Meet the Sellers: Arizona Diamondbacks

Over the course of May and June, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the most putrid baseball teams in history. They had lost 23 straight games on the road at one point, an MLB all-time high. They finished the month of May with a record of 5-24. This also set a new MLB record for most losses in a calendar month. 

Despite the horrible record, the Diamondbacks have some effective pieces that would fit the Blue Jays’ needs. One player being analyzed in this article has a bit of term and has been a star player in the past. Moreover, the Blue Jays have also recently expressed interest in investing in bullpen help and a left-handed bat. Well Blue Jays fans, how about a couple of switch hitters that have played more than one position in the past. As mentioned in previous articles, the value in versatility is important for Toronto, as it could help keep the current outfield unit stay healthy with DH time. 
Here are some players that fill the Blue Jays’ needs…
Joakim Soria
Joakim Soria has had a tough season this year, however, he does have a lot of recent success in previous years. He is …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Yea or nay on 3 intriguing trade and free agency rumors

Toronto Raptors: Yea or nay on 3 intriguing trade and free agency rumors

Over the course of one offseason, the Toronto Raptors could go from a championship contender led by players like Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam to a team that could be stripped bare as Lowry teases a move away from Canada and Siakam recovers from a major shoulder injury. As a result, Raptors trade rumors are […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs acquire Big Save Dave from Calgary

For all the talk about how the Leafs were staying the course with the Campbell/Andersen/Hutchinson trio, we can now say we were mislead…

TRADE: We’ve acquired goaltender David Rittich from Calgary in exchange for a 2022 third-round selection. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/9sLAeLvWvQ pic.twitter.com/q2wJXOxdoZ
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 12, 2021

A third round pick is a reasonable price for a solid NHL goaltender, not too high, not too low, but for anyone hoping for Linus Ullmark or Chris Driedger, David Rittich is a step down from that calibre. For anyone hoping for the returns of former Leafs, James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier, well, you’re out of luck too.

Leafs get goalie insurance. Flames retain 50 percent of Rittich’s salary/aav. Which they needed to do to get it to a third-round pick https://t.co/FxLqer6pSU
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021

The salary retention is a big part of why the Leafs paid a 3rd, although it’s a 2022 3rd (you know, when the draft is good again.) The cap hit is the same as the hit on Nick Foligno and it now appears the intention is to shut down Andersen until playoff time.
 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for Raptors in 2020/21 season

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for Raptors in 2020/21 season

The NBA off-season for 2020 has almost run its course, and the Toronto Raptors appear weaker as a roster from the event. The 2020/21 season maybe the Raptors’ worst since 34 wins in 2012/13. Perhaps the COVID-19 pandemics’ economic effects have forced the Toronto Raptors‘ ownership group to consider limiting their financial commitments beyond 2021. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

A collection of CBA thoughts from the Leafs moves this season

Over the course of any season, especially one as turbulent as the Leafs have undergone, the transaction count really piles up as teams approach the trade deadline.
Every trade, AHL assignment, NHL recall, waive, or signing leaves a little trace of what the team is thinking. I went back through my notes on each move and tried to take away key points that will impact the Leafs this summer.
Waivers
The first thing I noticed was that teams did not want to spend an asset to acquire Leafs players when their cap position dictated those players will likely be on waivers at some point anyway.
The Leafs couldn’t find a trade partner for Nick Shore or Dmytro Timashov and lost both on waivers. I thought it was interesting that Detroit claimed Timashov, understandably they need bodies but the very first team with an opportunity to claim Dima did so. He’s RFA at the end of the year and likely plays a more significant role for Detroit next year than he ever would have for the Leafs.
For the very same reason I cannot fathom how no team claimed Nic Petan. His NHL production has been subpar …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Kobe Bryant: Top five greatest performances vs Toronto Raptors

Over the course of Kobe Bryant’s long and illustrious career, there have been so many exemplary performances against the Toronto Raptors, it is hard to count. However, there are five performances that stand tall above the rest. When it comes to the career Kobe Bryant had in the NBA, there simply aren’t many players in […]
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Author: Aditya Chandran / Raptors HQ

Leafs trying to win isn’t making us happy. Maybe they should become trade deadline sellers instead

Is it too early to give up the season? Statistically no, but of course in the world where we have a defending Stanley Cup Champion that was the worst team in the league last January, well, it’s a bit of a hard sell.
I love Freddie Andersen, but I am not expecting a Jordan Binnington-esque run. I’m excited for what Sheldon Keefe will do, but it seems like he might be working through some team issues that Craig Berube didn’t have to. Also, he doesn’t have Jordan Binnington. The reality is the Leafs are in an uphill battle that never really looks as bad as it seems because of the fact that the Leafs have a number of games at hand on their conference rivals which inflates their standings.
Wildcard Race by Points
GP
Pts
Atlantic Division

Boston
28
45
Florida
27
31
Buffalo
28
31
Metro Division

Washington
30
47
New York Islanders
26
38
Philadelphia
28
37
Wildcard

Pittsburgh
28
34
Carolina
28
33
Montreal
28
30
Toronto
30
30
Look at that. Only one point behind second in the division? How can you give up now?
Wildcard Race by Pts%
GP
Pts
Atlantic Division

Boston
28
80.4%
Tampa Bay
25
58.9%
Florida
27
57.4%
Metro Division

Washington
30
78.3%
New York Islanders
26
73.1%
Philadelphia
28
66.1%
Wildcard

Pittsburgh
28
60.7%
Carolina
28
58.9%
New York Rangers
26
55.8%
Buffalo Sabres
28
55.4%


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Exclusive: Colin Greening on his career, Kyle Dubas, the Marlies as the NHL’s 33rd team, and more

Over the course of what would turn out to be his final three AHL seasons, Colin Greening left a mark — both literally and figuratively — inside the Toronto Marlies’ dressing room.
It was on the night of June 14th, 2018, when the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Finals on home ice, that Greening made an actual physical dent in the locker room. Greening, with the hardware in hand, was one of the last to leave the on-ice celebration and head into the Marlies’ beer-soaked celebration.
When Greening approached the Marlies’ rowdy dressing room, everybody took notice.
“It just got silent for one second because the trophy was coming in the room and everyone wanted to take a look,” Adam Brooks, then a rookie for the Marlies, told The Leafs Nation. 
Once the 6’2, 200lb hulking forward came face-to-face with his teammates, he just couldn’t contain his excitement.
“Colin just jumped and lifted it as high as he could and put a hole right through the roof,” Brooks recounted, with a chuckle.
Obviously, that hole in the wall would be patched up quite quickly. However, Greening’s decision to retire this summer leaves an irreplaceable void inside …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Ranking every first-round pick in Toronto Raptors history

In the course of the Toronto Raptors franchise history, there has been a fair share first-round picks walking in the door. How do they rank from worst to first? 24 years of Toronto Raptors basketball has produced some exciting first-round draft picks. Not all have gone so well, as frequent misses in the lottery had […]
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Author: Raju Byfield / Raptors HQ

Is Marner heading to Long Island?

The Stanley Cup is going to be awarded Wednesday night, but of course all hockey fans are interested in are transactions and rumours. For the Leafs, all of this is circling around forward Mitch Marner.

A restricted free agent on July 1st, Marner will have the option to talk to other teams about a potential offer sheet starting June 26th and it appears that him and his agent Darren Ferris will wait until then.
One of the teams reportedly interested in the young forward is the New York Islanders — headlined by former Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello.

C’est du moins ce que m’a raconté un joueur de l’organisation du Canadien → https://t.co/sD0AZ9O2xV
— DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 12, 2019

According to Quebec outlet Dans Les Coulisses and their discussions with a player from the Montreal Canadiens, it appears that Marner’s internal expectation is an offer with a salary of around $12.5-million.
I had the chance to chat with a player whose rights belonged to the Canadiens organization over the last few hours and according to what he heard between the branches, Mitch Marner’s agent expects that his client receives (at least) a hostile offer … worth $ 12.5 million per season ( …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation