Jalen Rose takes shots at Raptors front office for trading Vince Carter

Jalen Rose takes shots at Raptors front office for trading Vince Carter

Before the Toronto Raptors could call themselves NBA champions thanks to the services of players like Kyle Lowry, the franchise was kept aloft by the superstar play of Vince Carter. While he never had an amazing collection of role players alongside him, Jalen Rose managed to have some success in Canada. Rose averaged 16.2 points […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It will be a different feel to the Marlies season, but there are important players to keep an eye on

To call this season of the AHL bizarre would be an understatement. The majority of the league has started play, and we’ve been patiently waiting for the Canadian teams to begin playing. Initially those were Belleville, Winnipeg, Laval, and the Toronto Marlies, but the Stockton Heat will be playing out of Calgary this year, so now there are five.
To complicate things further, both the Marlies and Belleville weren’t able to be scheduled for home games, as Ontario had restrictions in place preventing that until recently. The result of all these issues is a schedule being built that only takes teams through February, and the remaining schedule will come at a future date.
From Marlies.ca
There will be four game series with Manitoba and Stockton that will kick start the year, and involve a four game in five night stint followed by a travel day and then four games in six nights. That’s a lot of hockey and fast, but it meets the needs of teams that have desperately been waiting to get their prospects some playing time.
Who to watch on the Marlies
Look no further than recent LeafsPR tweet to see the key names …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Growing up coloured with the game of hockey

Toronto, Torono, The Six, Home — whatever you may call it. Toronto is objectively one of the best and most diverse cities in the entire world. A city filled with so much history, culture, and the greatest sports teams.
There’s nothing that can be compared to the feeling of getting off the train at Union Station, hearing the rumblings and excitement of fellow fans going to a Maple Leafs game on a Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. Your heart’s racing, you’re smiling from ear to ear, you can’t wait to see your favourite player score on ice, and then, someone looks at you and spits out a racial slur, or they ask you what you ‘really know about hockey’, and you suddenly can’t wait to go back home. The NHL says that Hockey is for Everyone, but is it really?
Being the daughter of immigrant parents, people would sometimes look at me confused when I told them that hockey was my favourite sport or when I tried to talk about a game with them. Why do you like hockey? What do you know about hockey? Hockey makes me happy. The plays, the speed of the game, …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Mail Call: Leafs lose Dell, Hockey on Lake Ontario, Bogosian thoughts and more…

Welcome to our first mail call of the regular season. Looking at the standings, the 3-1 start looks pretty good. Watching the games  or diving into the stats on the other hand has led to a lot of uncertainty about this team. Luckily we are very smart and have all the answers that Leafs Nation seeks. Let’s get at it…

Interest in non Leafs Q ? Curious about how cap/NHL rules work re retained salary transactions.
— John Stevens (@john__stevens) January 18, 2021

We decided to hand this question over to our resident Brendan Pridham, Earl Schwartz. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who understands the CBA and the salary cap better than Earl, and we’ll continue to exploit his knowledge until a team hires him away from us.
Earl: 
In the realm of CBA topics, retained salary is relatively simple! Teams cannot retain more than 50% of a player’s cap hit in a single transaction. If a player has a $4m cap hit and the trading team agrees to retain 50%, the receiving team gets said player at a cap hit of $2m and the original team retains a cap hit of $2m. If the player’s salary …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mark Shapiro talks about his contract, support from ownership on free agency, the Vancouver Canadians, and more!

Mark Shapiro hosted a media call on Wednesday to speak about a variety of Blue Jays-related topics, which was nicely summed by Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling in a Twitter thread. I’ll talk about the highlights from the call…

On his contract…
Shapiro joined the Blue Jays back in 2015 after the team made the playoffs for the first time in over two decades. That five-year contract is now coming to an end. Though he didn’t offer any specific details, it does seem as though Shapiro and the Blue Jays will reach a new deal for him to remain the organization’s President and CEO.
“I want to be here,” Shapiro said. “I want to finish the job.” Addressing the ongoing partnership between him and the organization, Shapiro said, “I’d expect that’s going to continue to happen.”
Anything can happen, of course, but it’s difficult to imagine that the Blue Jays would move in a different direction at this point. Shapiro has slogged through the difficult part of the organization’s rebuild over the past few years and it appears as though the team is finally ready to turn a corner.
Beyond rebuilding a strong core of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

More trade proposals from around Leaf Land

A couple of days ago we put out a call for trade proposals. We took a look at some of them in the post below…
Taking a look at the trades you want the Leafs to make

Given the number of trade proposals we received we’ve decided to do a follow up post a few of the other interesting proposals we received. So without further adieu…

To TorontoParayko
To St. LouisJohnssonLildjgren15th OA pick
— Tim Smitten (@TSmitten9) August 30, 2020

Scott:  This is one of those trades where I’m hesitant to say yes, but deep down know it’s a solid trade, which probably means that it’s good for both sides. That’s just my biased opinion, but I have no problem with this trade, although if anyone says no, it’ll be St. Louis.
Michael: Not 100% sure this will be enough of a return to convice the Blues to part ways with Parayko since they value him so highly. I like the idea behind it and more often than not this the kind of package teams need to give up to get a defeceman like …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Who’s the next “CALL HIM UP” prospect?

We’ve been screaming CALL HIM UP for over a year now and it’s finally happened. Vlad Jr’s service time has been adequately manipulated, he’s, uhhhhh, figured out how to run the bases which he could only do in Buffalo, and he’s played in back-to-back-to-back games in the field. On Friday, Canada’s Large Adult Son will finally make his much-anticipated Major League debut.

Now that Vlad is up and playing with the Blue Jays, the fanbase is going to need another Large Adult Son to yell about. You know, the kind of player that, even if he’s years away from realistically making the jump to the Major League level, does something good and everybody quote tweets it and posts CALL HIM UP.
Who’s it gonna be?

Bo Bichette?
Bo would make the most sense, but, unfortunately, he’s going to be out for the next month-and-a-bit after suffering a broken hand in a Triple-A game last week. This sucks especially because Bo had found his swing in Buffalo over the past few games after a little bit of a slow start at Triple-A. Still, when he comes back, he’s the logical choice …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation