Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

The Toronto Raptors have started off the preseason 2-2, as their combination of youth and length has been too much for the Rockets and 76ers to handle. This is going to be a team that lives and dies on the perimeter with their guard play. The Raptors might not have Kyle Lowry on the roster […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

NHL Chief Content Officer shares thoughts with us on All or Nothing and what’s next for NHL

“We knew how the movie ends.”
It all started with a thought.
After the end of the 2018-19 season, the NHL desired to do something new. They produced series like ‘Road to the Winter Classic’ and ‘Quest for the Stanley Cup’ where you get glimpses of what it’s like to be an NHLer. But you don’t get the complete look.
So, what did the NHL do?
The league aspired to hold a piece of the pie and have hockey finally in the All or Nothing series. In 2019, the NHL was seriously speaking to Amazon about making that happen.
And finally, it did.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were followed for over 100 days while on their quest for glory. It, unfortunately, didn’t occur, but fans finally get a closer look at what it’s like to be a Leaf every day.
“Let’s face it, the Leafs having that star power, having the cache of history, having a very colourful front office, they wanted to do that show.” Said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer of All or Nothing, Steve Mayer. “The compelling feature of, how the season was shortened, the North Division — there was a lot of …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

Raptors odds: Vegas projects Toronto as a fringe playoff team

The Toronto Raptors have officially started to gear up for a pivotal 2021-22 season, as their 11th place finish last year is simply not acceptable for a franchise that has been as used to winning as this one. Still, the latest Raptors odds don’t paint as optimistic a picture for this campaign. In addition to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Deadline Primer: The Rotation

Before we get started, it’s important to point out that the starting rotation options for this trade deadline are bleak at best. The likely strategy for most teams looking for pitching help will be to add to the bullpen, and The Blue Jays should be no different. But let’s have a look at some of the potential targets if Ross Atkins and the front office do decide to venture into a heavy seller’s market.

In 2020, the team added Taijuan Walker who had barely pitched in the two and a half years before becoming a Blue Jay. The acquisition cost was next to nothing, and the additions of starters-turned-relievers Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling were likely in the same vein. Walker went on to make six starts in a Blue Jays uniform and performed extremely well, exceeding all expectations. A similar, low-risk-high-reward move could be in the cards for The Jays this trade deadline, however, The Jays rotation is much more solidified this season than it was last.
Robbie Ray has emerged as the clear-cut ace of the staff, and despite a rough patch, Hyun-Jin Ryu appears to be getting back on track. A top of the rotation …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

The Toronto Raptors rumors have started to really kick off properly over the last few weeks, but one common thread that continues to pick up steam is that this team will look to acquire a new center, either via the draft with Evan Mobley or through free agency with a player like Jarrett Allen. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rumours: The Leafs seem to believe in their group too much

Rumours: The Leafs seem to believe in their group too much

The offseason started off with the news that not many wanted to hear and that was the four big contract forwards weren’t going anywhere. Or at least that want the organization was pushing, but whether you are in the trade Marner camp or the trade Nylander, (or for that matter if you want Matthews or Tavares traded, there are enough Leafs fans that there are factions wanting everyone traded) Kyle Dubas started off the offseason by staying he would continue to pack the lineup full of value sized tubes of ground beef rather than address the lack of talent outside the main four forwards and top three defensemen. That was probably strike one for a lot of people.
After that there seemed to be a belief that the Leafs would want to move away from their older depth, and that youthful energy with upside was a better approach than draining the last hockey out of early 21st Century All-Stars. The re-signings of Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds certainly called that into question, although Simmonds accepted a pay cut that will likely accompany a reduced role, and I don’t think anyone was possibly going to complain about Jason Spezza, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Looking at Robbie Ray’s excellent season and his next contract

I started writing this article in the middle of Sunday’s game after Ray walked the first batter and gave up a double in the top of the second. What did Ray do? Well, he said “screw this” and struck out the next three batters.

All told, Ray pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs (one should not have been earned), struck out six and walked two. While he left in line for the loss, Ray pitched like an ace with no run support. He left the game with an ERA of 3.36.
That is an ace. Robbie Ray is an ace.
If you’re reading this article, you watch the Jays and know how good Robbie Ray is. You know that the Jays traded Travis “F’ing” Bergen for Robbie Ray and later got Bergen back. You know that Robbie Ray was the first free agent to sign. You know that Robbie Ray has been the Blue Jays’ best pitcher this year.
Instead, I want to focus on what a potential extension looks like and what happens if they don’t re-sign him, which would be one of the worst moves this front office could ever make.
Comparable signings…
Ray …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors have done due diligence on several Top 10 prospects

Toronto Raptors have done due diligence on several Top 10 prospects

The Toronto Raptors started preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft as if they would only end up picking seventh overall, giving them a chance to land one of the better second-tier prospects in this draft. Names like Florida State’s Scottie Barnes and Tennessee’s Keon Johnson were all identified as potential targets in that range. However, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, June 16th: And then there were four

Well friends, the Stanley Cup semifinals have started and just as everyone predicted, the remaining four teams are the Golden Knights, the Lightning, the Islanders, and the Canadiens. Exactly as planned, amirite? ANYWAYS, that’s fun, I guess. Let’s see what else is going on.
Leafs Land

Mirtle: This appears to be the end for Zach Hyman as a Maple Leaf https://t.co/UvQg36QSDg
— The Athletic Toronto (@TheAthleticTO) June 16, 2021

Haha okay never mind we’re done here.
 
 
Just kidding. Kind of. SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH so apparently chatter is picking up about zachhymanleavingtheleafs and I don’t want to talk about it, okay?
Elsewhere, Auston Matthews, Frederik Andersen, and apparently William Nylander checked out a UFC event with Justin Bieber, nbd.

photo of Justin Bieber and hockey player, Auston Matthews, spotted at a UFC event tonight. (June 12) pic.twitter.com/6sVhQGp10s
— Tanya Hilleshiem (@TanyaHilleshiem) June 13, 2021

Fan reactions to the reporting of this were hilarious:

the nhl is so bad at their jobs that not only is auston “a hockey player” and freddie isn’t even mentioned, apparently willy was with them too and is not in ANY photos https://t.co/3Vu9dswFRX
— liv (@happygo_pucky) June 13, 2021

It’s …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Charlie Montoyo sounds off after yet another bullpen meltdown

Another day, another meltdown from the bullpen.

Hyun Jin Ryu started for the Blue Jays on Tuesday against the New York Yankees and worked his way through six innings while allowing three earned runs. It was far from Ryu’s best outing but it was good enough for the Blue Jays to earn a win, as they scored five runs off of Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery.
After Ryu came out, the wheels completely fell off. Here’s how it went down…

Anthony Castro allowed a solo homer to Brett Gardener and a double to DJ LeMahieu. He struck out Aaron Judge, threw a wild pitch that allowed LeMahieu to score, and then walked Gleyber Torres. That was it for Castro.
Next up, Carl Edwards Jr. came into the game and got Giancarlo Stanton to fly out. He then left the game with an injury. Tim Mayza then came in and walked Gio Urshela but got Gary Sanchez to ground out to end the inning.
Mayza stayed in for the eighth inning and allowed a single to Miguel Andujar and then struck out Chris Gittens. Jordan Romano then came into the game and allowed Clint Fraizer to drive in the go-ahead …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation