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:

pic.twitter.com/uRniSTVgQl
— 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

There is no easy path to keeping Morgan Rielly beyond this season

The second Charlie McAvoy was signed today my mind went where any reasonable person’s mind should go, and that was to how it affects the Leafs. Contracts for Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse, Dougie Hamilton, and others already set the bar high for Morgan Rielly and should have essentially torched the idea of Rielly accepting a team friendly contract under the $7M mark. Now team friendly seems like $8M. The McAvoy contract makes that even harder…

Charlie McAvoy #NHLBruins8 yr, $76 mil$49.5m sal$26.5m sign bonus
22-23: $6m + $3.25m SB23-24: $7.75m + $3.25m SB24-25: $8.5m + $3m SB25-26: $8.5m + $3m SB26-27: $6m + $4m SB27-28: $3.75m + $4m SB28-29: $4.5m + $3m SB29-30: $4.5m + $3m SBFull NMC from 7/1/25 – 5/31/28
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 15, 2021

There is obviously a strong argument that McAvoy is better than Rielly. There’s a benefit to paying a younger defenseman throughout his entire prime rather than taking a chance on how the player will perform later in their career, but it doesn’t change that teams are paying legitimate number one defensemen over $9M, and Morgan Rielly falls into that category.
So the Leafs have the benefit of the salary cap possibly going up. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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

News and notes from Leafs training camp

The Leafs are all back to camp today after last night’s preseason game in Montreal, and before tomorrow night’s game in Ottawa. After tomorrow night’s game there will be a bit of a gap in the preseason, and Toronto won’t be back in action until Monday, giving them an opportunity to establish who gets one last look Monday night before reducing the roster to those most likely be playing on opening night. It looks like the Leafs have a bit of a plan in place for the next few days.

Sheldon Keefe said #Leafs won’t be taking many NHLers to Ottawa for tomorrow’s game. Wants to give players looking to crack the roster more of an opportunity to showcase themselves.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 28, 2021

So tomorrow night is going to be the group battling to stay in camp, and likely the group battling for spots at the bottom of the lineup card. It doesn’t sound like the Leafs will be sending their A team, and as far as the eight veteran player requirement, it’s likely that Gusev will be one of them, and expect him to be in both of the …

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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

The official launch of The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast

Today, we are incredibly happy to announce the launch of The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast!
Whether it be storylines, players, trending topics, rumours, sharing our pain and agony, the list goes on, The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast has you covered. Host Caroline Szwed joins the TLN team of Nick Barden, Nick Richard, Mike Mazzei, Roxanne Khasow and Mer to kick off our first ever season. Brace yourselves because there’s so much more to come!
Podcasts will be coming out on Mondays every week!
Both the pilot episode and first official episode have been released today. Currently, it’s only on Spotify, but in good time we’ll have it on Apple Podcasts as well as YouTube (so you can see our faces)!
We hope you enjoy it, and we’re excited to start the newest podcast at The Nation Network!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

There are still more Leafs players to rank

Earlier today we finished up with our prospect rankings, and probably to surprise of no one, Rasmus Sandin was crowned the best of the bunch. If you haven’t read it yet, sorry for spoiling it for you, but I’m assuming you connected the dots when he was the last one left unranked, or put two and two together based on his NHL readiness, upside, and performance so far in his career. Before going any further I want to thank the TLN group for the excellent work they did on the series, and it’s because of that good work that I’m rewarding them with even more work.
Every preseason we take a look at the Leafs roster and profile the players and do our best to guess what they will deliver in the coming year. Sometimes we present them to you alphabetically, other times we’ve gone completely random, this year we’re sticking with the spirit of Ranking SZN, and ranking the top 20 Leafs start next Monday. To make it even more fun, I’ve decided that each article the writer has to assign a goal song to the player they are writing about. Well, at …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What sponsor should the Leafs have on their jerseys?

With the reports today of the NHL placing sponsors on their jerseys, starting in the 2022-23 season, we at The Leafs Nation thought — “Who do we want to see sponsor the Leafs jerseys in the future?”
So, we decided to put all of our ideas together and create one great big roundtable. Some are food, some are stores, and a few are brands. But without further ado, let’s discuss which companies should be the sponsor on the Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.
Nick Barden
I think one of the best things about having a jersey sponsor is being able to reach out to other niches. Hockey is a sport that’s built on a lot of the same things, and people don’t really go outside of the ‘bubble’. It’s more or less — boring.
Say you struck a deal with OVO (October’s Very Own), which is a company owned by Drake. On one side, it would bring more people to the team asking “what is this team that has an OVO logo on it?” Others, like myself, might be saying “Woah, an OVO logo on the jersey? Let me buy that!”
I believe with brands like that, and …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs add defensive depth with Alex Biega and Carl Dahlström

If you were expecting big signings from the Leafs, today isn’t your day. It’s not like replacing Zach Hyman or upgrading at the third line center position is something they should be doing, right?
Anyways, enough of my pissing and moaning, and onto the signings…

Leafs have signed Alex Biega and Carl Dahlstrom on defence.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 28, 2021

Both players check out well in the Rel Defense category pic.twitter.com/NsMGyK8AmE
— RkB Stats (@reversekneebar) July 28, 2021

So yeah, that’s a whole lot of depth defense and likely Marlies support. If we’re looking at who they are reasonably replacing it’s Martin Marincin and Ben Hutton, and given that the Leafs have pretty much a fully stocked blueline at the NHL level, Biega and Dahlström will likely be Marlies bound for most of the year.
As of right now we don’t have the contract details, but if there are seven digits on either players AAV, I’m gonna throw up.
Dahlström 
Last season Dahlström played 17 games in the AHL and the season before he was a part time NHLer with the Jets. He’s 26 and 6’4, but the 6’4 that doesn’t hit, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leaflets: Some stray thoughts heading into the expansion draft roster freeze

Today we’ll be granted a short break for trades and buyouts as the league heads into it’s roster freeze until after the expansion draft. While there were plenty of rumours of Alexander Kerfoot or Travis Dermott being on the move, nothing has materialized yet, and with just five hours to go, it seems like the Leafs roster is locked until Wednesday night when the Kraken player selection will be made official.
While it’s possible the names of players protected by each team will start leaking out tonight, nothing official is expected from the clubs until tomorrow.
Here are a few of my stray thoughts heading into what will be a busy couple of weeks for the Leafs.
The best trade partner might be the Seattle Kraken
Once the lists are made official and it is known who teams are leaving exposed in the draft, it might not be the worst thing for the Leafs to connect with the Kraken and ask them to do a bit of shopping on Toronto’s behalf. Especially on positions such as goaltender this could be a huge advantage for both Seattle and the Leafs if they can find a situation that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation