Raptors: Svi Mykhailiuk signing could be bad news for Yuta Watanabe

Raptors: Svi Mykhailiuk signing could be bad news for Yuta Watanabe

The Toronto Raptors plan to force the likes of Sam Dekker, Ishmail Wainright, and Isaac Bonga to battle it out with 2020-21 holdovers Yuta Watanabe and Freddie Gillespie for one of the final three spots on the opening night roster. While that plan is still in motion, that group now faces even longer odds of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 Top 5 NBA Draft prospect the Toronto Raptors should be weary about

1 Top 5 NBA Draft prospect the Toronto Raptors should be weary about

The Toronto Raptors draft plan could change in an instant if a few polystyrene balls bounce in their favor, as they still have a solid chance of moving into the top five selections in the 2021 NBA Draft. This gives them a shot at one of the consensus top prospects in Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors draft: Filip Petrusev is a forgotten stud in NBA Draft second round

Raptors draft: Filip Petrusev is a forgotten stud in NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors draft plan could take them to the international market, as this NBA Draft class is full of promising players from overseas, with several Eastern European prospects really standing out. After a dominant season in Serbia, Mega Soccerbet star Filip Petrusev might be one of the more intriguing targets for Toronto. If Petrusev’s […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agents who could improve the defense

Toronto Raptors: 3 free agents who could improve the defense

The Toronto Raptors free agency plan for the 2021 offseason has to revolve around getting enough depth to fix their disappointing defense from last year. While the Raptors will always be an offensive-minded club under Nick Nurse, stars were able to carve through this defense like a hot knife through butter. Toronto ranked 15th in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Is it time for the Raptors to acquire a better centre?

Toronto Raptors: Is it time for the Raptors to acquire a better centre?

The 2021 season has not gone to plan for the Toronto Raptors as they are currently on the outside looking in and are struggling to put some wins. The Toronto Raptors have not started their 2020-21 season how they imagined, and they are struggling to string some wins together and get into the playoff picture. […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Can NBA investigation on Kawhi Leonard return him to Toronto?

Toronto Raptors: Can NBA investigation on Kawhi Leonard return him to Toronto?

New allegations imperil the Los Angeles Clippers’ plan to become a relevant NBA franchise when they signed former Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard. Their alleged conduct could mean the 2019 NBA Finals MVP could return to Toronto. The summer of 2019 was bittersweet for the Toronto Raptors franchise and their fanbase. It was a year in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Report: Leafs prospect Nick Robertson will not play in the WJC

While the NHL was still in the midst of negotiating a plan for the 2020-2021 season with the players’ union, top Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson was named to USA’s preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships. That selection always carried the caveat that if NHL training camps were scheduled to get underway before the tournament could be completed, Robertson would be made unavailable to team USA so that he could be a full participant in Toronto’s training camp.
It appears as though that is going to be the case with Bob McKenzie reporting today that though it isn’t official yet, the American squad could be without Robertson for the annual holiday tournament.

Interesting situation developing that may — nothing is official quite yet — mean Team could be without Nick Robertson (TOR) for the WJC.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 11, 2020

McKenzie went on to say that the Leafs would like to have Robertson representing his country at the World Juniors but their top priority is to give him the best opportunity to make Toronto’s roster out of training camp. If the NHL holds true to the reported target date of January 13th to begin the season, teams would …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

The Real Reason the Toronto Raptors Lost the Series

Things didn’t go according to the plan for the Toronto Raptors as they were eliminated too soon. There’s one guilty party that should take all the blame. The Toronto Raptors went the distance with the Boston Celtics but in the end, they weren’t able to deliver a knock out blow. Instead of finishing the season […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Blue Aces: Candidates for the Leafs’ expanded playoff roster

With the NHL rolling out their Return to Play Plan earlier this week, the hockey world is set for an unprecedented finish to the 2019-2020 season. Everything about this is going to be different than what we’re used to. From empty arenas, to the number of teams involved and the format they’ll play under, right on down to the number of players that teams will be allowed to carry for this unique undertaking.
Couple of other notes from Return-to-Play protocol: Two exhibition games per team; 28 skaters and as many goalies as you wish to carry.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 27, 2020

It’s safe to assume that everyone who was on the Leafs’ roster when the season was put on hold will be a part of the expanded roster, including the likes of Calle Rosen and Denis Malgin. Jake Muzzin and Ilya Mikheyev will be ready to return from the injured list, Nick Robertson will be joining the team after his dominant season in the OHL, and Marlies leading scorer Kenny Agostino has reportedly been asked to return to Toronto as well.
Marlies leading scorer Kenny Agostino will soon make his way north from New …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

MLB’s newest economic pitch again aims to make the players look bad

Since MLB’s revenue-sharing plan was shot down, the league has since countered with a brand-new proposal that would see the highest-paid players take massive pay cuts to compensate for the inevitable lost revenues of a shortened 2020 season without fans in stadiums.

To backtrack a little bit, back in mid-May, MLB put together a proposal for the Players’ Association that would have seen the owners and the players split the revenue from the season down the middle. The season would be 82 games, the playoffs would be expanded, teams would only play geographical rivals, and the designated hitter would be universal. None of those details matter very much. What’s important here, naturally, is money.
It seems like years ago at this point, but, back in March when the season was originally delayed due to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the league and the players agreed to a labour plan that, among other things, would see players earn a pro-rated percentage of their salaries in the event of a shortened season. So, hypothetically, if the 2020 season was cut in half, a player would make half as much as they were supposed to. Simple enough.
Since that …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation