Toronto Raptors: Grading Toronto’s free agency moves

Toronto Raptors: Grading Toronto’s free agency moves

The Toronto Raptors head into the season with a lower set of expectations than they’ve become accustomed too over the past 3 years.  They’re no longer a championship contender, but they do still have a competitive roster.  If free agency told us anything, however, it’s that this team might be looking further ahead than just […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Jokerit terminates Mikko Lehtonen’s contract and he’ll likely be heading to Toronto soon

With the state of a potential 2020-21 season remaining up in the air, one member of the Leafs roster made the move to prepare for his arrival in Toronto.

#Jokerit and Mikko Lehtonen have mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract. Next stop for him is Toronto.
Thank you Mikko and all the best in North America!#KHL pic.twitter.com/OgrrJVMuVV
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) November 20, 2020

This comes mere hours following updates regarding the state of recent meetings between the NHL and NHLPA in regards to negotiation on salaries. By no means does this guarantee a new season is happening, but Lehtonen wouldn’t have done this if there wasn’t any indication that he would get to play for the Leafs in 2021.
While Lehtonen’s campaign with Jokerit was shorter than expected, he still made the most of it by posting eight goals, nine assists, and 17 points in only 17 games played. Had it not been for a potential exposure to COVID-19 that put his season on pause for two weeks, the aforementioned numbers might have been even higher.
Now that Lehtonen will soon be on his way to Toronto, you can expect the likes of Joe Thornton, …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

What will the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup look like on opening night?

The 2021 NHL season is inching closer and closer, and with that comes some discussion regarding who gets into the Toronto Maple Leafs opening night lineup.
Not just that, but what will Sheldon Keefe do with the defence pairings? The bottom-six? It all remains a mystery.
But in my latest video I try to figure out what the best options are for the Leafs. I explained my reasoning behind it, and to me, it’s the best lineup the Maple Leafs can ice whenever the next season starts.
Here it is:

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors To Play In New Jersey Next Season?

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors To Play In New Jersey Next Season?

The 2020-2021 season has plenty of anticipation for the Toronto Raptors yet, comes with a lot of confusion as to where they’ll play. It might be time to hold off on “We The North” for a year. As people in the Orlando bubble alluded to how challenging it was to be locked in the area […]
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Author: Jelani Goodridge-Reid / Raptors HQ

Thoughts on last night’s fittingly bizarre World Series conclusion

The weirdest baseball season of our lives fittingly had a very bizarre ending.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, far and away the best team in baseball this season with their 43-17 record, beat the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 2-1, winning the World Series four games to two, earning their first championship since 1988.
On paper, it seems like L.A. winning the whole thing was the most predictable outcome — but last night’s conclusion was far from predictable.
Where to begin? I guess I’ll just go chronologically.
It started off when Randy Arozarena clubbed a solo dinger off of Tony Gonsolin to give Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead. The homer was Arozarena’s 10th of this post-season, which is two more than he has over the course of his regular-season career in 42 games played. Hilariously enough, Arozarena is still eligible for Rookie of the Year in 2021. He’ll look great as an Expo.
It looked like the Rays were going to kick the door in early. Gonsolin looked pretty shook. He allowed a single to Austin Meadows and walked Brandon Lowe but got Manuel Margot and Joey Wendle to work out of the threat. In the second, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Five scariest stats from the 2019-2020 season

Toronto Raptors: Five scariest stats from the 2019-2020 season

The Toronto Raptors had a very good season finishing with the second-best record in the league. But there are five stats that can leave every Raptors fan disappointed. It’s the season when nights are longer, colder, and scarier. Is there a better time to look over the scariest stats of the Toronto Raptors season from […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

3 things the Leafs need to do to become Stanley Cup contenders

Last year’s season was an unexpected one. Newly acquired Tyson Barrie didn’t pan out, there were a ton of injuries and the Leafs were a very inconsistent hockey team.
But there’s a list of requirements that Kyle Dubas needs to hit to make sure Toronto is ready to go for next season, as well as the playoffs.
Dubas said he wasn’t done making trades and that’s one place he needs to be perfect in, if he wants success next year. There’s also a few other things on his to-do list, but you have to watch the video to find out.

 

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas says they’re open to trading newly acquired first-round pick

Enter speculation season as the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be far from done.

In a Tuesday afternoon, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said the team isn’t sold on holding onto the newly acquired first-round pick.

Dubas on using #Leafs first-rounder: “I would say that we’re open to keeping the pick, but I think with the spot that we’re at with our team, we’re probably also open to moving it if the right deal came along for someone who could help us now.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 25, 2020

The pick, 15th overall, is apparently up for grabs if the right deal comes along. The first round is arguably one of the deepest the NHL has seen in a long time with some high-end options around pick 15 that may have gone in the top 10 in other years.
On the other hand, with the first-round pick being so valuable this year Toronto could swing a sweet deal in getting a player or asset that could help them sooner than who they could draft in the first round.
The Leafs are entering a definite re-tool phase here and the Kapanen deal is the metaphorical bat signal that its open season on …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays grind out an extra-innings win despite Nate Pearson’ struggles

We’re one-third of the way through the 2020 season and the Blue Jays have finally won a series. Better late than never! Thank you, Trash Birds.

Things worth mentioning…

A big theme of this season has been the Blue Jays’ frequent fundamental failures leading to frustrating losses. On Tuesday, it was refreshing to be reminded that other teams have game-altering fuck ups too. After blowing a 7-3 lead, the Jays ended up in extra innings, and, honestly, given the way things have gone thus far, nobody would have blamed you for expecting this one to wind up being another heartbreaker. But, the Trash Birds! They’re still trash! In the Jays’ half of the 10th, Lourdes Gurriel slapped a ball on the ground to Chris Davis who somehow wasn’t able to make a throw to catch the glacial drift that was Travis Shaw running home from third. Then, in Baltimore’s half, with the game on the line, Dwight Smith Jr. got caught up between third and home after Cedric Mullens hit a single. Boy oh boy, it’s refreshing to be on the other side of that kind of thing …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

News and Notes as the Blue Jays head to Baltimore to face the inexplicably good Orioles

We’re one-third of the way through the season and the Baltimore Orioles — yes, the Trash Birds — are in a playoff spot. Let that sink in.

The Orioles doing as well as they are is pretty much exactly why I had optimism for the Blue Jays during this 60-game sprint. Baltimore has a fairly similar roster to the one they trotted out last season when they won like 40 games, yet, here we are. They’ve somehow bullshitted their way to a 12-9 start, which is the sixth-best record in the American League.
The key for the O’s has been scoring runs. They’ve won seven of their last nine games and only once have they scored fewer than five runs in a game during that stretch. The pitching has been so-so, but Baltimore is scoring the fifth-most runs-per-game in baseball, behind only the Yankees, Rockies, A’s, and Dodgers. Just like we all expected!

This year, the Orioles have faced:
Gerrit ColeBlake SnellTyler GlasnowZack WheelerJake ArrietaStephen StrasburgPatrick Corbin
They have a combined $1.06 billion in guaranteed contracts between them. And a 6.82 ERA against Baltimore.
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) August 16, 2020

Anyways, after a wildly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation