Raptors may lose more assistant coaches because of Chris Finch

Raptors may lose more assistant coaches because of Chris Finch

After Nick Nurse helped turn the Toronto Raptors from a consistent playoff team to an NBA champion in just his first season, teams from all around the league are trying to replicate that system with their respective squads. The Minnesota Timberwolves gave this a whirl by replacing Ryan Saunders with Raptors assistant Chris Finch last […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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: Coach compares Precious Achiuwa to Draymond Green

Raptors: Coach compares Precious Achiuwa to Draymond Green

The Toronto Raptors decided to turn the page on the Kyle Lowry era, as a trade that sent him to the Miami Heat brought back a return package headline by former All-Star Goran Dragic and 2020 first-round pick Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa may not have set the world on fire by averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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 […]
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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