Toronto Raptors: The top unrestricted free agents to sign

The Toronto Raptors recently lost in the second round in game seven to the Boston Celtics. With the off-season slowly approaching, the Raptors need to turn their focus towards adding to their already talented roster. Although this free-agent class is not nearly as star-studded as next year, the Toronto Raptors can build on their current […]
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Author: Jeremy Wilks / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors Heat Check Vol.2: Takeaways through four seeding games

In the second edition of the ‘Toronto Raptors Heat Check,’ we’ll breakdown the biggest takeaways through four seeding games The Toronto Raptors are back like they never left through their first four seeding games in Orlando, sitting at a  3-1 record. As Drake once said, “Life is Good” right now for the defending NBA Champions. […]
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Author: Gavin Axelrod / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors can clinch second seed with win over Boston Celtics

Tonight the Toronto Raptors can secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference against a hungry Boston Celtics Team. The second seed means a lot more this year than in past years. The drop off in competition between the 6th and 7th seed is enormous — currently the Sixers are 6th and Brooklyn Nets are […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to claw back to even strength 

In the second half of a back to back the Leafs look to level the playing field with a win in Play-in Series game four. This one will be a thriller, to say the least. A loss in this game will knock the Leafs out of the Playoffs since this is a best of five series. 
 
Fans remain on edge after the result of the game that was less than 24 hours ago. The offense was a positive factor throughout. It had us see a first from Nick Robertson, a short-handed goal from Cody Ceci, and some amazing opportunities (even though they didn’t go in). Having said this, something we could see at the forefront of this stress is what could be called a “defensive slack” from the team, especially in the third. 

Keefe on #Leafs D: “I thought that as a team we didn’t help our defence, and our defence didn’t help itself.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 7, 2020

It’s something Leafs fans know all too well. They get way too comfortable after achieving a nice lead. Their foot comes off the gas, play is …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Speculation Spectacular: Changes in Buffalo

For the second week of Speculation Spectacular we’ll be focusing in on Buffalo, and I apologize for that. No one should have that much Buffalo in their lives.
With the Sabres removal of Jason Botterill and replacing him with former Leaf, Kevyn Adams, it seems entirely possible that the Sabres will be making significant roster changes once something resembling an offseason occurs, and it’s also entirely possible that the new direction might mean usable players might be made available.
What usable players?
Well, that would be a very valid question when it comes to Buffalo. They have very good players like Eichel, Reinhart, Dahlin, Olofsson, and Cozens that they are certainly not moving.
They have players like Okposo, Skinner, and Ristolainen that possess contracts that no team in their right mind should want. There’s also a lot of other crap, but nestled away in that mess are Colin Miller and Brandon Montour, two right side defenseman that could be interesting buy low options for the Leafs, and add a bit of depth to the right side.
What about my trading for Reinhart pipe dream?
Let’s quickly dismiss that by saying that you …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: How does Norman Powell fit into the Raptors Future?

Drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by Milwaukee before being traded to the Toronto Raptors, Norman Powell has had a bit of an up and down career so far. However, if this season is a benchmark for what to expect from him going forward, Norman Powell fits into the Raptors’ future […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

MAIL CALL! Leafs Boy Bands, Podcasts, and whether or not to believe in this team

As I start my second week on the job as the managing editor of TLN, I felt it was important to bring back one of the staples of the blogging community, the mail bag. Well, we won’t be calling it the mail bag anymore, because there isn’t a physical bag and I don’t want to start this relationship off by lying to you. We’re going with mail call, and you can expect to see it again with some regularity on this site with different writers responding, not just my ass. We’re also going to try and branch out to themes so you can ask some of our experts about the subject matter they know best. Since I know nothing, we’ve gone a completely random mess of questions for you today.
Enjoy.

Realistically, does our fan base go high and low too often? Do other fan bases dip and fly with every stretch run of good/poor play?
— Jordan Turtle (@jorTurtle) March 8, 2020
Let’s start off with the fact that seeking the highs and reacting to the lows are some of the best parts of sports fandom. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Andersen seems to be fixed, so now we can worry about everyone else

It was a kiss of death the second any of us pointed out that the California road trip would be the means for the Leafs to stake claim to their playoff spot. We’ve been down this road too many times before and know that jinxes and Toronto sports go together like Gin and Tonic.
So here we are two games down, and only one point to show for it.
That’s not to say that last night was a total loss. Freddie Andersen picked up his second shutout in six outings. In those six outings he also only has one game where he gave up more than one goal. Saying Andersen is fixed is an absolute stretch, but the Leafs not giving up goals with their goaltending and defensive shortcomings has helped keep me off the ledge about last night’s loss.
Of course this is also the second game in a row where offense didn’t show up against a team with shaky goaltending, and the Leafs are failing to utilize their biggest strength. That’s one hell of a problem.
Though the difference again last night that should help us feel better …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Grades from another tight Toronto Raptors win vs Indiana Pacers

The Toronto Raptors picked up their second successive victory over the Indiana Pacers in yet another tight game. How did everyone grade in the win? Wins come in all shapes and sizes in the NBA. That’s life. During their historic 13-game winning streak, the Raptors have picked up all sorts of wins; blowouts, sloppy victories, […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

How confident should you be in the Leafs making the playoffs?

We’re back at it. The second half (actually around 40%) of the season is in swing, and in case you haven’t noticed, the Leafs are trying to fight their way into a playoff spot – not exactly a place we would’ve thought they’d be hanging out when things got started in October.
But it is what it is, and there’s no mystery to how we got here. The team utterly quit on Mike Babcock in the opening portion of the season, skidding hard to a losing record and forcing management to make a change. A lot of damage had already been done and the hole had been dug, but with the arrival of Sheldon Keefe has come a much better on-ice product and a semi-surge in the standings. The games are also outright more fun to watch.
Still, even with the improvements, Toronto finds itself on the bubble. Truly.

As of today, the team is two points from both the second wildcard and third in the Atlantic. But things are jammed up; Tampa, Florida, and both wildcard teams are within easy striking distance. Third in the Metro (the Isles right now) …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation