Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pistons Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 14

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pistons Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 14

The Toronto Raptors finally took home a 2022 loss in a very tight matchup against Phoenix, and it came right before a long road trip. Luckily, the latest Raptors odds have them in line to grab a victory against a team that is competing for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Toronto will take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 26

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 26

The Toronto Raptors took their lumps on what became a rough West Coast road trip, but they did manage to get things pointed in the right direction when they took down the Grizzlies in Memphis. Even with that, the latest Raptors odds ate predicting another defeat for Nick Nurse. Toronto will take on Rick Carlisle […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rumours: A look at Steve Greenley’s change of scenery candidates and if they are a fit for the Leafs

A few weeks back I took a look at a couple of players I deemed reclamation projects, Dylan Strome and Vitali Kravtsov. I am unapologetic in my love of this type of transaction because it is a low risk swing for the fences. This is basically a no outs runner on third, swing for the fences because you aren’t risking a whole lot and there’s a very good chance that even if it isn’t a home run, you’ll get a bit of help you need. The Leafs being a cap tight team without the resources to sink into bona fide stars at the moment, reclamation projects seem ideal.
Today in his article at DailyFaceOff.com, Steve Greenley put a bit more formal terminology to my reclamation projects by outlining his change of scenery candidates and the definition that GMs use to identify these players.
You can check out the details and full list of players at DFO, but here is the criteria for change of scenery candidates:

Lack of ice time

Road block in the current organizations depth chart that prevent player success

Not meeting expectations of where they were selected in draft

Minimal special teams …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

A senior MLB executive said he expects other teams will use the Rogers drama against the Blue Jays in free agency

The Rogers drama took an even weirder turn over the weekend.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, the long story short here is that Ed Rogers, the son of Ted Rogers, was pushed out of his role as the chairman of the company after he tried to boot Joe Natale, the company’s CEO, and replace him with Tony Staffieri, who was the company’s CFO at the time.
While Ed was removed as the chair of Rogers Communications, he’s still the chair of Rogers Control Trust, which ultimately controls the majority of voting shares within Rogers Communications. On Sunday, Ed used his position atop the Control Trust to hold a board meeting with his hand-picked directors in which he was apparently reinstated as the chair of Rogers Communications.
Here’s what his sister, Martha Rogers, had to say about it…

Enjoy your pretend “board meeting”, Ed. Here’s your problem: it’s not legal, so I’m going to fight like hell for the 24,000 employees, 10M+ customers & fans. No compromises, and this time the good guys will win. #OldGuardDown
— Martha Rogers (@MarthaLRogers) October 24, 2021

Ed will lose. His play date tonight with the Old Guard is …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Grading Scottie Barnes and the rookies after preseason

Raptors: Grading Scottie Barnes and the rookies after preseason

The Toronto Raptors took down the Washington Wizards in quite an exhilarating fashion on Tuesday night, pushing their preseason record to 3-2. They leaned on plenty of their younger players, including defensive switchblade Scottie Barnes and 6-9 point guard Dalano Banton, to helps secure the win. Barnes and Banton, in addition to a couple of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 2 studs and 1 dud from preseason opener

Toronto Raptors: 2 studs and 1 dud from preseason opener

The Toronto Raptors took home a win in dominant fashion against the rival Philadelphia 76ers in their preseason opener. While Scottie Barnes was the main attraction, the performances of players like Dalano Banton, Yuta Watanabe, and Justin Champagnie helped the Raptors start the preseason off with a 1-0 record. The Raptors have preached what has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Svi Mykhailiuk boldly chose Raps over Lakers

Toronto Raptors: Svi Mykhailiuk boldly chose Raps over Lakers

The Toronto Raptors took their time when it came to reeling in Svi Mykhailiuk, but they eventually got their man, as the former Thunder and Pistons sharpshooter agreed to a contract that gives him a player option for 2022-23. The shooting-deficient Raptors could utilize his skills. While the Ukrainian sensation hasn’t been able to stick […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

There’s no one way to be a hockey fan, and that’s okay

I took the summer off from hockey.
There. I said it, acknowledged it, it’s out there and real. I tried for a while to play it off like my life got busy, I was overwhelmed with moving and work, etc etc. And all of that is true. But what is also true is I made a conscious choice to step back from something I love, that is a huge part of my life. I made a choice, and I took the summer off from really thinking about or closely following the NHL, the Leafs, and hockey at large, to be honest.
I am a diehard hockey fan – I love the game, I love my hometown team, I love women’s hockey. But by the end of the Leafs season, the game of hockey was bringing me more stress than joy. And so I needed to take a step back, I needed to take time away from this thing I love so much. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make me less of a fan.
I’m going to repeat that – it does not make me less of a fan.
Why did I need a break? What brought it …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors disrespected in 2021-22 NBA championship odds

Toronto Raptors disrespected in 2021-22 NBA championship odds

The Toronto Raptors’ odds of making the postseason took a huge hit as soon as they were forced to play in Florida, as the combination of a weakened roster, injury problems, and the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a relocation to Tampa for the season made it almost impossible for the squad to ever get into any […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rasmus Sandin is ready to take the next step with the Leafs

Rasmus Sandin took Leafs Nation by storm after being selected in the 2018 NHL draft, starring on the international stage for Sweden while showing he could be an impact player in the American Hockey League, and even seeing significant NHL action as a teenager. The last year and a half, however, has been difficult for Sandin and he has missed out on precious development time due to the pandemic and a foot injury that kept him on the shelf for over two months once the AHL finally returned to play.
At the outset of the 2020-21 campaign, it appeared as though the young defenseman would be in contention for a role on the Leafs’ third pairing but he was unable to surpass Travis Dermott and prized European free agent signing Mikko Lehtonen on the depth chart coming out of training camp. He got into just a single game, seeing only five minutes of ice time, before the organization decided he would be better served playing heavy minutes with the Marlies as he continued to work towards earning a regular spot in the NHL lineup.
The move made sense given that single outing with the Leafs was the first meaningful hockey Sandin …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation