3 Raptors who could be available in Rudy Gobert trade talks

3 Raptors who could be available in Rudy Gobert trade talks

The Toronto Raptors will likely pull off one or two pretty big moves in the offseason, as they need to make some adjustments if they want to assert themselves as viable contenders. While trading for Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert would be unlikely, Toronto can’t rule out the idea of adding one of the best […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Vaccine guidelines could give Raptors huge advantage in playoffs

Vaccine guidelines could give Raptors huge advantage in playoffs

The Toronto Raptors continue to pull out some increasingly tough wins as they try to put some distance between themselves and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament. The Raptors have one of the best home-court advantages in the league in Toronto, and that benefit could be amplified in the playoffs. Since January 15, travelers […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Scenes from Leafs gameday: Jason Spezza ready for meaningful 1200th NHL game vs. Ducks

The Leafs are looking to pull off the West Coast sweep for the first time since they were last there in 2018. The final game is tonight vs. the Anaheim Ducks.
Sheldon Keefe, yesterday, made some early decisions on who will and will not play. Kyle Clifford and Travis Dermott are in for Kirill Semyonov and Timothy Liljegren. Ondřej Kaše will also miss his second-straight game with an upper-body injury.
This will be Clifford’s first game since the Leafs re-acquired him less than two weeks ago.
“He’s a competitor, he skates well for a guy low in your lineup that’s gonna keep his feet moving, bring energy, be physical.” Keefe said Saturday about bringing Clifford into the Leafs lineup. “He’s a good presence on the bench and in the dressing room. Just to keep guys even-keel, he’s not the most loud or vocal guy, but he’s very good at talking to players, like the guy next to him, guy in the dressing room. With those kind of things, he’s got a calming influence that way. I like that about him. He’s just a pro.”
Jack Campbell starts tonight for the Leafs …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agent contracts in team history

Toronto Raptors: 3 worst free agent contracts in team history

The Toronto Raptors will undoubtedly try to pull off some economical free agency moves this offseason, as the Raptors are looking to get back to the postseason after an unlucky 2020-21 relegated them to the lottery for the first time in almost a decade. The Raptors haven’t been regarded as a marquee free agent destination […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Tony Snell beats Raptors at the buzzer in heartbreaking loss for Toronto

Tony Snell beats Raptors at the buzzer in heartbreaking loss for Toronto

The Toronto Raptors were on track to pull out a tough win against the Atlanta Hawks, as they were up by 13 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, because this season has been unfathomably unlucky for Toronto, it was Tony Snell who rained on their parade. On a Hawks team that normally revolves around Trae […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It’s a Leafs game day! Nature is Healing!

Allow me to pull back the curtain on the glamorous world of hockey blogging. It’s not a lot of fun writing pregames or post games. That being said, when we’ve been waiting to watch hockey since the middle of March and get some closure on the season, today it’s feeling pretty darn good.
While the Leafs season was riddled with injuries, controversy, and Cody Ceci, the reboot has the potential to at least give us a fresh start on two out of three of those things. The Leafs are healthy, to the point where Mikheyev was dominant in training camp, and Johnsson is close to returning. The Leafs have had a chance to get in a training camp under Sheldon Keefe now, allowing him to adjust the Leafs further away from the Babcock philosophy that has plagued the team in the past couple of years. And as for Cody Ceci, heck, if there is a time of year that we learn to appreciate defensive defensemen, it’s the post season, so we might even warm up to him a little too.
Tonight is an exhibition game, but a game against the Canadiens is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

We’re a week away from one of the least important days on the hockey calendar

If that title doesn’t pull you in, nothing will.
So let’s say you actually clicked on this, well you will be excited to learn that we are one week away from teams having their negotiating rights expire with NCAA players who have left or graduated from their schools. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
It’s this excitement that led to the exciting Dakota Joshua to St. Louis for Future Considerations deal a while back, and now here we are with the chance to pooper scoop the rest of the list.
By it’s nature this list is bound to be pretty underwhelming, but if you have a strong passion about potential stars on the Newfoundland Growlers next season, this could be the list for you. Here’s the breakdown of who is presently available (some of these players may be on AHL deals with their current organization and require an ELC to move on).
Player
NHL Team
NCAA Team
Position
Draft Year
Draft Round
GP
G
Pts
Brent Gates
ANA
Minnesota
C
2015
3
38
13
31
Steven Ruggiero
ANA
Lake Superior State
RD
2015
6
37
6
11
Christopher Brown
BUF
Boston College
C
2014
6
39
7
16
Ivan Chukarov
BUF
U.Mass Amherst
LD
2015
7
25
1
3
Max Willman
BUF
Boston University
F
2014
5
36
1
6
Fredrik Olofsson
CHI
Nebraska-Omaha


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #16: Post-Game 4 vs. Magic Reaction

The Raptors pull out another impressive victory over the Magic, pushing Orlando to the brink of elimination in the first round. The possibility of a Douchebag Sweep is still alive (shouts to The Starters)! Unlike the Gentleman’s Sweep (where the better team wins first three, loses Game 4, then closes things out in five), the Douchebag Sweep is when one team wins Game 1 — giving that fan base the false hope of a series upset — only to lose the next four games consecutively.
If Toronto does not close this out on Tuesday, you have every right to blame the That’s A Rap crew. Otherwise, you’ve been warned that the latest episode is filled with information that has one eye towards future rounds.

On The Latest Episode:
Unlike the previous two games, it was the Orlando Magic that jumped out to a hot start. They forced turnovers on the first two Raptor possessions and bolted to a 9-1 lead. The fact that Toronto still ended the quarter with a lead must have been discouraging for any Magic fan.
Jokes about the Raptors facing two opponents — Orlando and the referees — are funny to a certain extent, until you delve into the …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ