Toronto Raptors’ 3-step plan for potential life without Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors’ 3-step plan for potential life without Masai Ujiri

Let’s all take a deep breath, Toronto Raptors fans. If this article heading sparked a brief burst of anxiety, then rest assured that no news has broken to indicate president Masai Ujiri is going anywhere. He said as much in his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, saying that he would soon meet with team ownership […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: GM Bobby Webster believed to have signed a contract extension

Toronto Raptors: GM Bobby Webster believed to have signed a contract extension

The Toronto Raptors’ success in building a deep roster is often attributed to president Masai Ujiri, who was able to replicate his success as an executive in Denver by winning Toronto’s first NBA championship. However, GM Bobby Webster should be recognized as an invaluable member of the Raptors’ front office by the greater NBA landscape. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Can any Raptors 905 players help save Toronto’s season?

Can any Raptors 905 players help save Toronto’s season?

The Toronto Raptors might need to dig deep into their roster if they want to find a spark that could save their season. More so than perhaps any other team in the league, the Toronto Raptors have made a habit out of developing stars and key rotation pieces alike via the G League, with Fred […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson or Chris Boucher? Who deserves more minutes?

The Toronto Raptors are an immensely deep team, but there are only so many minutes to go around. Between Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who deserves to play more? Both Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson have had their fair share of banner games this season, impressive considering neither has had a single play run for […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Daily Duce: R.I.P to The Opener, bullpen battles, Nate Pearson hype, terrible beer at The Dome, and more!

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Last time I did a scuttlebutt roundup we dove deep into fascinating topics such as who the 26th guy on the Blue Jays’ roster would be to start the season. Would it be Anthony Alford, finally earning a shot to make good on his former top prospect status? Or, perhaps, would it be the savvy veteran Joe Panik, looking to salvage his career? Who knows!
Today, we’ll take a look at possibly even more riveting material, such as which of the random lightning-in-a-bottle arms is going to crack Toronto’s bullpen at the end of spring.
As we know, Ken Giles is going to be the team’s closer. Everyone knew that was the case, but Charlie Montoyo confirmed it, just to be safe. Otherwise, Montoyo noted that he would like to have some fireballers at the back of the ‘pen, mentioning newcomers Anthony Bass and A.J. Cole along with Jordan Romano.
“I’d love to have the power arms at the end,” he said. “Anthony Bass has done it, Giles is going to bed at the end. A.J. Cole will be competing for a job and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Michal Neuvirth released from PTO

Deep down you thought that Matt Read or at least Brandon Halverson would be the first PTO to end, but here is Michal Neuvirth proving us all wrong.

The @MapleLeafs have released Michal Neuvirth from his Professional Tryout.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 24, 2019
The decision comes after an injury plagued training camp, that featured a couple of periods of solid netminding, but not a lot to inspire the confidence that Neuvirth was up to a season of hockey and that he could be counted on when the Leafs needed him.
It’s unfortunate that it looks like injuries will claim his NHL career, but for his sake we wish him the best and that he can rehabilitate himself back into game shape.
As for the Leafs, it looks like Michael Hutchinson is the defacto NHL backup, which may leave some people wanting.
Over the weekend I highlighted a few cap compliant goaltending options that would require waivers before the season starts, and while many of the names on the list have vanished, options like Eric Comrie, Tristan Jarry, and Jon Gillies still remain, among a few others.
As for the immediate training camp needs the Leafs have made the following move…



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Round 1 Game 5 Postgame: Leafs vs. Bruins

Okay everybody, take a deep breath, and relax.
We did the thing again. We went into Boston and, when we needed to, got the victory. Now we head home with an opportunity to finish the job. Let’s take a closer look at how they did.
1st Period
The Leafs did an excellent job in the first of keeping the game tight, holding the Bruins to just six shots through the first, with some excellent defensive plays.

Nylander with a nice defensive play to strip DeBrusk off the puck. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/8ninAScSij
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 19, 2019

Brown with a strong defensive play to clear the puck out of trouble. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/eVACVVXsm0
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 19, 2019

Also, Andersen was solid when needed.

Andersen was excellent on the PK. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/kiekAqRqVE
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 19, 2019

2nd Period
The second period saw much of the same, as it was a tightly played game, but we did start to see more chances.

Kapanen and Matthews convert a nice give-and-go. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/bKlu1ORgSr
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 20, 2019

Kapanen with a great look shorthanded just misses the net. #LeafsForever pic.twitter. …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation