Toronto Maple Leafs – A Defence in Transition?

The Toronto Maple Leafs dejected bench during a game against the St. Louis Blues

When the NHL free agency period opens later today, you can expect the Toronto Maple Leafs to focus primarily on upgrading their leaky defence.

This focus has already been indicated by the decisions to trade Carl Gunnarsson and buy out the remaining two years on Tim Gleason‘s contract. In return for Gunnarsson and the 94th pick in this year’s NHL entry draft, the Leafs acquired Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues, who should provide a strong physical presence on the blue line. (Isn’t that why we acquired Gleason?)

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Toronto Blue Jays – A Month to Forget

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays argues with an umpire over strikes and balls

After going 21-9 in May and surging into first place in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays (45-39) struggled in June going 12-15.

As a result, the Blue Jays’ once secure grip on first place has loosened considerably, dropping from a high of six games to now stand at one game. If there’s any good news, it concerns the generally poor state of the American League East. Despite the Blue Jays’ recent struggles, no one has been able to displace them at the top.

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Toronto Blue Jays – Another Late Rally Comes Up Short

Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays chases down Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays’ offence certainly isn’t doing the team any favours these days.

For the second game in a row, they made a lame, last-minute effort to beat the Chicago White Sox, but they couldn’t close the deal. Instead, both games were lost in the final frame by one run.

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Toronto Blue Jays – A Night of Fireworks

The Chicago White Sox celebrate a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays

Last night was one of those rare nights when the opposition out muscles the Toronto Blue Jays.

In total, the Chicago White Sox and the Blue Jays combined to hit seven home runs. Chicago hit four of them, including a pair of home runs in the seventh inning that proved the difference, while Toronto hit the remaining three.

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