1 prospect from each 2022 Final Four team Raptors could draft

1 prospect from each 2022 Final Four team Raptors could draft

As Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors blitz ahead in their quest for a top-six seed in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors draft plans are starting to round into form now that several prospects have distinguished themselves in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Toronto is in a prime position to add one of these Final Four […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs recall Nick Robertson from Marlies

Ahead of Friday’s practice, the Leafs announced that the club has recalled forward Nick Robertson from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. A broken leg suffered in the Marlies’ second game of the season has limited Robertson to just nine games so far this season in which he has tallied three goals and five assists.

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nick Robertson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 25, 2022

Given his lack of playing time so far this season, the timing of the move is a bit curious. Ilya Mikheyev did leave Thursday’s win against Minnesota with a non-COVID related illness but the Leafs already had an extra forward in the fold with Thursday’s recall of Kyle Clifford and recent comments from GM Kyle Dubas make it seem unlikely that Robertson has been recalled simply as insurance at this point of the season.

“I’m very happy with [Robertson], the key for us is for him to continue to build momentum. One of the things that we’ve learned in the past with him is, last year with the taxi squad it was up and down, it tends to stunt momentum. I just see him continuing to build momentum, continuing to take on a huge role with the penalty kill and defensively for [the Marlies] while also producing offensively. It’ll be a matter of time before he forces our hand.”
– Kyle Dubas on Nick Robertson, February 20th

It is always possible that the Leafs are just rewarding Robertson with a day of NHL pay since they’re already …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

2022 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Who will the Toronto Raptors take?

2022 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Who will the Toronto Raptors take?

It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2022 NBA Draft, as teams will always be trying to add that next franchise-changer. Rebuilding teams like the Detroit Pistons and play-in contenders like the Toronto Raptors will both look to add players that can reinvent the organization. This draft is widely starting to be […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News from the Rink: Nylander, Rielly, and Muzzin return to Maple Leafs practice

The Maple Leafs gain a few more players ahead of their final practice before the New Years Day game against the Ottawa Senators.
Coming out of COVID protocols today for Toronto is William Nylander, Jake Muzzin, and Morgan Rielly. All three players are taking advantage of the new five-day isolation rules, allowing each of them to return earlier than expected.

Players practicing Dec. 31:
Forwards: Bunting, Engvall, Kämpf, Kaše, Kerfoot, Marner, Matthews, Mikheyev, Nylander, Ritchie, Simmonds, Spezza, Tavares
Defencemen: Biega, Brodie, Dermott, Holl, Kivihalme, Muzzin, Rielly, Sandin
Goalies: Campbell, Hutchinson, Mrázek
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 31, 2021

Remaining in protocols for the Maple Leafs is Timothy Liljegren, who was placed there on December 29th. He’s the only player left on the COVID list. Finally, with the three of Nylander, Rielly, and Muzzin returning, the Maple Leafs have sent Chad Krys back to the Toronto Marlies.
And if you’re wondering what Nylander did while stuck in his apartment, he played video games.

William Nylander said he played a lot of video games during quarantine. Had no symptoms. Call of Duty was the game of choice.
— David Alter (@dalter) December 31, 2021

That’s something I would’ve done, too, honestly. I probably …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 1 stud and 1 dud from chaotic, low-scoring win vs. Knicks

Raptors: 1 stud and 1 dud from chaotic, low-scoring win vs. Knicks

The Toronto Raptors had a tall task ahead of them in a rivalry game against the New York Knicks. Not only would Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam have to rebound from a tough home loss to Oklahoma City, but they would have to do so with several rotation players missing. Dalano Banton, Yuta Watanabe, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the rotation bigs

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the rotation bigs

Just ahead of Wednesday night’s season opener against the Washington Wizards, we wrap up the Toronto Raptors’ preseason “Best and Worst Case Scenario” series with a glimpse at the rotation big men. You might imagine a worst-case scenario looking a lot like last year’s big man rotation, where Aron Baynes and Alex Len offered nothing […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Mark Shapiro expects payroll to continue to rise despite Blue Jays lagging behind in revenue

The Blue Jays have a big winter ahead of them.

After coming up just short of reaching the playoffs with a 91-71 record, Toronto heads into the off-season with a pair of key contributors, Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien, set to hit free agency.
Mark Shapiro gave an end-of-season press conference on Monday in which he offered some optimism for fans when it comes to how the team is going to operate over the winter. While Shapiro and Co. don’t yet have a payroll figure for the 2022 season, the Blue Jays President and CEO believes that ownership will continue the trend of increasing spending…
“The choreography of our off-season leaves our final payroll meeting with ownership still about one month away, so while I’d like to think I’m making those decisions unilaterally, I’m certainly not. We’ve got to make our proposal.
But every indication I’ve received, and I think every indication that we’ve been shown, which is the demonstration of consistent and strong support, along with us fulfilling our end of the bargain, which is demonstrating that the team continues to improve and we continue to perform on the field. That leads me …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 5 most important games in team history

Toronto Raptors: 5 most important games in team history

Tough times ahead. While the Toronto Raptors have lately enjoyed by far the most successful era in team history, this past season along with the foreseeable future is likely to take a downturn. The 2021-22 Raptors have plenty going for them, but as far as historic games go, we may have to wait a while. […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Injury Updates! Julian Merryweather is pitching again, Cavan Biggio has a UCL sprain, and more

Ahead of last night’s game, the Blue Jays activated reliever Joakim Soria from the Injured List and sent Conor Overton down to Triple-A. Here are a bunch of other injury-related updates…

Julian Merryweather is back on the mound after suffering a setback in his rehab assignment last week. On August 18, Merryweather made his first outing since April with the Dunedin Blue Jays and tossed a scoreless frame. After that, he was said to be dealing with some general soreness, so the team pumped the breaks a bit.
On Tuesday, Merryweather tossed an inning in the Florida Complex League, striking out one while not allowing a hit or a walk. It still seems as though Merryweather is a ways away, but maybe he can make his way back before the end of September. Rosters will be expanded by then, which will help, but, still, given the way things have gone, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
George Springer has been doing drills and live batting practice and he was seen running the bases at the Rogers Centre, which is a good sign. Springer has been on the IL for 10 days now so he’s technically able to return to the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 players that could win award races next season

Toronto Raptors: 3 players that could win award races next season

Looking ahead to next season, the Toronto Raptors have a couple of players on their current roster with the capability to potentially take home some hardware next season. The Raptors didn’t have the best 2020-21 season, I think we all can agree on that. However, they landed a lottery pick in this year’s draft, and […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ