Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

The Toronto Raptors could pursue some sort of low-stakes trade if they want to retain OG Anunoby and develop another switchable backup. With more trade rumors continuing to surround the Houston Rockets, going after Kneyon Martin Jr. should be something Toronto does their homework on. Despite the fact that the son of the former Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors beat out a tough division rival to re-sign Thad Young

Raptors beat out a tough division rival to re-sign Thad Young

The Toronto Raptors could have lost both Thad Young and Chris Boucher in the early stages of free agency if Masai Ujiri was not prepared enough. Luckily, Toronto avoided disaster by resigning Young to a two-year contract worth around $16 million in free agency’s early stages. The Raptors made it a point to get the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Raptors assets that could be traded to Nets in Kevin Durant deal

3 Raptors assets that could be traded to Nets in Kevin Durant deal

The Toronto Raptors could be perfectly content with an offseason highlighted by the signing of Otto Porter Jr. in addition to the retention of Chris Boucher and Thad Young. However, if Masai Ujiri wants to go big-game hunting, the idea of a Kevin Durant trade needs to be explored. Not only is Durant actively looking […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Reports suggest Spencer Carbery could still be behind Maple Leafs bench next season

The special teams specialist could likely be back behind the Maple Leafs bench next season.
If you haven’t been reading up on what’s going around the hockey world (other than the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup), then you might not know that Maple Leafs assistant coach Spencer Carbery was interviewing for a head coaching gig.
Last week on the 32 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman reported that the 40-year-old was among a number of coaches in the running to become the Boston Bruins’ next head coach.
From Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast:
“I think in Boston, it’s going to be someone a bit fresher. It’s going to be (Jim) Montgomery or it’s going to be (Jay) Leach, or it’s going to be (David) Quinn, I’ve heard Vellucci’s name in there, Spencer Carbery. You know, Spencer Carbery is an interesting one because I forgot this — that when Toronto hired Carbery — the Maple Leafs were already down the road, and I think Boston tried to talk to him. And it was just a situation where it was too far gone.”
But after the Bruins did a number of interviews throughout the week, it looks like Carbery didn’t make the cut.

As usual, @JoeyMacHockey is all over it. Wanted to add: Believe this was Vellucci’s second interview as part of the process.
Sounds like the finalists for #NHLBruins are Davi …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Two-way signing Ron Harper Jr. has tons of potential

Raptors: Two-way signing Ron Harper Jr. has tons of potential

The Toronto Raptors had as successful a draft as one could hope for out of a team that did not have a first-round pick, as being able to nab Christian Koloko with the No. 33 overall pick gave the Raptors a rock-solid backup center. Adding Ron Harper Jr. only strengthened this class. Using the same […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Losing Spencer Carbery would be massive blow to Maple Leafs coaching staff

Bringing in Spencer Carbery was an incredible decision, but could he be leaving the Maple Leafs already?
When the 40-year-old was hired by Toronto, there was a problem with their power play. They had one of the top first units in the NHL with Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander, and Morgan Rielly, but somehow struggled to get anything going.
In the season before Carbery took over, the Maple Leafs had the 16th-best power play in the entire league, sitting at 20%. Toronto knew it could be better with the players available, so they went out and brought in someone new.
They went from being in the middle of the pack to dominating the competition with the 40-year-old coach aboard. The Maple Leafs finished this past season with the NHL’s best power play which scored 27.3% of the time they had the man advantage.
But as quickly as Carbery came in, he might soon be on his way out.
The Boston Bruins have been on the lookout for a new head coach after they shockingly fired Bruce Cassidy earlier this month. And according to Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts, Carbery is one of the many coaches being interviewed by Boston.
From Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast:
“I think in Boston, it’s going to be someone a bit fresher. It’s going to be (Jim) Montgomery or it’s going to be (Jay) L …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

3 Raptors trade targets on rebuilding Eastern Conference teams

3 Raptors trade targets on rebuilding Eastern Conference teams

The Toronto Raptors could go the entire offseason without completely flipping the roster upside down in a crazy trade, but that doesn’t mean that Masai Ujiri will sit on his hands and stare at a wall in June and July. Plundering the rest of the Eastern Conference could be a solid way to help build […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 UFAs the Maple Leafs shouldn’t pursue this off-season

Looking at the number of signings the Maple Leafs could make this off-season, there’s a lot of interesting ways this summer could go.
If Toronto wanted to, they could move on from Jake Muzzin and Petr Mrazek to create a considerable amount of cap space. While a chunk of it might go to a goaltender or two, there still could be a bit left to play around with after.
Muzzin’s situation is tougher at the moment because he has a no-trade clause until July 1, 2023. So, if Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas found a suitor for a trade, the 33-year-old would have to say “yes” for it to happen.
But let’s say it becomes a reality — Toronto moves Muzzin and they buyout Petr Mrazek — which UFAs should the Maple Leafs avoid?
1. Marc-Andre Fleury
Going into the trade deadline earlier this season, there was a situation that might have seen Fleury in the blue-and-white. It ultimately fell through before talks became serious, but the 37-year-old is now a UFA.
Fleury, this past season, was 14th in save percentage this season (.908 in 56GP) and had the most expensive cap hit among all goaltenders becoming a UFA on July 13th. And in what might be his final season in the NHL, the 37-year-old might go for one more payday.
What makes me turn away from him is his age and his durability. At 37, there can be a …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Belief in the current group was No. 1 for Mark Giordano in re-signing with Maple Leafs

Mark Giordano could have made more money by signing with another club.
But having grossed well over $60 million in salary over the course of his NHL career, the Toronto-native opted to stay home by signing a two-year contract worth $1.6 million on Sunday with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And while the lure of being home was a major factor in agreeing to terms, he made it clear several times that his belief in the team’s ability to contend for Stanley Cup was the top reason for signing in Toronto.
“First and foremost, I believe that this team is a contender and that was my first thought,” Giordano said in a Zoom conference with reporters on Monday. “But then all the rest that comes with it, me being from Toronto and it being a really good opportunity for my family.”
Giordano had his eye on becoming a Maple Leaf ever since it became clear that his previous team — the Seattle Kraken — were not bound for the playoffs. He was ultimately traded to the Leafs on Mar. 20 along with forward Colin Blackwell in exchange for a pair of second-round draft picks and a third-round draft choice.
In 20 games with the Maple Leafs, Giordano scored two goals and had 12 points. He fit in well on th …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

After near perfect Game 1, tough lineup decisions loom for Maple Leafs

Game 1 went about as perfect as anyone could have hoped for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did they record a decisive 5-0 victory, but Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner got on the scoresheet after disappointing postseasons a year ago, the home crowd was incredible, and they appear to have gotten out of the game without any injuries.
With as successful a Game 1 as it was, it would be tough to fault Sheldon Keefe for running it back for Game 2. And if the 18 skaters that were dressed for Game 1 were Toronto’s best, I would imagine that’s exactly what we would see.
The only issue is that Michael Bunting was not part of that Game 1 squad and though his status for Game 2 remains up in the air, as soon as he is ready he’ll be back in the lineup. If that comes in time for Wednesday’s Game 2, then some tough decisions are ahead for the Maple Leafs.
So what could/should they change?
How a Michael Bunting return impacts the rest of the lineup
If Bunting is available, you would imagine he’ll slot in on the left wing with Matthews and Marner as he has for essentially the entire second half of the season. Though I wouldn’t hate trying a sec …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation