Toronto Raptors: 3 Priorities for the Toronto Raptors This Off-Season

  The Toronto Raptors are now eliminated from the 2020 NBA playoffs and all eyes are now shifting to the off-season with this team. With the Toronto Raptors being eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in seven games, all eyes are now shifting to the off-season. There are a lot of […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Kyle Dubas doesn’t need board approval to fire Mike Babcock

Since the Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs in frustrating and disappointing fashion by the Boston Bruins earlier this week, many have questioned if Mike Babcock is the proper coach to help lead the team to success.

Babcock was seemingly out-coached in the series, making puzzling lineup decisions, failing to make in-series adjustments on his special teams strategies, and, most notably, not bothering to shorten the bench when the team was down in Game 7. Fans were left scratching their heads as Auston Matthews and John Tavares weren’t double shifted in the third period of Game 7 with the Leafs down 3-1 while Patrick Marleau, Frederik Gauthier, and Connor Brown, all players who didn’t show much offensively, continued to get ice time.
One of the biggest decisions for Kyle Dubas this summer will be determining whether or not Babcock returns for a fifth season behind the bench in order to get another chance to push the Leafs over the hump. According to John Shannon, Dubas has the authority to fire Babcock and doesn’t need to seek approval from those above him in the organization.

To clarify a discussion yesterday on PTS, Multiple sources have confirmed that Kyle Dubas has …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Zach Hyman has a torn ACL and what that means for your fall plans

As per tradition now that the Leafs have been eliminated from the playoffs we get to learn how hurt they were. In Zach Hyman’s case, he was hurting pretty bad…

The @MapleLeafs announced today that forward Zach Hyman will undergo surgery Monday, April 29 to repair a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) sustained during the team’s first round playoff series against Boston. He is expected to miss a minimum of six months.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 25, 2019
Yikes.
Six months is a long time. I did the math, that’s roughly 182 days or  4368 hours or 262080 minutes before we’ll see Zach Hyman in a Leafs uniform again. His earliest expected return date is October 25th if we are taking the six months thing to heart, and the minimum aspect of the announcement seems like he’s pulling a Wyclef Jean and he’ll be gone til November.
What this means?
Well, if you are a fan of modest cap relief the Leafs will potentially save a bit of money at the start of the season by having Hyman on the injured reserve.
The Leafs top line of Hyman-Tavares-Marner is going to need an understudy and potentially that is Trevor Moore, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation