3 buy-low trade targets who Raptors can target post-draft

3 buy-low trade targets who Raptors can target post-draft

The Toronto Raptors can officially move past draft mode now that Christian Koloko has been secured and figure out how to better improve the roster via trade and free agency. Masai Ujiri is always looking for big names that can change the course of a given game, but eying some buy-low names might appeal to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How the Maple Leafs can improve their in-game experience

Is it time to move away from Hall and Oates? If so, what song would Toronto move to?
When it comes to being a Maple Leafs fan, the most important part of attending a game is the experience that comes with it. Whether it be the goal song, the commercial break fun, or the intermission content, it’s all important to the fan experience.
As we enter another off-season, there becomes questions of what needs to be fixed. Some might say change the goal song, others will mention making beer and food cheaper, but the biggest thing fans would want is less expensive tickets.
I don’t even think there’d be any debate for the last one. (One way to drive prices down would be hiring me to do intermission puns, according to our Managing Editor Jon Steitzer, and honestly, I wouldn’t mind that.)
The biggest part that needs to be changed is the ticket prices. There’s not a ticket you can find for a game that’s under $75 and that’s unfortunate. I believe everyone would agree with the fact that if ticket prices were cheaper, Scotiabank Arena would be much, much louder during games.
Unfortunately, though, the suits will …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

It still might be too soon for the Maple Leafs to move on from Justin Holl

Can and should the Maple Leafs move on from Justin Holl this summer?
Nobody can see into the future, not even GM Kyle Dubas. But when they signed the now 30-year-old defenceman, it wasn’t clear where both Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren would be in their development.
Usually when a trade article like this is made, it’s usually because of a players bad play during the season. However, Holl had a fairly good regular season and playoffs.
Throughout the year, he found himself in and out of the lineup, rotating with Liljegren and Travis Dermott on the third pairing. It seemed like Rasmus Sandin had locked up a full-time spot, until he suffered an injury prior to the NHL trade deadline.
Once it became clear that Sandin wouldn’t return for a while, and with Dermott being traded to Vancouver, a free spot on the defence opened up. That opening was beside veteran defenceman Mark Giordano.
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe continued to go back and forth between the two of Holl and Liljegren before ultimately giving the role to the 30-year-old after Game 2 against the Lightning.
Holl stayed in for the remainder of the playoffs, but wasn’t an important piece, only playing 84 minutes over the five games. He was valued for his good pe …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

1 Raptors NBA Draft target who could be the next Fred VanVleet

1 Raptors NBA Draft target who could be the next Fred VanVleet

The Toronto Raptors can move fully into draft mode, as they need to identify players that can support stars like Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. If they want to go the point guard route, they could have some interest in San Francisco ball-handler Jamaree Bouyea in the second round. Bouyea went from an inefficient lead […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs new assistant coaches already making impact in the playoffs

When talking about the “move of the offseason”, the discussion almost exclusively goes to the player transactions that occurred. Whether it be a big trade or signing, or a depth move that ended up exceeding expectations, the most impactful move of a team’s season is usually one that affects the actual lineup.
For the 2021/22 Toronto Maple Leafs, this probably still remains true. The addition of Michael Bunting fits into both of the aforementioned categories, while other moves such as the signing of David Kampf or the deadline acquisition of Mark Giordano also have had significant impacts on the Maple Leafs squad.
But two moves that have gone largely unrecognized over the course of this season made their impact felt in an enormous way in Game 1 of Toronto’s first-round series against Tampa Bay: the hiring of Dean Chynoweth and Spencer Carbery.

We’ve hired Dean Chynoweth as an assistant coach. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 12, 2021

Spencer Carbery is joining the team as an assistant coach. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 17, 2021

Going back to the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Leafs were a strong even strength team who had dominated the North Division in the regular season. Their biggest weakness? Abysmal special teams.
Toronto entered the postseason as one of the lowest ranking powerplays and penalty kills to make the playoffs. Sure enough, it was exposed in their series against Montreal, going 3/23 on the powerplay for a net 8.7 per cent powerplay when factoring in the Canadiens’ shorthanded marker. On the penalty kill, they were better, only allowing three powerplay goals on 19 opportunities. Yet that gave Montreal the overall advantage in special teams goals in the series and was a key factor in the Leafs’ ultimate loss.
In the offseason, penalty kill coach Dave Hakstol left for Seattle and powerplay coach Manny Malhotra was moved to a less specific role on the staff. Their replacements came in the form of Dean Chynoweth of the Carolina Hurricanes and Spencer Ca …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Patient approach for Maple Leafs is easy with rookie goalie Kallgren making saves

Perhaps it’s a move that comes with an inexperienced goaltender between the pipes or maybe it’s the level of the opponent, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have taken a unique approach in their last couple of games.
On Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars, the Maple Leafs’ opponent got the first four shots on goal before they registered their first. It just so happened to be a goal.
On Thursday against one of the top teams in the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes opened the game with an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal. They recorded the first five of the game on Erik Kallgren, who made his second NHL start for the Leafs.
It took seven minutes before Mitch Marner recorded his team’s first shot, a backhand from a far distance was easily handled by Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen.
“Playing against Carolina, it’s not the same as it is against a lot of other opponents, so a level of patience is going to be required,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said after the team’s 3-2 victory. “I wasn’t overly concerned that we didn’t have a lot of shots. In fact, we talked about the fact that there is some benefits to it.
“You don’t let the goaltender on the other side …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the Blue Jays have traded for Matt Chapman

It’s taken a little while, but here’s the big move for a position player that we’ve been hearing about.

Late last night, Carlos Baerga reported on Instagram that the Blue Jays were trading for Matt Chapman of the Oakland Athletics. Given the fact Baerga also said that Toronto would be signing Freddie Freeman in free agency, it was difficult to tell how legitimate this report was.
But then on Wednesday morning, Jon Morosi reported that the Blue Jays and the A’s were finalizing a Chapman deal. We don’t yet know the return, but Morosi said that the Blue Jays are “not giving up players from their projected Opening Day roster.”

The #BlueJays are finalizing a trade for 2-time Platinum Glove-winning 3B Matt Chapman, source confirms. Carlos Baerga was the first to report. @MLBNetwork @FAN590 @Sportsnet
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 16, 2022

Chapman is an interesting addition for the Blue Jays. He fills the hole the team has at third base, as he’s a plus defender who has won three gold gloves at the hot corner, but he’s also another right-handed bat in an already right-heavy lineup.
He’s also coming off a somewhat rough season at the plate, as his .210/.314/.403 slash line produced a .716 OPS, the worst of his big league career. Despite the ho-hum season offensively, Chapman was still worth 3.5 WAR last season (per FanGraphs) largely because of his excellent defence and ability to hit the ball out of the park.
He might not be Freeman or Jose Ramirez, but the last time the Blue Jays traded for an Oakland third baseman coming off a down year, things turned out pretty well! …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors trade Goran Dragic to Spurs for Thad Young

Toronto Raptors trade Goran Dragic to Spurs for Thad Young

The Toronto Raptors needed to make a move at the trade deadline, as they had to fortify a bench that was among the worst in the league. By finding a way to deal away Goran Dragic, Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse could finally get one more player that could help get the starters some extra […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Goran Dragic-Danilo Gallinari trade discussed

Raptors rumors: Goran Dragic-Danilo Gallinari trade discussed

The Toronto Raptors are trying to make a move in order to beef up the bench at the trade deadline, and trading away veteran point guard Goran Dragic might be the best way to make that happen. Could they potentially coax the Atlanta Hawks into parting ways with Danilo Gallinari? Dragic has played in just […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors should not include Pascal Siakam in any Pacers trade talks

Raptors should not include Pascal Siakam in any Pacers trade talks

The Indiana Pacers are rumored to move towards rebuilding the team, as they are willing to discuss trade talks around Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, or Domantas Sabonis. One of these players moving into the Toronto Raptors frontcourt alongside Pascal Siakam could be enough to get this team getting back to the postseason. They could improve […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ