Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

The Toronto Raptors rumors have started to really kick off properly over the last few weeks, but one common thread that continues to pick up steam is that this team will look to acquire a new center, either via the draft with Evan Mobley or through free agency with a player like Jarrett Allen. The […]
Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Frank Seravalli reporting the Leafs will lose Jared McCann to the Kraken

Jared McCann we hardly knew ye. And believe me, we really wanted to get to know you, but alas you are meant for better things and by that I mean completely escaping the gong show that is the Maple Leafs organization.

His stay was short-lived in Toronto. The #SeaKraken will be selecting Jared McCann from the #Leafs.
The end result: Toronto traded prospect Filip Hallander and a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh to essentially protect their roster from Seattle.@DFOHockey
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

If you are looking for any attempt at thoughtful analysis here, I’m going to let you down. This situation comes off as incredibly stupid. The Leafs gave up a solid, near NHL ready prospect in Filip Hallander, plus a 7th round pick (the Leafs have been giving all draft picks away like candy) to bring in Jared McCann a few days ago. That was immediately followed by the failure to protect him in the expansion draft, largely creating a situation where the Kraken would be choosing between McCann and Kerfoot.
For the record, McCann is cheaper, younger, better defensively, better offensively, taller, and probably smells better than Alexander Kerfoot too. Basically, McCann was put …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors mock draft: Masai Ujiri lands Davion Mitchell at No. 7

Toronto Raptors mock draft: Masai Ujiri lands Davion Mitchell at No. 7

Toronto Raptors mock draft season is really starting to kick into high gear now that the season is over, and this unlucky campaign has left them with the seventh-best odds of getting the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. They might miss out on some of the top prospects, but players like Florida […]
Toronto Raptors mock draft: Masai Ujiri lands Davion Mitchell at No. 7 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Adam Brooks is having NHL stretch to remember with Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing really, really well. Auston Matthews scored his 37th and 38th goal on Saturday night. Both Jason Spezza and Joe Thornton got points and extended their streak to five-straight games. Even Adam Brooks was going in this one — scoring his fourth goal in eight games this season.
Another player that had a good game was Alex Galchenyuk, who scored his first goal in seven games. Right now, it seems like the Leafs are doing everything right and I just want the playoffs to happen. Immediately.
There’s a lot to discuss about Saturday night’s game! I hope you enjoy the video!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

Leafs and the joys of (lite) load management

If it was really load management it would have been happening all along and not just emerging in the final two weeks while the Leafs close out their season. From early on in the season it seemed painfully clear that the Leafs are a notch above their North Division rivals, and frequently had to beat themselves (hehe) in order for the other team to pick up a win. Mildly banged up players or some of the more senior players could have been resting throughout this season and we could have been treated to things like Rasmus Sandin (pre and post injury) more frequently, or Timothy Liljegren, or have seen what a serviceable NHLer Adam Brooks could be all along. The price would have been John Tavares taking a rest in the press box, or Jake Muzzin getting to step out of the lineup whenever he wasn’t feeling 100%, and all that stuff. This is all my wonderful hindsight vision, but it of course doesn’t account for the razor thin cap space margins the Leafs have been dealing with all season, so maybe we consider NBA style load management another year and instead look at what we’ll get out …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

How good is the Leafs goaltending? Bad.

I don’t really know how to start these anymore. The Leafs have played good, but their goaltending sucked. That’s it. Where do they go from here? I have no idea.
My main hope is that Frederik Andersen can return to the net soon and hopefully provide some stability.
As we wait for that though — give my video a watch. Maybe it’ll help you like it helped me. Enjoy!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe signing an NBA deal speaks to his fit long-term

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe signing an NBA deal speaks to his fit long-term

Coming into the season, no one really knew what to make of Toronto Raptors two-way player Yuta Watanabe. He could defend some yes, but what position was he best served at? Furthermore, was he going to evolve his offensive game? Watanabe didn’t get off to the greatest start, but he soon found a foothold in […]
Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe signing an NBA deal speaks to his fit long-term – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 nightmare Deadline Day scenarios for Toronto

Toronto Raptors: 3 nightmare Deadline Day scenarios for Toronto

The Toronto Raptors rumors have really kicked into high gear over the last few weeks, as Masai Ujiri could potentially trade both Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry, therefore altering the destiny of the NBA as a whole. The Raptors, however, won’t be the only team trying to give their roster a major facelift, as several […]
Toronto Raptors: 3 nightmare Deadline Day scenarios for Toronto – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays are apparently looking to add to their pitching staff as Kirby Yates will likely miss the 2021 season

Boy oh boy, the Blue Jays really had a dump taken on them today.

George Springer is dealing with an oblique strain and the team hopes that it’s minor AND Robbie Ray will miss his next Grapefruit start after *checks notes* he slipped and fell while carrying his child down the stairs. OK!
The worst news of all, though, is that Kirby Yates’ elbow injury, which we learned about yesterday, is actually worse than originally anticipated. Yates will “most likely” require Tommy John Surgery, which means he’s probably done for the 2021 season.
Uh, in better news, both Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch are recovering “exceptionally well” and the Blue Jays are confident that neither will miss significant time. Thank goodness there’s some positive news mixed in there, because yikes.
Anyways, the big news here is the fact that the Blue Jays now don’t have a bonafide closer this season and that Ross Atkins said that the team has an interest in adding to their pitching staff, either starters or relievers, and that they might be in the mix to make a big splash sooner rather than later…

Now, #BlueJays have interest in adding to their pitching …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs give up three goals in third period and lose to Jets – Rate That Leafs Game

I really don’t know what to say about this game. It was not good. At all.
The entire team could’ve played better in this one and the referees could’ve done a better job at calling the game. Alas, the Maple Leafs lose 5-2 to the Jets. They get three of six possible points against Winnipeg in this three-game series.
Frederik Andersen was a big talking point again in this one, where he allowed five goals. Some he could’ve saved, some he wasn’t to blame for. However, if he keeps following down this path, there could be questions regarding what the Maple Leafs should do right now. Heck, those questions are being asked by the fans right now.
I’m still deciding myself what to do in this situation, but a lot of people have made up their mind. I talk a little bit about it in my video, and here it is. Enjoy.

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation