Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

The Toronto Raptors could pursue some sort of low-stakes trade if they want to retain OG Anunoby and develop another switchable backup. With more trade rumors continuing to surround the Houston Rockets, going after Kneyon Martin Jr. should be something Toronto does their homework on. Despite the fact that the son of the former Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 contracts Otto Porter Jr. deal is much better than

Raptors: 3 contracts Otto Porter Jr. deal is much better than

The Toronto Raptors managed to both retain some of their big-name free agents and bring in a new rotation member in the early stages of the NBA offseason. Not only were Chris Boucher and Thad Young signed to multi-year contracts, but Otto Porter Jr. was signed away from the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors are […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rumours: Campbell and Mikheyev updates, Dubas’ plan, fresh trade bait

In last week’s Rumour post I held out some hope that with scouting meetings wrapping up we might finally see some tangible rumours develop this week. That was wishful thinking and we are still very much at the mercy of a very quiet Leafs organization that doesn’t want to tip their hand one way or another. The silence from the Leafs organization is probably a positive thing and certainly seems more respectful of the players, but on the other hand, it makes me nervous having no idea what could be coming and often leads to raised expectations.
In the spirit of that, let’s start with a refresher from Kyle Dubas’ end of season press availability that spelled out some of what could be explored this summer:
I don’t think that we just want to start making changes that may be lateral or make us inferior as a team just to say that we changed something.
I think this one is a pretty straightforward one and in many ways a throwaway statement. No one goes into a trade trying to get back the same value or trading from an area of need that they’d need to replace with a similar player at a similar cost. I mean, you could do that if you plan gaining assets via trade and then be aggressive in free agency, but there is more risk associated with that approach than GMs like.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martínez tossed from Wednesday game before it even started

Guillermo Martínez had some takes on Wednesday.

So much so that when the Toronto Blue Jays sent the hitting coach out for a lineup exchange, he got tossed from the game before the first pitch was even thrown.

Here’s hitting Coach Guillermo Martínez delivering the lineup card and immediately getting thrown out of the game, like a boss pic.twitter.com/yz5CEUgdyc
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) June 22, 2022

While we don’t know exactly what led to Martínez getting chucked from the game, I think it’s safe to assume it had to do with Tuesday’s nights debacle against the Southsiders.
Play-by-play man Dan Shulman noted
Behind the plate was Doug Eddings who had one of the worst commands of the zone as I’ve ever seen. According to Ump Scorecards, Eddings called 25 pitches as strikes that were actually balls.

Umpire: Doug EddingsFinal in 12: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 7#NextLevel // #ChangeTheGame#TORvsCWS // #CWSvsTOR pic.twitter.com/xF7KTGcGQi
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) June 22, 2022

It cost the Blue Jays a staggering 3.79 runs, while costing the White Sox 1.79 runs. While it was bad both ways, the Jays were clearly coming out on the short end of the stick. Missing a few pitches here or there isn’t the end-all-be-all, but when you’re as consistently awful as Eddings was Tuesday, it’s hard to give any credit.
During Wednesday’s matinee to wrap up the series, the officiating crew bumped Eddiings to third-base, presumably to cut him a break after a tough, tough go.
Hopefully after the game, Charlie Montoyo gives us some idea of what happened with Martínez.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Raptors remaining interested in shocking Rudy Gobert trade

Raptors remaining interested in shocking Rudy Gobert trade

The Toronto Raptors are widely expected to make some significant acquisitions as they try to maintain their status as one of the best teams in the East. Trading for disgruntled Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert would be pricy, but it doesn’t seem like Toronto is totally discounting it just yet. The Raptors had some success […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer leaves Tuesday game with elbow discomfort

Some not-so-great news has come out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Tuesday night’s game against the Southsiders.

George Springer left the game in the eighth inning with what the club is calling discomfort in his right elbow.

UPDATE: OF George Springer was removed from tonight’s game with right elbow discomfort.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 22, 2022

There was nothing visual that had happened for Springer who was getting a night off from the outfield DH’ing. As the lineup rotated towards the top of the order, Sportsnet’s Arash Madani reported in-game that both Springer and head athletic trainer Jose Ministral wasn’t on the bench.
Madani noted that there was a clip of Springer stretching out his elbow talking to Bo Bichette ahead of Monday’s series-opener against the White Sox.
All of a sudden, we saw Cavan Biggio pinch-hitting for Springer in the top of the eighth. Springer’s outing had been far from ideal. He went 0-for-3 striking out in each at-bat and got caught swinging hard.
Springer’s first year with the Jays had been plagued by injuries playing in just 78 games with an injury to his quadriceps. Obviously, anytime we hear of potential for anyone on the team there’s some concern, but that increases a little more given Springer’s history.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Matthew Knies and Ty Voit have been invited to the USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp

Some Leafs news popped up this afternoon as USA Hockey has made their announcement of who will be attending their evaluation camp that will serve as the final look for the World Juniors tournament this summer and the first look for the World Juniors tournament around Christmas.

The 60 players that will attend the 2022 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp have been announced!
Details → https://t.co/WHs3tb7xSG pic.twitter.com/LxbK7PlOJH
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) June 21, 2022

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Matthew Knies finds himself on this list. The highly touted prospect was selected to the Olympic team so the World Juniors are a virtual lock for him this summer, but his age will make him ineligible for the winter tournament.
Enter Leafs up and comer Ty Voit, who is coming off a big year with the Sarnia Sting. Voit might be a long shot for the summer team as much of the players who were originally slated to attend the tournament last Christmas are likely to return, but Voit is one of the more interesting options for this December and should get a strong chance to make his case.
The camp also has the potential to include a future Maple Leaf as there isn’t any shortage of 2022 draft eligibles on the invite list.
The evaluation camp runs from July 24th-August 3rd, and will immediately be followed by the 2022 World Junior Tournament in Edmonton from August 9th-20th. The 2023 tournament is slated for December 26th-January 3rd in Halifax and Moncton.
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The cap is on the rise, the season will start on time, and other news on the state of the NHL

For some, tonight is all about the best on best matchup between two stacked teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. For others tonight is a bit about gaining some insight into the direction the league is going and how long we’re committed to flat caps and hockey deep into the summer. For his part, Gary Bettman provided some actual good news on both of those fronts and there was some other interesting information to boot.

Gary Bettman says the 2022-23 #NHL regular season will begin on Oct. 11.
Schedule will be released in “early July.”
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 15, 2022

In the true spirit of the NHL, I’d take that early July release to mean “July 14th”, but given that falls during the start of free agency, we might see the NHL truly stick their word and we could see a schedule in that window of time between the draft and free agency. It seems too much to ask for that they’d give it to us any earlier than that. It doesn’t really matter anyway, the big thing is being back to a normal hockey schedule that should see everything moved up two weeks next year.

Gary Bettman mentioned “record” #NHL revenues this year. Says now that number could be in excess of $5.2 billion.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) June 15, 2022

Cool. That’s a lot of money for billionaires. They sure work hard for it. For the rest of us, I guess we can take comfort in the fact that the league won’t be folding anytime soon, the salary cap should go up significantly at some point in the post escrow balanced world, and reall …

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3 ways the Raptors can make OG Anunoby happy amid rumors

3 ways the Raptors can make OG Anunoby happy amid rumors

The might be some trouble in paradise if Jake Fischer is to be believed, as Toronto Raptors star OG Anunoby is reportedly one of a few Raptors who aren’t thrilled with their role on the roster. While OG has not voiced his discontent publicly, this could be an interesting wrench to throw into Toronto’s offseason […]
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It’s time for the Maple Leafs to hire a Director of Goaltending and give that position a seat at the table

It’s time for the Maple Leafs to hire a Director of Goaltending and give that position a seat at the table

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made some sharp moves over the past few years to help build out a competitive team. Whether it’s to sign low-cost free agents that can fill demanding positions like forward Michael Bunting, or fixing mistakes like trading forward Nick Ritchie to the Arizona Coyotes for useful defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin, Kyle Dubas has seemed to find a way.
But where the Leafs GM has missed hard, as of late, is in the goaltending position. And it appears as though he’s ready to find a solution for it.
As first reported by NorthStar Bets’ Chris Johnston, the Leafs will not renew the contract of goaltending coach Steve Briere when it expires at the end of the month. And while it’s hard to blame the team’s goalie coach for much of the team’s inability to develop netminders, the dismissal of Briere has less to do with the job he has done and more about the future of the position.
In the time Dubas has been GM of the Maple Leafs, he brought in Jack Campbell in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in 2020. It was a shrewd move that saw the Leafs upgrade their depth in goal behind Frederik Andersen. One season later, Campbell overtook Andersen in the starter’s role.
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