Adam Brooks has been re-signed

Kyle Dubas continues to keep himself busy on what he can and today he’s locked up a little depth for the Leafs for the next couple of years.
From the Leafs press release:

The Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Adam Brooks to a two-year, two-way contract. The NHL salary of the contract carries an average annual value of $725,000.

Brooks, 24, has registered three assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also appeared in 29 games with the Toronto Marlies, recording 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists). In 147 career AHL regular season games, all with Toronto, Brooks has registered 79 points (38 goals, 41 assists) while adding 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 33 playoff games and won a Calder Cup championship in 2018.
Brooks was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
After the recent praise from the Greg Moore and Laurence Gilman of the Marlies, it’s not too surprising that Adam Brooks will be returning. The guy oozes the hockey sense and work ethic that coaches love, and at $725k on a two-way deal he will fit easily into the depth of the organization, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top three Kyle Lowry games of 2019-20

Kyle Lowry continues to perform at a high level as the leader and point guard of the Toronto Raptors. What are his top three performances from the season so far? With the 2019-20 NBA season shockingly suspended indefinitely due to the spread of the coronavirus disease, it has become anyone’s guess as to when the […]
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Author: Aditya Chandran / Raptors HQ

Updates on the status of the league

As the world continues to struggle with COVID-19, we get an update on the status of NHL and potentially when we can expect to see hockey played again.
The first update we saw was in the form of a FAQ document from the league. Some of the highlights are below…
We will continue to monitor developments during the 60-day window prescribed by the CDC. Assuming events are tracking positively, we would hope to be able to begin providing high-level guidance on the potential of opening a Club training camp period roughly 45 days into the period covered by the CDC’s recommendation.
So at best, there’s that. Don’t plan on seeing hockey in April, and May remains at best a pipe dream.
Has any decision been made regarding whether the remainder of the regular season will be played? Has any decision been made regarding what form the Stanley Cup Playoffs would take?
No. The form and format of resumption of play scenarios will depend entirely on what transpires between now and when we are permitted and able to resume — and, ultimately, on timing and taking into account logistical constraints. We are going to have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Apparently the Astros really needed to use their trash can to beat Cesar Valdez and the Blue Jays in 2017

This continues to be the winter of the Houston Asterisks.

With each passing day, more and more information is unearthed about the Astros and the extent to which they banged on trash cans to win baseball games. Yesterday, Tony Adams, an Astros fan, went back and watched all of Houston’s home games from the 2017 season in order to log who was getting signs relayed to them and when it happened. The results are, uh, pretty gross.

Astros trashcan bangs by date.
See all the data at https://t.co/kVtisgUo74. pic.twitter.com/aVkxDPVTQs
— Tony Adams (@adams_at) January 29, 2020

The longest line on the X-axis? That belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, who got shit-kicked 16-7 by the Astros at the beginning of August.
Before I dive into this, I’ll take a quick look at the only member of the Blue Jays who was involved. Derek Fisher received 16 bangs, which represents just 7.6 percent of the pitches he saw that season. The biggest benefactor was Marwin Gonzalez, who received 147 bangs, which was 18.9 percent of his pitches. That would explain why an otherwise pretty shit player posted a .907 OPS out of the blue that season.
The Astros …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays sign Ryan Dull to a minor-league deal

The signing spree continues! I’ll admit, this one isn’t very exciting. It’s actually quite Dull. Ha haaaa!!!

The Blue Jays have reportedly inked righty reliever Ryan Dull to a minor-league deal that also features an invite to spring training.

Source: #BlueJays in agreement with free-agent RHP Ryan Dull.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 18, 2020

Dull joins a whole bunch of guys aiming to compete for jobs in a completely wide-open bullpen. You have Ken Giles as the closer and, well, that’s about it. I would assume Wilmer Font has himself a role next year, as does the newly-acquired Anthony Bass, but, after that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Since posting a stellar 2016 season with the Oakland A’s in which he posted a 2.42 ERA over 74 1/3 innings, Dull has been pretty bad. He posted a 4.81 ERA between 2017 and 2018 and found himself bouncing around on waivers in 2019. Oakland waived him, San Fransisco claimed him, then they waived him and the Yankees claimed him, and then he got waived again and the Jays claimed him. We saw Dull make one appearance in Toronto, allowing one run over an inning and a third. He …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet is the team’s point guard of the future

Fred VanVleet continues to prove doubters wrong. VanVleet has put the NBA and the Toronto Raptors on notice, he is a starting point guard in this league. The Toronto Raptors have played the last eight games without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. After both suffered injuries in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, most […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

Preseason Pre-Game #7: 5 Things to Watch in Detroit Cut City

Another day, another preseason game. The farce continues and soon our wish for regular season games and cuts will be answered. For now, the Red Wings. A team that has a hard time putting together a NHL roster caliber roster on a good day and even more challenged with doing so in the preseason. The fact that the game tonight is in Detroit probably means this is their “A” lineup and we’ll see the scrubs tomorrow night, but that’s fine. Let the Marlies squad have their fun tonight, for cuts will be coming soon and answers will be had for who made the team.
Tonight’s roster:

The @MapleLeafs have announced the expected roster for Friday night’s preseason game in Detroit. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/1XyaEkDZUX
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 26, 2019
That’s an interesting group and inspires these thoughts…
1. Are Sandin and Marincin there to be compared to the field?
At this point it seems like the Sandin and Marincin pairing is locked and loaded and written in ink for the opening night roster, but perhaps some due diligence is being done by comparing them to bottom pairing competitors like Harpur, Schmaltz, Liljegren and Kivihalme. It also …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Luke Maile to 10-day IL, Reese McGuire called up from Buffalo

The Injured List carousel continues for the Blue Jays, as just before their 3:07 pm ET start against the Rays, it has been announced that Luke Maile will take a stint on the 10-day IL and 24-year-old Reese McGuire will be taking his spot on the roster.

Luke Maile is heading to the 10-day IL after pulling his left oblique in BP today.Reese McGuire is hopping on a flight but won’t be here in time for today’s game.Believe #BlueJays emergency backup catcher would be Eric Sogard if needed.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 27, 2019

As reported, Maile pulled his left oblique during batting practice earlier today and McGuire, who was in Durham, NC for the Bisons game against the Bulls, will be taking a flight to Toronto as soon as possible. McGuire most likely won’t be here in time for any portion of today’s game, making Eric Sogard the listed emergency backup catcher in case Danny Jansen is unable to play for the entire game.
The 28-year-old Maile has seen only 120 plate appearances so far in 2019, sporting some very backup catcher on a bad team type of numbers. Hitting .153 with a .447 OPS is kind of what was …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

2019 NBA Finals Game 1 now most-watched hoops broadcast of all time in Canada

Toronto’s historic playoff run continues with yet another record audience tuning in for Raptors-Warriors All of Toronto is caught up in a wave of Raptors hoopla, and the TV ratings for last night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals confirm what you probably suspected: The rest of the country is equally invested! A heck of a lot of people were watching last night: 7.4 million Canadians tuned in to watch the Raptors take on — and defeat! — the defending champion Golden State Warriors:

Another @Raptors win, another broadcast record!Last night’s Game 1 of the #NBAFinals on @Sportsnet reached 7.4M Canadians and captured an average audience of 3.3M viewers, making it the most-watched #NBA game ever in Canada #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/8PMIZZvJWA— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) May 31, 2019

7.4 million! We’re approaching one-quarter of the country’s entire population, here! On average, 3.3 million people were watching the game, and as the clock ticked down at 11:35 p.m. and the Raptors celebrated their first-ever Finals win, 4.1 million Canadians were watching.
Now, if this story seems to familiar to you, that’s because… it is! This is at least the third time the Raptors have set a television viewing record in Canada, first with Raptors-76 …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Conference Finals schedule

The drive for the NBA Finals continues for the Raptors, as they take on the Bucks. We’ve got the schedule right here. As if Sunday’s Game 7 win wasn’t high enough, the Toronto Raptors are now headed to a place they’ve been just once before: the Eastern Conference Finals.
They’re set to meet the Milwaukee Bucks, in a matchup of the two teams with the best regular season records in the NBA this season. It’s also, of course, a clash of superstars between the newly minted Toronto hero Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee will enjoy home court advantage in the series, with the first game going at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. The Raptors open home action for Game 3 on Sunday, May 19.
We have plenty more preview content for your feasting eyes coming soon. As usual, the Canadian broadcasts will be split between Sportsnet and TSN — with Sportsnet taking Game 1. American broadcasts will all be on TNT with the team of Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, and Chris Webber.
For now, clear your calendars and let’s get this going.
Raptors vs. Bucks Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
Game 1: Wednesday, May 15 – 8:30pm – Fiserv Forum – …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ