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Blue Jays acquire Daniel Vogelbach – Bluebird Banter

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I know it’s hard to remember which day it is these days, but i’m pretty sure it’s not #TransactionFriday. However, the Jays are now out some cash and have a shiny new 1B/DH.

If there’s one thing this team has really been lacking it’s a first base/designated hitter types so this is great (oh, sarcasm font only works in comments?).

This is Vogelbach’s fifth year in the majors, all as a Seattle Mariner. He played in 144 games last year, putting up a .780 OPS with 30 homers and 92 walks. However he had a stellar first half, with a .881 OPS and he made the all star team. He’s had a rough start to this year, only collecting five hits (two of them homers) in 64 plate appearances. He has strong splits, really struggling against left handed pitchers, with a career .547 OPS against them. He seems a lot like Rowdy Tellez, so I wonder what this means for him.

Anyway, welcome to the (Buffalo) Blue Jays, Daniel!

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Lakers' Davis questionable for Game 5 – TSN

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar centre Anthony Davis is questionable for Saturday’s Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets after suffering a sprained left ankle late in LA’s Game 4 win Thursday night.

Backup shooting guard Dion Waiters is also questionable with a sore left groin while Alex Caruso (sore right wrist), Danny Green (Volar plate injury, left ring finger) and LeBron James (sore right groin) are probable.

The 27-year-old Davis has been one of the Lakers best performers in the postseason bubble, averaging 28.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 14 games, including hitting a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Lakers can advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Saturday.

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'EXPERTISE AND CHARACTER': Maple Leafs add veteran Paul MacLean to coaching staff – Toronto Sun

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“Over nearly two decades as an NHL coach, Paul has filled every role on a staff,” Keefe said in a club statement. “Adding someone of Paul’s expertise and character to advise and assist our staff is something that we felt was very important as we seek to make tangible steps next season.”

Before Columbus, MacLean led the Sens to a record of 114-90-35 and a pair of playoff appearances. He also served two stints as assistant for the Anaheim Ducks, ‘02 to 04 and ‘15-17, between his days in Detroit (‘05-11). His Cup victory came on ex-Leaf Mike Babcock’s staff, having also appeared in the ‘03 and ‘09 finals under the same coach.

Born in Grostenquin, France while his father served on a Royal Canadian Air Force base, MacLean was raised in Antigonish, N.S. He was on Team Canada at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid and as a mid-round pick of the St. Louis Blues out of the QMJHL, scored 36 goals as a rookie after a trade to Winnipeg. In all, he appeared in 719 career games for the Blues, Jets and Detroit, recording 324 goals and 349 assists.

He transitioned to coaching with various minor leagues in the 1990s, until joining Babcock’s first NHL staff in Anaheim. A strong start in Ottawa made MacLean a finalist for the Jack Adams in 2012, won by Ken Hitchcock, followed by beating out Bruce Boudreau and Joel Quenneville for the award in ‘13. Only MacLean, Jacques Martin, Alain Vigneault and Bob Hartley have won the Adams for Canadian teams the past 25 years.

It was also announced Friday that the Arizona Coyotes have hired away amateur scout and player development employee Brian Daccord from the Leafs to be special assistant to new general manager Bill Armstrong.

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Maple Leafs hire Paul MacLean as assistant coach – Pension Plan Puppets

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Today the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they’ve hired another new assistant coach, adding Paul MacLean:

“Over nearly two decades as an NHL coach, Paul has filled every role on a coaching staff, winning a Stanley Cup and Jack Adams trophy along the way,” said Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. “Adding someone of Paul’s expertise and character to advise and assist our staff is something that we felt was very important as we seek to make tangible steps next season.”

MacLean spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being hired on November 21, 2019. He previously served as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-15, leading the Senators to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of playoff appearances. He won the Jack Adams Award while coaching Ottawa in 2012-13 after being a finalist for the honour in 2011-12. MacLean served two stints as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks spanning 2002-04 and 2015-17 and was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 2005-11. He has been an assistant coach in the postseason on 11 occasions and has made three appearances in the Stanley Cup finals (2003, 2008, 2009), winning the Stanley Cup in 2008.

MacLean, 62, joined John Tortorella’s staff in Columbus in November of last year after not having a coaching job for two years. He worked for Randy Carlyle in Anaheim after being fired as head coach in Ottawa in 2015.

The power play of the Columbus Blue Jackets is not something the Maple Leafs should be looking to emulate. In my pre-playoffs coverage of the Blue Jackets I said their power play was so bad that the only PK squad better than Columbus’s own powerhouse unit was whoever they tried their power play against on any given night. That wasn’t exaggeration, their power play really was that bad, although it improved whenever Seth Jones was available.

Last offseason, the Maple Leafs hired Paul MacFarland, and most of us here at PPP weren’t very thrilled at the prospect of his power play concept coming to the Leafs. We can only hope this goes better.

With the news that Bruce Boudreau would not be hired by the Leafs, MacLean seems to be next man up on the veteran leadership coaching list. He joins Dave Hakstol, Manny Malhotra, and the goaltending and video coaching staff. And the new guy is getting the up in the rafters job.

And in case you were wondering how a guy who’d never been to the Soo got this job:

Update:

Also today, the Arizona Coyotes hired Maple Leafs goaltending scout/consultant Brian Daccord to be their Special Assistant to the GM and Director of Goalie Operations. I don’t think they mean hip surgeries, but who knows?

He has been with the Leafs for five seasons prior to this change.

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