Raptors showing interest in Canadian high schooler Leonard Miller

Raptors showing interest in Canadian high schooler Leonard Miller

The Toronto Raptors have not been one to shy away from making an unpopular or unusual draft selection if the right player falls into their laps. Leonard Miller is not going to be a player that everyone falls in love with, but he has all the traits that Toronto loves to covet in the draft. Miller […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It’s one step forward, two steps back for Danny Jansen, who was off to a blazing hot start

For any player, making progress at the highest level of competition is usually accompanied by plenty of hardship, and that’s no different for Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen. But just as it seemed he was turning a corner, he’s sustained another crushing setback.

In the aftermath of Sunday’s 12-6 loss to the Texas Rangers, Jansen felt some discomfort in his side and ultimately headed for an MRI a day later. Once his results returned, unfortunately, the team was forced into a very tough decision.
Prior to Monday’s series opener in the Bronx, Toronto placed Jansen on the 10-day injured list, recalling Tyler Heineman to serve as the club’s third catcher. To make room for Heineman on the 40-man roster, outfielder Josh Palacios – whose path to the majors is blocked by Raimel Tapia and Bradley Zimmer – was designated for assignment.

ROSTER MOVES:
LHP Anthony Kay recalled from Triple-A and will be active tonight
C Tyler Heineman selected to Major League roster and will be active tonight
C Danny Jansen placed on 10-day IL
LHP Tayler Saucedo optioned to Triple-A
OF Josh Palacios DFA’d pic.twitter.com/LMtLLPuWRj
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 11, 2022

Of all the times to suffer an injury, this latest one couldn’t have come at a worse moment for Jansen. Not only will he be on the shelf for at least 10 days, but all his early momentum that was generated is likely to be lost, as well.
Entering his fifth major league sea …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Black Girl Hockey Club prepares to make their mark in Toronto

Black Girl Hockey Club is making its way into the city, with the help of supporters like MLSE, they are ready to take Toronto by storm. 
 
Founded in October 2018 Black Girl Hockey Club, or BGHC for short, at its core is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Black women in hockey. The end goal is to see hockey become more inclusive for Black women first, but also their friends, families and the folks that support them. Founder and executive director Renee Hess created Black Girl Hockey Club to open up a heartstrong community and solidified space for Black women hockey lovers. 
 
BGHC’s mission, “ is to inspire and sustain passion for the game of hockey within the Black community, specifically with our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.”
 
This is a group where their activism is engrained in every aspect of their work. As it stands now, the NHL pushes quite strongly a narrative that claims hockey is for everyone. Many fans, especially BIPOC individuals, know that this is not the case. This past year has seen a huge rise in issues related to race and racism in this sport at every level, and it’s still going up. That’s where BGHC comes in with an initiative they started about a year and a half ago called the Get Uncomfortable campaign. 
 
This weekend is jam packed with exciting things for many BIPOC fans and BGHC volunteers to take part in. Four of the five events this week were coordinated by MLSE. While a lot of these events are closed, Leafs fans still have the opportunity to come out to a meetup in Maple Leafs Square before the game against Buff …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Raptors’ Precious Achiuwa reveals secret to sudden 3-point skill

Raptors’ Precious Achiuwa reveals secret to sudden 3-point skill

The Toronto Raptors have emphasized making sure that all of their young players start to take major developmental strides in the right direction. After some struggles with scoring earlier in the season, Precious Achiuwa has been one of Toronto’s best players in the second half. Achiuwa is averaging 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The race for the Isobel Cup is on — PHF Playoff Preview

The race for the Isobel Cup is on — PHF Playoff Preview

The teams of the Premier Hockey Federation, the PHF, are already in, or are making their way to, Tampa Bay, FL for the Isobel Cup playoffs. All six teams make the playoffs, so everyone, including our Toronto Six, are going to be there.
It’s been an intense and exciting 20-game season, and the march for the Isobel Cup playoffs are the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication to this growing league.
Did you know? The Isobel Cup is actually shorthand for the Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Cup. Similar to how the Stanley Cup is actually shorthand for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Even better? Lady Isobel and Lord Stanley were father and daughter.
Schedule
The action begins today, with the quarterfinal matchups being played. Here’s how the weekend’s activities will go:
Friday, March 25th4:00PM ET, Boston Pride (3) vs. Buffalo Beauts (6)
7:30PM ET, Metropolitan Riveters (4) vs. Minnesota Whitecaps (5)
Sunday, March 27th
1:00pm ET, Connecticut Whale (1) vs. [Lowest ranked QF winner]
4:30pm ET, Toronto Six (2) vs. [Highest ranked QF winner]
Monday, March 28th
9:00pm ET, Isobel Cup Final game between Sunday’s winners
Preview
The Six had a very strong season, but were edged out of first place in the league when Connecticut took 4 points of a possible 6 in the double-header between the teams who were tied going into the weekend. They’re positioned to do very well regardless.
The science says that bye-weeks in the playoffs are beneficial, at least in other sports. So perhaps the Six and the Whale gain an extra ad …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

The Toronto Raptors may have ended making only one move at the NBA trade deadline, but Thad Young was by no means the only player that Masai Ujiri was linked to. With the Brooklyn Nets feeling out how to offload James Harden, Nicolas Claxton was almost sent away to Toronto. The Harden trade helped bring […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs’ Danielle Goyette to be first female assistant coach in ECHL history

Danielle Goyette will be making history on Thursday night as the first female assistant coach in ECHL history.

The Growlers are proud to announce that Danielle Goyette has joined the club’s coaching staff ahead of tonight’s game versus the @ReadingRoyals.
With her debut tonight, Danielle will become the First Female Assistant Coach in @ECHL history. #RANTnROARhttps://t.co/Hhq1c4uPGG
— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) February 3, 2022

The Maple Leafs’ director of player development will jump in after Newfoundland Growlers head coach Eric Wellwood tested positive for COVID-19.
Goyette will spend the entire series against the Reading Royals as the Growlers’ assistant, which will be the next three days.
As the director of player development, the two-time Olympic gold medalist is seen often at Toronto Marlies practice, helping players develop. She’s been an integral part in helping develop players since she joined the Maple Leafs organization last year.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Michael Bunting is just what the Leafs need, but they still need to identify where

It feels strange to say that a 26 year old rookie making less than $1M/yr might not be ready for the Leafs top six, and be prepared to meet resistance from making that statement, but here we are. Bunting, who has been very solid with four goals, and seven total points through his first 16 games with the Leafs is doing what could have reasonably been expected of him, but at the same time, I can’t help but wonder if his modest success is coming at the cost of slowing down the Leafs top six.
Earlier in the year it was the case for Nick Ritchie. He simply wasn’t a fit with Tavares and Marner and then Matthews and Marner. As time progressed onward we found ourselves with Michael Bunting seeing time with the Auston Matthews line, and what we’ve seen is a steady cooling off of Bunting’s game as well as a number of question marks around how well Auston has been doing this year. Presumably, this duo isn’t a match, and Bunting could be better off in a sheltered situation alongside Alex Kerfoot, assuming that placing him back at center is an option again.


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and Marcus Semien win Silver Slugger Awards

Despite not making the playoffs, Blue Jays’ players continue to win awards for what is the biggest “what-if” season.  After Marcus Semien won the Gold Glove, Vlad Jr. won the Hank Aaron and a bunch of players got nominated for either the MVP, All-MLB, and Cy Young, there are three new award winners.

It was announced that the Jays have three Silver Sluggers: Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien, and Teoscar Hernandez.
This is Teoscar Hernandez’s second straight Silver Slugger award and wow, has he ever developed into a key part of a contending team. Teoscar will become a UFA in 2024, but the Jays should look to sign him well before then.
Vlad was a given. Not much has to be said here except for the fact that the 22-year-old will win an MVP award within the next three years. Vlad is fantastic.
It’s looking as if Semien taking the short-term deal will pay off massively for him. Not only did he win the Silver Slugger, but he also won a Gold Glove, finished third in MVP voting, and had one of the best seasons for a middle infielder in history. The Jays may not be able to re-sign …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

TLN Three Stars: Leafs’ Halloween victory was scarier than it needed to be

The Leafs definitely like making things interesting with little time left eh?
Building on the momentum gained from their win in Chicago on Wednesday and the good news of Rielly’s extension yesterday, the Leafs came out at the start of this game like they were shot out of a cannon. With a new-look defence that was pretty good (Justin Holl may never play again), a Bertuzzi-less Red Wings on the second half of a back-to-back, and an energized John Tavares line, the Leafs scored more than three goals in a game for the first time this season. For their credit, the Red Wings battled back and nearly tied it with mere seconds remaining, but the Leafs held on and won 5-4, picking up a victory in consecutive games for the first time this year.
Before we get to the three stars of the night, I wanna give some stick taps to a couple of players who are not getting stars, but still played great tonight. First of all: Bunting and Spezza for that excellent connection on the power play goal. Sandin and Liljegren showed the makings of an excellent pairing for the team going forward, Sandin in particular was …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation