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

Another tragedy at the TD Garden

Another tragedy at the TD Garden. An opportunity at a gettable path through to the Stanley Cup final squandered. It was antithetical Leafs; they generally outperformed Boston at even strength through the series, held the series lead three times, and held a one score lead at home in game six to threaten Boston’s elimination. And yet they earned a result so quintessentially Leaf, it likely surprised no one.
Easter Sunday’s game six loss in Toronto felt like a series loss. The hockey city’s dreary disposition Tuesday wasn’t helped by overcast skies, but the 2019 Maple Leafs had earned their fans’ skepticism. 2019 was, to put it frankly, a shitty season. The early promise of a juggernaut offense spearheaded by an otherworldly powerplay was quashed midseason and a stubborn coaching staff failed to adjust. After adding top ten NHL centre John Tavares and top pair left back Jake Muzzin, and with their young stars all one year older, the Maple Leafs failed to secure as many standings points as they’d earned the year prior and flamed out in nearly the same fashion. A few glaring mistakes. A poor goaltending performance. A coaching performance so poor it drew surprise …

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Author: Jake T / The Leafs Nation