First Look at Potential Blue Jays Farm Rosters: Dobule-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Following up on last week’s look at the potential Buffalo roster, it goes without saying that the nature of such things is that there are fuzzy lines between the rosters, and assumptions about one naturally affects those made about another, but I’m saying it anyway.

The Fisher Cats roster currently carries 17 names, albeit at least three of which I fully expect to end up in Buffalo. Still, there are more in-house options to sift through here than there was last week.
As we start with the rotation, two names command our attention first…
Luis Quinones, who’s 24, has posted really impressive strikeout numbers throughout his career (13.82 K/9 on his career, 12.44 in his 8 AA starts in 2021), and at no point have opponents been able to average more than .190 against him. On the other hand,  his walk rate tempers our excitement (6.75 on his career, 6.44 in AA). IF he came in this spring and showed dramatically better control he’d have a shot at AAA, but otherwise, he’ll come back here and try to figure it out as others have had to in the past. Ultimately he may end up in relief, but not yet.
The other name is Elvis Luciano. Still just 22, injuries limited him to just 12 starts in 2021 and AA was a regressive assignment, his year in the majors notwithstanding, given his previous MiLB work in 2018 was in …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Jerami Grant is a trade scenario Toronto Raptors should avoid

Jerami Grant is a trade scenario Toronto Raptors should avoid

Players with the potential to average 20 or more points a game are talents that the Toronto Raptors normally should pursue to make their roster more potent. However, with the trade deadline approximately one month away, should Toronto consider making a move for Jerami Grant? The Detroit Pistons are 14th out of 15 teams in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Ben Simmons refusing Toronto is a foolish move

Raptors: Ben Simmons refusing Toronto is a foolish move

The Toronto Raptors are looking for a potential star that could help give the team some stability after the departure of Kyle Lowry, and a division rival in Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons could still be on the market. Simmons appears headed for a divorce after he struggled in Philly’s playoff loss against the Hawks. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Trade Bait: Who’s in the Conversation?

Trying to anticipate potential trades is a mug’s game. You cannot win, but like the gambling addict who can’t stay out of the casino, sometimes you can’t resist playing anyway. As is my nature, rather than just going for a cheap and easy expression of opinion (“well if it were up to me I’d offer them this guy for that guy and it’d be a win-win”) I’m going to attempt to add just a little nuance to the discussion of potential departures.

As I see it, there are six categories of players who fit into the discussion in different ways:
1. Core 40 man roster guys – I mean, theoretically they could trade Robbie Ray… but they are NOT in any realistic scenario doing that.
2. Marginal 40 man roster guys – these are players that you can afford to give up in the right deal, particularly when you have enough similar players in the organization to fill the gap. Think guys like Riley Adams, Jonathan Davis, or TJ Zuech. Much less value of course but they could be side pieces in a larger deal or part of a marginal acquisition (say you wanted to get Anthony Bass – not proposing …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Is Toronto Raptors free agency target Jarrett Allen worth $100 million?

Is Toronto Raptors free agency target Jarrett Allen worth 0 million?

The annual Toronto Raptors free agency blitz has the potential to be game-changing this offseason, as they could either use their cap space to get this roster some depth or go big-game hunting and add one stud to the lineup. As unrealistic as it may sound, Toronto must at least do their homework on Cleveland Cavaliers […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Latest buzz suggests Kyle Lowry trade is coming

Raptors rumors: Latest buzz suggests Kyle Lowry trade is coming

The Toronto Raptors have had to deal with the potential of trading Kyle Lowry for most of the 2020-21 season, as their poor start helped fuel speculation that a rebuild was on the way. While the Raptors did manage to heat up, Lowry hasn’t been able to escape the rumors, and his quality production this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs could have 26 player roster with a 4 player taxi squad

While it seems like we have a potential start date to the season, and a willingness from both the NHL and the NHLPA to get underway, there are still a number of details that need to be figured out, including the size of the NHL rosters.

Lots discussed on #NHLPA Exec Board call today, much of which is still in discussion/negotiation with #NHL.
Talk of expanded rosters, from 23 to 26, with 4 additional taxi squad members for total of 30. Taxi squad could earn AHL salary but receive NHL benefits and per diem.
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— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 9, 2020

Now the idea of a 26 player roster sounds nice, and beneficial for the Leafs, and having a four player taxi squad as well helps a team with plenty of depth, but it raises a few more questions.
How are teams going to fit 26 players into the salary cap?
The Taxi squad aspect is explained a bit clearer in Frank Seravalli’s tweet, but even then there is the question of whether moving a player from the roster to the taxi squad would result in the player requiring waivers.
As for the additional roster players, well, if the Leafs are cap compliant (according to PuckPedia) …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jokerit terminates Mikko Lehtonen’s contract and he’ll likely be heading to Toronto soon

With the state of a potential 2020-21 season remaining up in the air, one member of the Leafs roster made the move to prepare for his arrival in Toronto.

#Jokerit and Mikko Lehtonen have mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract. Next stop for him is Toronto.
Thank you Mikko and all the best in North America!#KHL pic.twitter.com/OgrrJVMuVV
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) November 20, 2020

This comes mere hours following updates regarding the state of recent meetings between the NHL and NHLPA in regards to negotiation on salaries. By no means does this guarantee a new season is happening, but Lehtonen wouldn’t have done this if there wasn’t any indication that he would get to play for the Leafs in 2021.
While Lehtonen’s campaign with Jokerit was shorter than expected, he still made the most of it by posting eight goals, nine assists, and 17 points in only 17 games played. Had it not been for a potential exposure to COVID-19 that put his season on pause for two weeks, the aforementioned numbers might have been even higher.
Now that Lehtonen will soon be on his way to Toronto, you can expect the likes of Joe Thornton, …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

With the 15th overall pick, the Leafs are proud to select… Jacob Perreault?

With a new addition to TheLeafsNation’s series on potential player options with the Leafs 15th overall pick, in this piece we’ll take a look at Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting. Before we go on, don’t forget to check out the other draft profiles in this series:
With the 15th overall pick, the Leafs are proud to select…Connor Zary?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Dawson Mercer?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Jake Sanderson?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Seth Jarvis?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Dylan Holloway?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Yaroslav Askarov?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Rodion Amirov?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Jack Quinn?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Braden Schneider?
 
While Perreault may not be NHL ready right off the bat, his offensive skills give him a fighting chance. In the 2020 draft class Jacob Perreault is one of the best offensive wingers available. …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors consider trading Norman Powell?

Norman Powell is finally starting to live up to his potential. As a result, the time might be right for the Toronto Raptors to sell high. I’m sure just seeing the headline, most fans would be outraged at even entertaining the idea of trading Norman Powell. The Toronto Raptors plucked him out of the second […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ