Knicks’ Jalen Brunson deal makes Fred VanVleet contract a steal

Knicks’ Jalen Brunson deal makes Fred VanVleet contract a steal

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors have to enter the offseason knowing that the rival New York Knicks will be among the most active teams in the league due to their surplus of cash to spend. All of their offseason moves appear t be centered around getting the cap space needed to sign Dallas Mavericks […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors fans will love Nets imploding amid Kyrie Irving drama

Raptors fans will love Nets imploding amid Kyrie Irving drama

The Toronto Raptors had to have been extremely fearful of the Brooklyn Nets when they were able to land Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the same offseason. When the pair have been healthy, they’ve looked unstoppable at times. However, Brooklyn’s grand experiment is in danger of blowing up thanks to Irving’s irritation. The Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Christian Koloko says Pascal Siakam inspires Cameroon

Raptors: Christian Koloko says Pascal Siakam inspires Cameroon

There have only been four players in the history of the NBA who have been born in Cameroon. The Toronto Raptors have one of them in All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam. Apparently of the mindset that the squad needed one more Douala native in rookie Christian Koloko. Unlike Siakam, Koloko is a 7-1 center that is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Raptors who could lose playing time after NBA Draft moves

3 Raptors who could lose playing time after NBA Draft moves

The Toronto Raptors have made several new additions to the roster in the last few days. With Christian Koloko added via the No. 33 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and Ron Harper Jr. quickly signed to a two-way contract after its’ conclusion, the Raptors are loading up on young talent. As is the case […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2022 Raptors Summer League signings: 3 impact newcomers

2022 Raptors Summer League signings: 3 impact newcomers

The Toronto Raptors may have made their lone selection in the 2022 NBA Draft by taking Arizona rim protector Christian Koloko, but that doesn’t mean that Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster can exhale just yet. Filling out the Summer League roster is the next priority for this front office. While Summer League presents an opportunity […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Richard’s 2022 NHL Draft Rankings: Final Edition

We have reached the conclusion of another scouting cycle and the draft is now within sight. With that comes my final ranking for the 2022 NHL Draft, including notes on my top-100 ranked prospects.
In terms of what I value most when ranking prospects, pace and hockey sense are paramount. Skill is obviously important but processing the game and executing at the speed required from NHL players is a lot different than doing it in junior. While I place significant importance on upside, I sometimes lean more in the direction of projectability or NHL certainty than some other scouts I’ve interacted with.
With most leagues around the world returning to regular schedules and prospects having full seasons to showcase themselves, my board has undergone significant changes since the fall. This list is the culmination of over a year’s worth of film study and discussion on these players with fellow scouts whose opinions I trust and respect.
Sparing further preamble, here are my top-100 prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft:
1 | Logan Cooley
C | NTDP U18 (USNTDP) | 5’10” | 181 lbs | Shoots: L
The number one spot on my board has been a source of internal debate for practically the entire season. In the end, I had to go with my gut and my gut says that Logan Cooley …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays pull off huge comeback, avoid sweep to the Yankees

It turns out the Yankees are beatable.

People in New York have already decided that the Yankees have clinched the American League in June but the season still has plenty of runway left. That was the case on Sunday as well, as it appeared that the Yankees were cruising to a sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Vladdy Jr. led off the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning but Yusei Kikuchi quickly relinquished the lead. Kikuchi navigated four innings and allowed three runs before Adam Cimber and Max Castillo allowed five runs of their own.
The Yankees were up 8-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning but Lourdes Gurriel hit a grand slam to make it a game and then Teoscar Hernandez flipped it on its head with a three-run bomb of his own.

HOLY FUCKIN PIMP JOB TEOSCAR HERNANDEZ pic.twitter.com/EorT0eQ3Wr
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 19, 2022

Tim Mayza came into the game in the top of the eighth and allowed a solo homer to Anthony Rizzo to cut the game to 10-9 but Jordan Romano came in and slammed the door with a five-out save. The highlight was a strikeout of Aaron Judge to end the eighth.

Jordan Romano STRIKES OUT Judge with runners on first and second. This atmosphere is ELECTRIC. #NextLevel #RepBX #BlueJays #Yankees #MLB pic.twitter.com/i1EjxRinrP
— Baseball Today (@dailymlbtweets) June 19, 2022

The Blue Jays lost the series and are 11 games back of the Yankees but it was great to see them pull off th …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Strained neck lands Toronto Blue Jays reliever Trevor Richards on 15-day IL

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed reliever Trevor Richards on the 15-day IL with a strained neck, the club announced Saturday ahead of a matinee against the New York Yankees.

In a subsequent move, lefty reliever Matt Gage was recalled from the Triple-A Bisons.

ROSTER MOVES:
RHP Trevor Richards (neck strain) placed on 15-day IL
LHP Matt Gage recalled from Triple-A and will be active today pic.twitter.com/BEVEdIXKgV
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 18, 2022

Richards had a tough go of it Friday night against the Yanks. He drew in during the fifth inning and in his 1 IP, he allowed three earned runs that included a grand slam to Anthony Rizzo.
Gage, meanwhile, has yo-yo’d between the bigs and Triple-A this year. In 5 IP with the Jays, he’s posted a 1.80 ERA and a strong .6 WHIP.
The Blue Jays bullpen continues to be battered and bruised. Lefties Tayler Saucedo and Andrew Vazquez are already on the IL, with Julien Merryweather and Nate Pearson working back from injury, too.
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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Toronto Raptors free agent profile: Bucks SG Pat Connaughton

Toronto Raptors free agent profile: Bucks SG Pat Connaughton

The Toronto Raptors have already done most of the heavy lifting when it comes to building their squad into a viable playoff team, but Masai Ujiri might need one or two more big-name free agent signings to fill in the cracks on the roster. Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton could be Ujiri’s perfect veteran bench […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A similar situation arises if the Maple Leafs were to take a gamble on Mackenzie Blackwood

Many have discussed the Maple Leafs signing a free agent goaltender, but what about a trade that isn’t for John Gibson?
Last week, DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli released a Trade Targets list which featured a number of high-profile names. Players like J.T. Miller, Alex DeBrincat, and Kevin Fiala rounded out the top of the list, but there were some interesting pieces at the bottom too.
Just last night, though, Seravalli added a few more names to his list — Jesper Bratt, Anthony Beauvillier, and Mackenzie Blackwood. We’re going to look a little bit closer into the 25-year-old netminder because, well, the Maple Leafs might need both a starter and a backup, and Blackwood could make sense.
From Seravalli’s Trade Targets article on Blackwood:
“Scoop: It wasn’t long ago that Blackwood was considered the next hot, young netminder. He has the pedigree as a high second-round pick and his first 70 NHL games were excellent from 2018 to 2020. Blackwood struggled with a heel injury last season and his numbers have struggled for two seasons now. The sense is the Devils, who can ill afford another season with shoddy goaltending, have lost faith in Blackwood. He could be a great option for a bounce back campaign in tandem with a veteran on a strong team with limited salary cap resources.”
Let’s start off with saying that Blackwood has one more year remaining on his deal with New Jersey …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation