How the Leafs have been making the most of the down time

It’s been over two months since the NHL suspended the season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and an extra couple games since the Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1, their last game before said suspension. While the team hasn’t been able to hit the ice for the last couple months, that hasn’t stopped them from making a few transactions to help improve the team while they have all this time on their hands. Let’s take a quick look at how the Leafs have been doing for the last couple months.

European Signings
The so-called highlight in terms of transactions for the Leafs was the signing of European free agent Mikko Lehtonen, who led both his team and all KHL defensemen in scoring with 17 goals and 49 points this season. We still have no clue where he’ll slot into the lineup next season, and who may have to leave in order to make him fit, but at the very least, we have some idea as to what kind of a player he might be for us.
Besides, we stole him from the Montreal Canadiens, that alone makes him worth it.

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The NHL has officially decided to suspend the season

A day after the NBA had it’s first case of COVID-19, and suspended it’s season, the NHL cancelled morning skates and team meetings in order to allow the league and the NHLPA to assess their situation and determine next steps. The end result is what we all should have expected, and honestly hoped for…

The @NHL pauses 2019-20 season.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
For now we’ve got just an indefinite suspension, meaning that life will may pretty much go on as planned in the very near future, except for when there is the realization that it is unlikely that there will be encouraging developments in the near future. After all, this has been something that has been steadily worsening since December. While I don’t want to crush any optimism, this seems like a window of time for getting buy-in to more substantial actions.

Hearing as part of the #NHL‘s due diligence process, teams have been asked to provide arena building availability through the end of July.
— Frank Seravalli (@ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: NBA season suspended indefinitely

The NBA has suspended its season amidst COVID-19 pandemic, putting Raptors basketball on hold. One day, we’ll all ask ourselves: “Where were you when the NBA world stood still?” On Wednesday night the NBA’s patient zero revealed itself. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement that the NBA had indefinitely […]
Toronto Raptors: NBA season suspended indefinitely – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Gavin Axelrod / Raptors HQ

Kadri Suspended for Remainder of First Round

Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the rest of the first round against the Boston Bruins, according to the NHL Player Safety Department (ya know, the guys that hand out the suspensions).

Toronto’s Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the First Round for Cross-checking Boston’s Jake DeBrusk.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 15, 2019

This suspension comes after a late cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, that also resulted in a five minute major penalty during the game. It will see Kadri miss somewhere between 3-5 games, depending on the result of the series.
The decision from Player Safety comes as a result of two key factors. First, Kadri’s hit is clearly a cross-check, and while it usually is only a two minute penalty, the fact that Kadri targets the head is what caused discipline. Secondly, Kadri also has quite the history with the league, particularly his suspension in last years playoffs, as well as another suspension for a cross-check to the head against the Red Wings. These both factor into the decision, as well as the length.
Honestly, I don’t really know where to begin with Kadri …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation