Could the Toronto Raptors trade for Russell Westbrook?

Could the Toronto Raptors trade for Russell Westbrook?

With reports coming out of Russell Westbrook’s requested departure from the Houston Rockets, is a trade to the Toronto Raptors out of the realm of possibility? The NBA offseason rumor mill has really picked up since the NBA and NBAPA reached an agreement on the amended CBA. Things got exciting real quick yesterday and a […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

How has free agency gone so far for the Leafs?

Week one of free agency is coming to a close. The money is gone, but so are the most critical holes in the roster. The path to cap compliance is there, and there generally seems to be a sense of excitement around the Leafs to traditionally comes with the luxury of just looking at the team on paper, but how do we really feel about them? Some of our writers have weighed in on how free agency has gone so far for the Leafs…
Michael Mazzei (@theleafsimo)
Overall, I’m pleased with how the Leafs have done so far in free agency. After Alex Pietrangelo, TJ Brodie was the best defenceman available and adding him was critical in solidifying the depth on the blue line. Kyle Dubas talked about wanting to  make the Leafs tougher to play against, and the additions of both Wayne Simmonds and Zach Bogosian should provide just that and add some valuable veteran leadership in the locker room. I also thought the Leafs did well on their depth signings, with Jimmy Vesey being the most intriguing of the bunch. And the addition of Aaron Dell will help improve the goaltending depth. I still believe they need …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors Target Montrezl Harrell in Free Agency?

Free agency is coming closer and closer, especially if you’re the Toronto Raptors who have been eliminated from the playoffs for a little while now. The Toronto Raptors have some decisions to make this off-season as they are in need of extending some of their key players. The only sure player I see them re-signing […]
Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors Target Montrezl Harrell in Free Agency? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

What do the Leafs have in prospect Filip Hallander?

We all knew changes were coming and Kyle Dubas wasted little time getting to work reshaping the Leafs roster. On Tuesday, he made his first move of the offseason and shipped Kasperi Kapanen back to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Leafs and Penguins exchanged multiple pieces in the deal but the key components of the trade were Kapanen for Pittsburgh, and the Penguins 2020 first round pick along with Swedish prospect Filip Hallander for Toronto. We’ll have to wait and see what the Leafs decide to do with that pick. Do they use it in another trade to add help on the blue line or do they keep the pick and add to their prospect pool with the 15th selection in what many analysts have referred to as a deep draft?
While we aren’t sure what will become of that draft pick in the coming weeks, months, or even years, Filip Hallander is more of a known quantity even at just 20 years of age. He’s a player that the Leafs have kept close tabs on going all the way back to before he was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2018 draft. 
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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from Kasperi Kapanen this summer

Expectations were high for Kasperi Kapanen coming into 2019-2020, fresh off his first 20 goal season in the NHL and armed with a shiny new contract.
With Zach Hyman still on the shelf through training camp and the beginning of the season, Kapanen was given an opportunity to fill a top six role on his off wing. He struggled to produce early on with just 2 goals through his first 10 games and never looked comfortable on the left side, eventually returning to his natural wing on some variation of the Leafs third line.
Kapanen’s season reached a turning point in early February when he was made a healthy scratch for what the team said was a matter of “internal accountability.”

Reason for Kasperi Kapanen scratch: “internal accountability.”
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) February 2, 2020

Upon his return to the lineup, Kapanen brought a newfound tenacity to his game and looked like a player who had something to prove.
Despite an up and down season, both on and off the ice, he is still a very important part of this Leafs forward group as they get set to do battle with Columbus.
By The Numbers
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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Frederik Andersen is concerned about the NHL coming back to play

Frederik Andersen is concerned about the NHL coming back to play.

On a conference call with reports Tuesday, he said there’s lots of things that need to be ironed out.
“I’m not quite 100 per cent confident yet,” Andersen told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “I think the league is very adamant about working towards that [return]. I think once we get to the hub cities, everyone has to be confident [in those] and that the league will have a good setup. So once we get there we’ll be good, but I think it’s a matter of getting there first. It looks like there’s some more things that need to be ironed out first.
“I don’t think I have just one [concern]. There’s a few things that need to be figured out, and players have to vote on it, and I think we still have a little bit of a ways to go. The whole thing in general has got to make sense. Just with future CBA stuff [the league’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022], and obviously safety is …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2010 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today we reach the infamous 2010 draft which saw the Leafs not have their second overall pick because of the Phil Kessel trade. Not only that, but they didn’t get much of anything …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2011 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2011 draft, which has aged quite terribly for the Leafs, but should probably to be the surprise of nobody. That said, it did provide us with a couple of Leafs …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2012 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2012 draft, which… was horrendously bad. There were maybe like 5-10 really good players taken in this draft, and at the very least, the Leafs got the first cornerstone …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2013 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2013 draft, which has also aged pretty well considering they didn’t do well with their first round pick, only had five picks, and were in the Nonis era.
& …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation