Lakers must realize Raptors won’t trade Gary Trent Jr. to them

Lakers must realize Raptors won’t trade Gary Trent Jr. to them

The Toronto Raptors knew they were getting a stud when they acquired Gary Trent Jr. in the Norman Powell trade, but even they had to be taken aback by how quickly he improved. Not only is Trent a deadly scorer and shooter, but his defensive improvement was nothing short of astonishing. In need of some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Justin Verlander said the Blue Jays were one of the leaders to sign him last off-season

Fresh off of getting tagged for 10 runs by the Baltimore Orioles, ESPN dropped a nugget involving Justin Verlander and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Verlander spoke to Jeff Passan about the excellent season he’s been having at the age of 39 coming off of Tommy John surgery and what his off-season free agency looked like. Verlander said that sticking around with the Houston Astros was at the top of his list but the Blue Jays were right in the mix…
“Houston was at the top of the list,” Verlander said. “As negotiations started going, they kind of fell off. Some other teams really started to show a lot of interest. I would say that the leader was probably Toronto. They were great. And I talked to George (Springer, his former Astros teammate now with the Blue Jays) a bunch. They were very proactive to the point that when I signed with Houston, I made sure to let them know that I appreciated it all. Ultimately, when it came down to it, Houston had the same offer. It was all kind of ballpark between them and Toronto, and New York (Yankees) was kind of always just a step behind.”
Verlander wound up inking a one-year deal with the Astros worth $25 million with a player …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed in the Leafs

Before even getting started into any of this, I want to take a moment as the Managing Editor of The Leafs Nation to thank all of you that chose to read our site over the past year. Coming out of the Montreal series last year it seemed easy to quit on the Leafs, and instead, we saw our readership grow to record numbers over the past year and that has taught me that “The Passion” is an authentic thing with the Leafs fanbase.
I’d also like to take a moment to thank the wonderful contributors to TLN. We’ve produced a ton of content this year and in my opinion been the most interesting source for Leafs news on the world wide web. This group has a bright future, and the fact that this season for the first time in site history we had credentialed coverage of the Leafs, Marlies, and the Growlers is a first for the site that I am very proud of, but can’t take any of the credit for. Couple that with great coverage of Leafs prospect, CBA knowledge that is second to none, Toronto Six coverage, and the ability to break down all things Leafs, this group got it done, an …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jays activate Danny Jansen, Hyun Jin Ryu, re-assign two

The Jays are getting healthy!

The team activated both C Danny Jansen and LHP Hyun Jin Ryu from the 10-day IL making them both active for this evening’s game. Jansen will catch today while batting eighth in the order, while Ryu will take the mound.
RHP Trent Thornton and C Tyler Heineman were both optioned to Triple-A.
Jansen played in the first three games of the year before suffering a left oblique strain, but in those games he hit .571 with two homers and two RBI.
Ryu, meanwhile, returns to the lineup after missing the last month with inflammation in his left forearm.
Worth noting on top of it all that George Springer is believed to have a mild ankle sprain and he hasn’t been placed on the IL. He crashed into the center-field wall last night in the Trop, and you could see his left ankle roll as he tried to regain his footing jumping for a ball.
It’s clearly a positive sign the club hasn’t moved him to the IL.
Toronto’s batting order has gotten all kinds of wonky with Springer out of the lineup.
Matt Chapman will lead off in the one position for the first time in his career, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits second, Teoscar Hernandez hits third and Bo Bichette takes cleanup duty.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Joel Embiid trash-talks Drake as he aims for Raptors sweep

Joel Embiid trash-talks Drake as he aims for Raptors sweep

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting their teeth kicked in by Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. The combination of Embiid’s dominance and Tyrese Maxey’s development into a star has made it almost impossible for Toronto to mount a comeback in any of their three losses so far. On top of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Scottie Barnes injury update: Will Raptors star return in playoffs?

Scottie Barnes injury update: Will Raptors star return in playoffs?

The Toronto Raptors might have been getting blown out by the Philadelphia 76ers, but they could at least take solace in the fact that they could regroup and come back swinging in Game 2. Unfortunately, thanks to an unlucky twist of fate surrounding Scottie Barnes’ ankle, quiet optimism faded into unyielding concern. Barnes did not […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Comparing the Leafs special teams to see if it can be the key to playoff success

After getting absolutely destroyed by Buffalo on Tuesday night, it wouldn’t hurt to feel a little good about something, so it’s time to talk about special teams. Or at least comparing them to the rest of the league to feel better about the Leafs.
Heading into Tuesday night the Leafs were pretty close to 30%, at 29.4% success rate on the powerplay. This is 3% higher than the next closest team. For all our complaints about the powerplay, it’s absolutely been a bright spot for the Leafs, and if there isn’t an erosion of penalties come playoff time (gulp) it’s a great advantage for Toronto to have in the postseason.
As for the penalty kill, it’s a little worse, and comes in at 6th in the league, but you’ll see, it’s actually better than when you factor in a few extra details in a little bit. The Leafs are the best of the Atlantic teams when it comes to the penalty kill, and perhaps this is an argument for Toronto to want a penalty laden first round.
One of the measures for success used around the NHL as a predictor of how good a team really is in the combination of PP+PK to give an overall score, so I t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors and Kyle Lowry parting ways came at the perfect time

Raptors and Kyle Lowry parting ways came at the perfect time

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors are getting prepared for the most emotional reunion in franchise history, as Kyle Lowry will make his first appearance at Scotiabank Arena as a member of the visiting Miami Heat. Expect nothing short of an electric atmosphere. While it’s always tough to see arguably the best player in franchise history […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Should the Raptors give Yuta Watanabe more rotation time?

Should the Raptors give Yuta Watanabe more rotation time?

The Toronto Raptors were getting some solid contributions out of their bench in recent weeks, but injuries have forced Nick Nurse to revert to his old ways of leaning on his starters for 40 minutes a night. Role players like Yuta Watanabe have been left in the dust as a result. Watanabe was a valued […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 stud and 1 dud as Pascal Siakam, Raptors fall against Bulls

1 stud and 1 dud as Pascal Siakam, Raptors fall against Bulls

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors appeared to be getting healthier when they squared off against DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls, as Fred VanVleet returned to the lineup. Unfortunately, the loss of Gary Trent Jr. due to a toe injury meant that role players like Chris Boucher and Thad Young had to step up. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ