Dissecting the Leafs rumoured interest in Tyler Myers

Dissecting the Leafs rumoured interest in Tyler Myers

Few things are more troublesome than hearing that the team you cheer for is kicking tires on Tyler Myers. Unfortunately for Leafs fans, that’s exactly what Bruce Garrioch reported this week:
There’s also been talk the Vancouver Canucks are willing to move defenceman Tyler Myers and the Leafs have been among the teams kicking tires there.
Now it’s very easy to yell “HELLS NO” and run off screaming into the horizon, but we’ll go a little bit further in our analysis than that, despite the fact that this clearly looks like a bad idea.
Let’s start with the well established reasons of why this isn’t a good idea. Tyler Myers has an AAV of $6M for not only this season, but next. There is also the issue of despite being listed as a defenseman, very little defense seems to happen when Tyler Myers is on the ice, and goaltenders tend to get shelled. His Evolving Hockey player card put him in the bottom 11th percentile of players in the league, and his RAPM charts very rarely show any blue. His rate stats are modestly better than that, and speak to the Canucks getting shelled with Myers on the ice, but not necessarily seeing puck go in a ridiculous amount as a result of that. I guess that’s something…
Season
GP
TOI/GP
CA/60
CF%
GA/60
GF%
xGA/60
xG%
HDCA/60
HDCF%
PDO
20212022
82
18.31
58.63
49.15
2.16
53.85
2.60
49.39
11.39
47.61
1.013
20222023
14
18.34


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

This could be Wayne Simmonds’ last season as a player with the Toronto Maple Leafs

All good things must come to an end, and for Wayne Simmonds, this could potentially be the last season he pulls on a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
It’s always difficult to see such likeable players come to the end of the road with their team or career. Wishing to see them continue to succeed and win the ultimate prize before sailing off into the sunset is something that many fans will hope for, as seen with how strongly the Toronto Maple Leafs fanbase was drawn to Jason Spezza before his retirement this off-season.
But, as with all things in life, at some point, it can’t continue and there could be an argument that this is the case with Wayne Simmonds and the Leafs this upcoming season. Simmonds has been a popular addition to the team prior to the Covid-shortened 2021 season, being well-liked by both his teammates as well as the fans, but his run with the team may not continue beyond this campaign.
The biggest indicator of this is how little Simmonds actually played for the team last season. While he featured in 72 games during the regular season, scoring five goals and providing 11 assists, Simmonds averaged …

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Author: James Reeve / The Leafs Nation

A spike in the salary cap in 2024-25 is a dream scenario for the Leafs

One of the things that seem to constantly be holding the Leafs back is an absence of cap space to improve the team through free agency and trades. Kyle Dubas not being able to predict a global pandemic and signing a core to significant contracts right before was unfortunate and while no one can blame Dubas for not seeing COVID coming, there’s something to be said for signing deals that are reliant on the salary cap moving in favourable manner.
Now that I’ve said that, the cap is going up again, so all the Leafs problems are solved, right?
Via the 32 Thoughts Podcast NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly suggested that the salary cap could spike as early as the 2024-25 season:
I’ve seen some preliminary estimates recently which would make me more optimistic on the cap going up sooner whether that’s in two seasons or three seasons, I think it’s more likely than not two seasons rather than three.
Honestly, this seems like a reasonable expectation given the absolute flurry of gambling money being thrown at the league at the moment. Gambling plus the introduction of jersey ads, the U.S. television deals, and the addition of the 32nd team to the league should have the NHL exceeding their performance of the pre-COVID seasons, and with all due respect to angry people, that income will more than offset the Coyotes going from 11,000 people in attendance to 5,000.
If you are worried that it w …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer leaves game after grabbing at elbow, but feels “really good”

Things are tense in Toronto tonight, and rightly so.

Despite beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 in thanks to a double-dong game from Matt Chapman, the big news surrounds George Springer’s elbow.
The elbow issue he’s playing through is well known at this point and Thursday night, he left the game in the bottom of the eighth. He hit a deep fly out and immediately grabbed at his right elbow.

George Springer’s elbow didn’t look great on this swing and now he’s out of the game pic.twitter.com/jCp9DNCZwt
— Brandon Wile (@Brandon_N_Wile) July 29, 2022

After the game, Jays skipper John Schneider said Springer “is feeling good, he really is.” Schneider called it elbow discomfort and that they would check in on him tomorrow.
Springer also made some massive throws from the outfield throughout the game and some clips were shown on the broadcast highlighting him wincing a bit at time.
Even if Springer is okay, the concern should be there and it, and could shift Ross Atkins’ focus at the deadline. We’ve already seen Andrew Benintendi shipped to the ‘Yanks, and the New York Mets picked up OF Tyler Naquin from the Reds Thursday night.
Springer’s a trooper and no doubt will continue to work through this elbow problem, but if he is forced to miss anytime down the stretch, the Jays’ outfield depth isn’t tremendous. Raimel Tapia has been solid as a rock from the left side, but Bradley Zimmer has been an issue at the plate, despite some good work in the outfield and baserunning this season.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

WATCH: Toronto Blue Jays ball boy makes an amazing catch

Things are going great! Nothing wrong in Toronto. Nope! They didn’t just lose to a AAA Kansas City Royals team. Nu-uh!

Okay just kidding. The Jays just got embarrassed on a night where, well, nothing went right. They lost to the AAA Royals 3-1.
What did go right, however, was one Jays ball boy’s night.

WHAT A CATCH FROM THE BALL BOY.
Sign him to a minor league deal.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/5ilXgUWUSW
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) July 15, 2022

Royals 3B Emmanuel Rivera popped a ball up towards the first base side, and this young ball boy made a great play.
He tracked it perfectly and had a nice little hop to secure it. Right away, that ball went under the mesh to an even younger fan. What a good kid.
Now look, the Jays are looking for some help. They can’t seem to make any plays, and this young ball boy looked like Vladdy Jr. out there tracking the foul ball. Minor league deal, who says no?
As a whole, Thursday night was about as disastrous as it could’ve. Kevin Gausman fanned six batters over 6.0 IP allowing just two earned runs and two walks, but allowed seven hits over the course of the night. His night wasn’t a complete disaster, but it wasn’t great.
The batters, however, had no idea how to figure out rookie lefty pitcher Angel Zerpa, who allowed one earned run, fout hits and two walks in 5.0 IP.
Anyways, hopefully the Jays can figure baseball out Friday.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation