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

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2010 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today we reach the infamous 2010 draft which saw the Leafs not have their second overall pick because of the Phil Kessel trade. Not only that, but they didn’t get much of anything …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2011 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2011 draft, which has aged quite terribly for the Leafs, but should probably to be the surprise of nobody. That said, it did provide us with a couple of Leafs …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2012 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2012 draft, which… was horrendously bad. There were maybe like 5-10 really good players taken in this draft, and at the very least, the Leafs got the first cornerstone …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2013 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2013 draft, which has also aged pretty well considering they didn’t do well with their first round pick, only had five picks, and were in the Nonis era.
& …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Draft Flashbacks – Re-evaluating the Leafs 2014 draft

With the potential that the 2020 NHL Draft may be coming sooner rather than later, it’s time to get fully on board with the draft hype, as we may finally have some kind of hockey content that doesn’t involve re-watching old hockey games.
One of my favourite parts about drafts is looking back on them several years later, and seeing how good or bad some teams did every year, as well as some of the busts in the early rounds and hidden gems found in later rounds.
So, I’m going to do just that with Draft Flashbacks. This series will take a look at each individual draft and re-examine every pick the Leafs made, and see who was the best pick available with the hindsight of seeing what kind of player they’ve turned into. And to finish it off, I’ll do a what if scenario based on the best possible drafts the Leafs could’ve had.
Today, it’s the 2014 draft, which the Leafs did surprisingly well in considering that this was still in the Dave Nonis era (only Shanahan was in the organization at this point) and the …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation