Toronto Raptors: Who can replace VanVleet if he signs elsewhere?

Toronto Raptors: Who can replace VanVleet if he signs elsewhere?

As much as the Toronto Raptors would love to keep Fred VanVleet next season, we must come to the realization that there is a possibility that the signs elsewhere. If you take a look at the Toronto Raptors roster, it is evident that they are in a very good position to compete for many years. […]
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Author: Jeremy Wilks / Raptors HQ

Scott’s Thoughts: What’s the point?

Normally with these columns, I try to keep them well-researched, well-thought out, so that even though it is opinionated, it’s supported by facts and not just bold claims.
That’s not happening tonight.
Unfortunately, my emotions are too high right now to form any sense of a coherent, well-informed thought.
Now, I will start this off by saying it’s not over. We’re going into the game tomorrow, and if the Leafs have shown us anything over the last few years, they know how to play when their backs are against the wall. The series is still easily winnable, especially with the skill on this team.
But it doesn’t feel like it, does it? In the end, it doesn’t matter with this team. We can play that grit-grindy physical style of hockey that everyone says works in the playoffs like the 2013 team, but it’ll end in disappointment. We can have some the best skill in the league, but it’ll end in disappointment. It just doesn’t matter.
When Nick Robertson scored to make it 3-0, I felt happy. Happier than I had been in a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Marlies bring back Hudson Elynuik

The Marlies are doing their best to keep busy in their extended offseason, and today announced that they are bringing back one of their strong bottom six performers…

News: The Marlies have signed forward Hudson Elynuik to a one-year AHL contact.
Details >> https://t.co/f0gyWgbukW#ForeverStartsHere pic.twitter.com/9mhYcXa1PQ
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 18, 2020
The 22 year old is a 6’5 center that was a solid offensive player at the junior hockey level who is transitioning into a strong bottom six forward in the pro ranks. In many ways he’s similar to Freddie Gauthier, but there is more of a physical upside that could be tapped into that could make him worthy of a SPC in a year or two.
I’ve always liked Elynuik, maybe not as much as the Canes when they reached to draft him 74th overall in 2016, but as a big player in the WHL he was dominant. Additionally I was a fan of his Dad, Pat, who played on the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 and owned a sports card shop within biking distance of my house growing up. Keeping Elynuik in the Leafs organization allows me to continue …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Adam Brooks has been re-signed

Kyle Dubas continues to keep himself busy on what he can and today he’s locked up a little depth for the Leafs for the next couple of years.
From the Leafs press release:

The Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Adam Brooks to a two-year, two-way contract. The NHL salary of the contract carries an average annual value of $725,000.

Brooks, 24, has registered three assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also appeared in 29 games with the Toronto Marlies, recording 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists). In 147 career AHL regular season games, all with Toronto, Brooks has registered 79 points (38 goals, 41 assists) while adding 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 33 playoff games and won a Calder Cup championship in 2018.
Brooks was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
After the recent praise from the Greg Moore and Laurence Gilman of the Marlies, it’s not too surprising that Adam Brooks will be returning. The guy oozes the hockey sense and work ethic that coaches love, and at $725k on a two-way deal he will fit easily into the depth of the organization, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Support your Toronto Raptors for charity with these NBA face coverings

Don’t let something like a pandemic keep you from displaying your intense fandom (and supporting charity). Instead, get yourself some Toronto Raptors face coverings.  These are trying times we’re in. But, this too shall pass. In the meantime it is important for Toronto Raptors fans (and everyone else) to stay as safe as possible. The […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The biggest surprises so far in 2019-20

  Despite all the injuries, the Toronto Raptors just keep winning games. Which players have exceeded expectations in 2019-20? Who has struggled to make their mark? At the start of the 2019-20 season, a reporter asked Nick Nurse, head coach of the defending champion Toronto Raptors, a question about his team and the differences compared […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Grading Every Leafs Move on a Busy July 1st

The Leafs certainly didn’t keep quiet yesterday.
Between clearing the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP off of their cap, diving headfirst into the bargain bin, and trading one of the franchise’s longest-standing and deeply-rooted players in recent memory, Kyle Dubas came out swinging for the Canada Day festivities, leaving a trail of carnage in his path.
As a result, the Toronto Maple Leafs are a better hockey team right now than they were 48 hours ago. At least, when viewing their moves on the whole. How did each individual transaction play out, however?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
Trade: Nikita Zaitsev + Connor Brown + Michael Carcone to Ottawa for Cody Ceci + Ben Harpur + Aaron Luchuk + 2020 3rd Round Pick
Grade: B++
It’s hard not to watch the Leafs jettison both of Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown at once, clearing a combined $6.6 million off their ever-tightening cap – and stripping Mike Babcock of two over-used toys, as well – and give them an A for their troubles.
On the surface, at least, it seems like they’ve earned it.
This trade was a future-altering move for a franchise very much in need of one. The decision yesterday to move out …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

HOSERS Episode 48: Darren Ferris Wheel

The HOSERS boys are here to keep you informed with all the latest news around the hockey world…and then talk about awkward stories and make bad jokes. Episode 48!
The 2019 NHL Draft is done, free agency is coming up next week, and we cover it all. Mitch Marner, and of course dick jokes as well.
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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

We’re On To You, Darren Ferris

I’ll try to keep this brief, as Twitter has seemingly beaten this dead horse of a topic for so long it’s since turned into a foul-tasting jerky.
Mitch Marner is planning to meet with other NHL teams this week, the first of his reported rendezvous set to take place as early as tomorrow afternoon. And while Marner may technically still be under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the moment – his rights belonging to them as an RFA – courting outside suitors during a tense negotiation saga is an unimpeachable right afforded to him the CBA of which the youngster should take full advantage.
Frankly, I think most fans would agree with that sentiment. The situation Marner finds himself in right now is entirely foreign to nearly every single keyboard warrior (myself included) weighing in on this perceived stalemate. We’re talking about a 22-year-old kid here, after all – coming off the best individual scoring season from any Leaf since Mats Sundin’s identical 94-point campaign in 1994, and who wants nothing more than to secure his financial future to the greatest possible degree.
Nobody can blame Marner for that. In fact, it’s the smart thing to do.


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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

For the Leafs, Babcock’s high salary is not a reason to keep him around

We obviously need to keep prefacing these types of articles by pointing out that there is no evidence of the Leafs’ management group leaning one way or the other with Mike Babcock’s return to the bench next season. It’s been covered in detail to this point that GM Kyle Dubas didn’t give the coach a ringing endorsement in the locker clear-out day, and instead chose to put the spotlight on himself, saying everything is up for evaluation. So as of now things seem pretty wide open, even if you or I believe the actual chances of Babcock getting fired are slim to none.
With that out of the way, let’s revisit the ‘what if they do’ side of this whole thing, even if that ‘do’ is only seriously considering pulling this trigger without actually doing it.
A big problem people have continually pointed out about the Leafs replacing Babcock is the sheer magnitude of the move. And with that comes the obvious factor of his salary, believed to be in the range of 6-million dollars annually and among the top of the league — at the time of signing it set the records and created a new …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation