Toronto Raptors: Postgame grades after dreadful loss to Wizards

Toronto Raptors: Postgame grades after dreadful loss to Wizards

Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and the Toronto Raptors finally made their triumphant return to Scotiabank Arena against the Washington Wizards, but it took all of one quarter for the optimism to drain out of the building. Not only did Washington beat Toronto, but they did it in such a demoralizing fashion that it was genuinely […]
Toronto Raptors: Postgame grades after dreadful loss to Wizards – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 20

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 20

The Toronto Raptors are finally bringing an end to a wait that lasted nearly two years, as they are finally returning to Scotiabank Arena for their first regular-season home game in almost two whole years. Some of the most recent Raptors odds have them pulling off a win in this triumphant return. Toronto will take […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 20 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Boucher could return soon after latest injury update

Raptors: Chris Boucher could return soon after latest injury update

The Toronto Raptors are finally ready to get their 2021-22 season started off on the right foot, and they managed to get some extra good news in the form of a Chris Boucher injury update right before the opener. No. 25 figures to be a huge part of the team’s success in the paint this season. […]
Raptors: Chris Boucher could return soon after latest injury update – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse explains reason for keeping Sam Dekker on roster

Raptors: Nick Nurse explains reason for keeping Sam Dekker on roster

The Toronto Raptors finally put an end to their training camp competition, as they invited six players with non-guaranteed contracts to compete for their final three roster spots. Sam Dekker, Yuta Watanabe, and Isaac Bonga made the final cut, while Ishmail Wainright, Freddie Gillespie, and Reggie Perry were cut. With Yuta and Bonga cementing themselves […]
Raptors: Nick Nurse explains reason for keeping Sam Dekker on roster – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors were able to finally break through and win their first championship in franchise history in 2019, but DeMar DeRozan was not along for the ride, as Masai Ujiri made the most famous trade in franchise history by sending him to the San Antonio Spurs in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard. The trade […]
Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of finally setting their 15-man roster after finishing up their postseason grind against the Washington Wizards. After waiving Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry, Nick Nurse must select two of either Isaac Bonga, Ishmail Wainright, or Sam Dekker to secure the final roster spots. All three of these players […]
Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Marlies finalize roster as excitement builds for opening day

Toronto Marlies hockey is back.
Training camp is finally over, and now it’s time to get down to business. And that starts with a back-to-back at home against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The Marlies have announced the hockey club’s 2021-22 opening day roster.
Details: https://t.co/fPPs9UrLMz #ForeverStartsHere pic.twitter.com/vk2h3Nv4Oc
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 15, 2021

The Marlies are looking forward to a new season with some different faces. One positive is getting to play in front of fans again. Some players haven’t done that since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
“I’m just grateful to be able to play hockey for a living.” Said Marlies captain, Rich Clune about playing in front of fans. “Obviously, being from Toronto, it means a little bit more playing here. A lot of family and friends in the stands, but anytime I can get into a game I’m excited.“
Toronto is going to be a challenging team to play against this season. They have returning players like Nicholas Robertson, Joseph Duszak, Joey Anderson, and Kristians Rubins. But they also have newcomers like Alex Biega, Carl Dahlstrom Josh Ho-Sang, Mikhail …

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs seek redemption as a new season opens with a playoff rematch

Preseason is finally over and the dawn of a new Leafs season is upon us. Now freed from the constraints of the all-Canadian North Division, the Leafs will take on all 31 other NHL teams this season, but the theme of this season is redemption. It is about finally rising above the middling results of seasons past and truly achieving something, so it’s only fitting that the Leafs open the season against the bitter rivals who eliminated them back in May, and in the process, handed them their most embarrassing set of losses in franchise history. I am of couse talking about the Montreal Canadiens.
And much like their last meeting with the Habs, the Leafs will be missing one of their top-two centers as Auston Matthews continues to work his way back after wrist surgery. And they may have to play without a top-3 scorer in the league as Mitch Marner is a game-time decision after an incident at practice yesterday.

Sheldon Keefe said Mitch Marner will be game-time decision, but had a positive morning with optional skate
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 13, 2021

Despite playing without the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner, the Leafs are icing a deeper, more …

Read More

Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Joshua Ho-Sang signs an AHL deal with the Marlies

Joshua Ho-Sang’s hard work has finally been rewarded and he will be sticking with the Leafs organization for the coming season.

Josh Ho-Sang signs an AHL deal with the Marlies. He attended #leafs camp on a PTO.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 6, 2021

In only two pre-season games, he has amassed an impressive  four points (all of which are assists). In spite of a limited showing, he has already impressed a number of players with his hard work and resilience.
Had there not been a log-jam with the forward unit, there was a real chance Ho-Sang could have earned a spot on roster and challenge for the top-six. While I’m sure the Leafs would have loved to keep him on the main roster to begin the season, he would have had to been placed on waivers and be in serious danger of getting scooped up by another team in need of bodies. By signing an AHL deal now, it leaves open the option to convert it into an NHL contract once the time is ripe to bring him up to the main squad (whether that be injuries or he is done enough dominating in the AHL).
Considering how grateful he …

Read More

Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies announce training camp roster

Toronto Marlies training camp is finally here!

#Marlies announce training camp roster: pic.twitter.com/cnO6MxD149
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 5, 2021

The camp begins today with on-ice sessions at 11:15 AM. Seven players are listed to be on Professional Try-Outs. Part of the Marlies roster is still up with the Leafs, who’ll be making cuts tomorrow. On Wednesday or Thursday, we could see this training camp roster expanded.
Toronto will head to CAA Arena to play the Laval Rocket and Belleville Senators in a preseason series. The Marlies will face Laval on October 9th and Belleville on October 10th.
The Leafs’ AHL team open their season at home on October 16th against Belleville.

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation