Leafs trade for Riley Nash for LTIR purposes, more shenanigans likely to ensue

Kyle Dubas has made his first move at the deadline.

TRADE: We’ve acquired forward Riley Nash from Columbus in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/IMZ9IimxhL pic.twitter.com/vEFKLdGn4x
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 9, 2021

The Leafs announced that they had acquired Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7th round pick. Nash comes with a cap hit of $2.75 million and is a UFA at the end of the year.
Now, you may be wondering how Dubas will make the money work in order to make other moves at the deadline. That’s because the Blue Jackets just put Nash on LTIR due to a lower body injury, and he’ll be out for 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll come back right around playoff time.
The Leafs also just announced Frederik Andersen was put on LTIR retroactive to when he stopped playing to make room for Nash, and then Nash will go on after Andersen is off. The LTIR moves also will give the Leafs some extra cap space going forward, although I’m not even going to try and do the math on that.
Of course, Nash is …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 players that need to bounce back in the second half of season

Raptors: 3 players that need to bounce back in the second half of season

The first half of the NBA season just wrapped up and the second half of the season has recently been released for the Toronto Raptors. It was quite the up and down first half of the season for the Raptors as they went 17-19 during the stretch, and ended it with the league’s health and […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Frederik Andersen has been okay, and that’s probably not okay

Ahh, how I did not miss this: the Leafs’ first extended losing streak of the year. Let’s all sit around Leafs Twitter and keep our hands warm on the flaming hot takes being thrown about in the immediate aftermath of this 18-7-2 team’s third-straight loss.
There was a considerable amount of criticism being thrown Frederik Andersen’s way last night and deservedly so for two reasons; (1) the Mason Appleton goal which made the game 4-2 early in the third period was an absolute backbreaker; and (2) Connor Hellebuyck showed us what it was like for a goalie to steal his team a hockey game, which is something the Leafs have sorely missed from Andersen in recent times.
I have a philosophy when it comes to evaluating goaltenders, which is admittedly subjective and simplistic: at bare minimum, save the shots you are meant to save. Anything above and beyond that would be considered a bonus: it’s what separates average goaltenders from great ones, and reliable goaltenders from the ones that make your stomach do flips when you see the opposition get a breakaway.
There was a time (before 2019-20) when I felt confident that the vast majority of …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Raptors writers roundtable: Thoughts on the first half of 2020-21

Raptors writers roundtable: Thoughts on the first half of 2020-21

The first half of the 2020-21 NBA season has come to an end, and the Toronto Raptors are in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings after a very turbulent season. Despite the fact that all of their star players have missed some time due to either injury or the league’s health and safety […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Goaltending the difference maker as Leafs drop their third in a row

The Leafs were looking to put an end to their first regulation losing streak of the season with a win tonight, and very well played like they didn’t want to, but unfortunately for them, some opportunistic scoring from the Winnipeg Jets and Connor Hellebuyck played like the reigning Vezina trophy winner saw them lose three straight regulation games for the first time in the Sheldon Keefe era.
The Leafs started out strong, as Zach Hyman opened the scoring with a fantastic goal, skating end to end before burying it on the backhand past Hellebuyck. Seriously, who is this guy?

ZACH HYMAN
ZIP! MEH! HEM! pic.twitter.com/rwUoHlIbDA
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 10, 2021

The Jets would tie it up on the power play shortly after though, as a Neal Pionk slapshot from the point would get deflected by Andrew Copp past Andersen to tie up the game just like that.

Andrew Copp ties it on the PP pic.twitter.com/Aj0G4JANOi
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 10, 2021

The Leafs would get a power play goal of their own later in the period though, as the birthday boy Morgan Rielly would take a wrist shot from the point that Auston Matthews would deflect …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 5 games to look forward to during the second half of the season

Raptors: 5 games to look forward to during the second half of the season

It’s been an interesting first half of the 2020-21 season for the Toronto Raptors. They started the season at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 2-8 record, but they are currently at the No. 4 seed with a 17-17 record. They went from being a team that looks like a lottery team to […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 5 best individual games so far in the 2020-21 season

Raptors: 5 best individual games so far in the 2020-21 season

Despite an up-and-down first few months, the Toronto Raptors have had no shortage of standout individual performances this season. Throughout Masai Ujiri’s tenure, Toronto has assembled deep rosters with multiple players capable of going off on any night, and the lack of a traditional superstar on this year’s team means that there is plenty of […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

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

Leafs look to increase division lead in first visit to Montreal

For the first time since opening night, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens go head-to-head in a battle of the top two teams in the North Division. After closing out their three-game set against the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-1 win on Monday, the Leafs are on an eight-game point streak, going 7-0-1 in that stretch, positioning themselves in the top spot in the North heading into Wednesday night’s game. Unfortunately for the Leafs, the Canadiens have been nearly as hot, having gone 7-2-1 in their last ten and sitting a mere three points back of Toronto in second place.
The Leafs look to rebound from a game against Vancouver which was arguably their worst of the season to date. While the Leafs managed to return to form late, putting the game away with a strong third period, they entered the final frame on the wrong end of a twenty shot differential, being outshot by the lowly Canucks 27-7. While many may view Montreal’s hot start as a product of unsustainable shooting percentages, both at 5v5 and shorthanded, there is little doubt that if any team is going to threaten Toronto for the division …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

Leafs put Scott Sabourin on waivers, which means they signed him

In what may be the first of many moves to deal with the run of injuries on the Leafs, the Leafs put Scott Sabourin on waivers…

Waivers: Scott Sabourin (TOR)
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 7, 2021

The thing is, Sabourin wasn’t previously signed to the Leafs, he had a deal with the Marlies. Putting him on waivers means it’s a SPC contract now and if he clears waivers he’s eligible to join the Leafs.

Sabourin’s biggest claim to fame is getting owned by Auston Matthews, so that’s great. Beyond that Scott is a long time AHL tough guy who got 35 games on a bad Senators team last year. He picked up 6 points and 33 PIMs.
Sabourin would potentially replace some of the physical and enforcer qualities of Wayne Simmonds game, but not much else. Depending on their opponent they may want that some nights. We don’t have the contract info yet, but we’ll assume it’s not more than $700k.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation