3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

The Toronto Raptors continue to be one of the most bipolar teams in the NBA, as a month of March in which they totaled one victory has been followed by a fantastic April that has them back in the playoff hunt. They are joined in this unique schizophrenic club by the Washington Wizards, who are […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell scouting report: Could the Raptors be a fit?

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell scouting report: Could the Raptors be a fit?

As the Toronto Raptors continue to trudge through a disappointing season, they can take solace in knowing that this summer’s NBA Draft is deep with talent that can make an impact on their roster, regardless of position. One name to keep an eye on should the Raptors find themselves outside of the top five is […]
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Author: Kartik Rudra / Raptors HQ

Leafs put Robertson on Long Term Injured Reserve, Thornton could be next

The Leafs continue to shuffle their roster and cap to get their lineup to where it needs to be.

The Maple Leafs have placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 21, 2021

In a move that could have happened sooner, but didn’t because of salary cap reason, Robertson has been put on the LTIR. With the Leafs maxing out their cap today with the recall of Joey Anderson to the Leafs and bringing Adam Brooks off their taxi squad, the move put Robertson on LTIR gives Toronto the flexibility to backfill Robertson’s salary, as well as Brooks and Anderson’s if they choose to send them down. The Leafs would have $2.271M to put towards replacing two players rather than $500-600k they had available this morning before shuffling deck chairs to replace one player.
Essentially these moves allow Toronto get both Barabanov and Lehtonen into Toronto’s lineup, and the 11F/7D approach will continue for the foreseeable future.
There is the possibility that Joe Thornton might also be added to the LTIR today, depending on the results of his MRI. If that were to occur it remains to be seen what the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors loss against the Celtics

Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors loss against the Celtics

The Toronto Raptors continue to struggle with a devastating loss to the Boston Celtics. The Toronto Raptors suffer another detrimental scoring drought leading to the Boston Celtics coming away with a 126-114 win in Tampa Bay. The run made by the Raptors bench wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit the Raptors buried themselves in. Losing […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Leafs darkhorse prospects

As we continue to march our way through the TLN prospect rankings, I thought I’d take a moment to ask some of the contributors on the site, who their darkhorse prospect is for being a solid NHL player. As we head into a week with the top five prospects being showcased, I figured now would be as good a time as any to look back at some of the favourites we’ve covered (or haven’t covered.)
Earl Schwartz: Kristians Rubins
After we ranked him 18th in the TLN prospect rankings I’m not sure Kristians Rubins is considered a dark horse, but I will take any opportunity to stan Rubins. There was a time where the Leafs had an abundance of large D prospects, I remember the picture of Rasanen, Gordeev, and Middleton towering over Barb Underhill. Then it turned out they were actually not very good, and the Leafs best D prospects were undersized. At 6’4″ and 220 lbs Rubins diversified the Marlies blue line, but he also makes plays with the puck. He did figure skating as a kid and it shows, he’s such a smooth skater for a big man. When you see a 6’4″ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The media continues to disrespect the Toronto Raptors

The media continues to disrespect the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors continue to get disrespected thanks to the most recent 2020-21 Power Rankings. NBA.com released it’s 2020-21 Power Rankings ahead of the upcoming season and your Toronto Raptors ranked 15th. In-between the Raptors were the Phoenix Suns (14th) and Indiana Pacers (16th). When are people going to figure out that Canada’s team is […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Leafs sending SDA to the KHL

The Leafs continue to loan out their AHL/AHL-bound players to any European team that can accommodate them. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (SDA) is being sent to Torpedo of the KHL.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev to Torpedo (KHL) #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 26, 2020

First off, Torpedo is a bad ass team name, and their jerseys are equally fire. They might end up selling a lot of merchandise to impulsive Leafs fans. Secondly, Der-Arguchintsev getting a chance to play at a high level after spending past four seasons in the OHL is a great opportunity for him.

SEASON
TEAM
LEAGUE
GP
G
A
TP
PIM

2016-17
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
63
8
21
29
2

2017-18
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
68
12
39
51
18

2018-19
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
62
6
40
46
20

 Newfoundland Growlers
ECHL
3
1
1
2
0

2019-20
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
55
12
63
75
23

SDA had a nice rebound last year after a setback in his post draft year, we’ll see how he progresses in pro hockey.
Given that it is a loan agreement, we’ll likely see SDA given the opportunity to return and earn his spot on the Marlies, but given that Der-Arguchintsev hasn’t played since March, this is a great opportunity for him to have his best shot at earning a key role on the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: League won’t be opening training camps until Mid-July at earliest

We continue to roll out new weekly features here on TLN, and this morning we start our look at league wide news that may or may not have a direct impact on the Leafs. 
Monday the NHL and PA through Pierre LeBrun clarified a somewhat confusing aspect of the next Phase of the league relaunch. Unfortunately that clarification really just creates more questions than answers…

There’s been some confusion out there about the potential start of NHL training camps for the 24 teams in Phase 3: both the NHL and NHLPA, subject to negotiation, are hoping for mid-July still for start of camps…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2020
So, the clarification part is that it attaches somewhat of a date to when we’ll see something formal in regards to players getting back on the ice as a team. There had been pipe dream discussion of early July, but apparently that ship has sailed. That ship probably sailed a week ago when the NHL couldn’t readily identify hub cities nor articulate whether these training camps would all be happening in the hub city or elsewhere. This is the first in the string of unanswered …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

2020-21 NHL season may start in November

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to work through every angle for a possible conclusion to the 2019-20 NHL season, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun suggested on Twitter that an option on the table involves pushing back the start of next season into November.

Yesterday on Twitter, LeBrun reported that the National Hockey League is looking at potentially pushing back the start of the 2020-21 season by a month or more as a means of reaching a conclusion for the current season that was interrupted by COVID-19.

A reminder that the NHL is willing to delay the start of next season until November in order to finish off this season if possible with summer hockey. NHL believes they can play a full season next year starting in November, cancel ASG/bye week, play playoffs into late June ’21
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 13, 2020

While there are obviously plenty of hurdles that would need to be cleared if this plan is going to have any chance of working out, we know that the league wants to reach some sort of a conclusion for the 2019-20 season without having to cut the number of games in 2020-21. if the league and players …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

The Outsiders: Who are the top Leafs players outside the NHL?

Since it’s essentially the off season, let’s continue to make with the offseason content with our fresh take on prospect rankings. Well, it’s not really prospect rankings since we’re looking at pretty much everyone who currently plays hockey for the organization while not occupying one of the 23 roster spots on the Leafs.
For the sake of clarity, that means the player is who is likely the top prospect in the organization is exempt from this prospect ranking. For the purpose of this project, Rasmus Sandin is a Maple Leaf. When the world went to shit, he was sitting on the NHL roster. Perhaps this will help make the #1 ranking a bit more debatable, though it still likely comes down to two players.
A couple of other players that are exempt and worth noting are Pierre Engvall and Calle Rosen. As much as I’d love to sing the praises of Engvall who at times looked like a lost cause who would never make it to North America, and has ended up making good. And Calle Rosen, a player who’s return would have been quite welcome even if it didn& …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation