What if the Leafs had let Justin Holl be taken by the Kraken?

Many fans, including myself, are remorseful about the apparent loss of newly acquired Jared McCann to the Seattle Kraken in their expansion draft. The draft will be finalized tonight, but Nation Network’s own Frank Seravalli has all but cemented the loss:

His stay was short-lived in Toronto. The #SeaKraken will be selecting Jared McCann from the #Leafs.
The end result: Toronto traded prospect Filip Hallander and a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh to essentially protect their roster from Seattle.@DFOHockey
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

As frustrating as it is to see a talented player who fits the Leafs’ needs be stolen away in the night, the alternative would have been to partially de-construct a carefully-built top-4 defense corps by losing Justin Holl. While Holl is on the fringes of what we’d normally call a top-4 defender in the NHL, getting someone capable of playing that role, especially for such a reasonable contract, would be a difficult exercise in player management.
It’s exactly that exercise that I’m going to task myself with today. This is under the assumption that in this alternate universe, the Leafs left Justin Holl exposed in the expansion draft and he was …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Jalen Green scouting report: Is he a better fit for the Toronto Raptors than Jonathan Kuminga?

Jalen Green scouting report: Is he a better fit for the Toronto Raptors than Jonathan Kuminga?

Including Sunday night, the Toronto Raptors have 27 games left to climb back into the playoff picture. Toronto is 11th in the East and the seventh-worst team in the NBA right now. Should the season come to an end today, they would be squarely in lottery pick territory at the 2021 NBA Draft. This could […]
Jalen Green scouting report: Is he a better fit for the Toronto Raptors than Jonathan Kuminga? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Carcone hat trick wins Game 4 for Marlies, ties Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2

With three goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 23-year-old prospect Michael Carcone’s performance was the driving force of the Toronto Marlies’ 4-3 win on Thursday evening.
“It’s big time. That’s the only words,” Jeremy Bracco, Carcone’s linemate, said post game. “It’s playoff hockey. This is why you put on the gear when you’re five, six-years-old.”
After Marlies defenceman Timothy Liljegren interrupted a Charlotte zone-entry near the midway point of overtime, the puck went upward like a pop-fly. Carcone caught the puck, streaked down the right side of the ice and then ripped a shot right through Alex Nedeljkovic’s five-hole, erupting the Coca Cola Coliseum.
“I think I kind of blacked out there,” said Michael Carcone. “Sometimes you don’t believe it but, it was definitely a good feeling.”

Michael Carcone scores in OT (his third of the game) to win it for the #Marlies. Series tied 2-2. Game 5 will take place tomorrow, in Toronto. #MarliesLive @TLNdc pic.twitter.com/3W367Wa7Kc
— Jacob Stoller (@JLStoller) May 24, 2019

After being silenced by Charlotte in Game 3–with Nedeljkovic stopping all but one of the 34 shots he faced …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Babs will be back next year

After a disappointing outing in the playoffs, many (including myself) we’re maybe calling for his job to be questioned. And with Edmonton’s recent hiring of Ken Holland, there was question that he might try and bring Babcock with him in a “parting of ways” scenario. Well, we finally have our answer.

Mike Babcock will be back as head coach in TOR. Leaf GM Kyle Dubas, when asked about Babcock’s status:
“We’re all in on Mike and Mike is all in on us. We’ve had productive management meetings as an organization and Mike and I have had some really good meetings as well…
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 6, 2019

And honestly, this is probably a smart move for Dubas. While I do think that Babs is a bit behind the times, and is incredibly stubborn (so much that it probably cost us a couple of playoff series wins against the Bruins), but it probably wouldn’t have been a good move on Dubas’ part to can him after he was the GM for one season.
If that were the case, this is suddenly a really reactionary move, and puts Dubas on the hot seat already if the Leafs …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation