How are we feeling about December Nick Ritchie?

Nick Ritchie didn’t have an ideal start to his time as a Leaf. In fact it was pretty bad. His contract looked like it would haunt the Leafs. His first 19 games had two points. Two assists. In addition to that the he looked out of place and straight up confused at times playing in the Leafs system. He was gifted an opportunity of starting out with Marner and Tavares, then Marner and Matthews, and then he started sliding down the lineup card. Interestingly enough as Ritchie slide down the lineup his results finally began to improve, some thanks probably need to go to Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds for giving him the boost. Now we’re looking at a player who has six points (including his first goal as a Leaf) in his last 10 games.
A quick look at Ritchie’s time in Boston shows the production drop offs aren’t out of the norm for him. When he was brought over to the Bruins he had just 2 points in his first seven games, and if you include his eight playoff games he had with the Bruins that season, he had 3 points in 15 games to start his time there.


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Corey Seager and Javier Baez are off the board, the Blue Jays are reportedly interested in Chris Taylor

It was always a pipedream, but the Blue Jays’ “ideal target” of Corey Seager is off the market.

Seager joined Marcus Semien, inking a massive 10-year contract worth $325 million with the Texas Rangers.
Texas spent $600 million and completely revamped their infield… but still look like complete ass?

Looks so much better when you sign the best middle infield available to you in free agency:
2B SemienSS Seager1B LoweRF CalhounCF TaverasDH CalhounLF McKinney3B Kiner-FalefaC Heim
Could maybe use another outfield bat, definitely another starting pitcher.
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) November 29, 2021

Billy McKinney batting seventh?!? I mean, hey, good on them for spending some cash on marquee free agents, but it’s sort of hilarious to see a team add two impact players and come out of it looking like they’re going to challenge to finish .500.
As much as it sucks to lose Semien and subsequently lose out on, in my mind, the best fit for the Blue Jays on the free-agent market in Seager, the positive here is that both players joined a non-competitive team. Things would be much worse if Semien and/or Seager signed with the Yankees.
Anyways, after Semien signed in Texas, Shi Davidi offered us …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

How much of Michael Hutchinson will we see?

The news that Campbell is out for weeks is the opposite of ideal. Some might say it’s pretty bad. The fact that the Leafs recently lost Aaron Dell on waivers to gain some flexibility in taxi squad recalls for Thornton and Robertson’s injury makes things feel a little worse, and the Leafs are once again looking at Michael Hutchinson as the Leafs backup goaltender.
This time Hutchinson is the backup, not out of poor planning, but out of the necessity. He was slated as the fourth string goaltender, but the shortage of goaltenders around the league made Aaron Dell a commodity, and Campbell’s injury, is well, why the had Dell in the first place. The fact that they are now onto Hutchinson, who is a perfectly reasonable option as a third string goaltender wouldn’t be an issue except for the decreasing confidence from Leafs fans in Freddie Andersen, but he’s actively trying to prove people wrong. Over the past three starts Andersen is sitting at a .938 save percentage which is decidedly better than he started the year at. Fingers crossed that he can perform at this level or at least somewhere in-between this level and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation