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 Rodion Amirov 15th overall

After weeks of speculation regarding whether the Leafs would keep their newly acquired first round pick or trade it for immediate help, Mitch Marner stepped in front of the camera and announced that the Leafs had selected winger Rodion Amirov. Through 10 KHL games with Ufa in the KHL this season, the 19 year old Russian forward has scored three goals and 2 assists.
From Eliteprospects:
“He strikes with strong habits, deploying crossovers through arced attacks on the rush, made all the more potent with a nice variety of rush patterns through the neutral zone preceding these forays. His anticipation, the ability to see plays before they develop, is one of his high-level tools”
In TLN’s recent mock draft, Nick DeSouza selected Amirov on behalf of the Maple Leafs at 15th overall so the pick isn’t what you would call “off the board.”

Leafs take Rodion Amirov!
In @TLNdc’s mock draft, we had the Leafs taking Amirov. Here’s what I had to say about him. A skilled player who can do a little bit of everything well. pic.twitter.com/rwS6h5y4Gz
— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) October 7, 2020

In the lead up to the draft, I previewed Amirov as a potential …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Highlights from Kyle Dubas’ Big Week media availability

When Kyle speaks, we listen. Whether or not we agree remains to be seen, but we certainly listen and have thoughts on what he says. It’s in that spirit that we’ve gathered the highlights of his media availability and we can start seeing what he has in the works for this week. It will be a busy one. It might not be sign Pietrangelo, Hall, and trade a core player big, but it seems reasonable to expect we’ll have a new prospect that we like and shiny new defensemen, and from the sounds of it, some tough guys to cheer for as well.
On the Draft:

Kyle Dubas, on whether the #leafs will use No. 15 pick or trade it: “It’s really all sort of on the table right now.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 5, 2020

So this is a stance that I’ve become increasingly comfortable with as the draft approaches. As much as I’m giddy over prospects, the reality is the Leafs are best served by getting players who can help them now. Trading a first round pick definitely does that, but so does drafting a NHL ready player. And there is also the issue of the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Baseball is back, it seems

Whether the players like it or not, it looks like there’s going to be a baseball season this summer. Well, something resembling a baseball season.

On Monday night, the long, ugly back-and-forth labour battle between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association appeared to be on the verge of ending. Despite push-back from the players (and no deal signed by the PA), MLB is going forward with plans for a 60-game season.
The goal for MLB is to have players report for “spring” training on July 1 and to have a season started by late-July.

Source: Owners plan to implement 60-game season once union responds to two questions posed in statement. https://t.co/6Erj1jLpfK
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 23, 2020

The PA didn’t vote in favour of MLB’s last offer, which featured a season that they deemed to be too short and pro-rated salaries. The big sticking point for the players, though, was voting in favour of that deal would have also resulted in them waiving their ability to file a grievance.
It seems inevitable the PA will file a grievance against the league for negotiating in bad faith throughout …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Report: The NHL and NHLPA nearing agreement on the Asterisk Bowl

Whether you agree with it or not, whether you think it’s good for the players or not, whether you think they’ll get a week into playing again before shutting down again or not, the NHL is hellbent on giving you hockey this summer and coincidentally recouping as much money as possible.
Pierre LeBrun is reporting that a lot of progress has been made, although it’s debatable whether we close to having anything announced.

Sources indicate the Return To Play Committee has talked throughout the weekend, NHL-NHLPA making progress on a 24-team format. Sources also stressing there’s still work to be done, but clearly the weekend has produced some traction. More talks expected over next day or two.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 17, 2020
The thing is, if the league is going to pull off this 24 team tournament, return all the players to cities to train in, relocate to hub cities, and all the while comply with three levels of government and health authorities in two countries, they probably will need to get that finalized soon.
Toronto seems to be in the running to be a hub city and that potentially makes things a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TSN speculating that Toronto could be a hub city for summer hockey

Whether it happens, who knows. Whether it should happen is debatable. What it will look like, that remains to be seen, but what we do know is that if hockey happens there is a strong possibility it could be in Toronto.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli was looking at what some of the options could be for the NHL’s suggest four city approach where each division would play their games in one city. Seemingly Edmonton seems to be a front runner for the Pacific, but with Glendale also being considered. Winnipeg, Dallas, and Minneapolis have been suggest for the Central, and Pittsburgh and Raleigh for the Metro division. That just leaves the Atlantic, a division hope to a number of cities that have struggled to contain COVID-19.
The NHL’s suggested criteria for consideration is as follows:
– “The location could be anywhere besides a [COVID-19] hot spot.”
– “We need a lot of ice. There does need to be practice facilities.”
– “We need four NHL-calibre locker rooms. Because if you’re going to play three games in one day, you’ve got to be moving things around, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Is Sheldon Keefe about to be Buffalo’s new head coach?

There is no way to avoid it.
The rumours about whether or not Mike Babcock will return to be the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs is constant and nowhere near to quieting down.
Like an annoying fly swirling around your ear, for the rest of the offseason until something is said or done, there is going to be tons of hypothetical situations to talk about.
It’s already starting early, with Elliotte Friedman going on Sportsnet 960 and discussing the head coaching options for the Leafs this summer.

Friedman had a radio hit on SN960 where he spoke extensively about Dubas, Babcock, and Keefe. I transcribed just about all of it below. The most interesting part is whether or not Dubas picks Keefe to prevent losing him to BUF (or another team). pic.twitter.com/Nb64byQLpE
— James (@Account4hockey) April 27, 2019

The part of this that is slightly new information  — might be pure speculation from Friedman as well — is the fact that Keefe might be in position to take over the vacant head coaching role for the Buffalo Sabres.
Moving to a division rival could be extremely interesting for the storylines, but as Friedman says later in the radio …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation