BREAKING: Montreal confirms their prospects are all busts

In a shocking turn of events the Montreal Canadiens have boldly declared that three of their most touted youngsters aren’t good enough to take NHL jobs away from the likes of Paul Byron, Ben Chiarot, and the trash filled husk of Corey Perry.

Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed Tuesday that Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov won’t be in the lineup for Game 1 in Toronto: https://t.co/oJAofvLtBQ#TSNHockey | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/qgp06cmhgg
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) May 18, 2021

While the decision could very well be based on lack of talent, there is also the possibility that the Canadiens deem the youngsters too inexperienced to accept the merciless beating that they will receive over the next four games.
The move to sit the three young players comes as no surprise as the Canadiens have had more playoff riots than successfully developed prospects in this century. It seems like their development has slipped through the cracks, which would actually be something quite easy for Cole Caufield to do, as he is roughly the size of a Pomeranian.
The decision comes less than two weeks after the Leafs prematurely ended the career of another Habs “can’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors NBA Mock Draft 1.0: What if Toronto gets the No. 7 pick?

Toronto Raptors NBA Mock Draft 1.0: What if Toronto gets the No. 7 pick?

It’s starting to turn into Toronto Raptors mock draft time after their recent run of futility. While the Raptors haven’t had to go through the rigors of NBA mock draft season for the longest time, their horrid month of March has rooted them firmly in the lottery, currently positioning them with the seventh-highest chance of […]
Toronto Raptors NBA Mock Draft 1.0: What if Toronto gets the No. 7 pick? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs trade day?

So there are no guarantees in life, but today isn’t a bad day to turn on notifications for insider tweets, and to hit refresh on the @LeafsPR all day long instead of doing actual work. Thanks to the 14 day quarantine required for players crossing the border from the United States, this is one of the windows that results in the fewest number of games to that would be missed by said player in joining the Leafs. A second window like this occurs after Saturday night’s game against the Flames, but with the exception of these two occurrences, the Leafs new player would miss six games minimum in joining the club. There’s also something to be said for making moves sooner rather than later, a concept that Kyle Dubas has been fond of in the past.
What are the Leafs shopping for?
Well, the consistent leading item on the Leafs wishlist according to insiders has been a middle six forward, more or less a second line winger seems to be the target, but perhaps someone who could elevate the third line is more the reality of it. Of course this is what the ongoing rumours have been, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 matchups that will decide winner of two-game series vs Hornets

Raptors: 3 matchups that will decide winner of two-game series vs Hornets

The Raptors could turn their season around in two straight games against the Hornets. The Toronto Raptors appeared to turn over a new leaf on their West Coast road trip, but a few unlucky bounces of the ball against the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers turned a potential three-game winning streak into a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Takeaways from the Day 1 Line Rushes

Amazing how a pandemic can turn something like line rushes from an insanely boring, mundane thing into the only thing anybody talks about today. But that’s what happens when hockey fans go more than four months without hockey.
The Leafs kicked off their training camp today, and of course had line rushes to give us something to talk about.

#Leafs lines in scrimmage one:
Nylander-Matthews-HymanEngvall-Kerfoot-Kapanen Agostino-Petan-MalginClifford-Spezza-Gauthier
Rielly-Ceci Muzzin-HollRosen-KivilhalmeGaudet
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 13, 2020

Scrimmage one – done.Scrimmage two – on.#Leafs lines:
Hyman-Matthews-NylanderMikheyev-Tavares-MarnerAgostino-Petan-MalginRobertson-Brooks-Korshkov
Rielly-CeciDermott-BarrieSandin-Marincin
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 13, 2020

So, I figured I’d quickly dive into the key takeaways from these rushes, based on what we knew previously. It should be noted that these are just the first day, so nothing is anything close to final, I’m just reacting for the sake of reacting.
Nylander is with Matthews, Marner is with Tavares
This shouldn’t truly be a surprise if you think about it, as these were the Leafs duos for their last game of the season against Tampa, but I can see why you might forget that because that was the first (and only) game that Keefe made that …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Mighty Yankees fall to Grichuk, Blue Jays in penultimate meeting

In yet another surprising turn of events, the Blue Jays (now 59-91) miraculously took two of three from the 98-53 Yankees this weekend, finishing off with a 4-2 record against New York and Boston this week. With timely hitting and (occasionally) flashy defence, the Blue Jays sharply manoeuvred their way through the iron wall that is the New York Yankees roster, despite having numerous players struggle heavily throughout.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this weekend’s Yankees-Blue Jays series at Rogers Centre:
The Good
Bo Bichette (5-for-10, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) had himself another fantastic series, with Brandon Drury (3-for-8, 3 R, 2 2B) shockingly contributing offensively as well. Elsewhere in the lineup, Randal Grichuk (4-for-12, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI) had a monster finale, and the duo of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2-for-3, 2B) and Richard Urena (2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) was productive as well, despite Urena making a sloppy fielding error Sunday.
On the mound, Jason Adam (0.1 IP, H, 0 R/ER), Buddy Boshers (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB), Wilmer Font (3.0 IP, H, R/ER, 4 SO, W), Sam Gaviglio (3.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 4 SO), and Ken Giles (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, SO, SV) all pitched well …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Exclusive: Colin Greening on his career, Kyle Dubas, the Marlies as the NHL’s 33rd team, and more

Over the course of what would turn out to be his final three AHL seasons, Colin Greening left a mark — both literally and figuratively — inside the Toronto Marlies’ dressing room.
It was on the night of June 14th, 2018, when the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Finals on home ice, that Greening made an actual physical dent in the locker room. Greening, with the hardware in hand, was one of the last to leave the on-ice celebration and head into the Marlies’ beer-soaked celebration.
When Greening approached the Marlies’ rowdy dressing room, everybody took notice.
“It just got silent for one second because the trophy was coming in the room and everyone wanted to take a look,” Adam Brooks, then a rookie for the Marlies, told The Leafs Nation. 
Once the 6’2, 200lb hulking forward came face-to-face with his teammates, he just couldn’t contain his excitement.
“Colin just jumped and lifted it as high as he could and put a hole right through the roof,” Brooks recounted, with a chuckle.
Obviously, that hole in the wall would be patched up quite quickly. However, Greening’s decision to retire this summer leaves an irreplaceable void inside …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #33: Brogdon stands up and heads to the scene

Despite being undermined at every turn, Brogdon has the police in place to shut down the entire criminal enterprise. He just needs to convince Hollins. Alone on the force, Brogdon stands up to Captain Hollins with everything on the line. Will he have a job to come back to? Who knows. For now, he’s ready to take down the Trio, Conley and Lowry, and the whole Stockton empire.
Catch up on Pages 32 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Kawhi’s buzzer-beater ends the Sixers in Game 7; Raptors win 92-90

In a perfect turn of events, the Raptors won Game 7 against the Sixers on a last second shot by their best player, Kawhi Leonard. Literally unbelievable. The Raptors only had to win. They didn’t have to win with grace, or aplomb, or anything approaching beauty. They just had to have more points than the Philadelphia 76ers after 48 minutes of Game 7 action; the whole team could then bundle up their collective performance as one more memory. Even if the Raptors decided to all shoot terribly, even if it looked at times like they would never hit another three, even when Philly took the lead — especially then — none of it mattered, if they could hold on until the end.
That Toronto’s Game 7 win would come on a buzzer-beating shot from Kawhi Leonard, a long two on the baseline that bounced and hung on the rim for what felt like a million years, was just perfect poetry. It was magic the universe seemed to draw up just for the Raptors and the city of Toronto. The other 47.999 minutes, all the ups and downs, the whys and whats and how-could-yous, all of it, just melted away.
The Raptors had a Game 7 in …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

Raptors smash the Magic in Game 2, 111-82

Kawhi and Lowry teamed up to turn the Raptors series around against the Magic with a 111-82 Game 2 win. The pair combined for 59 points, and Orlando had no answer. In retrospect, the cheers for the free throw were probably a bit much. Kyle Lowry had missed his first one, remaining scoreless in the Raptors’ second game of the 2019 NBA playoffs, and it felt like he needed some encouragement. So a roar then, one not often heard for a single free throw, let alone in a game’s first two minutes. Lowry hit the shot, Toronto expanded its lead — one they refused to relinquish throughout their entire Game 2 contest against the Orlando Magic — and went on to win, 111-82. Order restored.
The good vibes in Game 2 for Toronto began with Lowry, but they didn’t end there. Still, the axiom remains true: as he goes, so go the Raptors. After Lowry hit his first three of the series, then finished a spinning jumper, a couple plays at the basket, another three, and some more free throws, it was clear the Raptors were going in the right direction. Lowry finished the half with 15 points, and Toronto never looked back. Their opening 11-0 …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ