BJN Radio – Ep. 114: Thoughts on the Mariners, wild-card weekend predictions, and more!

After the long, winding road that was the 2022 season, here we are.

Toronto will host playoff baseball for the first time since 2016 when the Seattle Mariners come to town to play the Blue Jays in a three-game wild-card series.
We talked about the head-to-head between the Blue Jays and Mariners this season and how the two teams stack up in terms of offence and pitching. After that, we talked about who’s primed for a big moment in these playoffs and we made predictions for the entirety of wild-card weekend.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Buffalo Sabres are sticking with development this season

The Buffalo Sabres are sticking with development this season

Overview:
11 years is a long time. It’s been 11 long years since the Buffalo Sabres made the playoffs, which is currently the longest active streak in the NHL. We have been through Eichel, multiple GM’s and coaches, and yet how much closer are the Sabres to playing meaningful summer hockey? Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Stats from last year:
Atlantic Standing: 5/8
Points: 75 (24th)
CF%: 48.50% (20th)
GF%: 44.13 (28th)
PP%: 21.2% (16th)
PK%: 76.4% (23rd)
Other than the power play, these numbers all need to improve if Buffalo wants playoff hockey.
Internal Moves:
Tage Thompson got paid. 7 years, $50 million dollars. Victor Olofsson got a 2 year $9.5 million dollar extension. Both players will be relied upon heavily.
Player Moves:
Buffalo stayed relatively quiet this summer, but still addressed a couple of key areas. Eric Comrie was signed to a 2 year deal. Sometimes in hockey, the perfect contract emerges. It’s rare, but I believe this contract will be great for both parties. Buffalo gets a legitimate option to help Craig Anderson, and Comrie finally gets some stability. Peace of mind is priceless, particularly for NHL netminders. We could see the best Eric Comrie has to offer this season.
Buffalo also brought in Ilya Lyubushkin on a 2 year deal. He gets a pay in …

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Author: Bennett Jull / The Leafs Nation

Rielly vs. Sandin on the right side, why Robertson will have to wait, and not shopping the waiver wire: Leaflets

Rielly vs. Sandin on the right side, why Robertson will have to wait, and not shopping the waiver wire: Leaflets

It feels like it’s been a long ass week. I had to check to see when the last time I wrote a Leaflets post was because it seems like it’s been forever. It was apparently last week. Maybe the rest of you aren’t struggling with the passage of time as much as I am, but I’m sure this pointless article intro is giving you some of that experience. Anyway, here are some bite-sized thoughts on the Leafs heading into a week filled with cuts and Justin Holl trade rumours.
Rielly vs. Sandin on the right side
A lot was made during the contract process that Rasmus Sandin didn’t want any part of playing on his unfavoured side. Or maybe that is something we just started putting out there to justify the delays in negotiations.
A lot has also been made of Morgan Rielly’s willingness to play on the right side, and Sheldon Keefe’s quit reaction of pointing out that he’s giving Rielly his reps there but doesn’t have much interest in moving him off the left side.
In reality, both of these players have a good chance of seeing the majority of their season on the left side, because injuries happen and that’s why Victor Mete and Jordie Benn are here, to take the guess …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Establishing reasonable expectations for Ilya Samsonov

I’ve been following the Leafs for a long time. And in those many years of following the Maple Leafs one thing I can never recall seeing is a goaltender coming to Toronto and seeing their career rebound. Jack Campbell and Frederik Andersen maybe punctuated their success after establishing that they were good during their time in Southern California, but neither was truly struggling. Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour came to Toronto and continued on with their Hall of Fame worthy careers, but no one breaks out in Toronto and that’s part of why establishing expectations for Ilya Samsonov is important.
It’s also important to note that with a new goaltending coach comes the opportunity to erase the past. Just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t happen now. If hope is an important part of your Leafs viewing process, I’m not going to be the person that takes away from you, and admittedly I’m very excited about Curtis Sanford as the Leafs goaltending coach too. I’ve caught myself believing he could do for goaltending what Dean Chynoweth did for special teams, and then reminded myself to dial it back a little.
Dialing …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Is Malachi Flynn officially out of the Toronto Raptors’ rotation?

Is Malachi Flynn officially out of the Toronto Raptors’ rotation?

It does not seem like that long ago there was hope and expectation that Toronto Raptors draft pick Malachi Flynn would be the backup to Kyle Lowry’s heir apparent Fred VanVleet Drafted 29th overall at the 2020 NBA Draft, Flynn was hailed as a pick and roll specialist with the ability to fill up the […]
Is Malachi Flynn officially out of the Toronto Raptors’ rotation? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ