Raptors fans will love Nets imploding amid Kyrie Irving drama

Raptors fans will love Nets imploding amid Kyrie Irving drama

The Toronto Raptors had to have been extremely fearful of the Brooklyn Nets when they were able to land Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the same offseason. When the pair have been healthy, they’ve looked unstoppable at times. However, Brooklyn’s grand experiment is in danger of blowing up thanks to Irving’s irritation. The Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Christian Koloko says Pascal Siakam inspires Cameroon

Raptors: Christian Koloko says Pascal Siakam inspires Cameroon

There have only been four players in the history of the NBA who have been born in Cameroon. The Toronto Raptors have one of them in All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam. Apparently of the mindset that the squad needed one more Douala native in rookie Christian Koloko. Unlike Siakam, Koloko is a 7-1 center that is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Russian factor set to mix up the 2022 NHL draft board

The “Russian factor” has been a topic of discussion for years in the National Hockey League. Whether it was in the early 90s when the first wave of Soviet players made the jump to the NHL or more recently in the 2010s following the creation of the KHL, a bias against players coming out of Russia has been persistent for a long time.
While the Russian factor has not been as significant as it once was immediately after the creation of the KHL in 2008, we have still seen star players take longer to come over to North America, such as Kirill Kaprizov and Igor Shesterkin, enough to make some teams hesitant to use significant draft picks on these players.
Entering the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the Russian factor has a whole new meaning. Following the invasion of Ukraine, the relationship between the NHL and KHL has been altered, as has the potential development path for prospects still based in Russia. It has already been reported that some teams are not considering drafting Russian players whatsoever, while on the whole a tentative approach to these prospects will almost certainly be taken from the rest of the league.
This sets up a fascinating question mark as we quickly approach t …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Looking back at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2018 draft

Over the course of this week, I’ve been looking back at each of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ four draft classes under the tenure of GM Kyle Dubas, reviewing how the selections were viewed at the time, how they have panned out to date, and noting what talent they missed out on (if any) in the immediate picks following.
Today, we finish off the series by reviewing the 2018 draft class for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first draft overseen by Kyle Dubas as general manager. With a fairly shallow prospect pool having seen major pieces graduate to the NHL roster in the two years prior to this draft, Dubas and the rest of the Leafs staff needed to hit on at least some of the picks to begin to restock the cupboards.
1st Round, 29th Overall – Rasmus Sandin, LD, OHL
At the time
Firstly, Kyle Dubas traded down from the 25th overall slot, adding a third-round pick by moving down four positions in the draft order.
Then, upon selecting Rasmus Sandin, many were thinking “here we go again” as Dubas’ first draft pick came from non-other than Sault Ste. Marie, the very OHL team Dubas had been the general manager of prior to his time with the Maple Leafs.
It was a bold move for Dubas to put aside the optics o …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Put Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame already

Leafs legend Alexander Mogilny has been eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2009, but every June comes and goes without the “Call to the Hall”. Some of this is justified: simply better players have become eligible over the years, which has bumped him down the order. But for Mogilny to go 13 induction cycles without being selected to the Hall is puzzling considering some of his career accomplishments:
Top-100 all-time in points (81st – 1032)
Top-75 all-time in goals (56th – 473)
One of only six players to score 70+ goals in a season (76G in 77GP in 1992-93)
8x 30 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 10x)
4x 40 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 6x)
2x 100 points-scorer (full-season pace: 3x)
1x Stanley Cup champion (NJD, 2000)
1x Rocket Richard trophy* (*if it existed in 1992-93, tied with Teemu Selanne)
1x Lady Byng trophy (2003)
NHL record for most game-winning goals in a season (11 in 1992-93)
NHL record for fastest goal to start a game (5 seconds)
One of 30 members of Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold in 1988, World Championship in 1989, Stanley Cup in 2000)
First Russian to be made Captain of an NHL club
Add in the cultural element of being the first player to defect from the Soviet Union to play …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Blue Jays starter Hyun-Jin Ryu needs surgery and will miss the rest of the year

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s season is over.

Ryu, 35, has been dealing with some issues in his left forearm all year and two weeks ago landed back on the IL with inflammation. Now, the club has announced he will require surgery and is out for the season.

Hyun Jin Ryu is having elbow surgery, per Ross Atkins.It’s either a full Tommy John or a partial revision, but they’re not sure yet.He’s done for the season. #BlueJays
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) June 14, 2022

It’s undoubtedly tough news for Ryu who has pitched just 27 innings this season. He’s had a tough go of it when drawn into the lineup, too. He’s thrown a 5.67 ERA and 4.81 FIP to go along with a 1.34 WHIP — all of which being the worst of his career.
His H/9 has risen to 10.7 from his career average of 8.6, while his SO/9 rate has plummetted from a career average of 8.0 to 5.3.
Recovery from Tommy John surgery is a long process with it taking anywhere from 12 months to 18 months. He’s in the third season of a four-year deal paying him $20-million a year.
He broke onto the season making the most of his first season in Toronto finishing third in the AL Cy Young voting, but his game hasn’t quite replicated itself as it did that year.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Raptors G League coach Patrick Mutombo joins Suns as assistant

Raptors G League coach Patrick Mutombo joins Suns as assistant

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the league’s most consistent winners over the last decade, as Dwane Casey and Nick Nurse have made them a ubiquitous postseason presence and NBA champion. Assistant coaches like Patrick Mutombo rarely get tons of credit, but they are integral parts of the squad. Mutombo joined the Raptors in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors looking at 2022 Israel League MVP Chinanu Onuaku

Raptors looking at 2022 Israel League MVP Chinanu Onuaku

The Toronto Raptors have never been shy about trying to sign some of the best players currently plying their trade in European or Asian leagues. That philosophy helped them get a first-hand look at Ish Wainright and Sam Dekker last season. Masai Ujiri might return to those leagues this offseason as he tries to sign […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza activated off IL

Blue Jays lefty reliever Tim Mayza has been activated off the 15-day IL and is active for Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Detroit Tigers.

Mayza’s been a solid arm out of the bullpen for the Jays and one of the few lefty options there.

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LHP Tim Mayza reinstated from 15-day IL and will be active today
RHP Jeremy Beasley optioned to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/M3BVyWqnaR
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 11, 2022

He was placed on the IL on May 16th, retroactive to the day prior, with inflammation in his left forearm. It’s the same issue that has plagued Hyun-Jin Ryu early on this season.
Across 13 innings of work this year, Mayza’s posted a 2.06 ERA along with a 1.00 WHIP and a 0.5 bWAR.
In a subsequent move, the Jays optioned righty reliever Jeremy Beasley to the Triple-A Bisons. He’s thrown four innings in the big’s this year posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
As it stands today, the Jays left handed releivers have had a tough go. Tayler Saucedo and Andrew Vazquez both find themselves on the IL, leaving recent recall Matt Gage the only other lefty behind Mayza.
The Jays close out their series against the Tigers Sunday afternoon at 1:40 p.m. EST.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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NBA Mock Draft has Raptors adding versatile wing, star recruit

NBA Mock Draft has Raptors adding versatile wing, star recruit

The Toronto Raptors have always been willing to use a second-round pick in the NBA Draft on a raw bunch of tools that eventually gets molded into a viable NBA fringe player. Masai Ujiri is running out of time to locate that next stud as the 2022 NBA Draft draws closer. While the Raptors could […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ