Raptors rumors: What does Derrick Rose to the Knicks mean for Toronto?

Raptors rumors: What does Derrick Rose to the Knicks mean for Toronto?

The Toronto Raptors should look to be buyers at the deadline, as there are plenty of quality guards, Detroit Pistons veteran Derrick Rose among them, that can pack a punch off of the bench. Unfortunately for Masai Ujiri and the Raptors, the rival New York Knicks might end up beating them to the punch. Rose […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors Tank the 2020-21 Season?

Should the Toronto Raptors Tank the 2020-21 Season?

The Toronto Raptors are off to a horrendous start, so should they stay the course or tank for 2021-22? I know it sounds crazy to put the words Toronto Raptors and tank in the same sentence, but that may be the best plan of attack for them. Heading into the season, the Raptors seemed destined […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Boucher needs to start over Aron Baynes at center

Raptors: Chris Boucher needs to start over Aron Baynes at center

The Raptors’ Chris Boucher should be getting more minutes than Aron Baynes. The Toronto Raptors have built the back end of their roster with a motley crew of outcasts and G League darlings that Nick Nurse and company have molded into quality NBA players. Chris Boucher, a former G League MVP, could be the next […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: A farewell to Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol

Toronto Raptors: A farewell to Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol

The departure of Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol should not be looked at sadly, but instead as a blessing for the culture that the Toronto Raptors have built. The Toronto Raptors used to be a team that players hated getting traded to (cough, cough, Alonzo Mourning*) but the love that Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

It looks like Mark Shapiro and the Blue Jays have agreed on a new contract

I don’t think should really come as a surprise, but it looks like the Blue Jays have come to an agreement with Mark Shapiro to remain as the organization’s President and CEO.

Shapiro, of course, joined the organization after the 2015 season on a five-year contract, replacing Paul Beeston. That contract came to an end after this year’s World Series and it always appeared as though the two sides had a mutual interest in carrying on.
I think the fact there was virtually zero talk about a new contract gave an indication that something was going to get done. If there was turmoil or a poor relationship between the two sides and it looked like a deal wasn’t going to get done, we probably would have heard about it. If all things are going well, it’s business as usual.
Anyways, the report of Shapiro apparently having a new deal comes from Ken Rosenthal over at The Athletic. Rosenthal did a post about the New York Mets seeking a new leader for their front office as new owner Steve Cohen let go of the current group who had been working under the Wilpon family.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

What to expect from Rasmus Sandin this summer

What should we expect from Rasmus Sandin? Well, whatever you are thinking, do yourself a favour and dial it back a little further. A 20 year old defenseman with less than 30 games probably shouldn’t have too much put on him at this point, and with Rielly, Muzzin, Barrie, Dermott, Holl, and (*cough*) Ceci all healthy, Sandin could very well be on the outside looking in for the playoffs, and that’s okay. Wait, that’s not true. I’ll definitely be disappointed if Cody Ceci is playing ahead of Sandin.
Of course, it’s a lot more fun to believe that Sandin will go on a Cale Makar style playoff run, and given all that has happened in the world, if you want to believe in that, who am I to take it away from you?
By the numbers

What we’ve seen from Sandin so far is pretty much what you’d expect to see from a developing young defenseman. Sandin has had to endure working with different partners on a regular basis, playing further up in the lineup than he is ready to, due to the Leafs excessive defensive injures, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TSN speculating that Toronto could be a hub city for summer hockey

Whether it happens, who knows. Whether it should happen is debatable. What it will look like, that remains to be seen, but what we do know is that if hockey happens there is a strong possibility it could be in Toronto.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli was looking at what some of the options could be for the NHL’s suggest four city approach where each division would play their games in one city. Seemingly Edmonton seems to be a front runner for the Pacific, but with Glendale also being considered. Winnipeg, Dallas, and Minneapolis have been suggest for the Central, and Pittsburgh and Raleigh for the Metro division. That just leaves the Atlantic, a division hope to a number of cities that have struggled to contain COVID-19.
The NHL’s suggested criteria for consideration is as follows:
– “The location could be anywhere besides a [COVID-19] hot spot.”
– “We need a lot of ice. There does need to be practice facilities.”
– “We need four NHL-calibre locker rooms. Because if you’re going to play three games in one day, you’ve got to be moving things around, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: MLB and MLBPA working on finding solutions

Daily?!

Tomorrow should be Opening Day.
Rather than sitting here in anticipation for Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his first start as a Blue Jay and for Bo and Vlad and Biggio to take the next step in leading this exciting, young team forward, we’re sitting here in purgatory, wondering not when, but if we’ll get to watch baseball this year.
Right now, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association are working through an array of difficulties that have come from the COIVD-19 shutdown. Things of note…
The biggest labour-related issue for both sides is service time. Right now, a full season of service time for a player is  172 days. Obviously, if there aren’t 172 days in this season, a player won’t be able to accrue a full year of service time, which is a major issue for the PA. MLB has agreed to alter service time in the event of a shortened season, but there’s no solution yet for the worst-case scenario, which is a cancelled season. MLB and the MLBA have agreed to table the discussion around a worst-case scenario until that actually happens. The …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Why a reunion between Russell Martin and the Blue Jays makes sense

The Toronto Blue Jays should be looking at bringing back Canadian catcher, Russell Martin for a couple of reasons.
Martin is still a free agent and rumours are swirling he is interested in still playing after dealing with a family issue all off-season. He has been linked to a few teams but signing back in Toronto makes too much sense.
First, with the roster now at 26, carrying three catchers is more likely as manager Charlie Montoyo says “there’s a chance” they do just that. Most expected that to be Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire and possibly Caleb Joseph, yet Martin could fit in nicely as a third catcher and infield depth.
Martin could be a veteran presence to the young catchers in Jansen and McGuire who are still learning the ropes of being a big-leaguer, especially McGuire, who had reportedly was caught masturbating in a parking lot in Florida. It has been a difficult situation for everyone involved.
According to reports, there could be a chance Toronto looks to move McGuire, especially with the likes of Alejandro Kirk in the minors waiting for the opportunity to play big-league ball. So, if they decide to do that, Martin …

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Author: Cole Shelton / Blue Jays Nation

Is it time Toronto gave Matt Thomas a larger role with the team?

In preparation for a potential bench role in the playoffs, should the Toronto Raptors give Matt Thomas more minutes in the final stages of the regular season? Make no mistake, if the Toronto Raptors are to repeat as champs, it’s going to be because of their defence. That said, the team, specifically the lesser-known players, will […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ