BJN Radio – Ep. 44: The brooms come out in The Bronx!

Eight in a row! Let’s go streaking!

That sweep over the Oakland A’s last weekend was great, but, oh boy, what the Blue Jays just did in New York was even better.
The Blue Jays rolled into The Bronx and just plowed through the Yankees, sweeping a four-game set without trailing once in any of the games. It was the first time Toronto had executed a four-game sweep in New York since 2003 and it was the first time the Yankees didn’t lead once in a four-game series since 1908.
Amazing stuff!
We talked about ALL of the good stuff from that series, going from Marcus Semien’s dingers to Vladdy’s bomb off of Aroldis Chapman to Alejandro Kirk’s big game to Hyun Jin Ryu’s masterclass to Jose Berrios’ best start as a Blue Jay. We also took an in-depth look at the schedules remaining for Toronto, New York, and Boston and what to expect the rest of the way.
Finally, I welcomed our good friend from New York, Neil Keefe, on to the show to talk about the Yankee fan perspective of what’s going on. He had a lot of good things to say …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Shopping potential buyouts

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Shopping potential buyouts

Let’s get the general bad idea response out of the way early. I get it. The players being suggested were flawed enough to be bought out in the first place. You are very smart to know that these players are likely not bound for an all-star selection any time soon. Congrats.
Getting that out of the way, we can now take a more honest look at the practice of exploring the buyout market. These were players that were believed in recently, and either by their own slipping play or the being placed in a role they couldn’t live up to, they need to be removed from their contract. For a couple of reasons it’s safe to assume they’ll be playing for less. First they failed to live up to the expectations of their last contract, and in a flat cap situation they certainly won’t see the same cap hit again this year. And secondly, they are still being paid some money from their previous club. In theory that opens them up to accepting less.
With that in mind it’s time for a good idea/bad idea look at 8 of the names on Frank Seravalli’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

All that matters is that John Tavares is okay

Let’s be honest — this game sucked. From right when John Tavares was stretchered off the ice, there was no want to watch this game. The only thing I was worried about was Tavares and his health. Period.
In this video, I look back on game one, and hope that the Leafs captain is going to be okay. Forget about this game because game two is going to be big. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Game lost, Captain lost, and optimism lost

TLN Three Stars: Game lost, Captain lost, and optimism lost

Let’s start with the most important thing on our minds following that loss to the Canadiens, that is the injury to John Tavares. You can find a summary of the incident here, and aside from Chris Johnston’s update that Tavares was taken to the hospital, we are still left wondering how he’s doing.
Now as for the game itself, the Leafs were victim to Carey Price playing like the Carey Price that used to be talked about as one of the greatest goaltenders in the world. His robbing of Marner on his one-timer attempt during a 2 on 1 with Nylander was the additional bad omen the Leafs didn’t need tonight. The Habs scored shortly after the Tavares injury, and the Leafs were able to hold on for the rest of the period, and actually rally as best they could in the second with a goal from Nylander, but Price was vintage Price, and that’s all they got before the predestined short handed goal by Paul Byron in the third that put emphasis on how toxic the Leafs powerplay has been this year. Arguably Jack Campbell should want that one back, but he’s probably the third …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors’ 3-step plan for potential life without Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors’ 3-step plan for potential life without Masai Ujiri

Let’s all take a deep breath, Toronto Raptors fans. If this article heading sparked a brief burst of anxiety, then rest assured that no news has broken to indicate president Masai Ujiri is going anywhere. He said as much in his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, saying that he would soon meet with team ownership […]
Toronto Raptors’ 3-step plan for potential life without Masai Ujiri – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Vladdy breaks out of his slump, Nate Pearson goes back to Triple-A, Oakland relocation talk, and more!

Quite a bit happened yesterday so let’s go through all of it…

Before Tuesday’s series-opener in Atlanta, our good pal Paul wrote that Vlad Jr. was going through his first slump of the 2021 season, highlighted by a 6-for-27 showing with no homers over the team’s six-game strip through Oakland and Houston. Paul noted that opposing pitchers had started pounding Vladdy low in the zone resulting in a bunch of balls getting drilled on the ground.
On Tuesday, Vlad went 3-for-5 with a game-tying home run and another clutch game-tying single. The ball that he hit out of the park off of Bryse Wilson, who was cruising, was located in the lower half of the zone, which is a good sign that Vladdy has made the proper adjustment to break out of this cold snap.

OPLAKATA PO pic.twitter.com/dwqKbM0sZo
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 12, 2021

The Blue Jays ended up winning thanks to a three-run rally in the eighth inning, in which Teoscar Hernandez hit a rare bases-loaded infield single that drove in a run and Cavan Biggio drew a bases-loaded walk. Also key to the win was a strong start from Robbie Ray, which featured …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Ace Sixth Man Chris Boucher is ready to carry the load

Raptors: Ace Sixth Man Chris Boucher is ready to carry the load

Let’s start with the bad news. Kyle Lowry, Chris Boucher, and the Toronto Raptors have lost their last three games, first to the lowly Pistons (129-105) on March 3rd, then to the Celtics on March 4th (132-125), and on Thursday to the Hawks, (121-120). Thursday’s game, the Raptors first after the All-Star Break, was an […]
Raptors: Ace Sixth Man Chris Boucher is ready to carry the load – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Cece Scott / Raptors HQ

Luck, Inconsistency, and Penalties define the Leafs first 10 games

Let’s start of with the fact that the Leafs are 7-2-1 to start the season, sitting at the top of their division, and we’ve seen demonstrations of skill from all the players you’d hope to see that from. The big four forwards are doing terrific, the new additions on the blueline are certainly making it appear the position has been upgraded, and Andersen and Campbell seem like they will be able to get the job done for the Leafs this year.
On the surface everything is looking pretty great, but some of that changes when we reflect on how the Leafs have gotten to this point. The reality is that it’s been a very shaky 7-2-1 performance, and more often than not, the Leafs have been relying on their power play to bail them out, getting by on short bursts of offensive talent in an otherwise lackluster night of hockey from them.

Looking at their performances to date, the wins in Ottawa and against Winnipeg were the only two that statistically show the Leafs as a dominant team at 5v5 and looking to earn their victory. And even in both of those games, the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

If the Leafs are looking to bring in help, who should it be?

Let’s start off with an initial truth. A 7-2-1 start to the season doesn’t warrant a need for change. Even with the depth injuries the Leafs have suffered, they can backfill long enough, and keep on keeping on. Now that we’ve established the Leafs are doing well, we need to consider a couple of things, the first is that the Leafs have been rumoured to be seeking an upgrade to their secondary scoring. There’s also the fact that if trades are going to be made this year, they are most likely coming with a two week waiting period, which makes the trade deadline more of a true last chance day this year. Teams may wish to act soon.
We asked around the TLN crew to see whether there were any potential targets or players that need to be shipped out that the Leafs should be exploring…
Mark Norman:
When the Leafs signed Mikko Lehtonen it was much to the chagrin of the New Jersey Devils, who thought they were the front runners for the KHL’s top defenceman. We’re now 8 games into the season and Lehtonen is on the outside looking in, seemingly having …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Page 6ix Wednesday, December 23rd: Holiday Edition!

Okay let’s just get the big news out of the way from the get go, eh? WE HAVE A SEASON! (It would appear.) On December 20th the NHL announced the official start date (January 13th, 2021) and the official divisions of the upcoming season. All the details can be found in the Twitter thread below:

The @NHLPA and @NHL have announced an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. https://t.co/2on0oStnMd pic.twitter.com/aggYeVMjfj
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 20, 2020

Now, it seems the Canadian provinces and the league are still in discussions about how this works with Canada’s lockdowns and such, so there is some ambiguity there. But according to the NHL, the season begins on January 13th, Canadian teams and all! We are very excited to have hockey (safely) back!
Other than the big news, there is lots to touch on this week, so let’s dive in.
Leafs Lads
We begin, as always with our Leafs boys. Where to start….? How about with a birthday?

Wishing @Travis_Dermott a happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/2xSACu7nuu
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 22, 2020

Happy birthday, Travis Dermott! We …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation