggernaut jinxes in the world won’t change that.
That being said, I was curious this week, and decided to ask The Leafs Nation contributors who is likely to take the second place spot in the Scotia North Division and why. Here are their responses…
Michael Mazzei:
At the start of the season, I would have said that the Canadiens would end up in second. But as we approach the halfway point, it’s starting to look like it will be the Jets that finish there as they have separated themselves from the rest of the division as the second best team in Canada. I think they and the Leafs will be in a dog fight the rest of the way and the team that will be their biggest threat for the top spot.


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nylanderthals! – Rate That Leafs Game

I would like to first off congratulate Michael Hutchinson on his first win this season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 34 of 37 saves for the net-minder who was traded to Colorado last year is pretty good and honestly, I’m happy he’s back.
He wasn’t the story in this game though (there were a few). I’ll start off with Auston Matthews who has 16 goals in 17 games and is riding a 15-game point streak, which is bananas. Mitch Marner also had a phenomenal game and we’re lucky to see both of Matthews and Marner on the same team.
Joe Thornton is next on the list. He had three points in this game and actually set a record (watch the video to find out). Overall, this was the perfect game that the Leafs could’ve came back with. Although there were some close calls they got the win and are still in first place in the entire NHL.
Oh, and if you didn’t know — according to Anthony Stewart, we who like William Nylander are now labelled as ‘Nylanderthals’!
I hope you enjoy my video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

It will be a different feel to the Marlies season, but there are important players to keep an eye on

To call this season of the AHL bizarre would be an understatement. The majority of the league has started play, and we’ve been patiently waiting for the Canadian teams to begin playing. Initially those were Belleville, Winnipeg, Laval, and the Toronto Marlies, but the Stockton Heat will be playing out of Calgary this year, so now there are five.
To complicate things further, both the Marlies and Belleville weren’t able to be scheduled for home games, as Ontario had restrictions in place preventing that until recently. The result of all these issues is a schedule being built that only takes teams through February, and the remaining schedule will come at a future date.
From Marlies.ca
There will be four game series with Manitoba and Stockton that will kick start the year, and involve a four game in five night stint followed by a travel day and then four games in six nights. That’s a lot of hockey and fast, but it meets the needs of teams that have desperately been waiting to get their prospects some playing time.
Who to watch on the Marlies
Look no further than recent LeafsPR tweet to see the key names …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation