3 Raptors-Spurs trades that get Jakob Poeltl back to Toronto

3 Raptors-Spurs trades that get Jakob Poeltl back to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors rumors over the last few days have centered (no pun intended) on San Antonio Spurs rim protector Jakob Poeltl. After Masai Ujiri burned a lottery pick on him and used the talented Austrian to land Kawhi Leonard, rumors of a reunion have sprouted up. Marc Stein mentioned in his latest column that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Toronto considering reunion with Jakob Poeltl

Raptors rumors: Toronto considering reunion with Jakob Poeltl

The Toronto Raptors rumors are flying all over the place now that the trade deadline is drawing closer, as some of the hypothetical trades that have been thrown out there have ranged from the realistic to the absurd. However, one center trade target that makes a ton of sense from a fit point of view […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 gaping holes on the Toronto Raptors roster that must be filled

3 gaping holes on the Toronto Raptors roster that must be filled

After their worst record in over 9 seasons last year in Tampa, expectations for the Toronto Raptors dropped with the departure of Kyle Lowry and the additions of raw talents such as Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa. Even without Lowry leading the charge, a possible return to the playoffs remained a realistic goal, especially once […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Nick Ritchie being waived opens up more opportunities for Maple Leafs

17 hours after the Maple Leafs’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers and Nick Ritchie is placed on waivers.
There was a lot of excitement after the Maple Leafs signed the 26-year-old. Another Toronto-born player coming home, that’s thrilling. Over the 30 games he’s played with the Maple Leafs, Ritchie scored one goal and assisted on seven more.
Eight points over 30 games for someone making $2.5 million over this season and the next — that isn’t good enough.
Toronto has offered Ritchie many opportunities up and down the lineup to prove he belongs, but the 26-year-old has never taken advantage of it.
Now, he’s left at a crossroads.
It’s a difficult decision for Toronto because they’ve been able to go this long without placing any big names on waivers. I think you could argue it was either Ritchie or Pierre Engvall going on the waiver wire.
Engvall, though, has been an integral part of the Maple Leafs fourth line with Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds. At five-on-five, the line has a 67.42 CF% and has only given up five high-danger chances against at all strengths this season.
Ritchie on the other hand, at five-on-five, has an xG% of 48.97, which is the second-worst on the team only behind Ondrej Kase. His GF% at five-on-five, though, is the …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Changes Teoscar Hernández Made and Why He Can Exceed His Projections

The Blue Jays ZiPS projections came out over at FanGraphs this week, and the Blue Jays project as one of the best teams in the league. Vladdy and Bo project to have star level seasons. The rotation looks to be very strong and the bullpen much improved from where it was last season. The one projection that stood out was that of Teoscar Hernández.

ZiPS projects Teo to hit .268/.324/.505 and be worth 1.8 WAR. That would be a strong offensive season, ZiPS sees it as 121 OPS+, but it would be a large step down from the .295/.345/.538 he has hit over the last two seasons. 1.8 WAR is a fine season but it would be disappointing for Hernández, coming off of a 3.9 WAR season in 2021. In the article Dan Szymborski writes “Teoscar Hernández projects to regress a bit BABIP-wise, but his power still makes him a comfortable plug-and-play cleanup hitter, though I’d personally prefer that he hit third since that’s the lineup spot that leads off the fewest innings.” We can debate line-up positions all you want, but Teo is much more than just a plug and play option for the Blue Jays. He is one of the key pieces of this line-up.
ZiPS projects Teo to have a .320 BABIP which is above average but again down significantly from the .348 mark in 2020, and the .352 mark in 2021. What ZiPS might be missing or slow to account for is the c …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

A Christmas wish list for the Toronto Raptors this holiday season

A Christmas wish list for the Toronto Raptors this holiday season

The Toronto Raptors have been all over the place in the 2021-22 season. Just when it looks like this team is finally going to crater and go on a very long losing streak, they’ll reel off some impressive wins and get fans back on board. Toronto has managed to overcome some serious obstacles this season, including […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Eventually the Leafs will want to upgrade, but where do they need it the most?

It’s still over three months until the trade deadline, so why does it seem like trade talk is picking up? Well it’s in anticipation of the holiday roster freeze. You know that thing that always gets built up as something that could lead to roster moves but consistently yields underwhelming results. With Thursday’s blockbuster of Malcolm Subban going from Chicago to Buffalo for future considerations I guess we can’t say December will be completely quiet though.
As for the idea of the Leafs needing to upgrade, it’s a hard concept to wrap our heads around during a 15 wins in 17 games stretch, and other than maybe knowing that Leafs fans have fallen out of love with Justin Holl and Nick Ritchie, even their underwhelming seasons don’t create dire gaps in the Leafs lineup. Still good teams don’t stand pat for the playoffs. The Leafs might be looking great at the moment, but it’s still early December and the regular season drags on until May, there will be highs and lows, and injuries will be inevitable as well. The same 20-25 guys we’ve seen so far are not necessarily going to be the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Scottie Barnes’ 3-point barrage shows Raptors sensation is improving

Scottie Barnes’ 3-point barrage shows Raptors sensation is improving

The Toronto Raptors haven’t had a ton to smile about over the last few weeks due to some painful losing streaks, but the play of rookie sensation Scottie Barnes has been a bright light amid some disappointment. Even with Pascal Siakam taking some shots away, Barnes has continued to be a threat on offense. Barnes […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 18

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 18

The Toronto Raptors have hit the skids over the last few games, as their five-game winning streak has now been overshadowed by five losses in their last six games. The latest Raptors odds are not only expecting them to lose their next game, but they are hinting at a demolition at the hands of a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Where Ilya Mikheyev fits once he returns to the Leafs lineup

Ilya Mikheyev is just over halfway through his recovery of a broken thumb suffered in a pre-season game vs. Ottawa.
In a few weeks, this is going to be a problem. But it’s always a good problem to have.
Earlier this year, we learned that Mikheyev requested a trade because he wanted more ice time, which he felt like he wasn’t getting in Toronto. If you remember back to the All or Nothing series, Mikheyev spoke with Kyle Dubas about his play last year.
During his pre-season, Mikheyev looked considerably well. He was finishing more of his chances, showcasing his speed, and proving why he’s such a valuable member of this lineup.
However, fitting him in at this point of the season is going to be very difficult.
It seemed as though the 27-year-old would be a fit with David Kämpf and Ondřej Kaše. But after going down with an injury, Pierre Engvall has filled in and played considerably well with the two.
When Engvall isn’t with Kaše and Kämpf, the line has a 5.51 GA/60 at five-on-five. Once you place Engvall back, the line has a 0.54 GA/60 at five-on-five. If you’ …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation