Ideas for the Toronto Raptors two remaining jerseys

Ideas for the Toronto Raptors two remaining jerseys

It’s been almost two weeks since the Toronto Raptors released the first three jerseys of their new collection. On October 15th the Toronto Raptors excited fans and media alike as they released the first three of their new set of 5 jersey styles. The New Association and Icon Edition jerseys present a familiar look being […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

MAILBAG: Who replaces Andersen, Does Marner Deserve an A, and more…

It’s been a while since we’ve done a mailbag, so in this the beginning of the dark of void of no transactions and no hockey being played, we thought we’d reach out to you, our beautiful readers to see what’s on your mind, and what we can answer for you. Our writers were eager to answer, and I’m pretty sure everything we’ve said is 100% correct, even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff.

If Freddie wants a big raise next offseason, who’s a tendy Dubas should look at as a replacement in free agency or a trade?
— Lyle (@InsiderLyle) October 20, 2020

Michael Mazzei: I don’t think the Leafs should be quick to search for a new goalie via trade or free agency. They have two serviceable netminders in Jack Campbell and Aaron Dell on the roster and there is a real chance that they could be the tandem heading into 2021-22. Kyle Dubas made the move to acquire Campbell in part because of his potential and also his track record of progression. We saw briefly how much his presences helped stabilized the backup position and raise questions as to whether he should be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Joe Thornton to the Leafs?

It’s been eight months since this site really committed some time to the notion of Joe Thornton being a Leaf. We were pretty sure it was going to happen at the trade deadline, and when it didn’t I don’t think any of us assumed it would be gone forever.

Joe Thornton and the Maple Leafs reportedly have “some mutual interest” in free agencyhttps://t.co/A8ptAPuKua pic.twitter.com/AYY3b6tkEd
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) October 13, 2020

Fact of the matter is, now might be the best time to revisit it. It’s painfully clear the Sharks aren’t going to be good next year. It’s painfully clear that Joe Thornton can’t exactly ask for much, and would have to fall into the Spezza to Simmonds range of salary, and it’s painfully clear that both sides have been interested in making this happen. So now it’s time to explore if this is a Good Idea or a Bad Idea.

GOOD IDEA!
Well, unless there is something seriously wrong with you, there’s a good chance that you are somewhat of a fan of Joe Thornton. Or a fan of what Joe Thornton …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Toronto’s Busy Offseason

Since the opening of free agency, the Leafs have a number of moves. In this episode, Kevin Papetti and I break down the signings and trades that have happened. We also look into the 2020 NHL draft and discuss how the Leafs did. Below is the itinerary for this episode:
1:03 TJ Brodie
11:27 Johnsson for Anderson
21:32 Wayne Simmonds
31:10 Zach Bogosian
35:30 The Leafs defense going forward
43:00 Travis Boyd
45:20 What’s next for the Leafs this offseason
1:00:40 The 2020 NHL Draft
Where Can You Listen:
Soundcloud

Spotify

Itunes:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-eighteen-mikko-lehtonen-szn/id1484994398?i=1000474024422
 
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Early Off-Season Stuff: The 40-man, Club Options, Qualifying Offers, and more!

The big talk over the past week since the Blue Jays got shoved out of the post-season by the Rays has been what kind of bold moves the front office can make this winter.

Last winter was highlighted by the addition of Hyun Jin Ryu, who signed an $80 million contract. That decision signalled that the front office was ready to invest in this young team and them taking a massive step forward in this year’s COVID-shortened season certainly validated that investment.
But before we worry about signing Trevor Bauer or trading for Francisco Lindor or bringing Jose Bautista back as a pitcher, there’s a whole bunch of other monotonous early off-season business to deal with. Let’s walk through all of it.
At the end of October, somebody is going to be awarded the World Series in Arlington, and, as per usual, it won’t be the Texas Rangers. It won’t be the Blue Jays either, obviously. So why does this matter? Because one day after the World Series gets awarded is when things start to happen.
Trades can resume the next day, five days later is the deadline for tendering qualifying offers to impending free agents …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Mitch Marner and a line change that might just fix the Leafs

It has been over two months since the Leafs were eliminated in the qualifying round by the Blue Jackets, and the time since has sparked an array of ideas trying to determine what went wrong and how the team can solve it. These range from signing a noted defenceman on the Blues, all the way to ludicrous armchair trades that involve moving the stars for grit.
I’m no stranger to this line of thinking (look no further than my post on Frederik Andersen’s future) and it is something we will all experience as sports fans on numerous occasions. But there are sometimes where you come up with a potential solution that seems so ludicrous in theory that it may just work if done in practice. The kind of ideas that makes you look like a conspiracy theorist as you attempt to explain your rationale. Those schemes that only a person with too much free time on their hands would dare to think up in their heads.
I recently had one of those ideas come to me during a conversation with a friend and I believe that it might just crazy enough to work in reality. The title suggests …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Pascal Siakam showing he can’t be a Number 1 for the Toronto Raptors

The debate has raged on since Kawhi Leonard’s departure, but since entering the bubble there is no debating that Pascal Siakam cannot be the number 1 for this Toronto Raptors team. Toronto Raptors All-Star, Pascal Siakam, has yet to find his scoring touch since entering the bubble. Let’s take a look at the past two […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

I ate the Carolina Reaper because the Leafs scored a goal

So here we are — eight days since the Maple Leafs were eliminated from the NHL qualifiers.
And surprisingly, I’m still here making Leafs videos, but this video was not one I wanted to make.

lol if the Leafs score in the second period i’ll eat the carolina reaper in a be-leaf video
— Nick Barden (@Nickbarden) August 4, 2020

I tweeted this in the second period of game two of the NHL qualifiers against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 30 seconds after I hit tweet, Auston Matthews deflected in a Zach Hyman pass and the rest was history.
Until now, where I actually eat the World’s Hottest Pepper. Yes, I’m crazy.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes as the Blue Jays head to Atlanta

It feels like it’s been a month since the Blue Jays last played a game. But we’re finally back as the team will kick off a three-game series in Atlanta.

The four-day break, though a huge buzzkill, allowed the Jays some time to get healthy. Travis Shaw will be returning from the bereavement list and it’s also expected that Randal Grichuk will return after missing the Washington series with a back issue.
It also looks like we’ll see Chase Anderson get activated from the Injured List at some point this week. Anderson, of course, was projected to be a part of the team’s starting rotation but got injured during Summer Camp. With Nate Pearson in the rotation, it’s likely that Anderson will be put in a bullpen role.
In Braves news, Mike Soroka injured his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. That’s really, really shitty news for the Canadian.

You can see something in Mike Soroka’s right calf/achilles area pop before he went down to the ground.
Really hope this kid is okay pic.twitter.com/8dJ3P0kWvS
— …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

What to expect from Nic Petan this summer

It has now been over a calendar year since Nic Petan was acquired by the Leafs in a trade that saw them move Par Lindholm to the Jets, and the former has yet to fully realize his potential. He is nearly halfway through a two-year deal and has played in 21 NHL games with the Blue and White in that span.
So is Petan this quality AHL scorer who makes infrequent appearances in the NHL, or is he a player that could provide secondary scoring in the big leagues? Given that he was a late addition to the Leafs Phase 3 roster, it would appear that even the team doesn’t yet know what to make of Petan’s place in the organization.
By The Numbers
© Micah Blake McCurdy 2020
Petan split this past season between the Leafs and Marlies, with two different outcomes coming from both teams.
On the big club, he registered just three assists in 16 games as he was limited to primarily fourth line duties and was a frequent healthy scratch. By the time Sheldon Keefe was promoted to head coach, his appearances were more sporadic before being sent to the Marlies for good by December.
Speaking …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation