Channing Frye says the Toronto Raptors give James Harden the best opportunity to win

Channing Frye says the Toronto Raptors give James Harden the best opportunity to win

Frye says the Toronto Raptors would give James Harden the culture and the focus on player development he needs to succeed in this league. As of right now, it looks like James Harden is as good as traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Saying that it is also being reported that the Houston Rockets are willing […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

MAIL CALL: Let’s assign some blame and start fixing things

Welcome to the off-season. Nothing says “Welcome to the Offseason” quite like a blog mailbag, so here we are, doing just that.
We’ve decided to change up our mailbag format a little. Instead of getting answers from just one writer, you will now here from a few different TLN contributors in each mailbag. Now when you see my name at the top, you don’t have to worry you’re just suffering through my opinions, we have a whole crew dropping hot takes on you.
Here we go…

This was going to be a question regardless of how the Leafs did, but now that the cap is going to stay flat for at least the next 2-3 years, do the Leafs seriously explore trading one of their big 4? If so, who will it be and what do you expect a potential return to be?
— Adam Karoly (@adamkaroly) August 10, 2020

Earl Schwartz: If they’re going to do it, now is the time. I don’t think they do it, but moving one of the big 4 when the cap starts going up again and their efficiency starts to peak is a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

NHL finds zero COVID-19 cases in bubbles

The NHL says they have found zero cases of COVID-19 within their two bubbles.

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/bjPuANz8Sq
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 3, 2020

A total of 7,013 tests have been conducted between when teams arrived on July 26 and August 1st.
NHL teams brought with them a 52-person travelling party to the bubble and daily COVID-19 testing is done on everyone involved.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

NHL finds two COIVD-19 cases in traning camps

The NHL says they have found two positive cases of COIVD-19 in training camps.

The league kicked off training camps July 13th and between that day and the 17th, 2,618 tests were conducted on over 800 players.

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/C137laTvbH
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 20, 2020

Both players who tested positive have self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols.
The league, which is handling all injury reporting for teams, says they will not be providing information on identify of the players or clubs.
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Caleb Jones spoke out this week confirming he tested positive for COVID-19.
Through the NHL’s phase two the league found a total of 43 cases in players both in and outside of camps.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

26 players test positive for COVID-19, NHL announces

The NHL says 15 of 250+ players reporting for phase two have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 26 players have tested positive as of June 29th.

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/HalBsLro77
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 29, 2020

The second phase of the league’s return to play protocol has seen players gain access to team facilities to begin training and skating in small groups.
A total of 1,450 tests have been conducted meaning a one percent positive testing rate, but it also means a total of six percent of players have tested positive.
“As of Monday, June 29, the NHL has had in excess of 250 Players report to Club training/practice facilities for optional participation in Phase 2 activities. There have been in excess of 1,450 COVID-19 tests administered to this group of Players. Those tests have resulted in a total of 15 Players returning confirmed positive test results for COVID-19.” the league said in a statement.
“In addition, since June 8 (the opening of Phase 2), the League is aware of 11 additional Players who have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the Phase 2 Protocol. All Players who have tested positive have been self-isolated and are following CDC …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

NHL hoping 2020-21 season can be played in full

The NHL says they’re hoping for the 2020-21 season to be played in full.
The NHL’s Bill Daly told TSN’s Pierre LeBrun they don’t want to disrupt the next season.

Notable takeaway from our interview with Daly, when it comes to all the different scheduling scenarios:“The only definite for us, is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year.’’
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 18, 2020

“The only definite for us is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year,” Daly said.
In the last few days, reports have surfaced about top NHL players recommending playoffs be played in the summer, while NHL front offices appear to favor a 24-team playoffs with a best-of-three play in. 
The league is clearly trying to exhaust all options for awarding a Stanley Cup champion this year, but they’re also making it clear they don’t want it …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

The rotting, layered onion that is the Astros sign stealing scandal

Anybody who says “baseball is boring” hasn’t been paying attention this offseason.
What typically is a dormant period for Major League Baseball has been a tire fire of epic proportions, stoked by the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. And just when it seems like things are dying down, new revelations are being unearthed on a weekly basis.
In the words of the great 20th century philosopher George Costanza: “This thing is like an onion. The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.”
Earlier this week, Rob Manfred may have believed he closed Pandora’s box by levying hefty suspensions upon Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch and the Astros organization. Yet, in the matter of days, the lid flew wide open again after the firings of Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran. And the latest rumour about buzzers potentially being used by Astros hitters to gain an edge against opposing pitchers sent baseball into a total frenzy.
It’s not hyperbole to say this is the biggest scandal in baseball since performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, this whole Astros sign stealing scandal might even eclipse the PED scandal, because eventually, Major League Baseball got …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs recall Mason Marchment from Marlies

The title pretty much says it all, folks. The Leafs called up Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies, adding to a slew of transactions with the farm team recently.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/oAlRedBmZY
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 1, 2020

Marchment was added to the Toronto Marlies back when General Manager Kyle Dubas was Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas, in charge of running the AHL affiliate for the Maple Leafs. He signed an AHL contract with the club in 2016 and has began with the ECHL farm team for the Marlies at the time, the Orlando Solar Bears.
After that season,,he earned a full time job with the Marlies, typically playing in a middle 6 role for the last 2 seasons.
Expectations for this call up should be kept low, as it hasn’t been confirmed that Marchment is going to be playing for the Leafs yet. It’s most likely that he’s here as injury insurance. Both Pierre Engvall and Kasperi Kapanen had minor bumps and bruises from last night’s game, but there hasn’t been any word that either will be missing any …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Canada watches in record numbers as Kawhi Leonard sinks Sixers in Game 7

Sportsnet says almost six million Canadians saw most or all of yesterday’s Game 7 between the Raptors and the 76ers Sunday night’s Game 7 between the Raptors and the 76ers was tense, back-and-forth, and featured an already-legendary finish — and a record number of Canadians tuned in to see it.
According to Sportsnet, Game 7 was the most-watched basketball game in ever in Canada, with 5.8 million Canadians tuning in to watch some or all of the game.
5.8 million! That’s a lot! Like, 16% of our entire population! But hey, if you like mind-boggling numbers, I have even more for you.
The average number of viewers for the game was 2.2 million people watching; if you want something to compare that to, consider this: February’s Raptors-Spurs tilt, featuring DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto, was the most-watched regular season basketball game ever in Canada… and the average number of viewers for that game was 710,000. Quite a jump!
Wait, wait, I have one more inconceivable number for you. At 9:33 p.m. last night, when that crazy dragon lady was doing her thing on Game of Thrones, 3.8 million Canadians were watching that crazy Fun Guy Kawhi Leonard drop his miracle four-bouncer through the hoop to …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ