DeAndre’ Bembry has earned a second season with the Toronto Raptors

DeAndre’ Bembry has earned a second season with the Toronto Raptors

One of the age-old ways to reinforce a roster for pennies on the dollar is to take a chance on a former top prospect who needs a change of scenery, and Toronto Raptors decided to do just that prior to the 2020-21 season by adding former Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry on a cheap contract. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six add to leadership group with the re-signing of Emma Grecco

The Toronto Six continue to build their roster for next season, with the re-signing of defender Emma Grecco. In a press release, Grecco shared:
“My decision to return to the Toronto Six was an easy one,” said the left-handed shooter. “I had so much fun competing with my teammates in the bubble and wanted to continue our momentum into season 7. Even though we didn’t come out with the result we wanted, I am excited to have another chance at winning the franchise’s first championship.”
A Toronto-area native, Grecco continued to explain that she’s looking forward to playing in front of fans:
“I am excited to finally see Toronto Six fans in person. It was a tough year and I think everyone in Canada is excited to start watching hockey live again. It was an adjustment not having in person fans last season so I am very excited to experience the atmosphere and celebrate with my teammates.”
The team is hard at work getting ready for next season, where they will look to replicate and build on the success of their freshman outing. Stay tuned to TLN for more Toronto Six news.
 

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan salute Fred VanVleet after 54-point night

Raptors: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan salute Fred VanVleet after 54-point night

If anyone on this Toronto Raptors roster was penciled in as the favorite to break DeMar DeRozan’s franchise single-game scoring record of 52 points, veteran point guard Kyle Lowry seemed like the most likely choice. However, during a 123-108 win against the Orlando Magic, it was Fred VanVleet who topped that mark with 54 points […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: GM Bobby Webster believed to have signed a contract extension

Toronto Raptors: GM Bobby Webster believed to have signed a contract extension

The Toronto Raptors’ success in building a deep roster is often attributed to president Masai Ujiri, who was able to replicate his success as an executive in Denver by winning Toronto’s first NBA championship. However, GM Bobby Webster should be recognized as an invaluable member of the Raptors’ front office by the greater NBA landscape. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs put Robertson on Long Term Injured Reserve, Thornton could be next

The Leafs continue to shuffle their roster and cap to get their lineup to where it needs to be.

The Maple Leafs have placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 21, 2021

In a move that could have happened sooner, but didn’t because of salary cap reason, Robertson has been put on the LTIR. With the Leafs maxing out their cap today with the recall of Joey Anderson to the Leafs and bringing Adam Brooks off their taxi squad, the move put Robertson on LTIR gives Toronto the flexibility to backfill Robertson’s salary, as well as Brooks and Anderson’s if they choose to send them down. The Leafs would have $2.271M to put towards replacing two players rather than $500-600k they had available this morning before shuffling deck chairs to replace one player.
Essentially these moves allow Toronto get both Barabanov and Lehtonen into Toronto’s lineup, and the 11F/7D approach will continue for the foreseeable future.
There is the possibility that Joe Thornton might also be added to the LTIR today, depending on the results of his MRI. If that were to occur it remains to be seen what the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Six announce official roster for the 2021 season

The Toronto Six have announced their official roster heading into the Lake Placid bubble to begin the 2021 NWHL season. Led by team captain Shiann Darkangelo, the 20-person lineup is set to play their first game in franchise history this Saturday at 1pm against the Metropolitan Riveteers.

Roster is set
See you soon, Lake Placid pic.twitter.com/ofEIqUHyCU
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) January 21, 2021

Playing out of Herb Brooks Arena, the Toronto Six lineup will be tested early and often with five games over eight days to kick off their inaugural campaign. Notable players to crack the opening lineup include the leadership team of Darkangelo alongside alternate captains Emma Greco and Emma Woods, second-round pick Amy Curlew, and two-time NWHL all-star Emily Fluke who put up 27 points in 23 games last season for the Boston Pride.
With a lineup that has blended experience alongside some new faces to the league, the Six will look to avoid those expansion team blues and make a name for themselves right out of the gate.

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Under the radar signings to address frontcourt needs

The 2020 NBA off-season presents several roster issues that the Toronto Raptors must address. While everyone focuses on what to do about Fred VanVleet, the Raptors frontcourt is in dire need of replenishment. The Toronto Raptors frontcourt is in disarray as the NBA Draft approaches on November 18th, 2020. Some big-name free agents could be […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Where the Leafs roster (and cap hit) is at today

As much as it pains me to say, the Leafs roster looks essentially done. There’s a chance that we see some minor moves involving Justin Holl, Travis Dermott, or possibly Pierre Engvall, but it seems that the deck chairs have adequately been shuffled, and even though this doesn’t look like a top tier team in the league, they are decidedly better than last year and may be capable of pulling off some surprises.

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G

Hyman ($2.25M)
Matthews ($11.634M)
Marner ($10.893M)
Muzzin ($5.625M)
Brodie ($5M)
Andersen ($5M)

Tavares ($11M)
Nylander ($6.927M)
Rielly ($5M)
Holl ($2M)
Campbell ($1.6M)

Vesey ($900k)
Kerfoot ($3.5M)

Lehtonen ($925k)
Bogosian ($1M)

Simmonds ($1.5M)
Boyd ($700k)
Spezza ($700k)

The above roster leaves $4.185M of cap space, with Mikheyev, Dermott, and Anderson still needing to be signed. Presumably Anderson could be in the AHL, as could Boyd, and others like Malgin, Robertson, Barabanov, or Korshkov could be there in their places, but it doesn’t do much to shake that fact that there is no way of making it fit without team friendly deals by Dermott and Mikheyev, and at least dropping Holl or Dermott. There is also the fact that Mikko …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Derek Fisher is back from injury and Sean Reid-Foley has been called up

Roster moves!

The Blue Jays have activated Derek Fisher from the 10-day Injured List and they’ve called up Sean Reid-Foley from the Alternate Training Site. In corresponding moves, Sam Gaviglio and Travis Bergen have been optioned.
This is kind of a tough break for Bergen, who pitched quite well in relief on Tuesday in his Blue Jays debut (he picked up five outs, three of which were strikeouts) but such is life for a fringe pitcher with options.
Getting Fisher back will be a much-welcomed addition to the Blue Jays’ lineup. Though it’s a microscopic sample size, Fisher had three hits (a single, double, and triple) in and three walks in 15 trips to the plate this season before he got injured.
An interesting thing to consider is how Charlie Montoyo will operate if Travis Shaw isn’t available for a period of time. With Fisher back, he could feasibly use Fisher, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez in the outfield and put Lourdes Gurriel on the left side of the infield. That would obviously be much better than using Brandon Drury or Joe Panik at third.
And then there’s Sean Reid-Foley, who will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Trent Thornton was placed on the Injured List with elbow inflammation

If you like roster moves, today’s your day.

First, the Blue Jays trimmed their roster from 30 players down to 28 players by sending Santiago Espinal and Jacob Waguespack to the Taxi Squad. A few hours later Waguespack was called back up to the Blue Jays as Trent Thornton got placed on the Injured List with elbow inflammation.
The team doesn’t have any plans for Thornton to have an MRI, so it doesn’t look like anything serious. Thornton said that he felt funny during a bullpen session, so the Jays are ultimately just deciding to be cautious with the young righty.
Having Thornton on the IL could also answer the question of where Chase Anderson is going to play when he returns. It’s expected that Anderson will be activated in the coming days, so he could just grab Thornton’s spot in the rotation. We could also see Thomas Hatch and Anthony Kay in a piggyback role again, though that does weaken Charlie Montoyo’s bullpen options.
We’ll see on Sunday what happens as Tanner Roark is scheduled to start in Boston on Friday and Matt Shoemaker will go on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation