What do the new guys bring to the team?

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Leafs have made a few moves to help beef up their roster. While they didn’t go for any big names, it was very clear that Kyle Dubas had a very specific need he wanted to improve up front, and that’s what he looks to bring in with the acquisitions of Nick Foligno and Riley Nash.
With that, I’m going to dive into both players and what kind of role they can play on the current Leafs team. This won’t be evaluations on the trades themselves, but if you want my thoughts in very few words, the Nash trade was sneaky good, and the Foligno trade was a bit of an overpayment, even though I like the player. I won’t dive into Rittich because we already have an article on the way for that.
Nick Foligno
At age 33, expecting Foligno to be the power forward he once was would be setting yourself up for a disappoint. He hasn’t had more than 20 goals and 35 points since 2016-17, and even then, he only ever had seasons of that calibre three times in his 14 season career, and was mostly …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The bats don’t show up and the Blue Jays lose the rubber match

When you come into a game against a guy with a 135.00 ERA, you expect to score some runs. That didn’t happen. The Blue Jays lose the rubber match by a score of 2-1 and now sit at 3-3 on the season.

Things worth mentioning…

Hyun Jin Ryu got the start today and wound up with an incredibly unfortunate loss. He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and zero walks while picking up seven strikeouts. The only damage he really allowed was a solo dinger in the second inning and then the Rangers scored another run that inning largely because Vlad Jr. couldn’t scoop a ball at first. Long story short, Ryu pitched very well and didn’t deserve to have an L hung next to his name.
The only offence the Blue Jays mustered came when Marcus Semien smashed a solo dinger off of Matt Bush in the eighth inning. Otherwise, it was a limp day for the bats. Cavan Biggio had a great chance to bust things open with the bases loaded and one out but he grounded into a double play. Rowdy Tellez came up in the ninth inning with Joe Panik …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agent centers Toronto could use to fill a roster spot

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agent centers Toronto could use to fill a roster spot

The Toronto Raptors have come completely unglued this season, as the absence of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka is noticeable the second you turn on any given Raptors game. Aron Baynes playing arguably the worst season of his career certainly isn’t helping matters on a team struggling to find frontcourt depth outside of him. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rumours: Quick isn’t going to happen, cold water on Palmieri, paying teams to retain salary, and a wild Bertuzzi appears

One of my favourite parts of rumour season is when you come across something so incredibly stupid that you worry that it has to be true because no one is just going to create it out of nothing.                            So goes the Jonathan Quick to Toronto rumour.
The Leafs are on the verge of losing their declining starter and his $5M at the end of this season to free agency, a move to bring in Quick would be one to bring in an older starter, with more term, more cap hit, and even worse results. The argument for Quick being that he got along well with Jack Campbell. You know who gets along with Jack Campbell? Everybody.
The idea of Quick coming in would be based on the Kings retaining salary, and that really doesn’t make it much more enticing. It still results in the Leafs paying over 3x the cost of Michael Hutchinson for essentially the same results. Even if the goal was to trade Frederik Andersen for Quick, and have half of Quick’s cap hit retained, I’m not sure the $2.1M cap savings now vs. the extra two years of having a $2.9M mediocre backup make …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: The Athletic talking Gaudreau to the Leafs, Nick Foligno won’t go away, and bad deals involving top prospects

So an optimal day for Leafs trades has come and gone. Monday was sadly uneventful, but doesn’t necessarily mean that we are in for a completely quiet week. The Leafs could be willing to take an extra missed game to due to quarantine requirements if it means that teams aren’t pressuring them into an overpayment, and there’s always the possibility of trades within Canada as well, as we’ll soon discuss. There is also the fact that after the game Saturday night the Leafs will once again find themselves with a bit of a break and that could yield the trade we can feel coming.
Burnside wants to see Gaudreau on the Leafs
So calling this a rumour is a little much, this is more a columnist at The Athletic pushing out something he knows will get discussed. Such is the nature of Scott Burnside’s “6 Trades I’d like to see” article.
The logic behind the suggestion seems to be obvious from a Leafs perspective, Gaudreau is a great player and with a year left on his contract, he improves Toronto for next season as well, something I’m sure Kyle Dubas would love if he’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Pass or Pursue on forgotten big Kevin Love

Toronto Raptors: Pass or Pursue on forgotten big Kevin Love

Now that the All-Star Break has come and gone, the Toronto Raptors can get on with the second half of their season. The team has had many obstacles to overcome this season, some self-imposed and others through no fault of their own. The COVID-19 flare-up that affected the team almost two weeks ago has not cleared […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors writers roundtable: Thoughts on the first half of 2020-21

Raptors writers roundtable: Thoughts on the first half of 2020-21

The first half of the 2020-21 NBA season has come to an end, and the Toronto Raptors are in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings after a very turbulent season. Despite the fact that all of their star players have missed some time due to either injury or the league’s health and safety […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Toronto taken down by 76ers as smaller lineup gets beat up

Raptors: Toronto taken down by 76ers as smaller lineup gets beat up

The Toronto Raptors were unable to come away victorious against the Philadelphia 76ers at a score of 109-102. The Raptors played with great determination and grit, and gave a performance that every Raptors fan can be proud of despite the result. Toronto played catchup from the very beginning of the game, and it was clear […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Fred VanVleet destroys Aron Baynes with brutal quote about new lineup

Raptors: Fred VanVleet destroys Aron Baynes with brutal quote about new lineup

The Toronto Raptors started to come unglued following losses against Boston and Minnesota, so head coach Nick Nurse decided to switch up the starting lineup just a bit, putting much-maligned center Aron Baynes on the bench, playing a small lineup with OG Anunoby at the 4. The switch worked out perfectly, as Fred VanVleet led […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A new home on the horizon for the Blue Jays?

Christmas has come early for Toronto Blue Jays fans.
Most awoke this morning to the startling news of Andrew Willis of The Globe and Mail reporting the Blue Jays are planning to scrap the Rogers Centre and build a brand new ballpark for the team.
This is something many, many people have dreamed about for years, but considering the ideal location of the current stadium and the hundreds of million of dollars sunk into the Rogers Centre already, starting from scratch didn’t seem feasible.
Now it is, apparently! If this plan does in fact come to fruition, there are tonnes of working parts to figure out, but in the short term, this is incredibly promising for the Blue Jays. Many have been pining for a new ballpark for a long time, and now their prayers have been answered.
Keep in mind that Rogers Centre is the seventh-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and one of the last stadiums built in the multi-use era. During its unveiling in 1989, the SkyDome aimed to be everything to everyone; from baseball fans, to football fans, to concerts and yes, even Star Trek screenings.
Now that the Argos have moved out and the Blue …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation