Raptors should be interested in G League Camp star Marcus Sasser

Raptors should be interested in G League Camp star Marcus Sasser

The Toronto Raptors have the opportunity to really make some waves this offseason, as they could bring in a long-term contributor with the No. 33 overall pick. If they want to kill two birds with one stone and add a backup point guard that can shoot better than Malachi Flynn, they could select Houston guard […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Pre-Series Notes: All eyes on the Restricted List as the struggling Boston Red Sox come to town

The Blue Jays have a prime opportunity to put one of their division rivals in a hole early in the season.

The Red Sox are struggling out of the gate. After dropping two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, Boston owns a 7-9 record, good for fourth in the American League East. They’ve dropped series against the New York Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays, and Boston’s only series victory came against the Detroit Tigers, a weak team from the Central Division.
Coming into this gauntlet stretch of a schedule, the hope for the Blue Jays was to break even and avoid an ugly start like last season. But given the way things are going for both Boston and Toronto, and based on what we saw at Fenway Park last week, there’s no reason to expect anything less than taking three of four from a struggling opponent.
Worth mentioning…
Happy five-year anniversary to the time that Chris Coghlan did a flip at home plate to score from first base on a triple! This game was absolutely wild, as it also featured Marcus Stroman hitting a pinch-hit double and then scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th.

#shootingstars#Coghlan #BlueJays #LikeISawAUnicorn pic.twitter.com/rm0zzReUqa
— Calum Shanlin (@calumshanlin) April 26, 2017

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The opportunity is now for Jack Campbell to lead the Maple Leafs into the future

“For right now, we think there’s an opportunity here for Jack [Campbell] to just run with it.”
Those were the words of Sheldon Keefe after Maple Leafs practice on Monday when talking about the opportunity ahead for Jack Campbell.
As Petr Mrazek continues to work his way back from injury, Campbell remains at the forefront of something he hasn’t had before.
Runway.
If you’ve flown in a plane, you know what I mean. And even if you haven’t, I’m sure you understand.
As the Maple Leafs’ schedule got busier, Campbell’s workload in practice became less. For a player who’s never received this much opportunity, his body needs time to recover, which is why he takes part and then leaves early.
Toronto wants to manage his workload and allow him to have success.
With COVID hitting almost every corner within the Maple Leafs dressing room, it allowed Campbell to get some well-needed rest.
“The break has been significant for Jack,” Keefe said after practice on Monday. “It’s quite rare, or unheard of, for a goalie to get that opportunity to rest and recover. It wasn’t all vacation for him because he’s …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: The Hutchinson Experience does not end well

The Leafs had a prime opportunity to snatch two points away from a team on the back half of a gruelling road trip. San Jose just played the night before, had to travel, and the start time for this game was an hour earlier. Should be an easy win, right?
The Michael Hutchinson of old has entered the chat.
After a quiet first period with not much action to discuss, the floodgates opened in the second as both teams traded three goals within a 1:13 span, but found themselves down by one at the end of it. Then Ondrej Kase found a burst of speed to get his team back in the game while taking out the referee in the process (LOL) but Erik Karlsson crushed those hopes before they could manifest any deeper by scoring after a turnover by Auston Matthews and a seeing-eye shot from the point.
Any aspirations of a revitalized team changing course in the third were quickly dashed when Sharks rookie Jonathan Dahlen fired home a shot from the slot and gave his team a commanding two-goal advantage. John Tavares scored off his arm to give the Scotiabank Arena faithful a false sense of security that …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Is there a path towards trading for Kristaps Porzingis?

Toronto Raptors: Is there a path towards trading for Kristaps Porzingis?

The Toronto Raptors have an incredible opportunity to upgrade their roster at the upcoming NBA draft. Picking fourth overall should allow the team to add an impact player. Toronto could also potentially add another starter via an offseason trade. Does Dallas Mavericks starter Kristaps Porzingis fit the bill? Known as The Unicorn, Porzingis has not developed into […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

3 Maple Leafs that need to produce in game 6 against the Canadiens

3 Maple Leafs that need to produce in game 6 against the Canadiens

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a huge opportunity to close out the series against Montreal in game 5 on Thursday night on home ice. However, as we all know by now, they just fell short and lost 4-3 in overtime after being down 3-0 in the second period and slowly crawled their way back to tie the game and gave a lot of fans hope. Although it was heartbreaking to see them lose a close game in overtime that would’ve seen Toronto win their first playoff series since 2004, they are right back at it tonight in Montreal for game 6 and fans are definitely feeling a bunch of emotions right now, that’s for sure.
With game 6 being tonight, there are some certain players on the Maple Leafs that I think need to step up in this game to help secure a victory for Toronto. I’m not saying these three individuals have been downright garbage this series, but there are two players who haven’t really been playing up to their standards and are just waiting for a breakout game to happen for them. If there was a certain game for these two guys to step up and lead the …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Bruce Boudreau still wants to be an NHL coach

Bruce Boudreau is ready for another opportunity to coach.

He was let go by the Minnesota Wild roughly one year ago and this season is the first that he hasn’t been behind the bench of an NHL team since he was promoted to the Washington Capitals mid-way through the 2007-08 season.
Boudreau has a very impressive coaching record over a decade-and-a-half in the league. Between Washington, Anaheim, and Minnesota, he put together a 507-302-115 record. Only Scotty Bowman and Jon Cooper boast a better points percentage as an NHL head coach (with at least 500 games) than Boudreau does.
There was talk during the off-season that Boudreau might join Sheldon Keefe’s bench with the Maple Leafs, which would have been a homecoming as he was born in Toronto, played for the Marlboros growing up, and played professionally for the Leafs in the late-70s and early-80s.
When asked by Frank Seravalli what his plan is for his career moving forward, Boudreau said that he still believes he has the energy to lead and motivate an NHL team…
“I feel I have the energy. I feel like I could get up every morning and go on the ice …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Takeaways from Dubas’ guest mailbag spot with The Star

I’d like to start off by extending the opportunity to any and all Maple Leafs Hockey Ops people to take over our mailbag for a week as well. You are more than welcome to weigh-in on the hard hitting questions about which Leafs belong in a boy band and/or proper ways to slay a Minotaur. I suspect they aren’t interested, so we’ll just stick with weighing in on their quotes from The Star instead.
We have found that creating a new daily routine while at home has been very helpful. We are fortunate in that we still have a lot on the go with regards to scouting, player development and other team matters, so there is a lot to do, just in a very different way.
Dubas and Co. are hard at work on the scouting side of things, and with no shortage of time this is an efficient way to get ready for the offseason. If this is done well the Leafs should be able to make the most of the draft picks they have at an amateur level, and build out a solid plan for the little cap space they have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Q and A with Lance Hornby: the Mike Babcock Era, his new book, and the best and worst of covering hockey

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to read Lance Hornby’s new book, ‘If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Maple Leafs Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box’ and do a Q and A with the author about the book, his career, and all the things he’s seen throughout. The book is loaded with interesting anecdotes from a writer who has had a front-row seat in Hockey’s Mecca for over 30 years.

Here’s a quick profile of the book and a link to where it can be purchased…
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most storied teams in the NHL, with stars like Dave Keon, Doug Gilmour and Auston Matthews, who have all left their mark on hockey history. Author Lance Hornby, as a longtime beat writer for the Toronto Sun, has witnessed more than his fair share of that history up close and personal. Through singular anecdotes only Hornby can tell as well as conversations with current and past players, this book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider’s look into the great moments, the lowlights, and everything in between. Leafs fans will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Series Preview: Time to pounce on the Rays

The Blue Jays currently have a golden opportunity to take advantage of the Rays during this three-game series. As it stands, the Rays are currently 0.5 games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL. They also just lost their ace pitcher until mid-September. Which means the Rays are down to just one reliable starting pitcher.
So, it appears that the Blue Jays can put the Rays in a really tough spot with a series win. The Blue Jays could also look very different following this weekend series. With the trade deadline taking place on Wednesday, the Blue Jays front office will likely have a very busy weekend. Hopefully, this current Blue Jays roster can put together one more successful series, before players start to be shipped off to further this rebuild.
Friday at 7:07 ET
Jacob Waguespack has earned another start with the Blue Jays following his latest-outing. The 25-year-old started his 2nd-career game in the majors against the Tigers and pitched a career-high five and 1/3 innings. Waguespack surrendered just three runs on nine hits and also tied his career-high with seven strikeouts.
The Rays have struggled to remain disciplined at the plate coming out of the all-star break. As …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation