Leafs place Kirill Semyonov on unconditional waivers for buyout

After bouncing up and down from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies, it looks like Kirill Semyonov’s time with the organization is finished.

Kirill Semyonov is on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination. https://t.co/qCteTNtORe
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 1, 2021

The 27-year-old came to the NHL for the first time after spending his entire career in Russia. During his time in North America, he played three games with the Leafs where he didn’t register a point. Semyonov played in nine games with the Marlies, where he had nine points.

According to @MatchTV Kirill Semyonov is coming back to @hcavangardomsk in #KHL. https://t.co/JRGLWE3ulO
— KHL TALK (@vorkywh24) December 1, 2021

It’s not known yet as to why this move was made, but it looks like he’s headed back to Russia.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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 TLN Three Stars: They all deserve stars, what’s not to love about this team?

After an exciting 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night and a very rare Saturday night off, the Toronto Maple Leafs made their way to the Honda Center as they looked to take to take on the Anaheim Ducks to close off their road trip. As the puck dropped for the first, both teams had a lot of good chances and the energy was high on both ends of the ice. Auston Matthews opened up scoring in the second period, followed by another from Michael Bunting just a few minutes later. As the puck dropped for the third, Alexander Kerfoot wasted absolutely no time and added another to the tally, making it 3-0 just 17 seconds into the period. The Ducks eventually got one on the board as Hampus Lindholm got the puck past Jack Campbell later on in the third period. William Nylander was able to add an empty-netter, and they weren’t done there as Wayne Simmonds scored another less than 20 seconds later making it 5-1, and the Leafs ended the night and their road trip with a big win.
3rd Star: Michael Bunting
With a beautiful goal (and an assist!) in the second period, Bunting …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

3 reasons for Toronto Raptors fans to be thankful this season

3 reasons for Toronto Raptors fans to be thankful this season

The Toronto Raptors are finally back in Canada after an extended absence due to the pandemic. While wins haven’t come as frequently as some may have hoped, this team is doing everything that they can to set themselves up nicely for the future on the backs of players like Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and OG […]
3 reasons for Toronto Raptors fans to be thankful this season – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Warriors Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 21

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Warriors Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 21

The Toronto Raptors were in complete disarray after a painful losing streak sent them tumbling down the Eastern Conference standings. While they seemed to have righted the ship after a dominant win against Sacramento, the most recent Raptors odds suggest that a tough loss could be on the way. The Raptors are taking on a […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Warriors Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 21 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week six of the season (November 14-20)

After entering week five on a five-game winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on home ice and were determined to start a brand new winning streak the next game. Well, as we know, they ended the week going 3-0-0 against the Flyers, Flames, and Sabres which gave them a three-game winning streak heading into week six. Fast forward to last Tuesday, the Maple Leafs were ready to host a Nashville team that they haven’t seen in quite some time.
With another three-plus game-winning streak currently going on for the Maple Leafs, they were looking to extend it to four games as they played host to the Predators last week. They played yet another great 60-minute effort against that Nashville team as they picked up a 3-0 win, but it was much closer than it seemed as it was 1-0 for Toronto basically all game until the last four minutes of the third period when David Kampf potted home an insurance goal and then Marner followed it up with an empty-net goal to seal the deal.
Less than 48 hours later, they were set to host the New York Rangers for the second …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

The TLN 3 Stars: They had to lose sometime

You win some, you lose some. After five games of win some, I guess you could say the Leafs were due for some lose some. And while the Leafs weren’t as bad as their 2-4-1 start, they aren’t as good as their 10-1-0 follow up either, and tonight’s game was a course correction, but unfortunately a shutout and another lose to the Penguins which previously gave them a 7-1 shelling with have of Pittsburgh’s roster on the IR. The Leafs probably wanted this one and a 2-0 loss while moving the bar from a 7-1 blowout is something, it’s not going to make anyone feel good.
There really isn’t a lot that needs to be taken away from this one. There were Leafs opportunities across the board, they just didn’t finish. They had good looks, they hit some posts, but ultimately it wasn’t the Leafs overwhelming the Penguins in anyway. The Leafs played their offensive game, and Pittsburgh seemed to do their homework and knew what position they needed to be in to limit the success of the Leafs top two lines.
Defensively, you can’t hang a whole lot …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rielly, Campbell help lead Maple Leafs to a nail-biter win over Rangers

After coming off a shutout win on home ice Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, the Toronto Maple Leafs welcomed the New York Rangers into town for their second meeting of the season within the past month. No lineup changes for the Maple Leafs tonight as Timothy Liljegren sat out for the second straight game and Wayne Simmonds remained in the lineup again after being a healthy scratch Saturday night in Buffalo. Ondrej Kase was also a game-time decision tonight due to him blocking a shot late in the third period on Tuesday night, but he was deemed good enough to play.
The first period was a pretty slow pace for both teams as there were only about four shots combined – three for Toronto and one for new York – almost within the first 10 minutes of the period. However, the Maple Leafs didn’t need to throw a ton of pucks on net early to score their first of the night as Morgan Rielly threw one on the net after a tremendous shift by Simmonds that eventually led to him feeding Rielly for the goal and the Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead.
Both teams opened up the second period basically …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Rielly undresses Trouba, snipes past Shesterkin for second of the night

After scoring just once in his first 17 games of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly added two more goals in the first two periods against the New York Rangers on Thursday evening.

Rielly’s second goal of the night was one for the highlight reel. With the Leafs on the power play, Rielly took a pass at the left point from Auston Matthews and proceeded to drag the puck around Jacob Trouba before firing it past Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
John Tavares picked up the second assist on Rielly’s third goal of the season, which came at the 10:59 mark of the second period. Here’s the video of the play, as posted to Twitter by the official Sportsnet account:

Yeah, so Morgan Rielly is having himself a night. pic.twitter.com/vx0wj667tb
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2021

Rielly now has three goals and 13 points in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting recorded the helpers on Rielly’s first goal of Thursday’s game, which came just 3:41 into the opening frame.
The Leafs currently lead the Rangers by a 2-1 score early in the third period, with Dryden Hunt getting New York …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Campbell earns third shutout of the season in his 100th career game as Maple Leafs blank Predators

After coming off a back-to-back on the weekend against the Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres where they picked up four out of the possible four points, the Toronto Maple Leafs were back in action tonight hosting the Nashville Predators for the first time in quite a while. These two teams were set to play one another on March 12, 2020, just one day after the NHL season, along with basically every other spot in the world shut down due to COVID.
There were some lineup changes ahead of tonight’s game, including Wayne Simmonds and Travis Dermott inserted back in the lineup for Kirill Semyonov and Timothy Liljegren. The first period was a great period for the Maple Leafs. They had a lot of quality scoring chances, got a couple of power-plays – they even scored on one – and just all-around outplayed the Predators in the first 20 minutes.
The second period pretty much started how the majority of the first period went for the Maple Leafs. They continued to apply a lot of pressure on the Predators and hemmed them in their own zone for a couple of shifts in a row but couldn’t seem to score any of their chances …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation