Will the disappointing Raptors bench turn it around in the second half?

Will the disappointing Raptors bench turn it around in the second half?

The Toronto Raptors have become one of the most consistent teams in the league over the last decade despite, for the most part, a lack of star power. In order to accomplish those goals, both Dwane Casey and Nick Nurse have been able to make Toronto one of the deepest teams in the league. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Can Canada’s own Elijah Fisher save Toronto basketball?

Can Canada’s own Elijah Fisher save Toronto basketball?

Canada has slowly become a hub for NBA talent Toronto saw the odd Todd MacCulloch or Jamaal Magloire slip through the cracks, but the city wasn’t turning out lottery prospects left and right for the last few decades. In the year 2021, however, Canada is the second-highest exporter of NBA talent, and the players coming into […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell out for weeks, Joseph Woll recalled to the taxi squad

Leafs’ fans worst fears have become a reality as Jack Campbell is going to be missing time due to an injury suffered during Sunday’s win over the Calgary Flames.

Leafs have recalled Joseph Woll to join the taxi squad.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 26, 2021

Due to Campbell being out of commission for the time being, Michael Hutchinson is back to being the Leafs’ backup goalie. Joseph Woll was brought up to the taxi squad as a result of the move.
Late in the game against the Flames, Campbell was in discomfort after Matthew Tkachuk appeared to fall on him during a scramble in the crease. Campbell was in serious discomfort but stayed in the game for the final few minutes to close out the win.

Matthew Tkachuk Jack Campbell#hfhits
You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/THJMop3AF5
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) January 25, 2021

Campbell has a 2-0-0 record along with a .920 SV% and a 2.00 GAA in his two starts. Hutchinson, who split last season between the Leafs and the Colorado Avalance, posted a 5-9-1 record, a .888 SV%, and a 3.47 GAA in 16 games during the 2019-20 campaign.
It’s times like this where Leafs fans really miss having Aaron Dell …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Can NBA investigation on Kawhi Leonard return him to Toronto?

Toronto Raptors: Can NBA investigation on Kawhi Leonard return him to Toronto?

New allegations imperil the Los Angeles Clippers’ plan to become a relevant NBA franchise when they signed former Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard. Their alleged conduct could mean the 2019 NBA Finals MVP could return to Toronto. The summer of 2019 was bittersweet for the Toronto Raptors franchise and their fanbase. It was a year in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors pursue a trade for Joel Embiid?

With Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka set to become UFAs and the Philadelphia 76ers dumpster fire roaring louder than ever, would the Toronto Raptors go all-in on Joel Embiid? All the offseason talk with the Toronto Raptors so far has been aimed towards Free Agency 2021 and “The Summer of Giannis” but what if the […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

You won’t be able to watch Blue Jays games on MLB.tv in Canada this year

The nightmare has become reality. The Blue Jays will be blacked out for Canadian viewers on MLB.tv this season as Rogers is trying to force viewers to pay for their Sportsnet NOW streaming service (which costs $24.99 per month).

Blue Jays games will be blacked out in Canada on MLBTV this year. Thank you Rogers very cool pic.twitter.com/C7T8wizz9E
— Cam Lewis (@cooom) February 21, 2020

This honestly isn’t really that surprising but it’s still incredibly disappointing. Blackouts are something sports fans are all too familiar with as TV and streaming rights over geographical areas get in the way of fans simply being able to, ya know, watch games.
In this instance, Rogers is using the Blue Jays, a key part of their brand, to sway people into purchasing their streaming service, Sportsnet Now. Why would you pay to watch only the things Sportsnet offers when you can pay to watch literally all of the baseball games instead? If you’re a baseball fan, you’d obviously go the MLB.tv route for your streaming. But, now that the Jays are blacked out in Canada if you want to watch the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Whether you like him or not, Tyson Barrie should probably be traded

It seems that Tyson Barrie has become the Jake Gardiner replacement in more ways than one. He’s been a bit of the defensive whipping boy all season, but with Marincin scratched and Ceci injured, it seems like we are going to need to gear up for a ton of Tyson Barrie takes, and I’m going to get mine out of the way now.

Tyson man. Why? pic.twitter.com/RvdJjzONTs
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 9, 2020
We’ll start with that because it’s clearly the Barrie situation that is freshest and one that has fueled the amount of “Trade Barrie” takes that exist at the present moment in Leafs land.
Given that it’s 3 on 3 overtime and he has Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews with him, it’s bizarre that Barrie felt the need to drive the offense on that play. There’s also the issue that it clearly wasn’t the odd man rush, so by committing to go deep into the Habs zone it was fairly obvious that he would potentially be creating an odd man rush situation. Barrie also shot low, which was bound to keep …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: The aftermath of one of the worst losses of the Leafs’ season

Having a bad time in Florida has become a trend for the Maple Leafs. But last night, the struggle in paradise reached a new level.

Though the Panthers haven’t exactly been a strong opponent in, well, forever, the trip to Florida always seems to be a daunting one for the Leafs. Their last win in Florida came all the way back on Dec. 28, 2016, when they edged the Panthers out 3-2 in the shootout. Since then, it’s been a disaster. They kicked this skid off with the infamous 7-2 loss in March of 2017, they lost both of their trips to Florida in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and extended the Sunrise losing streak to six games with last night’s lopsided loss.
The Leafs got pounded by the Florida Panthers by a score of 8-4 on Sunday night. The loss extended their losing skid to three games and it now has them just one point up on the Panthers for the third seed in the Atlantic Division. The eight goals were the most the team had allowed in a game, with the next-worst result being a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning back in October.
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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Doerrie: Ben Harpur and Jason Spezza Show Mike Babcock Still Hasn’t Changed

It’s become a one-liner; “Mike Babcock needs his toys taken away.”
This summer, most of Leafs Nation began to think that, with Nikita Zaitsev and Ron Hainsey gone, there would be no more “toys” left for Babcock to play with. “Toy”, in this case, is used to describe a certain player who either: a) shouldn’t be playing at all based on available talent or, b) playing someone way too high in the lineup.
Hainsey and Zaitsev fell into Category B, while Ben Harpur is very much in Category A. Hyman is another “Babcock toy” who many would argue fits into Category B, but at least he contributes effectively to one of the NHL’s most potent lines. Harpur, other than being 6’7, doesn’t contribute to the outcome of the game in any tangible way in my eyes, at least in a positive sene. But do not be even remotely surprised if Babcock plays him over Marincin, or even Sandin.
A very large portion of the fanbase — and likely the front office, mind you — believes Babcock needs to change his line of thinking for the Leafs to be successful. I’m here to tell you that, unfortunately, he probably …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

One Drake lyric for every player on the Toronto Raptors

Over the years, global ambassador Drake has become inextricably linked with the Toronto Raptors. So we decided to pick one lyric of his for every player currently on the team. Aubrey Drake Graham is many things. He’s a former teenaged star of the iconic Canadian TV drama, Degrassi. He’s a rapper – the most successful […]
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Author: Lior Kozai / Raptors HQ