1 Top 5 NBA Draft prospect the Toronto Raptors should be weary about

1 Top 5 NBA Draft prospect the Toronto Raptors should be weary about

The Toronto Raptors draft plan could change in an instant if a few polystyrene balls bounce in their favor, as they still have a solid chance of moving into the top five selections in the 2021 NBA Draft. This gives them a shot at one of the consensus top prospects in Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Yu Darvish? Kris Bryant? Exploring options from the Cubs’ impending blow-up

The winds of change are blowing in the Windy City.

On Tuesday morning, the Chicago Cubs announced that Theo Epstein was stepping down from his role as the organization’s President of Baseball Operations.
Epstein, who led the Cubs to their first World Series in roughly one billion years back in 2016, was expected to finish off the remaining year of his contract, which was set to expire after the 2021 season, but he ultimately decided to move on early.
It seems as though Epstein’s departure has something to do with the Cubs staring down the barrel of either a retool or a full-on blow-up and rebuild process. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Cubs have told other teams that “significant turnover” is coming, and have signalled a “willingness to move almost any veteran” on their roster.
While our focus this off-season has been on trading for Francisco Lindor, the Cubs feature plenty of options for the Blue Jays to flex their financial muscle and make a big, creative splash.
Last winter, the biggest trade that went down was the one that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox were looking to shed a lot of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Travis Dermott is down with the sickness and won’t play tonight

In a refreshing change of pace the Leafs are losing a player to illness instead of injury tonight.
Being without Dermott is less than good on a blue line that is already down Morgan Rielly and not particularly great at the best of times, but the good news is the Leafs are playing the Senators.
What this means is that Martin Marincin will make his return to lineup and your hearts and we can begin speculating on how much ice time Rasmus Sandin will get, being as I’m sure we’d all rather see more of him than have Marincin eat top four minutes.
Given that Sandin hasn’t been bad with Ceci it will also be interesting if they just see more ice time and Marincin will be paired with Holl or if the Sandin-Holl pairing of the early part of the season will be revisited.
The fact that Michael Hutchinson is getting the start also adds to the intrigue tonight, and I guess we can safely say it will be up to the offence tonight.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Kaskisuo SZN: Maple Leafs Place Michael Hutchinson on Waivers

Through the first month and change of the 2019-20 season, very few goaltenders have struggled quite like Maple Leafs backup Michael Hutchinson.
The 29-year-old former Winnipeg Jets prospect has posted an abysmal .879 save percentage through his first six appearances of the year, averaging nearly 4.5 goals against per game, going 0-4-1 in credited results, and -5.90 Goals Saved Above Average at even strength alone.
The poor start has hardly been his fault alone, but it seems as if the team has finally decided on the fact that Hutchinson is not the answer. So, Hutchinson will be the first to fall on the sword, as the netminder hit waivers on Monday morning in what’s presumably a move meant to give Kasimir Kaskisuo an NHL shot.
Hutchinson was picked up as a reclamation project of sorts from the Florida Panthers last season after he struggled to rediscover his game following a move from the Winnipeg Jets (who had used him as a backup from 2013-2018) that summer.
His five games with Toronto’s NHL lineup last season saw him post a .914 save percentage in all situations, and the team then opted to move into their 2019-20 campaign with him as the …

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Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation