The Best of the Leafs player availabilities

It’s got to be a tough day for the Leafs, but one they’ve in some ways brought on themselves. And while there is a need for tough questions and big asks of them, having the day filled with the same nonsense questions about Mitch Marner getting carjacked is not something I expected. Thankfully the Leafs chose not to make him available today, as answering questions about that while also dealing with the playoff shortcomings of the team would be a little much.
Anyways, as usual hockey players didn’t say a whole lot, but here’s the best of what they gave us.

Spezza says he wants to come back if he can contribute to the group. “This is the only place where I want to play.”
— David Alter (@dalter) May 17, 2022

Spezza on his off-season recovery: “I don’t know know right now. I’m a little lost with what happened (in the playoffs)”.
— David Alter (@dalter) May 17, 2022

It might not be the most impactful thing for the 2022-23 Leafs, but it’s a question many of us had. What’s next for Jason Spezza. We at least now know that he is certainly a Leaf or nothing next year, and honestly who can blame him for wanting to take some time to make up his mind. With only five points to go until 1000, I sure hope he comes back and gets that important milestone, and even more so hope that he can be a part-time player for the Leafs next year, allowing him to end his career with a proper playoff send-off.

Giordano on his future says he has to talk to his agent but also adds: “I don’t think it’s a secret that I enjoyed my time here.”
— David Alter (@dalter) May 17, 2022

Giordano on if he thinks the group as it is currently constructed can get to the next level: “Yes, I do.”
— Davi …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 29

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 29

The Toronto Raptors may look like they’ve had a rough stretch over the last few weeks given their record, but plenty of their losses have come against some of the best teams in the league. The latest Toronto Raptors odds once again have them losing to a contender. Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat will […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: ESPN linking Toronto to Ben Simmons is laughable

Raptors: ESPN linking Toronto to Ben Simmons is laughable

The Toronto Raptors must’ve liked what they’ve seen out of the rival Philadelphia 76ers over the last few months, as the ongoing Ben Simmons trade saga is doing plenty to destabilize things around what was once a contending team. Simmons has requested a trade and intends to never play for Philadelphia again. The trade market […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors heroes and villains: A Space Jam tribute

Toronto Raptors heroes and villains: A Space Jam tribute

The Toronto Raptors might only be a few decades old, but they’ve already woven quite a rich tapestry of history across their franchise. We’ve seen hated villains rise from the muck and heroes that helped the Raptors take home the first championship in franchise history. Even though the NBA media as a whole tends to […]
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Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ

Leafs trade up and select Dmitri Ovchinnikov at 137th overall

Here’s the thing about the Leafs and Russians, they’ve got a pretty solid track record over the past few years. The fact that the KHL and MHL are in full swing should put a bit more of a priority on drafting players in professional overseas leagues.
What happened here is the Leafs had a player, Dmitri Ovchinnikov that they wanted and they went for him.

We’ve acquired the 137th overall pick from Florida in exchange for the 153rd and 212th selections in this year’s #NHLDraft.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 7, 2020

Now as far as the player, Ovchinnikov is a 5’10 forward, that was a point per game player in the MHL last year, and has 7 points in his first 6 games this year.
From Elite Prospects:
He plays with pace, attacks the inside, cuts through traffic, makes flashy net drives, and creates passing lane. He identifies the trailer and teammates through layers. Defensively, Ovchinnikov brings refined decision-making and discipline. He supports the play, keeps an active stick to deter passes, and brings a consistent effort.
Ovchinnikov didn’t find his way into a ton of rankings, but these seems like the Leafs going off the board a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors vs. Magic Game 4 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

The Raptors are still in Orlando, but they’ve got a 2-1 series lead over the Magic. Can they put this one out of reach or will they… do their usual thing? Let’s watch. With the sweep firmly out of play, there’s still an opportunity for the Raptors to show some signs of dominance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics just won out 4-0 against the Pacers, the Bucks are well on their way versus the Pistons, and the Sixers are laughing at 3-1 over the Nets. Only Toronto remains at the 2-1 mark on the precipice of either supremacy or another frustratingly long grind.
Not to disregard the Magic, who, it should be said, are playing for their life, the outcome of this series has always been predicated on what the Raptors do. They’re the number two seed, the squad with a realistic dream of the NBA Finals, and owner of a clear talent advantage over Orlando. They’re also the franchise that has won exactly one (1) playoff series in their history in fewer than the maximum amount of games. That was last year against the Wizards, a series they managed to close in six, …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ