Who’s the New Guy? Getting to Know the Toronto Raptors’ New Faces

Who’s the New Guy? Getting to Know the Toronto Raptors’ New Faces

Through the draft and free agency, the Toronto Raptors have brought five new faces into the fold. Just as quickly as it began, the NBA’s free agency period is winding down. With the re-signing of Fred VanVleet and the shuffling of key big men standing as the Toronto Raptors‘ most significant changes. Barring any unforeseen […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Free agency rumors surrounding Serge Ibaka

Toronto Raptors: Free agency rumors surrounding Serge Ibaka

Free agency begins in a couple of days for the Toronto Raptors and the NBA. The Raptors have some high profile free-agent decisions to make, and Serge Ibaka is one of them while rumors abound about his status. The Toronto Raptors 2020 off-season choices may be the most consequential decisions the franchise has made in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 4 Reasons Aron Baynes is the perfect pick up if Ibaka leaves

Who’s the New Guy? Getting to Know the Toronto Raptors’ New Faces

The official start date for Free Agency is November 20, and the Toronto Raptors will have a lot to think about at the Center position. The questions keep accumulating for the Toronto Raptors when talking about who will be their Center/s next season. Serge Ibaka will be looking for a lucrative deal, and Marc Gasol […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

What do the Leafs need to do to become Stanley Cup contenders?

After the Toronto Maple Leafs’ free agency, you could say their chances of becoming Stanley Cup Champions has become higher. Adding @T.J. Brodie, Wayne Simmonds and Joe Thornton to their roster makes them deeper but also a team that’s tougher to play against.
The long off-season has made it clear that each team will come into next season with one goal in mind: to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto is one of the teams that people believe have a chance to do something they haven’t done in a long time. That is, if they play their cards right and grow past their old ways.
Which is, one of the three things they need to change to show they’re ready. The other two are in the video that you should watch. And hey, if you enjoy the video make sure to subscribe, too.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Thomas Pannone and Forrest Wall among Blue Jays’ minor-leaguers who became free agents

Major League Baseball free agency officially began yesterday.

While the big names like Trevor Bauer and George Springer and Marcus Stroman and so on will dominate people’s attention, there are also 422 minor-league players who also hit the open market yesterday. The Blue Jays had 18 players become free agents.
Here are they are, courtesy of Baseball America…
Deiferson Barreto, Andrew Burns, Patrick Cantwell, Ryan Dull, James Dykstra, Conor Fisk, Gabriel Guerrero, Mac James, Jesus Lopez, Mike Nittoli, Juan Nunez, Norberto Obeso, Willy Ortiz, Connor Overton, Tom Pannone, Luis Silva, Mitchell Walding, Forrest Wall.
A good chunk of these names are just organizational depth types who were signed to minor-league deals, like Andy Burns, Ryan Dull, and Patrick Cantwell. But there are also a couple of prospects worth noting here.
Thomas Pannone was acquired as part of the Joe Smith to Cleveland trade a few years ago. At one point, he looked like he had a future as a starting pitcher but never panned out. Pannone was designated for assignment in August and cleared waivers. He didn’t pitch for the Blue Jays in 2020 after pitching 116 innings for the club between 2018 and 2019.
And then there’s Forrest Wall, one of the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

How has free agency gone so far for the Leafs?

Week one of free agency is coming to a close. The money is gone, but so are the most critical holes in the roster. The path to cap compliance is there, and there generally seems to be a sense of excitement around the Leafs to traditionally comes with the luxury of just looking at the team on paper, but how do we really feel about them? Some of our writers have weighed in on how free agency has gone so far for the Leafs…
Michael Mazzei (@theleafsimo)
Overall, I’m pleased with how the Leafs have done so far in free agency. After Alex Pietrangelo, TJ Brodie was the best defenceman available and adding him was critical in solidifying the depth on the blue line. Kyle Dubas talked about wanting to  make the Leafs tougher to play against, and the additions of both Wayne Simmonds and Zach Bogosian should provide just that and add some valuable veteran leadership in the locker room. I also thought the Leafs did well on their depth signings, with Jimmy Vesey being the most intriguing of the bunch. And the addition of Aaron Dell will help improve the goaltending depth. I still believe they need …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Grading the Maple Leafs’ draft and free agency signings

So, here we are. Four days after free agency and seven days after the NHL draft. Are you having fun yet?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a few key additions during free agency along with drafting a great bundle of prospects. It’s been an interesting yet different free agency, but one that I can say the Maple Leafs succeeded in. Bringing in toughness and adding a few defenders, it looks like Toronto is moving closer and closer to contention.
Yet I still don’t believe they’re done yet.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Toronto’s Busy Offseason

Since the opening of free agency, the Leafs have a number of moves. In this episode, Kevin Papetti and I break down the signings and trades that have happened. We also look into the 2020 NHL draft and discuss how the Leafs did. Below is the itinerary for this episode:
1:03 TJ Brodie
11:27 Johnsson for Anderson
21:32 Wayne Simmonds
31:10 Zach Bogosian
35:30 The Leafs defense going forward
43:00 Travis Boyd
45:20 What’s next for the Leafs this offseason
1:00:40 The 2020 NHL Draft
Where Can You Listen:
Soundcloud

Spotify

Itunes:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-eighteen-mikko-lehtonen-szn/id1484994398?i=1000474024422
 
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: How much money is too much for Fred VanVleet?

With fan-favorite Fred VanVleet set to hit free agency, the Toronto Raptors will have to face a difficult decision about bringing him back.  Especially with other teams ready to throw big money his way. In just over a year’s time, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet has gone from ordinary role player to household name.  After […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

How does Alex Pietrangelo statistically fit with the Leafs?

With the draft finishing up, and free agency on Friday, Alex Pietrangelo remains without a contract and is likely going to free agency. While the rumours are that Vegas is the frontrunner, the Leafs are one of the top names in that discussion as well.
Leading up to free agency, it seems like the talk is about how Pietrangelo fits into the Leafs cap situation. While that’s certainly a huge part of the equation, we don’t see a whole lot out there on Pietrangelo fits in with the Leafs as far as his actual play goes.
So, let’s dive into what exactly Alex Pietrangelo brings to the table on the ice, and then using that information, where he would be best utilized on the Leafs.
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Since his first full season, Pietrangelo has been a consistent 40-50 point player throughout his career, although as he’s gotten older, he seems to rely more on his goal scoring than his playmaking. He puts up points on the power play when given the opportunity as well so he could help the second power play, or even man the first unit and bring a shot that Morgan Rielly doesn’t.


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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation