McCann and Hyman are Leafs heading West

While we were all discussing our displeasure with the Seattle Kraken taking Jared McCann in the NHL Expansion Draft, there was more news for the Leafs. And no, it’s not good news.
According to Elliotte Friedman, who was on Sportsnet Central after Seattle’s draft, Zach Hyman is likely going to be traded to the Edmonton Oilers so he can sign an eight-year deal. He didn’t say when it would come, but Friedman said it could be on Friday.
I discuss that, and why it’s okay to lose McCann in the Expansion Draft. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nate Pearson has been dealing with a sports hernia and is going to pitch out of the bullpen

We finally know what’s been up with Big Nate.

The Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect has been on the shelf since mid-June with what was described at the time as another groin injury. Today, general manager Ross Atkins said that Pearson has been dealing with a sports hernia and the plan is for him to start throwing from the mound next week.
Given where we’re at in the season, there isn’t much time to get Pearson built up, so the team is going to use him as a reliever the rest of the way. I imagine this also partially has to do with the fact the team still desperately needs bullpen help and it’s much, much, muuuuuuuch more likely Pearson can help them there than as a starter.
We saw Pearson pitch out of the ‘pen a couple of times last season. He did so once in late September against Baltimore, in which he tossed one-and-two-thirds innings while picking up two strikeouts, and we saw him again in Game 2 of the wild-card series with Tampa, where he threw a dominant pair of innings with five strikeouts.
Pearson could be a game-changer for Toronto’s bullpen. If you …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Rumours: Bogosian and Foligno seem to be out, and expansion draft fallout

Last year the signing of Zach Bogosian was met with a lot of skepticism. He wasn’t expensive, he was coming off a Stanley Cup championship, but he’s a stay at home defenseman, and that generally doesn’t go over well, especially when he would be blocking the path of prospects like Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren, not to mention making it harder for Mikko Lehtonen to be an every day player in the NHL.
Well here we are a year later, and while I’m pretty sure Bogosian wasn’t anyone’s favourite Leaf, his hardnosed style of play and serviceable defending on the third pairing certainly earned him plenty of appreciators, and while fans still want Sandin and Liljegren, the safety net of having Bogosian still has a lot of appeal.
That’s why news like this isn’t ideal (from Terry Koshan):
The Leafs and Bogosian have talked about a new deal, but a source indicated the New York native is interested in “taking a peek” at offers in free agency.
“I would expect him to hit the open market,” the source said. “The expectations are that he will.”
The news comes following Bogosian’s concerns …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs unlikely to bring back many of their remaining free agents

With the expansion draft roster freeze in effect for a couple of days, it’s time to take a step back and look at what the Leafs have remaining when it comes to free agency. There isn’t any shortage of either unrestricted free agents on the Leafs, and additionally there’s a handful of restricted free agents from the Marlies to consider as well. To figure out what should become of the free agents, I polled the TLN contributors to see who is staying, who’s going, and how much they are going to cost.

So there’s not a lot of love for bringing back the Leafs UFAs. I’m sure Zach Hyman would have received a bit more love, but the rumoured term and cap hits that are circulating certainly makes it understandable why 7 of our contributors had no interest in bringing him back and the other three were only considering Hyman if there is still the possibility of a hometown discount.
Alex Galchenyuk is far and away the favourite because of the price tag, upside, and his desire to continue growing as a Leaf. As one of the people who said let him walk, I’m …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors shouldn’t draft Scottie Barnes

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors shouldn’t draft Scottie Barnes

It’s long been an assumption that with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors will select one of either G League guard Jalen Green, USC center Evan Mobley, or Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, who looks like the favorite. However, Florida State standout Scottie Barnes has slowly been gaining […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs is the betting favorite to go No. 4 overall

Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs is the betting favorite to go No. 4 overall

The Toronto Raptors went from a team with the seventh-best odds at earning the top selection in the 2021 NBA Draft to a squad in prime position to add a game-changer with the No. 4 overall pick. In all likelihood, Toronto will end up with one of either Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, or Jalen Green. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Robbie Ray, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Steven Matz will face Texas out of the All-Star Break

Come out of the All-Star break with your ace on the mound.

That’s what the Blue Jays are doing, as Robbie Ray will start for the team on Friday in Buffalo against the Texas Rangers. After Ray will be Hyun Jin Ryu and Steven Matz.

The #BlueJays rotation will come out of the All-Star break with:
Robbie RayHyun Jin RyuSteven Matz
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 15, 2021

Having Ray as the first starter out was really a no-brainer as he’s been Toronto’s best starter thus far. Ray starting on Friday means that he’ll also be in line to make his next two starts against the Boston Red Sox, which are key games in the team’s pursuit of the American League East crown.
The other interesting thing here is the plan to roll with three lefties against Texas. I would assume this is because Joey Gallo, a lefty, is Texas’ only good hitter, and it also leaves the Blue Jays with a pair of righties, Alek Manoah and Ross Stripling, going up against Boston’s righty-heavy lineup with J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts.
Many had been hoping that we would see Thomas Hatch called up in place …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Trade Bait Debate: “Should The Leafs Be Interested?” Edition

The NHL offseason is about to hit turbo mode with the expansion draft, entry draft, and unrestricted free agency all set to occur before the end of July. For the Maple Leafs, after yet another disappointing and premature playoff exit, change is on the horizon. Not only do the Leafs have a couple of long-term Leafs in Zach Hyman and Frederik Andersen set to hit free agency on July 28th, but team management have to decide whether this team’s core as it is presently constructed is worth another roll of the dice, or if a bold shake-up has to occur.
Fan dissatisfaction is at an all-time high in the Auston Matthews Era, and just tinkering around the edges may not be well received by large factions of fans. The Leafs have around $9.4M to play around with this offseason according to PuckPedia, notwithstanding the loss of Alexander Kerfoot (+$3.5M), Justin Holl ($2.0M), Travis Dermott ($1.5M), or Other Player (~$0.8M) to Seattle in the expansion draft. There’s cap space here to work with, and the Leafs could use an injection of new blood to hopefully counteract the stench left behind by their disastrous collapse to Montreal in this year’ …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Trevor Gleeson is the perfect Sergio Scariolo replacement

Toronto Raptors: Trevor Gleeson is the perfect Sergio Scariolo replacement

The Toronto Raptors were already dealing with enough tough decisions this offseason, as the uncertainty surrounding Masai Ujiri, Kyle Lowry, and the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft was a lot to swallow for Nick Nurse. Losing Sergio Scariolo was another kick in the head, but Nurse didn’t leave the post vacant for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

When will Joey Anderson be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

Joey Anderson, the player who was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. I’m sure you remember it.
Not many people know much about Anderson though, or what he could provide to the Maple Leafs’ organization. Today, I have everything from what type of player he is, to when he could be in the Leafs lineup full-time.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation