Raptors free agency: Toronto competing with two rivals for Nerlens Noel

Raptors free agency: Toronto competing with two rivals for Nerlens Noel

Despite the fact that Masai Ujiri remains unsigned the Toronto Raptors offseason is starting to properly kick off in the coming days, with the annual Raptors free agency blitz slated to really get started in August. One target that has been linked to Toronto frequently given their lack of quality at the center spot is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Shopping for a third string goaltender

A lot of the heavily lifting has been done. Tweaking remains, and it might be heavy tweaking, but there really only seems to be one must do left on the Leafs to do list and that is track down a third string goaltender.

Toronto.. Thank YouThese last 4 years have been filled with amazing moments like Fox’s birth, my NHL debut with @MapleLeafs, and playoff runs with @TorontoMarlies. We are grateful for all the teammates and friends we’ve met along the way.– Kaskisuo Family pic.twitter.com/5EZOMZazEr
— Kasimir Kaskisuo (@Kaskisuo) October 12, 2020

Kaskisuo leaving creates a hole in the Leafs depth chart, and it’s one that we can comfortably fill with Joseph Woll or Ian Scott, although that tandem might be how things end up playing out. Instead the Leafs could be looking to upgrade at the position, which no offense to Kaskisuo, who is great person by all accounts, he was not a goaltender you’d feel comfortable sliding into the backup role if one of the two NHL goaltenders was injured. The Leafs needed to move on, and that is especially true in a year that is going to feature more back to backs than ever, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Could the Toronto Raptors have repeated as NBA champions?

With the NBA on hiatus and the season in jeopardy, the future remains unclear. Could the Toronto Raptors have repeated as NBA champions? It seems like Toronto Raptors fans are finally coming down from Cloud Nine after winning the team won its first-ever NBA championship last June, defeating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Mitch Marner and his Primary Assist Magic

You may have heard by now that Mitch Marner remains unsigned by the Toronto Maple Leafs as we begin to approach the opening of training camps for the 2019-20 NHL season. There seems to be a gap between how the Marner camp views his value compared to how the Leafs think he should be paid. Marner put up fantastic numbers last year, picking up 94 points and finishing 4th in the NHL with 68 assists. His results were even more impressive at 5v5, where Marner led the NHL in primary assists with 36, five more than Sidney Crosby. Unlike secondary assists, which are mostly luck, primary points are an important, repeatable skill, so Marner putting up the best total in the NHL at 5v5 is quite an accomplishment.
This would seem to set the stage for Marner to get a huge payday. After all, if he can put up the highest rate of primary assists in the NHL then he has a very strong claim to a big salary. However, if you dig into the numbers a bit more deeply, I think there are reasons to be concerned that Marner isn’t going to be able to replicate his fantastic result next season.


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Author: Drag Like Pull / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors have no business in potential Bradley Beal sweepstakes

Bradley Beal remains one of the hottest trade assets on the market right now, whether he likes it or not. That isn’t an avenue the Toronto Raptors should pursue, though. A little over a year ago, the Toronto Raptors made a franchise-altering move by trading DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a first-round pick for Kawhi […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors give Jeremy Lin a proper send-off?

Jeremy Lin remains an active free agent but is not generating much buzz. Yet, the Toronto Raptors should consider re-signing Lin and give him the send-off that he deserves. When the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in six games back in June, many players had finally earned the permanent prefix “NBA Champion” across […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ