Toronto Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan reunite?

Toronto Raptors: Can Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan reunite?

One intriguing storyline floating around the dark-web of NBA trade rumors is the possibility of reuniting Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and former Raptor DeMar DeRozan. For those of you looking to break out your #10 jersey again. This rumor doesn’t have DeMar DeRozan returning to the Toronto Raptors, but instead has Kyle Lowry moving to the […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Joey Anderson is the Leafs 7th ranked prospect

When the Leafs made the trade that sent Andreas Johnsson to the New Jersey Devils, it was safe to assume at first that the deal was meant to be a cash dump for Toronto. After all, Johnsson was making over $3 million against the cap and the Leafs were looking to make some upgrades elsewhere so it’s understandable that he would be one of the casualties as a result of this.
While it is true that the Leafs wanted to shed salary, they weren’t going to just deal away Johnsson for nothing. They wanted to get back a player who could provide a different element to the forward unit and potentially find his way onto the roster in the near future. That’s why they got Joey Anderson in return; Toronto saw something in the Roseville native that compelled them enough to acquire his services.

Rank
Grade
NHL Readiness

7th
B
0-1 Years

Position: Right Wing
Age: 22
Height: 5’11
Weight: 190 lbs
Drafted: 2016 3rd round, 73rd overall (NJD)
What kind of player is he?
Anderson isn’t a big player but he makes up for it by playing a high level of energy. This allows him to win races to pucks …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Why Chris Paul going to the Suns helps the Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Why Chris Paul going to the Suns helps the Raptors

This is the exact type of trade the Toronto Raptors and their fans want to see. We got our first major Woj Bomb, as the trade moratorium finally came to an end today at noon. Chris Paul will be heading to the Phoenix Suns for a pretty significant haul. If you’re a Toronto Raptors fan, […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Looking at a potential Kyle Lowry to L.A. Lakers trade

Toronto Raptors: Looking at a potential Kyle Lowry to L.A. Lakers trade

The Toronto Raptors may be considering whether to trade the best player in franchise history in one Kyle Lowry. However, this off-season has been ripe with crazy rumors surrounding the all-time assist leader and one-time NBA champion point guard. Bleacher Report has released an article involving the Toronto Raptors all-star point guard Kyle Lowry. They have […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs select Topi Niemela with the 64th overall pick

Through a well calculated move to trade down from the 44th pick, Kyle Dubas added an early third round pick which he used to select Finnish defenceman Topi Niemela. The right handed defender was ranked in the middle of the second round by most major scouting outlets, with some listing him at the back end of the first round. Niemela played 43 games for Karpat in Liiga last season, picking up one goal and six assists as a 17 year old blue liner in Finland’s top professional league.

Solid hit from Topi Niemela.. Hugo Styf was not styf enough.
*I still like Hugo Styf. He had a few very solid games when I was watching Wallinder. One of the youngest player in the draft too. Could be a decent late 3rd, 4th round pick. pic.twitter.com/jHxEBpH6gp
— Yannick St-Pierre (@DraftDynasty1) February 8, 2020

Niemela is an outstanding skater who plays a very mature defensive game for his age and makes smart plays with the puck on his stick. He has good edges, as well as top speed, allowing him to maintain tight gaps and attack opposing puck carriers. Niemela isn’t a flashy player but he does a great job of …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

3 reasons why the Leafs shouldn’t trade Frederik Andersen

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a trade that would send Frederik Andersen out the door and I have to be honest, I just don’t think that works out for the Leafs. Ever.
The speculation started with a 31 Thoughts article (thought #19), where Elliotte Friedman wrote: “The Carolina Hurricanes have interest in Frederik Andersen, but Toronto’s made it clear it has no desire to make a move just for the sake of change.”
This sparked Leafs Twitter to start drafting up mock trades with some that could work, others, in my opinion, not so much. Andersen as we know is going into the last year of his five year, $25-million deal. What makes him interesting to a lot teams is that his salary is only $1 million because his signing bonus of $4 million has already been paid out.
A lot of teams are going to have to find ways to save money after COVID-19 hit their pockets so hard. With no fans in the arenas and the cap staying flat, there will be teams with a lot of money and teams with not much money that will be …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Rangers’ reported asking price for Lance Lynn was ridiculously high

A couple of days before Monday’s trade deadline, it was reported that the Blue Jays were one of a handful of teams interested in Texas Rangers’ ace Lance Lynn.

Lynn would have made all kinds of sense for the Jays, given the fact that beyond pitching very well this season, he’s also under control at a reasonable price for next year.
But, the deadline came and went and Lynn remained in Texas. The Jays, as we know, ended up acquiring a handful of players, Robbie Ray from Arizona, Ross Stripling from Los Angeles, and Jonathan Villar from Miami, but didn’t pull the trigger on a deal for a top-of-the-rotation guy like Lynn.
Given the reported ask the Rangers had for their ace’s services… I can see why.
According to David O’Brien, an Atlanta Braves reporter for The Athletic, Texas was seeking either Cristian Pache or Drew Waters, who rank as the organization’s top two prospects. Even the gun-slinging Alex Anthopolous, a guy who, as we know, isn’t afraid to make a big trade, backed off.

#Braves were talking to the Rangers right up until …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jake Allen got traded to Montreal — How Does This Affect The Leafs?

The Leafs made a big trade last week, effectively stealing the spotlight from the playoffs by dealing Kasperi Kapanen to the Penguins. The Canadiens then decided they should do the same thing.

The Habs and Blues hooked up on a deal that sends goaltender Jake Allen to Montreal in exchange for a couple of draft picks.

Canadiens acquire Jake Allen and a 7th-round pick in 2022 from the Blues in return for a 3rd- and 7th-round pick in 2020.
https://t.co/eREQ5RDOI0
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 2, 2020

At a glance, this is kind of a hilarious move for the Habs because they now have roughly $15 million tied into their goaltending duo.
If Allen is as good as he was in 2019-20 — he posted a .927 save percentage over 24 regular-season games and a .935 save percentage over five appearances in the playoffs — then this certainly gives Montreal a very, very good goaltending tandem. But, still, it’s pretty wild to see a team acquire a backup with a $4,350,000 cap hit when they already have $10,500,000 tied into their starting goalie.
Anyways, enough about the Habs. The real interesting part of this deal is the aforementioned cap hit.
In making …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

More trade proposals from around Leaf Land

A couple of days ago we put out a call for trade proposals. We took a look at some of them in the post below…
Taking a look at the trades you want the Leafs to make

Given the number of trade proposals we received we’ve decided to do a follow up post a few of the other interesting proposals we received. So without further adieu…

To TorontoParayko
To St. LouisJohnssonLildjgren15th OA pick
— Tim Smitten (@TSmitten9) August 30, 2020

Scott:  This is one of those trades where I’m hesitant to say yes, but deep down know it’s a solid trade, which probably means that it’s good for both sides. That’s just my biased opinion, but I have no problem with this trade, although if anyone says no, it’ll be St. Louis.
Michael: Not 100% sure this will be enough of a return to convice the Blues to part ways with Parayko since they value him so highly. I like the idea behind it and more often than not this the kind of package teams need to give up to get a defeceman like …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Alejandro Kirk has been added to the Blue Jays’ Taxi Squad

Somewhat buried behind all of the trade deadline news on Monday was Alejandro Kirk, one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, getting added to the team’s Taxi Squad.

The #BlueJays have added highly regarded catching prospect Alejandro Kirk to their taxi squad, per sources. He’s flying with the club to Miami.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 31, 2020

Kirk rose up the Blue Jays’ prospect rankings last year after putting up big offensive numbers between Low- and High-A. He slashed a .299/.427/.519 line in Lansing over 21 games, and then got called up to Dunedin and slashed a .288/.395/.446 line, which is impressive given the fact the Florida State League is notoriously pitcher-friendly.
The Blue Jays haven’t been able to get any offence from the catcher position this season. Reese McGuire has just three hits (and no walks!!!) over 38 plate appearances and Danny Jansen’s .573 OPS is lower than the mark of .640 he put up last season.
Calling up Kirk, who’s more of a bat-first catcher, might help that situation.
But, another thing to consider is that Kirk isn’t on the 40-man roster, so somebody else would have to be removed in order to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation