Leafs prospect Woll ‘learned a lot’ in first year of pro hockey — Toronto Sun

The news was didn’t catch Joseph Woll off guard, but that didn’t make it much easier to digest. Read More

Leafs prospect Woll ‘learned a lot’ in first year of pro hockey — Toronto Sun

The news was didn’t catch Joseph Woll off guard, but that didn’t make it much easier to digest.

When the American Hockey League officially pulled the plug on the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs on Monday because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the AHL rookie year of the Toronto Marlies goaltender was done.

“It has been a weird couple of months with not knowing exactly what was going to happen,” Woll said on Tuesday from his parents’ home in St. Louis. “But now that it’s over, it’s tough. I wanted to be able to see some of the guys again.

“With pro hockey, you never know what the team is going to look like next year. At the same time, it’s good to have an answer and be out of the unknown. We can take a step back and focus on the summer now.”

Before he completely sets his concentration on the off-season and eventually returning to Toronto to resume his hockey career, the definite conclusion of the season allowed Woll to look back and make a few judgments on how it unfolded for him.

A third-round pick by the Leafs in 2016 — he was taken 61 picks after Toronto announced Auston Matthews’ name first overall in Buffalo — Woll made the transition to the AHL after three seasons at Boston College, appearing in 32 games for the Marlies.

Woll, who turns 22 on July 12, described his season as a bit of a roller-coaster. He had a record of 11-16-3, an .880 save percentage and a 3.75 goals-against average; the Marlies were nine points out of a playoff spot in the North Division when play was halted on March 12.

Not the greatest statistics line, to be sure, but Woll wasn’t asking for the world in his first run at the minor-pro level.

“I learned a lot, to be honest,” Woll said. “I think I dealt with a lot of adversity and so did the team.

“It was different than any hockey I had played before. Across the board, everyone is more skilled, for the most part stronger, faster. It can be a little overwhelming at first. The way players see the ice, their ability to make plays, was something I had to adjust to.

“It really taught me to have a really short mindset and focus on going into the next game, work on keeping your identity with all the ups and downs.”

The Leafs aren’t necessarily set in goal for the long haul — Frederik Andersen’s contract expires after the 2020-21 season and Jack Campbell’s is done after 2021-22 — but it’s not a managerial group in Toronto that will rush anyone, Marlies goaltenders included.

Kasimir Kaskisuo is eligible for free agency, and the Leafs are hopeful that Ian Scott can make a full recovery from hip surgery.

When we asked Woll about the role of patience in his development, he mentioned a pair of goalies, Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers and and Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues, who have taken different routes to the National Hockey League.

“That’s one thing around goalies, the stigma that they might take a little longer to develop, but I think it’s unique to every player,” Woll said. “You see someone like Carter Hart go right into the NHL and be so successful, and you see a guy like Jordan Binnington who had to grind and spend his time in the minors.

“I’m just trying to find what my path is. It’s not like I’m trying to streamline it like Carter or necessarily wait for years like Jordan. I’m keeping my head down and working, and when it’s my time, hopefully I will be ready.”

Like everyone else involved in the sport, Woll doesn’t know when we will see hockey games again. He enjoyed all aspects of his first year in Toronto — Woll lived with Marlies teammate Kristians Rubins in a condo not far from the Coca-Cola Coliseum — but, like he is with his on-ice growth, he will be patient.

“You have to go with the flow of it,” Woll said. “I’ll be training like the season is starting like normal but I’m also prepared (for the idea) it could be a pretty long summer. You just have to make sure you’re prepared for whatever comes.”

MIND GAMES

Joseph Woll isn’t about to take a mental break from hockey during the off-season.

“The biggest thing I want to spend time on is my mind and focus more internally this summer,” the Toronto Marlies goaltender and Maple Leafs prospect said.

“When things don’t go your way and you’re not happy with the game you played, it’s important to look at it from a long-run perspective and looking at how that can make you better. It’s just about being rational and remembering that I’m still young and this was my first year in the American Hockey League and there is a long road ahead. I think that’s the right thing to look to.”

Not that Woll is going to ignore the physical side of keeping his body ready to return to Toronto.

“I’ve been training a lot and the Leafs and the Marlies have a lot of good virtual programs they have had us working with,” Woll said.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo to Boston Rumors Have Already Started —

There are three things that are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and the Boston Celtics getting wrapped up in trade rumors. We’re 60 days removed from the last NBA basketball game, but that doesn’t mean the rumors have to end. The report that’s going around now is one that’d shake the NBA if it were […]

Giannis Antetokounmpo to Boston Rumors Have Already Started —

The Warriors have been targeting Giannis Antetokounmpo for years. They’re hoping to place him alongside the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Since Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn, it’s no surprise that the Warriors would be targeting another superstar small forward to take his place. The Warriors tried experimenting with D’Angelo Russell but ended up trading him to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and a valuable draft pick.

The Warriors have what it takes to land the superstar, but the question is, why are the Celtics involved in this? Why would the Celtics trade for a superstar forward when they already have one? It’s the same song and dance, except this time it involves the reigning MVP.

Let me start with this: the Celtics aren’t trading for Giannis Antetokounmpo. It doesn’t make sense for either side, and the Celtics wouldn’t have enough to pull it off, in my opinion. They two trades that were proposed don’t include the one player Milwaukee would covet the most from Boston: Jayson Tatum.

The good news is that Danny Ainge isn’t trading Jayson Tatum, so there’s that. If Milwaukee is going to trade Giannis, they aren’t going to trade for pennies on the dollar. They would get a haul back for Giannis, including many draft picks and several young players.

The Bucks wouldn’t accept a trade of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and picks for Giannis. I’m sure they’d be fine taking Brown in return, but they wouldn’t want Hayward. Why take on all that money for a player that has an injury history and is five years older than the player they’re trading away?

Substituting Marcus Smart for Hayward makes it more enticing, but the picks included in these trades would be worthless to Milwaukee. These aren’t even lottery picks Boston is sending out. If they wanted to match or make a better offer, the Celtics would have to trade 5/6 first-round picks, as well as including valuable players like Jaylen Brown.

The Celtics have draft picks and players to offer, but gutting an entire roster for one player isn’t worth it. We’ve talked about this before when trade rumors with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Anthony Davis came up. Why trade a collection of valuable players for one who might leave in free agency?

The thought of Giannis Antetokounmpo even coming to Boston is ridiculous. Both the Celtics and Bucks aren’t in a position where they need to make a blockbuster trade to take it to the next level. Boston’s missing key bench pieces and veteran leadership. They don’t need another star player. Milwaukee doesn’t need to make any trades. They just have to hope they continue to compete at the highest level in order for Giannis to want to stay. If not, then they’ll have to deal with that when the time comes.

Let me know what you think of these trade rumors, and tell me who you would include in a trade package for the reigning MVP.

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Sean Doolittle has some thoughts about MLB’s proposal to restart season — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle voiced some concerns as MLB ownership prepares to present a proposal to restart the 2020 season.

Sean Doolittle has some thoughts about MLB’s proposal to restart season — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle is one of baseball’s truly good guys. He and his wife Eireann Dolan have been involved with numerous philanthropic efforts and Doolittle even earned a nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 when he was with the Athletics. They have supported Operation Finally Home, which is a nonprofit that provides “custom-built, mortgage-free” homes to members of the military and their widows. They also supported San Francisco’s veterans charity Swords to Plowshares, which “provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance” to veterans.

In 2015, Doolittle and Dolan hosted Syrian refugee families for Thanksgiving amid a turbulent time concerning Syrian refugees and U.S. foreign policy. The pair continued to speak out in support of refugees, including in 2017. Doolittle and Dolan also supported LGBT people in 2015, buying enough tickets to fill the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum on LGBT night. That was in response to critics who vowed to sell their tickets in protest. Last year, Doolittle was recognized for his advocacy of union workers who serve food at MLB stadiums.

This is all to say that Doolittle is a thoughtful guy who puts his money where his mouth is. He doesn’t just shoot from the hip.

Today, we learned that MLB ownership has agreed on a proposal it intends to present to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday regarding the 2020 regular season. The proposal will include details about the schedule, location of games, as well as worker pay. Ahead of that proposal, Doolittle offered his thoughts on the matter in a thread on Twitter. He provides links to many resources, validating his concerns. It’s worth reading and considering.Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · 

Bear with me, but it feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season. Here are some things I’ll be looking for in the proposal…Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

Because this is a novel virus, there is still so much we don’t know – including the long-term effects. On top of respiratory issues, there’s been evidence of kidney, intestinal, and liver damage, as well as neurological malfunctions, blood clots & strokes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-destroys-lungs-but-doctors-are-finding-its-damage-in-kidneys-hearts-and-elsewhere/2020/04/14/7ff71ee0-7db1-11ea-a3ee-13e1ae0a3571_story.html …Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.A small but growing body of evidence suggests the virus invades other organs and tissues, causing heart arrhythmias, blood clots and renal failure.washingtonpost.com1,825Twitter Ads info and privacy280 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

Covid-19 patients often develop lung scarring, or ‘ground-glass opacities’. These were found even in asymptomatic patients, and because the virus often affects both lungs, can cause permanent damage in some cases. Definitely a concern for an athlete. https://www.vox.com/2020/5/8/21251899/coronavirus-long-term-effects-symptoms …The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explained”It is a true roller coaster of symptoms and severities, with each new day offering many unknowns.”vox.comObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

Research has shown Covid-19 may cause issues with male hormone ratios – even in younger men, which could lead to fertility complications. Not ideal. Extremely suboptimal. Zero stars. https://www.vox.com/2020/5/8/21251899/coronavirus-long-term-effects-symptoms …The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explained”It is a true roller coaster of symptoms and severities, with each new day offering many unknowns.”vox.com1,498Twitter Ads info and privacy113 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

We know that sharing indoor spaces greatly increases the infection risk, and it’s rare that only 1 person gets sick. Will there be modifications made to clubhouses or other facilities to prevent a spread?https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.04.20053058v1.full.pdf …https://thefern.org/2020/04/mapping-covid-19-in-meat-and-food-processing-plants/ …https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/8/20-1274_article …Mapping Covid-19 in meat and food processing plants | Food and Environment Reporting NetworkThis story was updated on May 8] According to data collected by FERN, as of May 8 at 12pm ET, at least 190 meatpacking and processed food plants and four farms have confirmed cases of Covid-19…thefern.orgObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

And we’ve learned that you release the most virus into your environment prior to symptoms even showing. So how frequently will we be testing to stay ahead of a potential spread and to mitigate as much risk as possible? https://virologie-ccm.charite.de/fileadmin/user_upload/microsites/m_cc05/virologie-ccm/dateien_upload/Weitere_Dateien/analysis-of-SARS-CoV-2-viral-load-by-patient-age-v2.pdf …1,097Twitter Ads info and privacy92 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

Fauci spoke about conducting an NFL season & indicated a need for daily testing. Baseball players might not be in close contact during a game the way football players are, but there is a lot of shared space in a clubhouse among players, coaches and staff. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/05/11/dr-anthony-fauci-football-the-perfect-set-up-for-spreading/ …

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So how many tests do we need to safely play during a pandemic? And not just tests for players. Baseball requires a massive workforce besides the players; coaches, clubhouse staff, security, grounds crews, umpires, gameday stadium staff, TV & media…we need to protect everyone.1,363Twitter Ads info and privacy117 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

And that’s before we get to hotel workers and transportation workers (pilots, flight attendants, bus drivers). They are essential workers. We wouldn’t be able to play a season without them, and they deserve the same protections.Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

We need to consider what level of risk we’re willing to assume. 80% of cases are considered mild, but what if a player, a staff member, an auxiliary worker, or a family member gets a case that’s in the 20% and they develop severe symptoms or chronic issues? 1 feels like too many?1,321Twitter Ads info and privacy103 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

There are a number of players & staff who have pre-existing conditions that they are aware of (and likely more who aren’t yet). We need a plan that seriously considers the increased health concerns of any players, staff or workers who are at higher risk. https://theathletic.com/1806075/2020/05/11/rosenthal-what-players-with-underlying-health-concerns-say-about-a-possible-return/ …Rosenthal: What players with underlying health concerns say…The players only will push forward with the 2020 season if they are assured the league will take every measure to keep them safe.theathletic.comObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

And if even mild cases can cause long-term health effects, will there be added healthcare benefits for players, staff and workers that will extend beyond their employment and into retirement to mitigate the unknown risks of putting on a baseball season during a pandemic?1,150Twitter Ads info and privacy95 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

We don’t have a vaccine yet, and we don’t really have any effective anti-viral treatments. What happens if there is a second wave? Hopefully we can come up with BOTH a proactive health plan focused on prevention AND a reactive plan aimed at containment.Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

Hopefully these concerns will be addressed in MLB’s proposal, first and foremost: 1) what’s the plan to ethically acquire enough tests? 2) what’s the protocol if a player, staff member, or worker contracts the virus? We want to play. And we want everyone to stay safe.1,407Twitter Ads info and privacy132 people are talking about thisObi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo · Replying to @whatwouldDOOdo

Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. I’m going to turn my phone off now. Best of luck to my mentions. Stay safe. Keep washing your hands and wearing your masks. I hope we get to play baseball for you again soon. ✌🏻❤️Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle@whatwouldDOOdo

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We haven’t heard from many players about the risks they face if they were to resume playing. Doolittle has taken it upon himself to speak up. Hopefully, union reps take his concerns into account before hearing MLB’s proposal tomorrow.

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AHL cancels season for the first time in 83-year history — Edmonton Sun

The American Hockey League, which started just before the Second World War, playing through the conflict, had its continual run come to an end by COVID-19 on Monday with the cancellation of the rest of the season. Read More

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