Marlies and Me: Joseph Woll shines in season debut

The Toronto Marlies were ready to put their 5-0 loss to Manitoba last week behind them with a back-to-back this weekend. The first game was against the Rochester Americans, and the second was against the Cleveland Monsters.
Toronto’s opening game of the weekend was one to be forgotten by the Marlies. Rochester handed them a 7-3 loss. Erik Källgren allowed four goals on seven shots. Andrew D’Agostini then came in, and he let in three goals of his own.
One of the good stories continues to be Brett Seney, who added another goal on Saturday night. He leads the team in that category with four goals in what is now four games.
The loss was one the Marlies wanted to forget about. Quick.
“It’s tough looking at these games, you look at the final result, it’s definitely not good enough and not a result that we want to have.” Said Marlies head coach, Greg Moore after Saturday’s loss. “With these two last losses, they were big and we need to make sure that when we’re coming to play and we’re generating offense, there’s gotta be more structure to our offense.“
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs day after thoughts: The last chance to battle adversity is upon us

So we’re here. Six games into the Leafs season, coming off a disastrous 7-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. You could say that Toronto lost to a part AHL team.
No Sidney Crosby, no Evgeni Malkin, and no Kris Letang. The Leafs still lost.
A majority of fans have officially hit the panic button, too. That’s understandable. When you have two of the NHL’s biggest stars on your team not contributing with goals, it’s tough. Everyone has their right to be upset at this team.
But some also have the right to still reserve judgement.
The Leafs are an interesting team. You, me, and everyone else knows what they’re capable of. Sometimes they play like they’re a cup contending team, other nights they play like the worst team in the NHL. Usually, there’s no in between.
Expectations were set the day Auston Matthews was drafted. The bar was set even higher when they made it to the playoffs that same year. Yet, the bar hasn’t been cleared five years later.
Many fans have finally had enough. The team hasn’t been able to sell out Scotiabank Arena yet this season. And you …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week two of the season (October 17-23)

We’re now two weeks into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2021-22 season, and it’s safe to say this team continues to stress numerous fans out with the way they play. Whether they poorly and lose or play exceptional and still find ways to lose hockey games, this team always finds ways to make watching the majority of their games hard and stressful for people.
After coming off week one going 2-1-0 against the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators twice, once at home and once on the road, the Maple Leafs found themselves playing new teams for once. Yeah, I know, crazy. They hosted the New York Rangers on Monday night and I don’t think I should say anything other than, Igor Shesterkin. Man, this guy is something special and he showed it Monday night, he’s even shown it throughout the first two weeks too.
They ended up losing in overtime to the Rangers but thankfully still picked up a point which looks like it’ll be very important due to every team in the Atlantic division looking good right now except one. The Maple Leafs then had themselves three days off before hosting another team …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 1 stud and 1 dud from loss against Mavericks

Toronto Raptors: 1 stud and 1 dud from loss against Mavericks

If the Toronto Raptors were going to take down Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, they needed stars like Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby to carry the load on offense and bench players like Goran Dragic and Chris Boucher to supplement them in spurts. Unfortunately, Toronto’s 16-2 run to start the game […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Significant injuries, Topi Niemelä continues to score, and the Growlers are back!

We’re fully into the hockey schedule as everyone in the Leafs organization have their regular seasons underway. With the Marlies kicking off last weekend and the Newfoundland Growlers starting their season on Thursday night, there will be lots more prospect content coming up.
We’ve got good news and bad news on this week’s edition of the Leafs Prospect Roundup. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. Depending on who you still consider a prospect, the Leafs two top prospects are injured and are set to miss significant time.
Rodion Amirov remains out, Nick Robertson to miss extended time
It was a short-lived strong start for the Marlies as they opened with a 5-1 victory against the Manitoba Moose, only to fall 5-0 the following day and see their most dangerous offensive piece hobble to the locker room.
Nicholas Robertson was electric in the season opener, scoring two assists and looking great alongside Kirill Semyonov and Josh Ho-Sang. In the second game, though, a relatively innocuous play resulted in Robertson landing awkwardly on his leg.

Here’s another look at Nick Robertson’s injury: pic.twitter.com/uRniSTVgQl
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 17, 2021

It didn’t …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 53: Talking 2022 budget, Ray and Semien both moving on, and more!

We’re back!

After a two-week hiatus of pretending that the Major League Baseball post-season isn’t happening, we returned to talk about the Blue Jays very, very, very important off-season that’s on the horizon.
Mark Shapiro did an end-of-season media availability earlier this week and talked about the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the investment that we should expect from ownership moving forward, and a whole bunch of other front office-y things. Also, Dan Shulman appeared on Baseball Tonight podcast with Buster Olney and said that he predicts both Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien will leave the team in free agency.
We went over Shapiro’s talk, Shulman’s prediction, and talked about how the Blue Jays might look when 2022 rolls around. Jose Ramirez? Noah Syndergaard? Who knows!
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Nick Robertson’s injury leads to a change of direction for the Marlies

Nick Robertson’s injury leads to a change of direction for the Marlies

The Toronto Marlies were getting ready for a new and successful season with Nick Robertson in the lineup. But there was an unfortunate bump in that road as the 20-year-old landed awkwardly on his right leg in Sunday’s game against Manitoba.

Nick Robertson lands awkwardly on his right leg after getting hit.
It doesn’t look good. pic.twitter.com/g1vjsRcoPT
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 17, 2021

Robertson suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula, which will not require surgery. The Marlies say he’ll miss a minimum of ten weeks.
Although he’s only 20-years-old, Robertson had expectations for himself coming into a new season.
“I think last year with injuries, no fans, first year in pro, and playing in the American League and NHL, it’s definitely a new experience for me.” Said Robertson during Leafs training camp in September. “Now, being 20, I have that experience, and I’m just looking forward to carrying it to hopefully a full normal year and kind of get back to getting routines and everything being normal as well.“
Now, he’s back on the injured list, which is a blow for the 20-year-old. This was a season where Robertson showed his …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors were able to finally break through and win their first championship in franchise history in 2019, but DeMar DeRozan was not along for the ride, as Masai Ujiri made the most famous trade in franchise history by sending him to the San Antonio Spurs in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard. The trade […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

When looking at the teams of old that were so iconic, so unique, that they warranted a nickname of their own, you may think that they need to be one of the most devastating teams in basketball history. Phi Slama Jama, The Bad Boy Pistons, The Showtime Lakers, etc. By that metric, Scottie Barnes and 2021-22 Toronto […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

While the Toronto Raptors were able to land a potential impact center for years to come in Precious Achiuwa as a part of the Kyle Lowry deal, they also brought back another aging guard thanks to the addition of Goran Dragic. The Slovenian vet averaged 13.4 points per game last year with Miami. While the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ