NBA Mock Draft has Toronto Raptors adding strong two-way guard

NBA Mock Draft has Toronto Raptors adding strong two-way guard

The Toronto Raptors saw their suspect guard depth exposed by the 76ers in the postseason. The Raptors mock draft scientists are hard at work trying to figure out how Masai Ujiri is going to address that with one of the earliest picks in the draft’s second round. Finding a guard is harder for Ujiri and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Nurse confirms that Goran Dragic isn’t in Raptors plans

Nick Nurse confirms that Goran Dragic isn’t in Raptors plans

The Toronto Raptors are struggling to find depth at essentially every position, as the omicron variant has helped COVID-19 spread throughout the locker room. Even with such an unprecedented shortage, guard Goran Dragic remains inactive and away from the team. Acquired from the Miami Heat in the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade, Dragic has not been shy […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs and Kyle Clifford can make the most of this reunion

The Leafs have an incredible amount of depth players, and they just acquired Kyle Clifford.
But why?
Clifford brings a different type of game than many of the Leafs’ depth options. The 30-year-old is physical, has a heavy body, but most importantly, he’s a leader.
He also has two Stanley Cups to his name, if you want to put that in there.
This addition was a no-risk move for the Leafs. Since Toronto traded for him, he didn’t have to clear waivers to get to the Toronto Marlies. At $1-million, Clifford’s cap hit is buriable and won’t affect any of the Leafs’ plans unless he’s called up.
One of the reasons they brought him in is because having depth isn’t a problem, especially if it’s Clifford. But this trade is also a chance for him to be closer to home. Born in Ayr, Ontario, the 30-year-old can play in the AHL and still be in the same city, unlike St. Louis’ situation.
Their AHL team, the Springfield Thunderbirds, is one-and-a-half hours away from St. Louis. Clifford has a wife and three kids, and it just wouldn’t make sense for him and his …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Brennan Menell to one year contract

The Leafs added to their defensive depth this morning, agreeing to a one year deal with RFA blueliner Brennan Menell on a one year, two way contract. The deal carries a $750,000 cap hit.

We’ve signed defenceman Brennan Menell to a one-year, two-way contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 1, 2021

The Leafs acquired Menell’s RFA rights from the Minnesota Wild on the opening day of free agency for a conditional seventh round pick in 2022, contingent on him playing in 30 games with the Maple Leafs in the 2021/2022 season.
While the Leafs top four of Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, TJ Brodie, and Justin Holl is seemingly set in stone for opening night, competition for a spot on the Leafs bottom pair is wide open. Menell will join a crowded field that primarily consists Travis Dermott, Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren, but could be potentially extended to include recent free agent acquisitions Alex Biega and Carl Dahlström, all of whom will be vying for two spots in the opening night lineup.
Menell is coming off of a strong debut season in the KHL, where the right hander scored 38 points in 47 games for Dinamo Minsk, including 7 in 5 playoff games.

You know who’s …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf

The Leafs added a couple more depth forwards to the roster today, as they signed Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf. Gabriel comes in on a league minimum deal for one year, while Kampf carries a $1.5 million cap hit for two years.

Kampf joins the Leafs coming off a season with just one goal, and 12 points for Chicago. He plays center, so it adds a bit of depth there, although with a 47.99% shot attempt share and 46.86% of the expected goals, I don’t know if he’ll move the needle a ton as a top 9 center.
That said, his shot attempt and expected goals relative to his teammates in Chicago are 0.26 and 0.1, so maybe he’ll be a decent placeholder on the third line or something. But without much of a history of producing points or being a good play driver, it’s hard to see him being much of anything.

Gabriel isn’t much of a needle mover either, as he’s usually just been a fourth liner wherever he goes. He only has two goals and five points in his career, and his underlying numbers aren’t much to write home about either. But, he has some physical edge …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Will Paul Watson get some chances in the rotation?

Raptors: Will Paul Watson get some chances in the rotation?

The lack of depth combined with Nick Nurse’s penchant for switching up the rotations every other game has helped almost anyone with a pulse get some consistent minutes for the Toronto Raptors this season. Despite the constant shuffling, Paul Watson has found playing time difficult to come by of late. Watson, an undrafted free agent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It looks like Nate Pearson won’t be ready for the start of the season

The Blue Jays’ starting pitching depth will be put to the test early on, it seems.

Mark Shapiro appeared on The Fan590 with Scott MacArthur on Tuesday morning and he mentioned that it’s “hard to see” Nate Pearson being ready for when the team travels north opens up the season in Dunedin come April. As of right now, Shapiro said, Ross Stripling will be the one to replace Pearson in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation.
Pearson suffered a groin injury during his first spring outing last week and it’ll take a few weeks for him to get back on the mound. Given the fact opening day is just over three weeks away, Pearson won’t have adequate time to get himself ramped up, and, thus, the Blue Jays are going to take things slow with their young fireballer.
Though Stripling had an ugly season in 2020, posting a 5.84 ERA between the L.A. Dodgers and the Blue Jays, he has been a successful starting pitcher in the past. In 2018, Stripling was key as the Dodgers navigated injuries to both Clayton Kershaw and Hyun Jin Ryu. He posted a 3.02 ERA that season as a starter, swingman type, and earned himself …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Stanley Johnson’s Kawhi-Esque defense and offensive revolution

Toronto Raptors: Stanley Johnson’s Kawhi-Esque defense and offensive revolution

The Toronto Raptors bench depth has been poor for the better part of the season (besides Boucher), but one player who has been impressive is Stanley Johnson. “I just think that I’m the best player in the draft,” Stanley Johnson said shortly after being selected 8th by the Detroit Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft. […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six sign 3 new players: Taytum Clairmont, Julie Allen, Megan Quinn

The Toronto Six are adding some Toronto-based depth to the organization, adding two forwards and one defender to the roster in preparation for the 2021 NWHL Bubble Season, which will begin on January 23rd and finish on February 5th. The new faces are forwards 24-year-old Taytum Clairmont and 33-year-old Julie Allen, and defender 24-year-old Megan Quinn.
Two of these players, Quinn and Allen, played for the former professional women’s hockey team in the CWHL, the Toronto Furies. Allen
Julie Allen is a veteran and actually played for the Furies for the last 5 years of that franchise’s existence, which was created in 2010 and was folded when the league folded in 2019. Her leadership skills are more prominent than her prowess as a scorer, relative to her teammates, but that experience and wisdom will be invaluable for what is otherwise a pretty young team. They’re also a fresh team, that isn’t going to be super familiar with each other, so the guidance of Allen and other veterans on the team like Emily Fluke.
Taytum Clairmont, the other forward signed, will be making her professional hockey debut with Toronto, having played previously for the University of Waterloo Warriors for 2 seasons, and …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Alex Len Comes In Helping Interior Depth

Toronto Raptors: Alex Len Comes In Helping Interior Depth

As the Toronto Raptors look to improve depth in this free agency period, the team has made another addition. The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with free-agent center Alex Len, sources told Shams Charania. This comes after Raptors nation saw two of their major pieces in the paint leave to the City […]
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Author: Jelani Goodridge-Reid / Raptors HQ