Toronto Raptors: Pros and cons of making the playoffs in 2020-21

Toronto Raptors: Pros and cons of making the playoffs in 2020-21

The Toronto Raptors have struggled to stay afloat this season, causing the “tank” talk to undeniably take off. It seems like the Raptors’ tank job is stull in full swing despite the recent success, seeing that they have “rested” key players in their lineup and have had no issues playing their young guys. Nick Nurse […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Cutdown Day: The Maple Leafs’ Cast-Offs Have Made the Marlies Much Older. Is This the Right Move?

That Matt Read chose to stay in Toronto, even if it meant riding buses for the Toronto Marlies, shows exactly how he views the Maple Leafs organization.
We don’t know if Read turned down any NHL deals for the AHL pact he signed this morning. We likely never will, really. Nevertheless, Read earned this new commitment on his own merits, doing just about everything you could ask from a PTO invitee and effectively (read: surprisingly) forcing himself into the Leafs’ roster conversation, if only for a moment.
Now, Read has a home. And that home is on a Marlies roster currently undergoing massive turnover.
Prior to training camp, the Marlies were projected by most, myself included, to enter the 2019-20 season as one of the most youth-centric groups in recent franchise memory. Teenaged duo Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren were likely to return, while early expectations foresaw Mac Hollowell, Joseph Duszak, Jesper Lindgren, Brady Ferguson (who is 24, to be fair) and Egor Korshkov expanding their cameos from last season into featured roles this year. Add a batch of youthful newcomers in Justin Brazeau, Joseph Woll, Colt Conrad and, possibly, Ian Scott to the mix, and the Marlies’ group of …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation