Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

The Toronto Raptors ended their preseason with a very impressive victory against the Washington Wizards, and that game was of extra significance to players like Freddie Gillespie, Sam Dekker, and Isaac Bonga, as these non-guaranteed players were fighting for space on the Opening Night roster. Gillespie looked like a lock to secure one of those […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

The Toronto Raptors did not let the Rockets go back to Houston with some positivity or momentum, as the likes of OG Anunoby beat the stuffing out of them in a wire-to-wire victory that moved them to 2-2 in the preseason. The latest Raptors odds, however, aren’t too keen on them winning two in a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

With their 113-111 road loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at TD Garden, the Toronto Raptors are now more than halfway through their 2021 NBA preseason schedule: three games down, two to go. The Raptors are 1-2, including a 123-107 win over the 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday, and a 125-113 loss […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Leafs waive Brooks, keep Amadio, and can use some LTIR space

It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you many around Leafs Nation will lose sleep over the possibility of Adam Brooks being claimed off of waivers. A big part of this is because Brooks has found the scoresheet in his limited time with the Leafs and is priced ideally for sliding into the bottom part of the Leafs lineup. Brooks has strong hockey sense, and a willingness to take on whatever role has been asked of him when he’s in the lineup. Those are important qualities and risking depth at center is never fun.
On the flip side of that, the reality is Adam Brooks is absolutely the kind of player that goes on waivers. He’s very much an AHL/NHL tweener at this stage, and Engvall, Semyonov, and Amadio are all around to offer some center depth this year as well. Sending Brooks down on a high traffic waivers day before roster finalization is likely an attempt to sneak him through and Amadio could be waived once the Leafs know Brooks is safe.
That said, Amadio had a solid camp for the Leafs and very well could have beat Brooks out for the final roster …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Fred VanVleet confirms OG Anunoby is top offensive option

Raptors: Fred VanVleet confirms OG Anunoby is top offensive option

The Toronto Raptors may not have left TD Garden with a victory against the Boston Celtics, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be encouraged by some of the performances they saw in that game. OG Anunoby continued his upward ascension as a scorer, as he and Fred VanVleet helped keep Toronto in this game. VanVleet […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways after preseason loss to Celtics

Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways after preseason loss to Celtics

The Toronto Raptors marched into TD Garden with the intent of showing up the rival Boston Celtics and taking home their second win in three preseason games. Thanks to a strong offensive performance early on, Jayson Tatum and the Cs were able to secure a very narrow 113-111 win. While they did have to put […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Kurtis Gabriel and Alex Biega placed on waivers

With the preseason nearing its end, the Leafs further slimmed down the roster by placing two skaters on waivers this afternoon.

Kurtis Gabriel (TOR) and Alex Biega (TOR) among those placed on NHL waivers today.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 9, 2021

This is a news that I kind of expected to happen but was surprised it took them this long to go through with it. Both players were likely bound to begin the season with the Marlies, yet they impressed enough to warrant a higher priority on the call-up list in the event one or both will be needed.
Kurtis Gabriel quickly endeared himself to the fanbase with his online personality and his physical play style on the ice. He laid a few big hits and got into a few fights, which is what you would expect from a modern-day enforcer. Gabriel was therefore placed on waivers due to him not being an everyday player in the NHL, but could be of value down the road. He’s definitely earned a second look in my eyes.
Meanwhile, Alex Biega was quietly providing  value as a seventh defenceman with a bit of snarl to his game. Sheldon Keefe spoke highly of his leadership …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 Keys to OG Anunoby winning Most Improved Player

Toronto Raptors: 3 Keys to OG Anunoby winning Most Improved Player

After finishing with one of the worst records in the NBA last season, the Toronto Raptors are looking to climb back up the Eastern Conference standings in 2021-22. That will require a number of players to step forward and assuming a larger role as the post-Kyle Lowry era begins. At the top of that list […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes was the star of open practice

Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes was the star of open practice

The Toronto Raptors may have shocked some with their selection of Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but he has quickly become a beloved figure around this team due to his infectious personality and potential to become a quality defender immediately. While Barnes is a bit raw on […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NHL Chief Content Officer shares thoughts with us on All or Nothing and what’s next for NHL

“We knew how the movie ends.”
It all started with a thought.
After the end of the 2018-19 season, the NHL desired to do something new. They produced series like ‘Road to the Winter Classic’ and ‘Quest for the Stanley Cup’ where you get glimpses of what it’s like to be an NHLer. But you don’t get the complete look.
So, what did the NHL do?
The league aspired to hold a piece of the pie and have hockey finally in the All or Nothing series. In 2019, the NHL was seriously speaking to Amazon about making that happen.
And finally, it did.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were followed for over 100 days while on their quest for glory. It, unfortunately, didn’t occur, but fans finally get a closer look at what it’s like to be a Leaf every day.
“Let’s face it, the Leafs having that star power, having the cache of history, having a very colourful front office, they wanted to do that show.” Said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer of All or Nothing, Steve Mayer. “The compelling feature of, how the season was shortened, the North Division — there was a lot of …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation