Canadiens Trade Plekanec to Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran center Tomas Plekanec and forward Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a second-round pick int he 2018 NHL Draft. This deal is one of what is expected to be many coming from the Canadiens this season as the team looks to rebuild for the future after a very disappointing 2017-18. The Canadiens reportedly had three…

February 25, 2018
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Soshnikov a Victim of Numbers Game With Leafs

  Word came down last week that the inevitable had happened: the Toronto Maple Leafs had traded Nikita Soshnikov. Soshnikov went to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2019, thus ending the energetic forward’s Toronto tenure. A player who plays the game hard and fast, belying his somewhat smaller stature, Soshnikov tantalised Toronto fans with his combination of speed, skill and snarl. Remember his first…

February 24, 2018
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Pompey intent on becoming a factor again

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Opening Day is still more than a month away. But as far as Dalton Pompey is concerned, it might as well have been Saturday afternoon. Pompey’s nerves for a Spring Training game rivaled the ones he’s typically felt in the big leagues. On the surface, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But dig a little deeper, and it’s easy to find out why. After a…

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With job secure, Barnes out to master slider

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Danny Barnes knows his spot on the Blue Jays’ roster is secure, so he’s spending some of his time this spring trying to master the slider. For the first time in his career, Barnes can take some solace in the fact he doesn’t have to compete for a job. Regardless of what happens this spring, he’ll open the year as a primary setup man for Roberto Osuna….

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Grandy gets reps at leadoff, homers in 1st AB

February 23, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Curtis Granderson was in the leadoff spot for Toronto’s first game of the spring on Friday, but — despite his leadoff homer against the Phillies’ Nick Pivetta — it doesn’t sound like he’s a realistic candidate to hit there during the regular season. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had a pretty simple explanation for Granderson’s spot in the order for the Grapefruit League opener: He wanted his…

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Andersen: The Underrated Vezina Candidate

The Toronto Maple Leafs success this season can be attributed to one player, Frederik Andersen. Although Auston Matthews has led the way with timely goals and dominance in the offensive zone, Andersen has been the one to have elevated this team to be the third best team in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. This season, there are a couple of frontrunners for the Vezina Trophy, with Andrei Vasilevskiy,…

February 23, 2018
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Maple Leafs: 5 Trade Deadline Targets

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a serious contender this season, a fact which has dramatically altered the organization’s approach ahead of the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Known as a definitive seller for the better part of the last decade, the Leafs have finally established themselves as a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference. Vehemently interested in improving their odds of capturing the Stanley Cup, the Leafs will be looking to…

February 23, 2018
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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Bucks

February 23, 2018

Milwaukee Bucks (32-25) @ Toronto Raptors (41-16) When: Friday, February 23rd, 7:30 P.M. ET Where: Air Canada Centre Broadcast info: TSN, SN590 LAST MEETING The Raptors are 2-0 against the Bucks this season. In their first meeting, DeMar DeRozan set a franchise record with 52 points on New Year’s Day. In the second meeting less than a week later, the Raptors notched a dominant 129-110 victory in Milwaukee. After leading 61-59…

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Biagini tabbed for first game of Spring Training

February 22, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays will officially open their Grapefruit League season on Friday afternoon, when right-hander Joe Biagini takes the mound against Philadelphia. Biagini will spend most of Spring Training working as a starter, but he’s not currently in the mix for a spot in the rotation. Barring injuries, Toronto is expected to open the year with Marcus Stroman, J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada and Jaime Garcia…

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Ramirez a dark horse for fluid Toronto bullpen

February 22, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays will officially open their Grapefruit League season against the Phillies on Friday afternoon with a projected 25-man roster that appears mostly set. With the exception of two or three spots in the bullpen, there are not a lot of jobs up for grabs. The thing is, that has been the case during recent springs as well, and all it took was a couple of…

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