Raptors player review: Will Scottie Barnes leap forward in 2022-23?

Raptors player review: Will Scottie Barnes leap forward in 2022-23?

The Toronto Raptors knew they were going out on a bit of a limb when they made Scottie Barnes the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and Dalano Banton their second-round draft choice. Taking these players showed a commitment to Masai Ujiri’s preferred style of basketball and emphasis on player development. Barnes immediately […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six captain Shiann Darkangelo, goalie Elaine Chuli returning for PHF Season 8

The Toronto Six have had a great start to the offseason, so far. They started off with a tidy piece of business, signing their leader, captain and All-Star Shiann Darkangelo on a 1-year contract. Darkangelo had a stellar point-per-game season in Season 7, with 8 goals and 12 assists in 20 games. She’s by all accounts an incredible leader and person, someone who is inspiring woman to play with. She’s also an incredibly strong and talented hockey player, to boot!

CAP IS BACK!
The Toronto Six are proud to announce the re-signing of #T6 Captain Shiann Darkangelo for Season 8!
https://t.co/jof8jTXgoR pic.twitter.com/JfQU8W1mmG
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) May 4, 2022

Goalie Elaine Chuli is also back for Season 8, Toronto’s main starting goaltender last season. She played 17 games and had a 93.1% save percentage in that span. She’s also been nominated for goaltender of the year along with Boston’s Katie Burt and Buffalo’s Carly Jackson.

Join us in wishing #T6 Goaltender Elaine Chuli a very Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/F2ORqcSqZD
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) May 16, 2022

Defender Taylor Davison is also returning to the Toronto Six next year. She had her first pro season last year with Toronto after 5 years at York University. The team is excited to bring back a top-tier young defender, surely. Davison had 4 points in 20 games and made the All-Star team in her first season.

Someone just loves to play at Canlan Sports – York
The Toronto Six are proud to announce the re-signing of Defender Taylor Davison for Season 8!
https://t.co/XGgUvyH1GP pic.twitter.com/mdqdpOJvKh
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) May 18, 2022

Final Thoughts
These three re-signings for Toronto come with a couple of noted departures. Firstly, what probably should have been the top piece of business for the Six, re-signing their top scorer Mikyla Grant-Mentis, didn’t get done. Grant-Mentis signed a landmark $80,000 deal with the same Buffalo Beauts she began her pro career with 3 years ago.
Grant-Mentis was the league MVP in Season 6, and just missed out on the league’s scoring title last year to Kennedy Marchment.
The Six will also be without Tori Charron, who has moved to the offices as the Metropolitan Riveters’ General Manager.
In other news, Lindsay Eastwood has been nominated as defender of the year, and the aforementioned Ch …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Here’s why a Raptors-Pacers Malcolm Brogdon trade won’t happen

Here’s why a Raptors-Pacers Malcolm Brogdon trade won’t happen

The Toronto Raptors know that they need to establish themselves as contenders by bringing in one or two noteworthy names in the offseason. Given the needs this team has, making a big move for Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon sounds like a promising fit on paper. Brogdon, who will turn 30 during his seventh NBA […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How the Maple Leafs can move on from another first round exit

Well, they did it again. Another first round exit.
Often when the Maple Leafs get eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, there’s plenty of people who like to put on their General Manager hat. They’ll start by saying “Trade this player!” And usually end with “Someone needs to be fired for this mess!”
Every year. After every lost series.
Usually, I would accept this form of reaction. People are upset, and honestly, they have every right to be after yet another first round departure. But this time around for Toronto was different. Very different.
The Maple Leafs went toe-to-toe with the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. It went to a Game 7 and you could’ve argued that it should be tied after the third period. Fans from each team deserved another stressful overtime, like in Game 6.
As hard as Toronto fought for every inch of that ice, the Lightning fought just as hard, even after losing a key player like Brayden Point.
This isn’t a matter of sitting back and thinking about what’s wrong with this team — nothing is wrong — the Maple Leafs are an incredible team. If they ended up beating the Lightning, I wouldn’t be surp …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Canadian Andrew Nembhard offers value, versatility for Raptors

Canadian Andrew Nembhard offers value, versatility for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors made history when they finally used a draft pick on a Canadian-born player in Nebraska point guard Dalano Banton. Masai Ujiri could make it two years in a row with some new players from up north by adding Andrew Nembhard after a solid season with Gonzaga. Nembhard, an Aurora native who started […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Top Canadian high schooler Leonard Miller might be Raptors target

Top Canadian high schooler Leonard Miller might be Raptors target

The Toronto Raptors made history when they used a draft pick on Nebraska point guard Dalano Banton last year, as he became the first Canadian player to be drafted by the league’s sole franchise in this country. Could they follow suit by taking Leonard Miller in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft? Miller was regarded as […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Blue Jays Friday game against Cleveland Guardians delayed as they don’t have a roof

Wouldn’t it be great if the Guardians had a roof?
If they did, they wouldn’t have had to cancel Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to some rain.
But since they don’t, we’re now getting treated to a classic doubleheader on Saturday! Game one will start at 2:10 p.m. EST with the regularly scheduled game two firing up afterwards.
For the Jays, it’s probably not the worst thing in the world. They’re in the midst of a 20-in-20 that was set to wrap up on Sunday, but now they’ll get an extra day to kickback.
In fact, it’ll mean the Jays will have three of the next seven days off. They close out their series against Cleveland Sunday, then get Monday off before heading to New York for Tuesday and Wednesday games against the Yankees.
Thursday is another off-day before a trip to Tampa Bay for the first series of the year against the Rays.
The Jays are expected to get Teoscar Hernandez back into the lineup here in the coming days, so an extra day of rest for him probably isn’t the worst thing.

From looking into this, I also see that Teo has THREE hits over 111mph+ since Tuesday, lol. He’s ready.
— bk (@_bkuh_) May 6, 2022

He DH’d and got some action in the field rehabbing in Dunedin, and that’s great news. The Jays offence has slowed rig …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Are the Maple Leafs unlucky when it comes to finding the right standard for officiating?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are satisfied with the way they have played against the Tampa Bay Lightning at even strength. The only problem is they are using special teams a lot more than they expected.
”Around the league it’s been a little bit of surprise, frankly, on how the games have been called,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said before his team travelled to Tampa for Games 3 and 4. “There’s been a lot of penalties, a lot of power plays. I haven’t followed or watched all the games but it seems like there’s a real uptick in the calls early in the series.”
The amount of penalty minutes in this particular series may not be a surprise given the good-old fashion line brawl that took place both teams’ last meeting during the regular season.
On Apr. 21, The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 8-1 in a game that saw a combined 114 minutes in penalties. That prompted Keefe to anticipate what he expected to be a “borderline violent” series between both teams.
Game 1 certain lived up to that billing with 113 minutes in penalties dolled out and just 33:42 out of 60 minutes played at 5-on-5.
Although Game 2 was far less “violent”, the Leafs took too many minor penalties and the game resul …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

Thad Young has earned multi-year Raptors contract in playoffs

Thad Young has earned multi-year Raptors contract in playoffs

The Toronto Raptors raised some eyebrows when they acquired Thad Young from the San Antonio Spurs right before the trade deadline. Giving up a first-round pick for a 33-year-old power forward on a team loaded with power forwards caught some fans a bit off-guard. After just a few months in Toronto, Young has quickly become one […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 free agents still alive in playoffs Raptors could target this summer

3 free agents still alive in playoffs Raptors could target this summer

The Toronto Raptors are in a position where they need to make some improvements to the bench following the conclusion of their 2021-22 season. The lack of depth behind Fred VanVleet was one of the main reasons that this squad was unable to do much in the postseason against the 76ers. After VanVleet and Nick […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ