Stock up, Stock down after Raptors’ uneven second half start

Stock up, Stock down after Raptors’ uneven second half start

The Toronto Raptors have been all over the place to start the second half of the season. Two wins against the rival Nets are certainly nice, but they came after both the Hornets and Hawks demolished them in concerning fashion. More losses against the Pistons and Magic set this team back even further. Toronto is […]
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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

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

Leafs take on struggling Canucks in first post Clinchmas game

A place in the 2021 playoffs secured with last night’s victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs look to keep up the momentum and take the first step towards locking up the division crown when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Toronto for tonight’s game.
Despite their inspiring victories against Toronto upon returning to play, the Canucks have found themselves sputtering since the Leafs left town, going 1-3-0 across four games, all against the division worst Ottawa Senators, with their 6-3 loss last night playing a factor into the Leafs waking up with that sweet little X beside their name in the standings.
A key storyline going into tonight’s matchup will be the impact of home ice. Home ice has proven pivotal in the season series thus far, with both teams going unbeaten in their own arenas. In order for the Leafs to pull the season series even (the Canucks are the only team that Toronto carries a losing record against this season, sitting at 3-3-1 across seven games,) they will need this trend to continue.
The Canucks series was a source of contention for most fans last week, with many arguing that the Leafs badly …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

If the Leafs really want to sign a new goalie, Mike Condon is the best one left in free agency

When the Leafs made the move to place Aaron Dell on waivers, it pretty much marked the end of his short stint with the team that acquired him to be a solid third-string goaltender. With so many goalies already being claimed off waivers in this young season, it came as no surprise when the New Jersey Devils snagged him out of the Leafs’ hands.
As a result, Michael Hutchinson is now back to being the Leafs’ third-string goalie and will likely be on the taxi squad for the majority of the season. The next two players behind him on the depth chart are Joseph Woll and Ian Scott, who both need some developing in the AHL and are nowhere close to being ready for NHL action just yet.
This puts the team in a predicament that they were hoping to avoid and will now need to figure out their plans for how to build up the goalie depth again. They could wait on the Devils to waive one of Dell or Eric Comrie and claim them for free or they could sign the best netminder available in free agency. If the Leafs decide to go with the latter option, the …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors offseason preview: How do they handle free agency?

Toronto Raptors offseason preview: How do they handle free agency?

If you’ve been out of the loop, you’re at the right place for your Toronto Raptors free agency news. The 2020 NBA free agency is upon us. It officially starts on November 20 at 6 pm Eastern time. The Toronto Raptors will have a lot of holes to fill this offseason, and what they do […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

NHL 20 Predicts the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

EA Sports’ NHL series holds a special place in my heart, mostly in that it’s the only game that I love and hate playing at the exact same time. One of the things the series boasts is it’s realistic sim engine, which has definitely improved over the years. So what better way to get ready for the playoffs than by using the game to try and predict the outcome of this year’s playoffs. Will it be accurate? Probably not. But, hey, it’s fun.
Of course, this is a lot harder than “create a playoff mode and sim it” because NHL 20 does not have a 24 team playoff mode complete with a round robin tournament for the top eight teams, and best-of-five series for the remaining 16 teams. Who would’ve guessed? So instead I had to individually sim and record the stats for the round robin tournaments, and the qualifying rounds to determine the teams and the seedings for the actual 16 team playoff mode. So, a bit more work to get this done.
I’ll be a bit more specific with the Leafs’ adventures, but I’ll …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #29: Lowry plays along as the crew heads out

With the pieces in place, Conley makes it plain who is in charge. But is Lowry really listening? And who else may be in on what’s going to happen? The details are set, and the crew rolls out. But even on the eve of the Silverstern job, it’s unclear what exactly Lowry is thinking, and where he’ll go next. Meanwhile, not everyone else on the crew — with Baynes, Adams, Beal, and Taurasi — is shooting straight either.
Catch up on Pages 28 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Point Man #27: Lowry and Conley make the first move of the play

With the pieces moving into place, Lowry and Conley make their way through the first obstacle of the Silverstern job, always watching to see what will happen next — and to feel out who to trust. So far so good as Beal warns Lowry and Conley of their first incoming foes — the remnants of Kidd’s Trio — getting in the way of the Silverstern job. Lowry knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and he’s not shy about saying so.
Catch up on Pages 26 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Ryan Borucki transferred to the 60-day Injured List

The Blue Jays recalled Eric Sogard in place of the struggling Lourdes Gurriel yesterday. As a result, they had to make a corresponding roster move in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Sogard.

The team announced today that they have moved Ryan Borucki from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List, indicating that his elbow issues are more serious that originally anticipated.

ROSTER MOVES: We’ve selected the contract of INF Eric Sogard, and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the @BuffaloBisons.
To make room on our 40-man roster, LHP Ryan Borucki has been transferred to the 60-day IL. pic.twitter.com/ZgwrxEjaJY
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 15, 2019

Borucki, of course, was originally slated to be on of Toronto’s five starting pitchers out of the gate this season, but elbow soreness resulted in him starting the season on the Injured List. It was originally expected that he would only be out for a few weeks and that he would be back with the club in mid-to-late April, but Borucki experienced soreness in his elbow in a minor league game last week.
This is obviously disappointing news as the young starter had an excellent start to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation