Rumours: A short introduction to the rental market

Nothing gets you thinking about bringing in players quite like having Jake Muzzin, Zach Hyman, Joe Thornton, Jack Campbell, Freddie Andersen, and Wayne Simmonds out of the lineup. Last time I checked missing four key players and your top two goaltenders is a bad thing, and while it’s exciting to get a look at Mikko Lehtonen and Alexander Barabanov, it’s not as much fun as winning, and the Leafs might face some real challenges to win with this lineup, despite the four incredibly good players at the top of the roster.
So with that in mind, it’s time to consider some rental players. And given how early it is in the season, and the unfortunate nature of league parity, it’s pretty slim pickings at this point for who is selling and who might be available. Luke Fox of Sportsnet has compiled the list:
Buffalo: Taylor Hall, Eric Staal, Brandon Montour, Jake McCabe, Matt Irwin, Tobias Reider, Riley Sheahan, Carter Hutton, Linus Ullmark
Detroit: Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner, Marc Staal, Patrik Nemeth, Jon Merrill, Jonathan Bernier
Nashville: Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula, Pekka Rinne, Brad Richardson, Luca Sbisa
Ottawa: Derek Stepan, Ryan …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

SPECIAL EDITION! Page 6ix Leafs’ Holiday Post-a-Palooza!

Happy holidays! By popular demand we are bringing you this special edition of Page 6ix: a round-up of all the Leafs (and Leafs adjacent) holiday posts we saw yesterday. Some in particular caused quite a stir! Let’s start with the Big One:

Some Christmas cheer from Joe Thornton and his new Maple Leafs teammates.
(: @AM34)
— theScore (@theScore) December 25, 2020

Look who spent the holiday together! Yes, yes. That is Joe Thornton with Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Rasmus Sandin and Mac Hollowell. I know. We really can’t get over it, either! So many questions! Like – whose rookie is Mac? Jumbo’s? Auston’s? WILLY’S? Whose house are they at? Where is the other dog??? The excitement over this post is REAL.
Next up, the captain himself John Tavares and his beautiful, growing family shared this lovely holiday post:

From our family to yours, season’s greetings!
— JohnTavaresFDN (@JohnTavaresFDN) December 25, 2020

Mitch Marner and current roomie Justin Holl, along with their partners and dogs, celebrated the holidays together:

Alexander Kerfoot and his girlfriend and pup are also back in Toronto for the holidays, sharing this adorable post:

While new Leaf Zach Bogosian …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Patrick Mahomes wants the Raptors to relocate to Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes wants the Raptors to relocate to Kansas City

KC Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is advocating for bringing the Toronto Raptors to Kansas City The Toronto Raptors, maybe more than any other NBA team, are in a precarious spot heading into the 2020-21 season, which reportedly will tip-off around Christmastime this year. Since they are not stateside like the other 29 teams in the […]
Patrick Mahomes wants the Raptors to relocate to Kansas City – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Josh Wilson / Raptors HQ

Why a reunion between Russell Martin and the Blue Jays makes sense

The Toronto Blue Jays should be looking at bringing back Canadian catcher, Russell Martin for a couple of reasons.
Martin is still a free agent and rumours are swirling he is interested in still playing after dealing with a family issue all off-season. He has been linked to a few teams but signing back in Toronto makes too much sense.
First, with the roster now at 26, carrying three catchers is more likely as manager Charlie Montoyo says “there’s a chance” they do just that. Most expected that to be Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire and possibly Caleb Joseph, yet Martin could fit in nicely as a third catcher and infield depth.
Martin could be a veteran presence to the young catchers in Jansen and McGuire who are still learning the ropes of being a big-leaguer, especially McGuire, who had reportedly was caught masturbating in a parking lot in Florida. It has been a difficult situation for everyone involved.
According to reports, there could be a chance Toronto looks to move McGuire, especially with the likes of Alejandro Kirk in the minors waiting for the opportunity to play big-league ball. So, if they decide to do that, Martin …

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Author: Cole Shelton / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays unveil a new take on the classic powder blue uniforms

To the surprise of nobody, the Blue Jays are bringing back the powder blue uniforms, but, there’ll be a new spin on them this time. Rather than rocking a pyjama, v-neck thing, the new alternates will be regular button-up style jerseys like the ones they wear now, but powder blue.

Here’s the set, via Chris Creamer of Sports Logos…

And an up-close look at the new hat…

I’ve always been a fan of the powder blue jerseys, so I’m thrilled the Jays are bringing them back to life. I also dig that it’ll be a buttoned jersey to match the other ones in the set rather than the old-style v-neck thing. I think we all knew that the powder blues were going to come back once it was announced that there was going to be “new threads” but it was hard to say exactly how they would look. They really nailed it, in my opinion.
I’m excited to see how they look on the field rather than on a dim-lit stage.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and ‘load management’

The Blue Jays can thank the Raptors for bringing the phrase “load management” into the Toronto sports lexicon. With the aid of their athletic department, the Raptors throttled Kawhi Leonard’s usage during the 2018-2019 NBA regular season, which kept him healthy enough to lead the Raps to a title.

The Blue Jays are in a similar predicament with the face of their franchise: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Whether the Blue Jays high performance department wants to admit it or not, they’re using a similar load management method with Guerrero.
Fans were disappointed to learn about Vladdy’s unscheduled off day this past Sunday, a super premium game (one of only three on the 2019 Blue Jays schedule) against the New York Yankees. Since it was an A+ game on the schedule, tickets were priced at the upper tier of the dynamic pricing scale.
Luckily, Guerrero was brought in as a pinch-hitter and provided an epic 13-pitch at bat against Aroldis Chapman, but fans bargained to see Vladdy in more than one plate appearance.
I had to look through the schedule to confirm this, but yes, the Blue Jays are throttling Guerrero’s game usage. Feel free to scroll through the …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation