Leafs recall two Marlies and demote Galchenyuk and Marincin

It’s a minor shuffle, but still a significant one as the taxi squad and the Marlies will both have new looks soon.
Looking at the demotions first, Galchenyuk’s trip to the AHL is by far the more interesting part of the moves as he has never played a game in the league before.
The decision to send him down shows the Leafs are committed to working with him on rediscovering his game and see him as a worthwhile project. The fact that he’s on the Marlies now shows the desire to see him in a few games to measure where he’s at and what they still need to get out of him. He’ll likely be a part of the Leafs if they believe he is ready.
As for Marincin, well, this is a sigh of relief for a lot of his detractors, but in reality he’s a safety net for the club and this is also probably a move to get him skating in a couple of games.
As for the recalls, I think there is a genuine desire to try and find a way to get Liljegren into a game for the Leafs. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet or Norman Powell as the shooting guard?

There are significant issues to address this off-season for the Toronto Raptors. One problem is what to do at the starting shooting guard where Fred VanVleet is a free agent, and Norman Powell has two years left on his contract. A significant question the Toronto Raptors need to address is whether Fred VanVleet or Norman […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Last chance to sign for a couple of Leafs prospects

June 1st is a significant date on the hockey calendar for prospects and General Managers. It’s the date that junior hockey players selected in the 2018 draft need to be signed by. Exciting, I know, but still a somewhat relevant date on the calendar when we’ve basically been sitting around rehashing classic games and debating what the return of the 2019-20 season will look like.
For the Leafs part of this equation, Toronto has two players who are unsigned, and would therefore be eligible to re-enter the draft in 2020. Riley Stotts, and Zachary Bouthillier.
The cases for and against them were made previously in this hockey hiatus…
Riley Stotts: 
Stotts has had a steady upward trajectory in his production, but lacks the ridiculous numbers you’d expect in post draft seasons. This may speak to him not having the talent to dominate offensively against much younger competition, but it also speaks to the state of the Hitmen organization over Stotts’ time there. I don’t think anyone is making the case for Stotts as a top six player at either the AHL or the NHL level, but the lack of dominance might …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Can Marc Gasol be trusted to stay healthy?

Marc Gasol has lost significant time this season due to injury, but the Toronto Raptors can trust him to be healthy in the postseason. Marc Gasol can be trusted by the Toronto Raptors to stay healthy during the 2020 postseason. At the moment, Gasol is recuperating from a recurring hamstring injury that in total has […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Is Pascal Siakam a top-10 player in the NBA?

Pascal Siakam’s play has taken significant strides this season for the Toronto Raptors. Is he now a top-10 player in the NBA? When Pascal Siakam was signed to a four-year $129million extension back in October, there were some doubts. In fact, there were a lot of doubts. Siakam had recently won the NBA’s Most Improved […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Ben Cherington to be named Pirates’ general manager

A significant part of the Blue Jays’ front office is set to move on. According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ben Cherington, the senior vice president of baseball operations, has accepted the Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager role.

According to multiple sources, Ben Cherington has accepted the Pirates GM job and is currently in Pittsburgh. Story to come.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) November 15, 2019

Though the deal isn’t yet official, it appears as though the Pirates will be a formal announcement on Monday that Cherington will be steering the ship. (Get it? Ha haaaa!)
Cherington has been with the Blue Jays for three years now, but he’s mostly known for his work with the Boston Red Sox. He worked his way up the organization through the scouting and player development side before becoming the team’s general manager after Theo Epstein left in 2011.
He orchestrated one of the biggest salary dumps in league history, sending Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers, freeing up an incredible $258 million in commitments in one deal. After a horrendous 2012 season, Cherington made a bunch of under-the-radar additions, such as Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Stephen Drew, that ultimately helped the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation