Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Gary Trent Jr. is creating the very financial crunch that the Toronto Raptors management seemingly were trying to avoid by trading for him and Rodney Hood. Since he’s joined the Raptors, Trent has been good. Very good. He is shooting 39 percent on the three-ball and is averaging 17.9 points per game since joining Toronto. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe playing well speaks to Raptors’ culture

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe playing well speaks to Raptors’ culture

Lost in Gary Trent Jr. completely eviscerating the Cleveland Cavaliers last night was the fact that the Toronto Raptors picked up the victory thanks to a very balanced effort, as role players like Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe had their best individual games of the season, and potentially their entire careers, last night. Just a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Newly acquired guard Gary Trent Jr. has made quite the impression through his first handful of games with the Toronto Raptors. Trent was the main piece coming back to Toronto in the Norman Powell trade, wherein he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers on trade deadline day almost two weeks ago. This deal showed […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, February 24th: The Hab Nots? The Juggernots? The Canadiaint’s?

What a week in hockey! We learned that the sun is Gary Bettman’s nemesis, Henrik Lundqvist defies odds, and the Habs are not, in fact, a juggernaut. We’re also dealing with a Leafs roster full of injuries, and Mike Babcock continues his attempted redemption tour…among other things.
Let’s dive in, eh?
Leafs Lads
The big story with the Leafs right now is how many of them are not playing. The injury list keeps growing, with Jake Muzzin, Joe Thornton, and Frederik Andersen as recent additions. Zach Hyman missed Monday’s game  – a super fun 3-0 loss against Calgary – but looks to be back tonight, thankfully.

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs injured parties:
Zach Hyman WILL play tonight. Nic Petan out.
Everyone else is still out.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 24, 2021

We’re crossing our fingers and toes that most of these are not long-term, and thankfully it looks as though Freddie, at least, is not:

Sheldon Keefe asked whether Frederik Andersen’s injury is overly concerning, said it “doesn’t look that way” and “from what I’m told, he’s progressing well.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 24, 2021

Also hoping Jack Campbell can get back in the lineup soon, as we’ …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

How does the Maple Leafs blueline stack up against the Blue Jackets blueline?

On Tuesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s Return to Play plan. Our very own Scott Maxwell wrote more about the plan here. This plan confirmed that the Toronto Maple Leafs will play a best-of-five series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Play-In round.

In today’s article, I wanted to take a look at the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets defense and see how they stack up against one another in a five-game playoff series.
The Defense
Below is the defensive depth chart for the Leafs and Blue Jackets. The tables are ranked based on the average amount of shifts each player received during the regular season.
Stats from NHL.com
At first glance, both teams heavily tested their defensive depth this season. Travis Dermott started the year on Injured Reserve, Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Cody Ceci all made trips to the IR as the season progressed. Tyson Barrie is the lone defenseman on the Leafs to have played in all 70 games this season. In Columbus, Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara all missed games due to injury this season. The extended time off due to quarantine has certainly …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Takeaways from Gary Bettman’s press conference

Earlier today, Gary Bettman made an official announcement regarding the NHL’s Return to Play plan, and how they hope to bring back hockey.
Basically, everything we’ve heard over the last few weeks has been made official. The 24 team playoff format has been approved, the top four teams in each conference will be re-seeded based on the round robin play-in games, and the lottery format that has been talked about over the last couple days has also been approved.
There were a few interesting things to take away from this news, so let’s dive in.
The regular season is done
Yeah, the 2019-20 regular season is officially over, so stats and records are final, and awards will be considered based on the games that have been played.
So, Leon Draisaitl wins the Art Ross, Alex Ovechkin and/or David Pastrnak wins the Rocket Richard, and Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak win the Jennings. This also means that Auston Matthews won’t get a chance to reach 50 goals or break Rick Vaive’s single season goal record.
That said, the league hasn’t decided what to do with stats from the play-in round, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation