News and Notes: Leafs make some cuts, waivers season is here, some new line combinations, and more

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It is nice to see the Leafs prepare a message for Truth and Reconciliation Day, something that I’m hopeful that settlers of Canada come to appreciate the importance of addressing the unspoken of genocide that has been going on for generations. Hopefully this is the start of the conversation, not just simply a day, and hopefully for the Leafs this means at the very least including land acknowledgements as part of their pregame.
Roster Changes
It’s been some time coming, but we’re starting to see the early cuts from Leafs camp. This morning it was William Villeneuve heading back to Saint John.
Leafs return William Villeneuve to the QMJHL

This afternoon we see a couple of players Marlies bound for the opening of their training camp.

Forwards Curtis Douglas and Rich Clune have been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 30, 2021

Obviously with …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays are on the verge of a sweep in The Bronx

Remember when the Blue Jays couldn’t beat the Tigers? Neither do I.

Toronto improved its season-high winning streak to seven games with a 6-3 win over the Yankees in New York. They’ve now won the first three games in the series and are on the verge of a four-game sweep.
Seem sorta, kinda familiar?

Thinking about this series from 2015 and everything that happened after it pic.twitter.com/AgfteZqIJV
— Cam Lewis (@cooom) September 9, 2021

The Red Sox also won tonight so we’re now a game-and-a-half behind New York and we’re still two games behind Boston. Tomorrow will represent an opportunity for the Blue Jays to pull within a half-game of the Yankees for a playoff spot.
Yes! Fuck yes! Let’s talk about the good stuff from tonight’s game…
Alek Manoah!
It wasn’t the same as his big league debut, which featured six scoreless innings, but Alek Manoah came out and worked his way through a near quality start tonight, tossing five-and-two-thirds innings while allowing three earned runs, all of which came on a Brett Gardner dinger.
The thing about Manoah’s start that rocked was that the aforementioned Gardner homer came on a rally …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

When will Semyon Der-Arguchintsev be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

When you go back to the 2018 NHL draft, a lot of fans remember Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. It may because of his face, his skill, or all of the above. But what does he really bring to the table in terms of a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect?
You have a lot to like if you look at a player like him. There’s also some aspects of his game that could be fixed. In this video, I look at everything he did well with the Toronto Marlies, and everything he could improve on for next season.
I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Remember whose fault this really is: The Leafs

Remember when New York City put red stockings on the Statue of Liberty after the Red Sox snapped their 86-year championship drought in 2004?
Did you know that earlier that summer the city of Chicago put a Detroit Pistons jersey on the Michael Jordan statue outside United Center after the three-headed monster of Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups won the NBA Finals?
I mean, sticking within hockey, there was the time the Detroit Red Wings celebrated Claude Lemieux’s 1000th game played with a congratulatory jumbotron video.
You don’t remember any of these things? Oh. That must be because they never happened.
Which makes what happened with the CN Tower tonight all the more enraging:

Tonight the #CNTower will be lit red, blue, and white for the @CanadiensMTL who will go on to represent Canada’s hope for a 2021 @NHL Stanley Cup! pic.twitter.com/cEqsXqBefZ
— CN Tower/La Tour CN (@TourCNTower) June 8, 2021

I don’t know who calls the shots over at the CN Tower, but congratulations on making this city a punchline and giving Montreal something to forever hold over our heads: the night our biggest hockey rivals got to own our city’s most famous landmark.


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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

We Need To Talk About Justin Holl

I remember at the end of January, during the early stretch of the Maple Leafs regular season, seeing a meme about Justin Holl in a reply to the Edmonton Oilers team Twitter account. The Maple Leafs had just beaten the Oilers 4-3 and were off to a blazing 7-2-0 start. The meme made me chuckle, as it read “Thank you for your contribution to Justin Holl’s 2021 Norris Trophy”. Justin Holl had just emerged from the ashes as a top 4 right-handed defenseman for the Maple Leafs, not only providing steady reliability on the back end, but outright winning matchups against the league’s premier players, notably Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl that very evening.
The story of Justin Holl’s ascent has been echoed ad nauseama amongst Maple Leafs fans, oftentimes as a jab at Mike Babcock, who famously scratched the Minnesota native for 71 games during the 18-19 campaign. Holl hung around nonetheless the year after, outlasting even Babcock, and eventually finding his way into the Leafs lineup as a regular beside Jake Muzzin for the Maple Leafs in their top four. The 19-20 season was a breakout campaign for Holl in many respects, as he ranked amongst the …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Waiver Wildness: Should the Leafs consider bringing back Jake Gardiner?

Waiver Wildness: Should the Leafs consider bringing back Jake Gardiner?

Remember when the Leafs had Jake Gardiner for a long time and people had mixed reactions about how his time in Toronto went? It is crazy to think that it has only been a year and a half since he packed his bags and became a Hurricane, but he seems to have enjoyed his time there.
It now appears that his tenure in Carolina may be in jeopardy:

Jake Gardiner (CAR) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 13, 2021

No, this is not a troll. Gardiner is really being placed on waivers and any team is free to claim him if they so chose, including the Leafs. While the chances of him actually getting picked up are marginal and the reason he’s even on waivers was so he can be placed on the Hurricanes’ taxi squad, he is certainly an interesting player worth looking into and someone that can be serviceable on most teams.
So it got me thinking: should the Leafs even consider bringing him back?
The most obvious benefit of claiming Gardiner is that he would have no trouble getting adjusted to Toronto on account that most of the players are already familiar with him and he is not …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Are we finally changing the way we feel about the Leafs defense?

For as long as I can remember there hasn’t been a time Leafs fans have felt comfortable with their defense. Well that’s not true, I do have a hazy recollection of the early 2000s and feeling somewhat confident in the performances of Dmitri Yushkevich, and Danil Markov. Or maybe I just miss defensemen who hit everything. Either way, it’s safe to say there was over a decade worth of Leafs hockey were the blueline made us feel bad. Even the first few games of this season had left us with some question marks, but here we after two decisive wins against the Canucks, and maybe minds have been changed and we like what we see. It’s in this spirit that I’ve asked the TLN writers for their takes on the Leafs blueline, the hotter their takes the better.
Michael Mazzei:
Get used to Zach Bogosian because there’s a good chance he’ll be sticking around past the 2021 season. Why I say that is because while his offensive upside is limited, his value in the defensive end and physical play style is a much needed addition to the blueline. Sure he had a rough going …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays acquire Steven Matz from the Mets for three prospects (Reid-Foley, Diaz, and Winckowski)

Remember earlier today when Mark Shapiro said that the Blue Jays’ front office still had some “opportunities to be creative?” Well, here’s what he meant.

The Blue Jays have apparently traded three prospects (Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz, and Josh Winckowski) to the New York Mets for pitcher Steven Matz…

Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winckowski to Mets for Matz per source
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) January 28, 2021

 

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Kalle Kossila is being loaned to Munich

Kalle Kossila is being loaned to Munich

You may or may not remember Kalle Kossila. He played 12 games for the Marlies last season. He received a two year deal to do just that. Well, it looks like he’s not long for the Leafs or the Marlies, as we anxiously await an official announcement on the start of the NHL season, with a looming AHL season in February, we have Kossila taking a gig in Europe.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Kalle Kossila to EHC Red Bull Munchen (DEL) #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 9, 2020

Now, this doesn’t mean that Kossila won’t be back in February or January for that matter, but all signs point to Kossila being done with the Leafs organization, as this loan is likely for the remainder of the DEL season, and Kossila is free agent at the end of the year.
None of this is really going to bother you, and the move could be an effort to make room for some of the more interesting players who might have been on the Growlers roster before their season was cancelled.
So a fond farewell to a Leaf/Marlie we hardly knew. Enjoy Munich.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

A new theory has emerged about why the Leafs released Michal Neuvirth from his PTO

A new theory has emerged about why the Leafs released Michal Neuvirth from his PTO

Remember when the Leafs signed Michal Neuvirth to a PTO last year? It’s understandable if you forgot because his stint with the Leafs was brief and unmemorable. While the reason he was brought on was clear (to back up Frederik Andersen), why he was released was not made apparent at the time.
Over a calendar year later, we now have a better idea of what might have been the reason behind it. On the latest episode of The Leafs Report, James Mirtle of The Athletic said that Neuvirth wanted more money and decided to return to his native Czechia.

Mirtle says he thinks the Leafs expected Neuvirth to be their backup last year and Neuvirth just decided he didn’t want to play for a low salary and went home. I don’t think I’ve heard that before.
— draglikepull (@draglikepull) November 5, 2020

As alluded to earlier, the Leafs during the 2019 offseason had Michael Hutchinson as their best option to be the backup goalie which made the move for additional help become mandatory. Neuvirth was seen as a potential option to solidify the depth and potentially give Toronto a netminder that could lighten Andersen’s workload.
In his brief tenure with the Leafs, …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation