The most and least stylish Maple Leafs

Two months after I ranked some of the Maple Leafs’ players Instagram accounts and we’re back to do a part two for this series.
If you remember the premise of the prior article, you’ll know that I ranked each player based on how aesthetically pleasing their feeds were. Mitch Marner won that contest because of his incredible profile picture and overall balance of photos.
However, I’m not too sure he wins this time around.
The top ten Leafs players Instagram accounts, and the absolute worst one
I’ll do the ranking in this article by pulling one of the Maple Leafs players’ photos from their Instagram and discus what I like and dislike about it before giving it my final rating.
Who’ll be the least fashionable I can find and who might be the best? Place your guesses and let’s go!
Last – Mitch Marner and Justin Holl

The reason I picked this photo for last place because it speaks ‘typical hockey player summer look’. Plain white/black t-shirt and while I cannot see what their bottoms are, I suspect they are six-inch inseam shorts.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love the look, but it does get a bit stale when you see almost every hockey player dress the exact same.
5/10.
(If I had to choose between Holl or Marner, I’m going with Marner just based on the fact that when the Maple Leafs’ didn’t have a dress code in the bubble, Holl wore a Leafs tracksuit. He could’ve worn anything he wanted and he chose that.)
Note: Morgan Rielly, Michael Bunting, Ondrej Kase, Alex Kerfoot, and David Kampf all fell into the ‘typical hockey player look’ category and won’t be participating in this article.
5th place – Rasmus Sandin

Now, I know I said this classifies as the regular hockey look, but the shorts change that for me. I’m not too sure where these shorts are from but they look pretty darn good with a black t-shirt.
You also have to give credit to those sunglasses because they are SHARP.
7/10 for Sandin.
4th place – Jack Campbell

So, you might be thinking, “Nick, Campbell and Sandin’s fits are basically the same.” And my answer to that is, no, they are most definitely not.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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The Maple Leafs shouldn’t rely on in-house goaltending if they trade Petr Mrazek

After a not-so-stellar first season in Toronto, it seems like Petr Mrazek’s time in the Maple Leafs might already be coming to an end.
The 30-year-old had multiple injuries throughout the season and it felt like he never played a stretch of games with consistency. There were already a few question marks when Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas signed Mrazek last off-season.
And while some thought he might be a good fit, there were others who believed this wasn’t the right move.
At 30-years-old, Mrazek is still owed $6 million over the next two seasons by Toronto. That’s a lot of money throughout the course of two years for a goaltender who finished this season with an .888 save percentage.
Many won’t forget that he was even placed on waivers when the Maple Leafs approached the trade deadline this year.
It was supposed to be a tandem between Mrazek and Jack Campbell, but three groin injuries got in the way of that. Now, everyone asks the question — does Toronto trade him?
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Game #4 Recap: Lightning overwhelm the Leafs 7-3 to tie the series

After the Leafs took the 2-1 series lead in Game 3 on Friday, they had to know that the Lightning would come back fighting hard in Game 4 last night. Perhaps that fear and anticipation was a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the Lightning wiped the floor with Toronto as they did in Game 2.
When the Lightning got to the early lead, it felt almost like fate. The Leafs were meant to lose this one, badly, to charge them up for Game 5 at home (or so I hope, at least). Here was the first one, a one-time clapper from Steven Stamkos:

Stamkos gets one going fast! #StanleyCup | #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/8OQrscoOWg
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 8, 2022

The misfortune continued from there and, since this is The Leafs Nation, I’ll spare you having to scroll through all of the gifs of the Lightning goals that eventually put them up 5-0, and then 7-3 with the two empy netters.
As the Leafs won Game 3 with just 3 goals past Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning beat Jack Campbell for 5 in the first two periods and their other 2 were on an empty net. Erik Kallgren came into the game in relief of Campbell to re-energize the team, and stopped all 8 shots he faced.
And just like they had in Game 2, the Leafs were able to get a few consolation goals. Meaningless for this game, but a reminder that you can score against this team, and something to carry into the next game. The Leafs again scored 3 on one of the best playoff goalies around in Vasilevskiy, but it wasn’t enough.
Here were the two goals scored by the previously goal-less William Nylander:

William Nylander gets the Leafs pic.twitter.com/tUmqMZcrbo
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 9, 2022

Another one for Willy!
Nylander and Tavares combine for the @MapleLeafs 2nd of the night
pic.twitter.com/qChERoajh4
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 9, 2022

Jake Muzzin got a third one with a beautiful point shot:

Jake Muzzin gets a shot through traffic pic.twitter.com/7JSFcMf5hZ
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 9, 2022

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Game #3: Maple Leafs look ahead to tonight with some lineup changes

After a Game Two which saw plenty of penalties and a physical affair, expect something similar in Tampa on Friday night.
There’s plenty to look forward to in this game between the Maple Leafs and Lightning. First is how Toronto performs in the playoffs in the visiting building. If you remember back to last season, the Maple Leafs won the first two games in Montreal, and if they can do that in this series, it would be something incredible.
That though is a massive if, especially against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper will make no changes to his lineup that defeated Toronto 5-3 on Wednesday night. With that being said, this is what their lineup will look like on Friday night.

#tblightning lines/lineup for Game 2:
Palat-Stamkos-KucherovKillorn-Point-CirelliColton-Paul-HagelMaroon-Bellemare-Perry
Hedman-CernakMcDonagh-FooteSergachev-Bogosian
Vasilevskiy
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) May 4, 2022

The Maple Leafs’ key to tonight’s game is to stay out of the penalty box. As for Wayne Simmonds, who took two of Toronto’s seven penalties (the Lightning scored both times) in the game, he’ll be a scratch tonight.  Coming in for him will be Jason Spezza.
Here’s how Toronto’s lineup will shape up ahead of the game tonight in Tampa.

#Leafs lines during morning skate May 6/22
Bunting-Matthews-Marner Nylander-Tavares-Anderson*Mikheyev-Kampf-KerfootEngvall-Blackwell-SpezzaExtra: Clifford, *Filling in for Kase
Rielly-LyubushkinMuzzin-BrodieGiordano-HollSandin-Liljegren
Campbell (starter)Kallgren
— David Alter (@dalter) May 6, 2022

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays have signed Derek Holland to a minor-league deal

Just after the Blue Jays released Dexter Fowler, the team has inked another veteran to a minor-league deal.

This time it’s left-handed pitcher Derek Holland that’ll be joining the Blue Jays, according to himself on Twitter (he confirmed later in the thread it’s a minor-league deal)…

#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/py3yhpqpc1
— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) May 4, 2022

Holland is mostly known for his time pitching for the Texas Rangers, as he made his debut with them in 2009 and logged 985 innings between then and 2016. He pitched against the Blue Jays in the playoffs once, as he was the starter for the Rangers in Texas for Game 4, the game right before the bat flip.
At this stage of his career, Holland is hanging on as a reliever. Last season, he tossed 49 2/3 innings over 39 appearances for the Detroit Tigers, posting a 5.07 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 20 walks. He joined the Boston Red Sox on a minor-league deal, pitched 11 1/3 innings for their Triple-A team, and was released on Tuesday.
It makes sense that the Blue Jays are adding a veteran lefty to the mix. Tim Mayza has been the team’s only consistent left-handed weapon out of the ‘pen this season, as Ryan Borucki has been on the Injured List twice, Tayler Saucedo and Andrew Vasquez have struggled, and Anthony Kay has a 16.20 ERA in Triple-A.
Depth is never a bad thing to have!
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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Marlies fall to Belleville and miss the playoffs for first time since 2010-11

The Toronto Marlies season came to an end after they lost 5-2 to the Belleville Senators on Saturday.

Final. #MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/mU9YVv9Lht
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 30, 2022

Toronto went down 3-0 early in the game before Josh Ho-Sang got the team on the board just before the second period ended. Nick Robertson scored in the third period, but Belleville added two of their own.
This is the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Marlies haven’t qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs.
With Toronto not making the playoffs, it’s likely that a few of their players will go up to the Maple Leafs. Those players will likely consist of Nick Robertson, Joey Anderson, Alex Steeves, Brett Seney, and possibly Kristians Rubins.
All four of Anderson, Seney, Robertson, and Steeves could all be difference makers for Toronto if they’re needed in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin on Monday.
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Maple Leafs sign Bobby McMann to a future two-year, two-way contract

After a season and a half of hard from Bobby McMann with the Toronto Marlies, he finally secured a contract with the NHL club.

We’ve signed forward Bobby McMann to a two-year, two-way future contract.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 29, 2022

The 25-year-old has been a massive part of the Toronto Marlies this season after starting the season in the ECHL. McMann has 35 points over a 60-game span in the AHL this season and most recently broke the Marlies rookie goal record of 23 goals, set by Josh Leivo.
This is a great signing for the Maple Leafs, who are getting a leader, strong player on and off the puck, and finally, a goal scorer. McMann has worked incredibly hard this season and is very deserving of this contract from the Maple Leafs.
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