3 advantages Raptors have over 76ers in potential playoff matchup

3 advantages Raptors have over 76ers in potential playoff matchup

If the season ended today, the No. 5 seed Toronto Raptors would be locked into a grueling playoff matchup against Joel Embiid and the No. 4 seed Philadelphia 76ers. Considering how well Toronto has played them this season, this promises to be a very competitive matchup. The 76ers will lean on an MVP candidate in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs trade Brennan Menell to the Flyers for Future Considerations

As quickly as it began, the Brennan Menell era has ended in Toronto.

**Beeakjng News** @MapleLeafs trade @TheAHL D Brendan Mennell to @NHLFlyers for Future Considerations .@espn @NHLNetwork #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/nFoZJnEuVd
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) March 23, 2022

Prior to the deadline, Steve Dangle reported that the Leafs were trying to move Menell, who wanted a shot at the NHL level that wasn’t given to him with a crowded blueline in Toronto. He will get said chance on a Flyers team that is closer to the basement than a playoff spot so he should be able to get some playing time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, hence why they acquired the defenceman.
The move opens up a roster spot that the Leafs could use to sign anyone of their choosing. There are reports that Kyle Dubas is looking to sign Nick Abruzzese and Matthew Knies, the latter of whom Dubas did not want to move in the infamous botched trade for Marc-Andre Fleury and Brandon Hagel.
In 20 AHL games, Menell produced one goal, four assists, and five points.
Stats from HockeyDB.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

The Toronto Raptors may have ended making only one move at the NBA trade deadline, but Thad Young was by no means the only player that Masai Ujiri was linked to. With the Brooklyn Nets feeling out how to offload James Harden, Nicolas Claxton was almost sent away to Toronto. The Harden trade helped bring […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Grading every Toronto Raptors player after encouraging first half

Grading every Toronto Raptors player after encouraging first half

The Toronto Raptors ended the first part of the 2021-22 regular season at 32-25 while sending Fred VanVleet to the All-Star game and Pascal Siakam to the doorstep of his second nomination. With the deluge of factors working against them, having this record is an impressive accomplishment. The Raptors are an extremely young team with […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Grading Raptors coach Nick Nurse amid volatile 2021-22 season

Grading Raptors coach Nick Nurse amid volatile 2021-22 season

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have ended their first 44 games at an even 22-22, and they achieved those results in an extremely chaotic fashion. From starting off cold to reeling off six straight wins and falling back to .500, it’s difficult to gauge where this team is really at. This season is already […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

The Toronto Raptors ended their preseason with a very impressive victory against the Washington Wizards, and that game was of extra significance to players like Freddie Gillespie, Sam Dekker, and Isaac Bonga, as these non-guaranteed players were fighting for space on the Opening Night roster. Gillespie looked like a lock to secure one of those […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Draft expert claims Scottie Barnes is a better fit than Jalen Suggs

Raptors: Draft expert claims Scottie Barnes is a better fit than Jalen Suggs

The Toronto Raptors ended up securing the No. 4 selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, meaning that they are widely expected to select either USC center Evan Mobley, Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, or G League star Jalen Green. Still, the Raptors may not have totally shut the door on Florida State standout Scottie Barnes. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade help Toronto land Ben Simmons?

Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade help Toronto land Ben Simmons?

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers might’ve ended up on completely different sides of the Atlantic Division standings, but they could both be in the market for new point guards, as Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons could both be in new jerseys by the time next year comes around. Lowry is an impending free agent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Fast, furious, and fun: The Toronto Six debut season, and what it meant to fans

The Toronto Six inaugural season has ended, and though the team did not lift the Isobel Cup this year, by many measures the season was a resounding success. The team came into the league during a pandemic, in a strange time when the entirety of the season’s games were meant to be played in a short, 10 day bubble in Lake Placid. The Six had very little time together as an entire team to prepare, and yet what they accomplished was nothing short of impressive.
Before the season began, we ran a season preview with Head Coach and President Digit Murphy. In that post, Digit described the team’s identity and style as: “We play fast, we play furious, and we have a lot of fun.” It’s almost eery now, looking back, that those words also describe the team’s first season. Though they got off to a rocky start, dropping their first two games in Lake Placid, the Toronto Six quickly showed the other teams, and fans, that their identity was accurate.
Once they got their stride going, the Six dominated the pace of play in most of their match ups. It’s clear they have a highly …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top 3 things that Gary Trent Jr. brings to the squad

Toronto Raptors: Top 3 things that Gary Trent Jr. brings to the squad

Although the Toronto Raptors ended a 10-game losing streak against Denver on Wednesday night, there was still a dark cloud looming as everyone watching the game wondered if this was Kyle Lowry’s final run with the team. Instead, it was long-time Raptor Norman Powell, who got traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ