Nick Robertson has fractured fibula, will miss at least 10 weeks

Some news from Marlies practice today, courtesy of The Leafs Nation’s Nick Barden:

#Marlies announce that Nick Robertson suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula in Sunday’s game.
Surgery isn’t expected and he’s out for 10 weeks or more.
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 19, 2021

Robertson suffered the injury on the following play:

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— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 17, 2021

For those of us who did not pay enough attention in Biology class, the fibula is a bone in the lower leg that extends from the knee to the outside of the ankle. Its function is to stabilize the ankle and provide support to the lower-leg muscles.
These sorts of injuries are common in hockey when a player lands awkwardly on the ice, trapping their leg underneath the weight of their body. You may remember that Roman Polak suffered the same injury in Game 2 of the Leafs’ 2017 playoff series against Washington. Actually, perhaps it’s best you don’t remember that.
The good news is that the injury will not require surgery, which is sometimes required based on the severity of the damage.
The bad news is twofold; (1) the Marlies will be without their best player until …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Auston “Captain America” Matthews is heading to the Olympics

Big news out of the United States of America. Just like what was required of Hockey Canada, USA Hockey is required to name their first three roster players for the Olympics, and you’ll never guess who made the cut…

Hearing the first three players selected to Team USA Men’s Olympic hockey roster for #Beijing2022 are Seth Jones, Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews.@DFOHockey
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 7, 2021

That’s right, baby. Auston Matthews, what a shock? I can’t believe the player who is likely the greatest American born center to ever play the game made the cut. Who would have thought it?
Anyways, there’s not a lot to say about it, so as a Canadian I’ll just take the moment to laugh at the idea that USA Hockey views Seth Jones as one of their top three players. If that’s the case, it seems unlikely they’ll medal even with Auston’s greatness there.
It also seems at this point USA Hockey might only be aware of the Chicago Blackhawks and Auston Matthews, because Patrick Kane was also selected. While there is no doubt of his skill on the ice, I don’t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander isn’t fully vaccinated, but will be soon

A bit of unfortunate news out of Leafs camp today as we have learned that William Nylander is not yet full vaccinated.
“Obviously you can see I have a mask on,” Nylander said. “I’m not fully vaccinated yet. I had a couple [of] medical things I had [to] take care of. I’ll be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the season.”
“I just wanted to do the right thing. I think being vaccinated is gonna help everybody, help the team and achieve our end goal. It was [a] pretty easy choice,” Nylander said.
(Quotes via the Daily Hive)
While it doesn’t seem that Nylander is aggressively opposed to the vaccine, and might have some reason for the recent delay, which we won’t speculate on, it has been four months and there was likely plenty of time to get things taken care of well in advance of the Leafs training camp.
We have already seen the Columbus Blue Jackets decide to send Zac Rinaldo to their AHL affiliate because of his refusal of being vaccinated, the Islanders are reportedly sending a player to Europe for the same reason, and the Oilers are truly a mixed bag as …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs get an outdoor game, but unfortunately it’s against the Sabres

Good news everyone, the Leafs will be playing outside again this year. The bad news is it will likely be against a Jack Eichel-less Buffalo Sabres team in Hamilton.

The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL #HeritageClassic will feature the @MapleLeafs and @BuffaloSabres on March 13 at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton, Ont. Info: https://t.co/S1v1ewXgdd pic.twitter.com/bn8twg6A6q
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 16, 2021

The game counts as a Sabres home game, so you can hold back any possible outrage over having to drive to Hamilton for a Leafs game instead of it being in Toronto, this is just shaving some time off the drive to Buffalo for Leafs fans who normally make that trip, and saving people the inconvenience of the border crossing, which ironically the home team fans will have to put up with. It being a Sabres home game seems like it will be so in name only, as Leafs fans generally take over the arena in Buffalo anyways, and in this scenario it seems very unlikely their fans will outnumber the Leafs fans.
This also marks the first time that an American team has been involved in the Heritage Classic, let …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Julian Merryweather had another setback during his rehab assignment in Dunedin

It’s sad how unsurprising this news is.

Julian Merryweather reportedly suffered a setback during his last (well, his first) rehab outing with the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday. The team isn’t saying what it is or how severe it is, but he won’t be making his next scheduled outing with Dunedin. It was supposed to be this weekend and now it’s “TBD.”

Julian Merryweather had another setback, Charlie Montoyo says. Severity not known just yet. #BlueJays
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 20, 2021

Merryweather, as we know, had a handful of amazing outings for the Blue Jays back in April and legitimately looked like he could be the closer or bullpen ace for the team moving forward. Such as been the case with his whole career, though, Merryweather got hurt and has been AWOL since.
His outing with Dunedin on Wednesday, in which he allowed one hit and one walk over one inning while also striking out one, was his first since recording one out against the Yankees back on April 13.
In better news, Nate Pearson, our other desperately-needed-potential-bullpen-saviour, will pitch once more for Buffalo on Sunday and then the team will consider adding him to the big league …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Dusty Imoo will not be joining the Toronto Marlies

Dusty Imoo will not be joining the Toronto Marlies

It’s safe to say that this was news that we hoped to see. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies choosing to walk the walk and adhere to their organizational values instead of hoping to sweep an unfortunate hiring under the rug.

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— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) August 10, 2021

Dusty Imoo, who last week was best known as the guy who helped Jack Campbell find his game, was initially greeted with open arms by people like myself, in fact I wrote a glowing post about his addition to the organization. That glowing view of him was quickly erased when I received a DM asking me to take a look at Dusty’s now deactivated twitter account. An account that littered with anti-vaccination, insurrectionist, transphobic, homophobic, and racist tweets liked by Dusty Imoo. And a few, if you went back far enough of his own tweets that are questionable as well.
For an organization that has taken the Get Uncomfortable pledge, has hosted the largest day of vaccinations, and claims that Hockey is for Everyone, the move to rid themselves of a coach who contrasting values makes perfect sense, and we’re happy to see it.
The fact …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

BLOCKBUSTER: Leafs acquire Brennan Menell for a conditional 7th round pick

While it might not be the biggest news of the day, the Leafs are certainly getting to work early with acquiring a new defenseman that you might not have heard of before…

TRADE: We’ve acquired the rights to defenceman Brennan Menell from Minnesota in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 28, 2021

So let’s pour one out for the 7th round conditional pick (condition is signing Menell presumably), and get to learning about who Brennan Menell is…
He’s 24 and shoots right. We’re off to a good start.
He’s 5’11 and played in the KHL last season. Alright, that’s not tiny and the KHL is a solid league.
His numbers are solid, where he was near point per game player in the KHL, but a bit penalty prone…
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TEAM
LEAGUE
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
2012-13
 Omaha AAA Lancers 16U
NAPHL 16U
15
1
3
4
0
2013-14
 CYA 16U AAA
HPHL 16U
25
10
17
27
37
2014-15
 Vancouver Giants
WHL
57
2
19
21
16
2015-16
 Vancouver Giants
WHL
69
7
46
53
36
2016-17
 Lethbridge Hurricanes
WHL
70
12
59
71
29
2017-18
 Iowa Wild
AHL
72
8
17
25
14
2018-19
 Iowa Wild
AHL
70
2
42
44
25
2019-20
 Minnesota Wild
NHL
5
0
0
0
2

 Iowa Wild
AHL
57
5
42
47
36
2020-21
 Dinamo Minsk
KHL
47
5
33
38
60
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All and all, not a bad depth acquisition, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

Late last night, news broke on Twitter from John Matisz at The Score, that he was hearing the Toronto Maple Leafs are re-signing goalie Joseph Woll to a contract extension. Woll is one of the many goalies in the Maple Leafs system that is up for a contract this off-season so it’s good to hear they are working together to get something done and by the sound of it, John has the details of the term as well.
 
Joseph Woll contract
According to John Matisz, he is hearing Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year, two-way contract. No official word at this time what the price is, however, we do know it is a one-year, two-way contract for the 23-year-old goalie who will continue to develop down in the AHL and who knows, he might get a shot in an NHL game sometime soon with the Maple Leafs.

Hearing goalie Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Maple Leafs. 1 year, 2-way contract.
— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) July 17, 2021

Joseph Woll’s stats
Woll is coming off this 2020-21 season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies playing in only 15 games compared to the 32 he suited up for …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

The good news for the Toronto Raptors is that they ended up with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The bad news is that with Detroit, Houston, and Cleveland picking ahead of them, they will likely be forced to take whichever player in the consensus top four falls to them. However, the […]
Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Dreger reporting that Zach Hyman has permission to speak to other teams

Before the crack of 9am Darren Dreger had new news that many Leafs fans didn’t want to hear…

Sources say the Maple Leafs have granted Zach Hyman’s agent, Todd Reynolds permission to speak with other NHL clubs to investigate trading his rights.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 15, 2021

This isn’t surprising given that yesterday Pierre LeBrun was reporting a significant gap between the Leafs and Zach Hyman in their negotiations, and that it was almost certain he would be testing the waters of free agency.
This decision by the Leafs to allow the discussions allows for two things. The first being the slight possibility, as Dreger mentions, that the Leafs will be able to trade his rights. In that case the Leafs would likely be adding a mid to late round pick in a draft where any draft pick helps them.
The other thing is that when the Hyman camp explores their options they might not find a deal significantly better from what they will receive from the Leafs, and the preference might still be towards staying in Toronto. This is also unlikely, but hey, who am I to completely takeaway your hope?
The reality of this is this …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation