Rumours: Campbell and Mikheyev updates, Dubas’ plan, fresh trade bait

In last week’s Rumour post I held out some hope that with scouting meetings wrapping up we might finally see some tangible rumours develop this week. That was wishful thinking and we are still very much at the mercy of a very quiet Leafs organization that doesn’t want to tip their hand one way or another. The silence from the Leafs organization is probably a positive thing and certainly seems more respectful of the players, but on the other hand, it makes me nervous having no idea what could be coming and often leads to raised expectations.
In the spirit of that, let’s start with a refresher from Kyle Dubas’ end of season press availability that spelled out some of what could be explored this summer:
I don’t think that we just want to start making changes that may be lateral or make us inferior as a team just to say that we changed something.
I think this one is a pretty straightforward one and in many ways a throwaway statement. No one goes into a trade trying to get back the same value or trading from an area of need that they’d need to replace with a similar player at a similar cost. I mean, you could do that if you plan gaining assets via trade and then be aggressive in free agency, but there is more risk associated with that approach than GMs like.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays’ depth will be tested further as George Springer is out day-to-day

Hey, it could be worse!

We all collectively held our breath as George Springer got drilled on the forearm by a 94-mile-per-hour fastball from Phillips Valdez in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s win at Fenway Park in Boston.
Springer was pulled from the game and had precautionary X-rays done on his arm, which turned out to be negative. Unsurprisingly, Springer won’t be in the lineup for Thursday’s series finale between the Blue Jays and Red Sox, but the hope is that he’ll be able to return at some point this weekend as the team travels to Houston to play the Astros.

A rest day expected for George Springer today, but hope is he can return in Houston over the weekend after HBP on forearm #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2022

The Blue Jays are already without Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jansen so losing Springer for even a couple of games is going to be difficult to navigate.
After a game on Tuesday in which the bats were almost completely silent, the Blue Jays woke up on Wednesday with a five-run second inning that was sparked by some unexpected sources. Raimel Tapia hit his first dinger as a Blue Jay and then Cavan Biggio hit a bloop single to break his 0-for-12 skid to start the season to set the table for Springer and Bo Bichette to drive in three more runs.
All told, Tapia, Santiago Espinal, Alejandro Kirk, and Biggio combined for four hits, two walks, and three RBIs in the Blue Jays’ 6-1 win over the Red Sox. Getting performances like that from the bottom of the lineup certainly makes it easier to deal with injuries to key players.
Here’s the lineup for the finale …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Kyle Wellwood on the Leafs, his time with the organization, and his brother the coach

On Sunday April 10, the Newfoundland Growlers held a pregame ceremony before their final regular season home game to celebrate 30 years of professional hockey in Newfoundland.
As part of the festivities, the Growlers brought in former defenceman Adam Pardy as well as a pair of St. John’s Maple Leafs legends- Andrew McKim and Kyle Wellwood. Wellwood’s brother, Eric, is the head coach of the Growlers and once the game got underway, Kyle stayed on the bench, watching his brother at work.
After the game, the Growlers were able to make Wellwood available for a short interview and in just a few minutes, we covered everything from his time with the Baby Leafs, his thoughts on the modern-day Leafs and their chances of winning, and, of course, his brother’s first year as a coach in the pros:
Reflections on his time with the Maple Leafs organization:
Wellwood: Yeah, well, I think here in St. John’s, I remember the hospitality of the people here and the fans. Being on a young St. John’s team with Carlo Colaiacovo and Brendan Bell and just having a lot young guys that ended up making it and playing for the Leafs was fun. And then yeah, playing for the Maple Leafs (in Toronto) was awesome. Being a young kid… You k …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Raptors hold off Pistons to push win streak to 10 games

The Toronto Raptors held off a late rally by the Detroit Pistons to win 105-92 on Friday. The win was Toronto’s 10th in a row and means Nick Nurse will coach at the 2020 All-Star Game. This game was may have been played in downtown Detroit, but it felt very much like a home game […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors close win vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Toronto Raptors held off a late Oklahoma City Thunder comeback to pick up a big win on the road. How did everyone grade in the win? After a grueling period, that pushed the Toronto Raptors to reach deep into their bench for production, the Raptors are nearly back to full strength but it seems […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ