Looking forward after Leafs locker clean out day

There was a lot said from the players, management and fans over the last few days. Some good, some not so good.
But after today, you sort of have a sense of where the Toronto Maple Leafs will be going when they move forward. It really seems like they won’t do much this off-season, but to just better themselves.
Here’s everything important that happened today from the Leafs final presser of the season. I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

If it was really load management it would have been happening all along and not just emerging in the final two weeks while the Leafs close out their season. From early on in the season it seemed painfully clear that the Leafs are a notch above their North Division rivals, and frequently had to beat themselves (hehe) in order for the other team to pick up a win. Mildly banged up players or some of the more senior players could have been resting throughout this season and we could have been treated to things like Rasmus Sandin (pre and post injury) more frequently, or Timothy Liljegren, or have seen what a serviceable NHLer Adam Brooks could be all along. The price would have been John Tavares taking a rest in the press box, or Jake Muzzin getting to step out of the lineup whenever he wasn’t feeling 100%, and all that stuff. This is all my wonderful hindsight vision, but it of course doesn’t account for the razor thin cap space margins the Leafs have been dealing with all season, so maybe we consider NBA style load management another year and instead look at what we’ll get out …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors should consider drafting these prospects

There are many questions the Toronto Raptors’ management will have to address in the 2020 off-season.  One big question is what to do with the 29th overall draft pick at the 2020 NBA draft. The NBA Finals are well underway, finally, and the Toronto Raptors failed to return that stage in which they earned the […]
Toronto Raptors: The Raptors should consider drafting these prospects – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Trading away Stroman would be a very, very regrettable move

In the name of asset management, there is a lot of speculation and predictions that the current management team are going to look at trading Marcus Stroman. That would be historically awful.

#BlueJays will reportedly try to trade veterans “to get more young talent in Vladdy’s age range”.https://t.co/UBcpf52Q6H
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 30, 2019

It’s a historically common thing throughout baseball management. You trade away older players to acquire younger players that will coincide your timeline of where you want to be the most successful. The philosophy makes sense from a broad picture, but in this case with the current Blue Jays, it doesn’t add up.
The goal has been repeated and repeated again — be competitive by 2021. But trading away any of these assets, specifically Stroman, would put them farther back from that goal. No matter what, they’re losing track of their own objective.
Context is needed. Stroman is very good, perhaps even in the top echelon of starters in baseball currently. It’s been consistent throughout his career when he’s healthy. This year is especially proving that he can be dominant.
The third-best ERA in the majors among qualified starters, fifth-best …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation