Conor Timmins is “ready” whenever the Maple Leafs call his name, and tonight might be the night

Conor Timmins is “ready” whenever the Maple Leafs call his name, and tonight might be the night

“Whenever they put me in, I’m ready.”
Conor Timmins joined the Maple Leafs on Thursday in Minnesota, practicing with the team before they took on the Wild Friday afternoon. Although he didn’t play on the day after American Thanksgiving, it wasn’t because lack of readiness.
The 24-year-old just finished up a conditioning stint with the Tucson Roadrunners, Arizona’s AHL affiliate. He’s played six games since November 11th with the AHL club, and when he joined the Maple Leafs on Thursday, he noted he was “ready.”
However, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe had other plans.
“Our approach with him is to get him in, get him comfortable.” Keefe said in Minnesota on Thursday. “Obviously we have a great need and there’s great opportunity on our defence right now with the injuries that we’re going through. Yet, we want to make sure we put him in a good spot to succeed.
“Both in coming into a new team and the fact that he hasn’t skated, we give him today (in Minnesota) and get another skate (Friday)… But we’ll take it a day at a time from there.”
Saturday night will likely be Timmins’ first game in a Maple Leafs uniform. The team is coming off playing a game the day before and could use a body without many kilometr …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors confidence meter: How will new-look bench perform?

Raptors confidence meter: How will new-look bench perform?

The Toronto Raptors knew that they couldn’t go into the 2022 season with the same subpar bench from last year and convince their fanbase that they were trying to take a step forward. Bringing back Thad Young and Chris Boucher was a solid decision, but Toronto needed one more X-factor in their lineup. Just a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Alek Manoah dominates the Pirates as Toronto starts series with 4-0 win

For those who observe Alek Manoah Day, they were able to celebrate for good reason.

The Blue Jays took the first of a three-game series from the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 behind a dominant performance from The Big Man, Alek Manoah. Manoah threw seven and a third innings, allowing only five hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts en route to his 13th win of the season and his 20th quality start. He pitched in front of his college baseball team, the West Virginia Mountaineers, as they made the quick trip up to PNC Park to watch their former teammate do his thing.
Johan Oviedo, who was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline in the Jose Quintana trade, started for the Pirates tonight. Oviedo struck out the side in the first inning, all on his slider. The Blue Jays were able to generate five base runners between the second and third innings, but they did 2022 Blue Jays things with them and ~stranded them all~.
Fortunately for the Blue Jays, Oviedo was on a pitch count. Who knows if the Blue Jays would’ve had much success off of this guy had he not gotten to 75 pitches so soon.
Tyler Beede took over for Oviedo in the 4th, and he allowed a leadoff double t …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

NBA power forward tier list: Where is Raptors star Scottie Barnes?

NBA power forward tier list: Where is Raptors star Scottie Barnes?

The Toronto Raptors nailed it when they said no to all of the pre-draft predictors and drafted Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs. In an age where so many teams have elite power forwards, the Raptors may have stumbled upon their next big thing in the Florida State product. Averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 teams who could beat Raptors’ best offer for Kevin Durant

3 teams who could beat Raptors’ best offer for Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors are still hanging around as they try to figure out a way to coax the Brooklyn Nets into parting ways with Kevin Durant. After KD reiterated his trade request to owner Joe Tsai, those who want to pilfer him away are coming back out of the woodwork. The Raptors have plenty of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 adjustments the Toronto Raptors need to make in 2022-23

3 adjustments the Toronto Raptors need to make in 2022-23

2022 was successful for the Toronto Raptors, as they just drafted a lottery pick in Scottie Barnes and immediately returned to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. Not bad for a team projected to be in the middle of a rebuild. On top of Barnes proving his quality on such an extreme scale, Toronto saw […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ