Toronto Raptors dealt big blow with Richaun Holmes expected to stay

Toronto Raptors dealt big blow with Richaun Holmes expected to stay

The Toronto Raptors have finally answered the litany of questions surrounding who they would take with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and now they need to refocus on addressing their lack of depth at the center position. A player like Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes looks like someone who could fill […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Report: Leafs signing winger Nick Ritchie to a two-year deal

Rumors have been swirling around the Leafs and Nick Ritchie since before free agency even opened and it appears there was some traction there. On Saturday morning, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the Leafs have come to terms with Ritchie on a two-year contract that will carry an AAV of $2.5 million.

Hearing Nick Ritchie to TOR. Sounds like 2x$2.5M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 31, 2021

Ritchie, 25, was drafted 10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft and played 287 regular season games for the organization across five seasons before being traded to the Boston Bruins in February of 2020. He played all 56 games for Boston in the abbreviated 2020-21 season, recording a career-high 15 goals while adding 11 assists.

The big-bodied winger will add some secondary scoring to Toronto’s forward group, as well as a physical edge. His 102 hits in 2020-21 would have led the Leafs forward group by a mile as the departed Zach Hyman led last year with just 69 hits. Ritchie isn’t shy about dropping the gloves either, having already done so nine times in his young career, including three bouts last season.

Nick Ritchie and Garnet Hathaway drop the gloves. pic.twitter.com/VgfO2N4H93
— Conor …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Getting to know Blue Jays prospect Sem Robberse

Want a list of all MLB players that have played from the Netherlands proper who pitched 500 innings or had 1000 plate appearances since the colour barrier was broken?

Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven and Didi Gregorius.
While there are many notable players from the Dutch Antilles (Curaçao and Aruba), it’s safe to say that baseball is not a priority sport in the Netherlands. Quite frankly I could have left this paragraph blank and you’d get the point. The Netherlands produces high-quality footballers, it’s not quite so easy to find a notable baseball player from Holland.
So, you may be asking why I’m talking about a non-baseball European country in a Blue Jays Nation article and it boils down to the Blue Jays’ ability to find high potential prospects on the International Free Agent market. Sem Robberse may be one of those players in the eventual future.
2019 IFA signings:
If you know me or follow me on Twitter, I rant and rave about the Blue Jays and their success on the International Free Agent market. They went shopping in 2018, signing a potential generational talent in Orelvis Martinez. The next season they followed that up by signing relief …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Mike Amadio, Brett Seney to one-year deals

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two players to one-year, two-way contracts.
Forwards Mike Amadio and Brett Seney will be joining the organization on the deals, each of which carries an NHL salary of $750k, the club announced.
Amadio, 25, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft by the LA Kings last year was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He’s appeared in 173 NHL games scoring 16 goals and 40 points playing third and fourth line minutes. He’s spent a fair amount of time in AHL, too, appearing in 130 games scoring 35 goals and 104 points.
Seney, also 25, was a sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2015 and remained with that organization until this offseason. He’s played in 53 NHL games scoring five goals and 13 points on the fourth line. In the AHL, Seney’s scored 30 goals and 81 points in 129 games.
At the very least, both depth moves would greatly benefit the Marlies as the pair have provided solid offensive production up front there.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby can’t be included in a Ben Simmons trade

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby can’t be included in a Ben Simmons trade

The Toronto Raptors have been linked to moves that would be nothing short of earth-shattering, with a move for Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons gaining some major headway over the last few weeks. While Simmons and his agent may want a fresh start, it shouldn’t come at the cost of players like Fred VanVleet and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs sign Joshua Ho-Sang to a PTO

The Leafs have signed Joshua Ho-Sang to a professional tryout contract in what might be the move with the highest upside for them today.
Ho-Sang is a former first round pick of the New York Islanders who has never been given too much of a chance, but has some promise in his brief NHL stints, particularly his first two seasons, where he had 10 points in 21 games in 2016-17, and 12 in 22 games in 2017-18. He’s never played more than 22 games in a season, and has played just 10 NHL games since Lou Lamoriello took over in 2018-19. He ended up playing in Europe last season, and has now returned to North America to potentially get another chance with the Leafs.
I think this is a move with a fair amount of upside, quite similar to bringing in Alex Galchenyuk last season. He’ll get a chance to work with the Leafs development staff and hopefully improve his game to be NHL ready, and best case scenario, he’s good enough to at least compliment one of the top two lines like Galchenyuk. That said, it’s likely he ends up being more of a bottom six contributor like Spezza or Ennis …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Sign Depth Forward Michael Amadio

Stop the presses because we have another big Toronto Maple Leafs signing to break.
Reports say that the Leafs have signed 25-year-old center Michael Amadio to a one year contract for league minimum.

Michael Amadio gets a two-way, one-year deal with the #leafs: $750,000 NHL, $400,000 guaranteed.@koshtorontosun first on the news.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 28, 2021

Amadio has not cemented himself as an NHL player since he debuted in the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Kings. In 173 career games played, he has 16 goals and 24 assists, with career highs being 68 games played and 16 points.
In the AHL, Amadio is quite productive, putting up 104 points over a 130 game career.
In a slight twist on the Dubas-Sault Ste. Marie connection (or obsession, depending on who you ask), Amadio was born in The Soo, but did not play for the Greyhounds in major junior.
Amadio has some two-way upside, but it’s unlikely that he will be penciled in to a roster spot. Expect him to report to the Marlies (possibly as their top-line center) and only play for the Leafs as an injury-replacement on the 4th-line. At this moment, it’s a zero-risk contract that may bear some positive fruit.

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Report: Maple Leafs to sign goaltender Petr Mrazek to three-year contract

It appears the Leafs have found their partner for Jack Campbell. Kevin Weekes of ESPN and the NHL Network is reporting that the Leafs will sign goaltender Petr Mrazek to a three-year deal once free agency opens at noon. Frank Seravalli of DailyFaceoff has since reported that Mrazek’s contract is expected to carry a cap hit in the neighborhood of $3.8 million.
Adding Mrazek as a replacement for the departed Frederik Andersen will see the Leafs spending around $1.2 million less on the goaltending position than they were paying the tandem of Andersen and Campbell last season.

Sounds like Petr Mrazek is expected to join the #Leafs on a three-year deal in the $3.8 million AAV neighborhood.@DFOHockey @Sportsnet
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 28, 2021

Mrazek, 29, was injured and played just 12 games for Carolina last season, posting a 2.06 GAA and a .923 SV%. In 277 career regular season games, he has a 2.61 GAA and a .910 SV%.
The Czech native will presumably share the crease with Campbell next season, giving head coach Sheldon Keefe the option to run with the hot hand in the case that one of them struggles. The move also ensures that the Leafs will have an NHL-caliber goaltender signed beyond this season …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors push guarantee date on Rodney Hood’s contract back

Toronto Raptors push guarantee date on Rodney Hood’s contract back

The Toronto Raptors have decided to push the guaranteed date on Rodney Hood’s contract today to August 3. The NBA Draft is less than two days away, and the Raptors have a chance at adding a tremendous franchise-changing talent. Still, they have to check some minor procedural boxes first, with Rodney Hood numbering among them. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Pelicans open up space for Kyle Lowry after huge trade

Raptors rumors: Pelicans open up space for Kyle Lowry after huge trade

Most of the Toronto Raptors rumors that have sprouted up over the last few weeks have pertained to star point guard Kyle Lowry, as the future Hall of Famer could be contemplating leaving Canada after spending nearly a decade with Toronto. While teams like the Lakers, Heat, and 76ers have been linked to Lowry given […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ