TRADE: Maple Leafs acquire goaltender Carter Hutton for future considerations

The Toronto Maple Leafs were not done dealing with the Arizona Coyotes.
Two days after sending castoff forward Nick Ritchie to the desert, the Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Carter Hutton from the desert in exchange for future considerations.
Hutton was limited to just three games with the Coyotes this season after he suffered an ankle injury back in October. The 36-year-old cleared waivers earlier in the afternoon and will not be on the team’s active roster.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native is on a one-way, $750,000 contract. Although not expensive, it is another contract off the books. With goalies Scott Wedgewood and rookie Karel Vejmelka taking the reins in goal while Hutton was absent, the veteran became expendable.
In Hutton, the Leafs get another goaltender to add to their depth, although given the age and lack of playing time, it’s hard to expect that he will be much a factor for the Leafs. With Joseph Woll proving himself this season to be a sufficient No. 3 option, it’s hard to see any situation where Carter Hutton factors into the team’s plans.
Two days ago, the Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin and forward Ryan Dzingel in exchange for Ritchie and a conditional second-round NHL Draft Pick. Although the money for this season ev …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors injury and COVID-19 tracker: Who is available?

Toronto Raptors injury and COVID-19 tracker: Who is available?

The Toronto Raptors are dealing with a full-on COVID-19 outbreak on their roster, as big names like Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and Pascal Siakam have all been funneled into the NBA’s health and safety protocols over the last few days. The Raptors now have seven players in the league’s protocol. After Siakam and Banton were […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Trevor Gleeson is the perfect Sergio Scariolo replacement

Toronto Raptors: Trevor Gleeson is the perfect Sergio Scariolo replacement

The Toronto Raptors were already dealing with enough tough decisions this offseason, as the uncertainty surrounding Masai Ujiri, Kyle Lowry, and the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft was a lot to swallow for Nick Nurse. Losing Sergio Scariolo was another kick in the head, but Nurse didn’t leave the post vacant for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs Have More Centre Depth Than You May Think

Even if the return in the trade made a lot of sense, dealing Nazem Kadri – a cost-controlled top-six calibre centre who the Leafs were able to roll out on their third line – certainly wasn’t an easy thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office to do.
Obviously, the Leafs needed to shore up the right side of their defence – which newcomer Tyson Barrie will do for at least next season – and with Kadri coming off two consecutive seasons in which he received a suspension in the first round of the playoffs, along with the fact he had a very reasonable contract (4.5M AAV for the next three seasons), it appeared as if there was no better time for Toronto to move on from him.
The thing is, though, quality at the centre position comes at a premium. In today’s day-and-age, you’ll seldom see an NHL team possess the magnitude of depth down the middle that the Leafs had with Kadri installed in a third-line role behind the likes of Auston Matthews and John Tavares.
The last time the NHL saw a three-headed monster comparable to that trio of Leafs centreman was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ tandem of Sidney …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Game 4 Turning Point: Kawhi’s two-way mastery drives Raptors’ breakout

After dealing with the flu, Kawhi Leonard came into Game 4 as a question mark. He erased all doubt midway through the second quarter after making a handful of big plays to bury the Magic. Sullied by a case of the spring flu, Kawhi Leonard struggled offensively in Game 3, notching just 16 points in the Raptors’ five point victory. Upon hearing that he was still under the weather entering Sunday’s game, fans might’ve taken pause. It was an important game to be sure, and the Raptors only escaped Game 3 thanks to the heroic play of Pascal Siakam and his playoff career-high 30 points. If Kawhi wasn’t 100 percent, they’d need a similar performance from Siakam, or anybody else, to carry the offense en route to a potential victory.
That, however, wouldn’t be necessary. Instead, Leonard came out of the gates on a mission, playing aggressively on offense (he attempted four free throws in the opening frame alone) and his usual brand of disruptive defense. But Orlando too came to play, and for a quarter and a half, managed some of the best shot-making they’ve displayed all series.
This led to a tight game for most of the first …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ