Can the Toronto Raptors Succeed Without Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol?

Can the Toronto Raptors Succeed Without Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol?

The Toronto Raptors are preparing for a reality without their title-winning centers. Can they succeed this season without Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol? Serge Ibaka broke the hearts of Toronto Raptors fans when it was announced that he was headed to the Los Angeles Clippers to join his pal, Kawhi Leonard. There was great hope […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci will not re-sign, Joel Ward considered for a coaching spot, and more

Two defencemen without a new contract won’t be getting one from the Leafs this October.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic went on First Up 1050 and revealed that both Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci will be testing the free-agent market in a few week’s time.

Pierre LeBrun on First Up 1050: “This won’t shock anyone, I’m not dropping any news here … I was told by a source yesterday that Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci know that they’re headed to market and not re-signing with the Maple Leafs.” #LeafsForever
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) September 30, 2020

This is not a shocking revelation since it appeared to be heading in this direction for the last few months, but I’m sure a bunch of Leafs fans are relieved to hear it nonetheless. Both players were brought in last July 1st with good intentions but neither of them were able to make it work in Toronto.
Ceci was acquired in the Nikita Zaitsev trade and had a tumultuous relationship with the fanbase, most notably frustration over him continuously being paired with Morgan Rielly (although Kyle Dubas did come to Ceci’s defence a lot throughout the season). He produced one goal, seven assists, …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Eurotrip: Jesper Lindgren to MODO

It probably goes without saying that the Leafs are now looking at any and all options for finding European clubs for their players, and yesterday they found a landing spot for Jesper Lindgren with MODO.
From the MODO team site:
MODO Hockey can today announce that defender Jesper Lindgren has been contracted as a loan from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. “We are very happy that” Jeppe “has clearly shown that he wants to return to MODO and this solution with Toronto is very good for us. As a player, he has clear top qualities as an offensive back, but has also taken big steps in his entire game in recent seasons “, comments MODO Hockey’s sports manager Fredrik Glader.
That puts Lindgren, Korshkov, and Lehtonen overseas so far, and it’s doubtful those will be the last, as hockey won’t resume in North America until December.
Lindgren wasn’t a standout in his year with the Marlies, and perhaps some extra hockey can get him on track to compete for a bigger role with the AHL club in December.
 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Woah, look, something happened! (It’s Joe Panik getting added to the 40-man roster)

Losing your mind without sports to talk about? No need to Panik!

The Blue Jays have selected the contract of Joe Panik, thus adding him to the 40-man roster for whenever the season gets up and rolling. In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Yennsy Diaz has been placed on the 60-day Injured List with some undisclosed injury.
Panik, of course, was in camp as a non-roster invitee on a minor-league deal. He had an opt-out clause on his deal for March 15 that would have allowed him to test the open market again, so the Jays unsurprisingly added him to the roster.
So, yeah. That’s the news. It isn’t overly exciting, but it’s something! It’s really not surprising at all that Panik was added to the 40-man. He had a very good spring, going 8-for-21 with a couple of homers. Had the Jays not added him to the 40-man, I’m sure that performance would have been good enough to earn him a gig somewhere.
I think if once the season gets going, we’ll see him used as more than just a backup infielder off the bench. If …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Lightning just got dealt a huge blow

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without one of their best players for the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs, as Steve Stamkos has been sidelined for six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle.

Tampa announces that Steven Stamkos will undergo a surgery on Monday to repair a core muscle injury. He’s out 6 to 8 weeks.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) February 29, 2020

This is obviously a huge blow for the Lightning. Stamkos ranks second on the team in both goals with 29 and points with 66. Losing him will leave a gaping hole in their offence, especially on the power-play, where his one-time shot represents a lethal weapon for the team.
On the flip side, while you obviously never, ever cheer for injuries, this could be a pretty big break for the Leafs, who seem poised to meet Tampa in the first round of the playoffs. As of right now, the Leafs have a four-point lead on Florida for the third seed in the Atlantic Division. They’re nine points behind Tampa for the second spot, so catching them before the end of the season is incredibly unlikely. Tampa is also seven points behind Boston at this …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Three impressive trends from the Toronto Raptors’ 15-game win streak

The Toronto Raptors went almost a month without losing a game. Other than the franchise-best 15 wins in a row, what made this streak so impressive? This season for the Toronto Raptors has been nothing short of spectacular. They’ve managed to overcome an endless cycle of injuries and have been at the top of the […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

As top-end talent returns, efforts of ‘other’ Toronto Raptors can’t be overlooked

After an 11-game stretch without three of their top-six players, and another key player missing two of those games, the Toronto Raptors are finally getting healthy. As their better players return, let’s not forget the efforts of their lesser-known players – and Kyle Lowry – in the absence of the top-end talent. When Charles Darwin wrote about […]
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Author: Lior Kozai / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: How Stanley Johnson can earn minutes

The Toronto Raptors are currently without a number of key players. This presents an opportunity for Stanley Johnson, but how can he earn the minutes? The Toronto Raptors have been riddled with injuries throughout the entire season. They are currently without Matt Thomas, Norman Powell, Marc Gasol, and Pascal Siakam and are desperately searching for […]
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Author: Justin Johnson / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Place Mikheyev and Moore on IR, Recall Agostino and Liljegren

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without another two forwards for the foreseeable future.
In a statement made Saturday afternoon, the club announced that Ilya Mikheyev (wrist) and Trevor Moore (concussion) have been placed on injured reserve. With Andreas Johnsson (leg) on the IR as well, the Leafs are currently missing three forwards from their regular lineup.
After suffering a gruesome injury during last nights game versus the New Jersey Devils, Mikheyev’s agent, Dan Milstein, announced that the Russian winger underwent successful surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist. Mikheyev, who has recorded 23 points in 39 games this season, will be out of the Leafs’ lineup for at least the next three months.

Ilya Mikheyev’s hand is cut badly and he heads to the dressing room shedding blood
They think he’s going to be ok.. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/tlZ8IQFdCn
— David Nestico (@davidnestico200) December 28, 2019

Moore’s timeline is a little less clear, with the club announcing he will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
The 24-year-old has had a difficult rookie NHL season, suffering a shoulder injury on November 15th against Boston and returning to the Leafs’ lineup on December 21st …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Three takeaways from the Toronto Raptors close win against the Wizards

Playing without three of their key pieces, the Toronto Raptors escaped with a close win against the Washington Wizards. What were the biggest takeaways? With three rotation pieces missing, the Toronto Raptors are in survival mode at the moment. Every game is going to be a battle, no opponent can be taken for granted, and some […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ