Toronto Raptors: The wheel of potential Kyle Lowry destinations

Toronto Raptors: The wheel of potential Kyle Lowry destinations

The 2020-21 season has finally come to a close, and with it the eighth year of Kyle Lowry’s contractual obligations to the Toronto Raptors. Drafted in 2006 and logging over 30,000 career minutes, the 35-year-old Lowry is still far from washed up. He’s still one of the 10 or so best point guards in the […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Leafs have their schedule for the first round

We finally know when we’re going to see the Leafs play again after tomorrow night, and it appears they will be treated to almost a full week without a game. I’m reluctant to say week off, because I hope like hell they’ll be working most of the time (especially on the powerplay) but nearly a week without a game anyway. Here’s the schedule…

Game
Date
Time
Venue
Network

1
20-May-21
7:30 pm ET
Toronto
SN/CBC

2
22-May-21
7:00 pm ET
Toronto
SN/CBC

3
24-May-21

Montreal

4
25-May-21

Montreal

5
27-May-21

Toronto

6
29-May-21

Montreal

7
31-May-21

Toronto

So, a few things of note here. First up, the schedule was set up to make sure that both Saturdays during the first round will feature the Montreal and Toronto game instead of forcing Canada to spend their prime hockey night watching the Jets play the Oilers. Classy move by the league. The next thing of note is the back to back in series falls in Montreal on Games 3 and 4. I’m not sure this favours either side in any way, and it was one of the two opportunities to have the back to back fall in the same city and avoid travel. It also means …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season award winners after disappointing year

Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season award winners after disappointing year

The Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season is finally coming to an end with a small handful of games remaining on their schedule. The 2021 season, as we all know, really hasn’t been the best of seasons for this franchise as they were forced to play their “home” games down in Tampa. Essentially, they played 72 road […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agents who could help the frontcourt

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agents who could help the frontcourt

Now that the Toronto Raptors can finally close the book on what was a lost 2021 season, it’s time for the team to set its sights on ways to improve. Raptors free agency promises to be a doozy of an experience for Masai Ujiri. There was certainly a sense of disappointment surrounding the Raptors on […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 1 big challenge Khem Birch could present this offseason

Toronto Raptors: 1 big challenge Khem Birch could present this offseason

The Toronto Raptors have finally fixed their frontcourt issues, as the combination of Khem Birch and newcomer Freddie Gillespie, the latter of whom just signed a multi-year deal, has Toronto rebounding better and finishing easy looks inside. The days of Aron Baynes seem like a distant memory after adding a Montreal native like Birch. Birch […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Analyzing Nick Foligno’s first week as a Toronto Maple Leaf

The Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans finally got to see Nick Foligno suit up and play some games as a member of the Maple Leafs after being acquired on the eve of the trade deadline. After having to go through a seven-day quarantine, Foligno dressed for his Leaf debut last Thursday in Winnipeg and helped push Toronto to victory as they picked up a 5-3 win on the road.
Before the Leafs acquired Foligno, there were numerous arguments over who would be the better pick up if you were the Toronto Maple Leafs come trade deadline day, Nick Foligno, or Taylor Hall? For me, I honestly would’ve liked either player on Toronto but in my opinion, if I had to pick one guy I would pick Foligno because he just brings so many things to a hockey team.
So now that we’ve seen Nick Foligno play three games for the Maple Leafs, let’s take a dive into how he has played through those games so far.
 
Foligno’s first 3 games
After finishing up his seven-day quarantine, Foligno got the opportunity to slot in on the top line alongside two of the league’s best players in …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu goes on the 10-day Injured List, Rowdy Tellez gets optioned to the Alternate Training Site

George Springer is finally back.

After a whole bunch of “we’re aiming for this day! followed by “he isn’t quite there yet!” the team has officially activated Springer from the 10-day Injured List. He’s batting first in Wednesday’s lineup and is the designated hitter, a spot that Charlie Montoyo says he’ll be at quite a bit in the early going as he eases back into things.
And then there’s this… Hyun Jin Ryu has been placed on the 10-day Injured List due to the right glute strain he suffered playing against the Rays on Sunday. Travis Bergen comes up from the Alternate Site in his place.
This is obviously a huge buzzkill.
The word around Ryu initially was that his injury wasn’t serious and the team didn’t expect him to miss a start. Now he’s going on the IL and the earliest he can be activated is the finale of next week’s series against Oakland on May 6. Given the way the team has downplayed injuries to Springer, Robbie Ray, and Nate Pearson, I’m a little skeptical that Ryu will be good to go that quickly.

The Blue Jays didn’t …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Should Rasmus Sandin stay in the Leafs lineup?

Should Rasmus Sandin stay in the Leafs lineup?

The Leafs have won, finally. After a five-game losing streak, Toronto’s big guns all came out firing. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner with three points each, Jason Spezza with a goal assisted by Joe Thornton, and even Nick Foligno who got his first point as a Leaf.
But the most intriguing part to me is Rasmus Sandin. He’s played incredible with Toronto in his last few games but I get the sense that once Zach Bogosian is healthy, Sandin comes out of the lineup. I don’t like the idea of that, yet I feel like it’s inevitable.
In my video today, I discuss why he should stay in the lineup and also why I think he’ll be taken out. I hope you enjoy the it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

One of the most-watched murder trials in recent history finally concluded today, as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter after killing George Floyd in Minneapolis over the summer. The move prompted reactions from all over the sport, and Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors were by no means silent on this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch should start over Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors: 1 big challenge Khem Birch could present this offseason

The Toronto Raptors finally made an addition to their frontcourt, as they managed to bring in former Orlando Magic center Khem Birch, as the native Canadian was exiled after the Wendell Carter acquisition. Looking for more playing time, Birch joined up with Toronto, joining a frontcourt led by Chris Boucher. In his first game against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ