Latest NBA Rookie Ladder disrespects Scottie Barnes and Raptors

Latest NBA Rookie Ladder disrespects Scottie Barnes and Raptors

The 2021 NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, as dozens of lottery picks have already established themselves as long-term cornerstones. The Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Toronto Raptors have to be thrilled with the performances of Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, and Scottie Barnes so far. Those three […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 reason to get excited about 3 of the Raptors’ 10-day signings

1 reason to get excited about 3 of the Raptors’ 10-day signings

The Toronto Raptors have been ravaged by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, as eight different players, including all five of their projected starters, have entered the league’s health and safety protocols. To offset those losses, Toronto agreed to terms with Juwan Morgan, Tremont Waters, and DJ Wilson on 10-day contracts. While the Raptors originally planned to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What will Brandon Goodwin, Juwan Morgan bring to the Raptors?

What will Brandon Goodwin, Juwan Morgan bring to the Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors were finally hit by the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the NBA, as Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton were both forced to enter the league’s health and safety protocols. In order to fill that roster spot, Toronto looked for players like Brandon Goodwin and Juwan Morgan to fill that void until […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs’ recent win streak is surprisingly well-deserved

The recent four-game winning streak for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs is a welcome respite from what was a really concerning October. The team looked lethargic, and it was honestly getting a bit desperate. What we were seeing felt like a continuation of the depressing finish to last season, exiting the playoffs in the first round yet again.
However, despite how things looked to start, it feels like it is starting to turn around. After victories against Detroit and Chicago that were, frankly, embarrassingly close, the Leafs put together a deserved dominant win over an admittedly faltering Vegas team, and then a well-fought victory over the three-peat-hopeful Tampa Bay Lightning.
I wanted to know: are these wins a mirage? Are the real Leafs the ones who were losing and looking terrible, or the ones winning and looking pretty solid?
The Leafs are now 11 games into the season, which is a really nice niche where we haven’t seen enough goals to let them determine team quality, so shot attempts are by far the best indicator of team quality. This because we’ve seen way more shot attempts, enough to somewhat reliably predict what might happen as the season rolls on.


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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Leafs add Evan Cormier on a pro tryout deal

Necessity is a mother. The recent injuries to Leafs prospects Joseph Woll and Ian Scott has thinned out the Leafs net so much that we’re actually seeing Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek split the net in an early preseason game. Not that it’s completely unusual to see that, but I’m sure options would have been appreciated. With the Marlies camp opening soon I’m sure the Leafs would also like to send their probable AHL netminders to work with their team. In that case it’s probably just Källgren making that trip, and today’s signing of Evan Cormier to a pro tryout contract makes that possible.
Let’s start off by saying that Cormier doesn’t really have much of a chance of landing a contract with the Leafs, and honestly even a Marlies contract might be a stretch, but that is going to be dependent on the extent of the injuries to Woll and Scott that determine that. Even then Hutchinson and Källgren is a perfectly fine tandem. Figuring out where Cormier fits in is a mystery, or Newfoundland, which to many of us is a mystery.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: Chris Johnston alludes to the Leafs pursuing a mystery player

Chris Johnston made a recent appearance on the Steve Dangle Podcast to dissect what exactly went wrong for the Leafs in the playoffs this year. There is absolutely no shortage of right answers to that question, but if you (like many of us) believe that at least part of the problem is personnel based, he offered a glimmer of hope that help is on the way.
Chris Johnston is one of the best in the business and one of the most connected journalists to the Leafs, so in the closing moments of the podcast for him to drop the line that “there’s going to be like one player on this roster on opening night that is going to get everyone excited. I’m talking like a big name, a big promise player and no ones gonna see it coming,” well, that’s going to get us wondering about who it could be.
The hints that Johnston provided, given that he does have a player in mind, are that they are from a team that missed the playoffs, they are an American based team, and they’ve got multiple years on their contract. So that’s a lot of intrigue. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

On Cavan Biggio’s role

After a recent spat with a Toronto Blue Jays pundit about Cavan Biggio, I wanted to write a post. No, this is not about his struggles hitting the fastball, or his poor start to the season (trust me, I wanted to) this is an article about the positives that Cavan Biggio brings.

I’m definitely a fan of Biggio as he, Vlad and Bo playing for New Hampshire took me from caring just about the Major League team, to focus on prospects a lot more. Biggio played a key part in that championship-winning Double-A team and I fully believe he has room to grow.
Firstly, I will mention the good things I like about his bat. Even with a low batting average, even with striking out looking eighteen times, Biggio has a fantastic eye. His patience at the plate is a double edge sword, one could say.
With all that said, what is Biggio to the Jays? Where does he fit into the lineup? How will he be used in 2021? Well reader, this is what I will answer on this blog.
The short answer is that he’s a better version of Brock Holt. Biggio has more power and gets …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri might be looking “beyond the NBA” for next job

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri might be looking “beyond the NBA” for next job

The Toronto Raptors, in recent years, have been a model NBA team that other franchises look to emulate. Although they struggle to attract superstar players at times, they have proven that in the end, winning is all that matters, and president Masai Ujiri has played a vital role in that regard. Ujiri has taken the […]
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Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

One of the most-watched murder trials in recent history finally concluded today, as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter after killing George Floyd in Minneapolis over the summer. The move prompted reactions from all over the sport, and Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors were by no means silent on this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs add some offensive depth by trading for Alex Galchenyuk

So, after Galchenyuk’s recent interesting week of being on traded to Carolina, instantly being put on waivers, going unclaimed, and assigned to Chicago of the AHL, he’s now found a new home.

We’ve acquired Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for Egor Korshkov and David Warsofsky. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/SZX639nsNG pic.twitter.com/P8uMQ5wDQ1
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 15, 2021

Yep, that’s right, the Leafs added Galchenyuk, a guy they could have claimed off waivers for free in exchange for Egor “Not DeBrincat” Korshkov, and David Wars of Sky, who was the throw-in AHLer in the Kapanen trade.
In case you’re wondering why they traded for Galchenyuk instead of claiming him off waivers, it comes down to the fact that Galchenyuk is more valuable to the Leafs when they can start him out in the Marlies, or have him take up residency on the taxi squad for the next month without requiring waivers than having to force him into the roster and hoping he pans out every night.
Additionally, it frees the Leafs from a couple of standard players contracts in the process, which isn’t a bad thing.
We can probably …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation