Toronto Raptors offseason preview: How do they handle free agency?

Toronto Raptors offseason preview: How do they handle free agency?

If you’ve been out of the loop, you’re at the right place for your Toronto Raptors free agency news. The 2020 NBA free agency is upon us. It officially starts on November 20 at 6 pm Eastern time. The Toronto Raptors will have a lot of holes to fill this offseason, and what they do […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, October 28th: Babies, Fur Babies, and Instagram Madness

Happy Wednesday, gossip hounds. If you’re here, it likely means you either have a sense of unwavering loyalty to yours truly, or you too need a break from the real world to focus on the mundane, trivial fun of hockey gossip and drama.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
Leafs Lads (and Ladies, and Fur Babies)
Our boys in blue were all over Instagram this week cuddling their furry loved ones. First up, this adorable picture of Morgan Rielly and little Zoë, shared by Tessa Virtue on her IG stories:

This picture of Mo and Zoë is Tessa’s favorite on her phone right now and I’m not okay
— Mer (@MerOutLoud) October 27, 2020

It’s her favourite, and it might be ours too.
Then, we have our adorable backup goalie Jack Campbell, aka cat dad extraordinaire:

We must protect Jack Campbell at all costs
— Mer (@MerOutLoud) October 27, 2020

Love those furry friend pics!
Finally, quick shout out to the newest Leaf goalie, Aaron Dell, and his fiancee Nicole, who recently made the move to Toronto. Nicole has been documenting it on IG stories, and if you don’t yet …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Braves organist trolls Reese McGuire by playing “Beat It”

Sorry, Reese, I don’t think you’re ever going to live this one down.

As we all surely know by now, Reese McGuire was arrested back during spring training for allegedly jerking off in a Florida parking lot. McGuire pleaded no contest and was fined $450 after initially being charged with exposure of sexual organs, a first-degree misdemeanour.
Anyways, here we are now, a few months later, and the jokes are still coming in. Last night in Atlanta, the Braves organist played Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” for McGuire as he came walked up to the plate.

Earlier this year, the Blue Jays’ Reese McGuire was arrested for public masturbation.
Listen to the song the Braves played for his walk-up music last night.
This is literally the greatest thing that has happened all year.
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) August 7, 2020

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: How to fix the draft lottery

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Scott, this topic is almost two weeks old now, it’s not relevant anymore. Well, let me be the first to say that I know, I’m just an idiot and forgot to do this one last week.
Regardless, this year’s lottery was a controversial one to say the least, as a lot of fans of really bad teams were mad that the first overall pick went to a playoff team, and that an elite team already loaded with offensive talent, like the Penguins or Leafs, could end up adding Alexis Lafreniere to their team.
And it’s deserved criticism. As Leafs fans, we can consider ourselves lucky that we were one of two last place teams to keep the first overall pick in this new lottery system. In fact, since this new system was put in place, only three teams that finished bottom three (2016 Leafs, 2018 Sabres, 2020 Sharks/Sens) actually retained their original pick, and only four (those three and the 2019 Devils) actually won any of the lottery picks. More often than not, it punishes bad teams for being too bad. It does encourage more parity in …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

New CBA details and how they affect the Leafs

If you’re a fan of hockey, collective agreements, or both, it’s been an interesting few days. The NHLPA Executive Committee has approved the CBA and now it has been put to a general vote from their membership requiring a simple majority to pass. That won’t be finalized until Friday and in the meantime we are learning more about the document itself. Here are some of the key pieces of information…

Tentative dates listed in #NHL and #NHLPA Memorandum of Understanding:
Later of Oct. 9 or 7 days after Cup Final ends is opening of #FreeAgentFrenzy
Nov. 17: Opening of training camps for 2020-21
Dec. 1: Opening of 2020-21 regular season
All subject to change.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 8, 2020

This is one of the big ones that I was waiting to see, and what we’ve learned is the January open of training camp timeline that had been rumoured wasn’t close to being true at all. Instead we will have the shortest of offseasons, and a very condensed training camp. This is awesome from a wanting to watch a whole lot of hockey perspective and an offseason that is going to produce a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs are waiting to name Matthews captain because it might disrupt Marner negotiations

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The negotiations between Marner and the Leafs are still at a point where the sides are not close, and the insistence from Marner’s agent that he is paid as much as Auston Matthews is causing the Leafs to delay naming their captain, according to multiple reports.
Making the radio rounds this morning, James Mirtle of The Athletic checked in to TSN1050 to say as much when asked about whether or not the Leafs will put the ‘C’ on someone’s jersey before opening night.
I think they’re going to name Auston Matthews captain. I wonder if (with) the Marner situation, if they’re worried about the optics of that or not. That’s the only hang-up. If that wasn’t going on I’d say they would name Auston Matthews captain.
And that more or less backs up what Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston relayed last night when asked the same thing.
I believe it’s Auston Matthews… but I think the timing of that is tricky, especially with Marner’s situation unresolved. Do they want to make that announcement before Mitch Marner signs? That might complicate some of the discussions being had …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays would like to remind you to never leave the game early

Even if you’re down 9-2 to the team with the best overall team earned run average in Major League Baseball, it isn’t a good idea to leave the game early. The Blue Jays reminded everybody of that fact this afternoon.

Ryan Borucki made his second start of the season and had a rough time. He surrendered six earned runs, both on three-run homers, over the course of two innings. Sammy G came in to mop up the mess and gave up two more runs over three innings. In the eighth inning, Tampa Bay seemed to be cruising their way to an easy win with a 7-3 lead.
And then this happened.

@TeoscarH | #LetsGoBlueJays
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 27, 2019

Suddenly it’s 9-5 and we kinda sorta have a game. And then this happened.

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 27, 2019

Hoooly shit, it’s a one-run game! And then THIS happened.

IT WAS 9-1 #LetsGoBlueJays
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 27, 2019

The Blue Jays scored six runs in the eighth and ninth to erase what was once a seven-run deficit. After some …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Game 7 Turning Point: Kawhi hits the shot

If you’re a Raptors fan, you’ll never forget this shot. You’ve seen it, you’ve heard it — and you’ll remember it. It’s Kawhi and Toronto in Game 7 against Philly. What an ending. We’ve already a run down on Raptors-Sixers Game 7 here. It’s got the summary of what happened and some deep reflections on the 18-year comeuppance Philly was served with in this game; I suggest you read it if you haven’t yet.
What you’ll find here is the reaction to those those final seconds, when the game was tied and there was 4.2 seconds left on the clock, and Kawhi Leonard turned the corner looking for enough space to get a shot off.
He did, and it went in. How’s that for a turning point?

KAWHI CALLED SERIES!— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 13, 2019

Before Marc Gasol beamed the inbounds pass to Kawhi Leonard at the top of the arc, I’m almost 100 percent confident that fans’ thoughts were bouncing off each side of their skull like a game of Pong — their advanced organic computing machines desperately attempting to find a way to feel good about a tie …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ

Even if the Leafs wanted to trade Nylander (which they don’t), this summer would be the worst time (so they definitely won’t)

When you’re shooting the breeze about NHL player contracts and potential trades, a lot of times two pretty frustrating concepts get overlooked. One is the difference between RFA years and UFA years; People commonly try to compare a player’s contract when the salary is heavy on the former versus one exclusively buying up the latter. The other is the relatively simple philosophy of trying to buy low and sell high in player transactions, essentially factoring in inflated or unlucky shooting percentages and the like. These are common misunderstandings because, well, not everyone spends their time poring over CapFriendly for hours or digging up language from the NHL/PA collective bargaining agreement.
But even for casual hockey fans, you have to appreciate this stuff on some level to get a grasp on why the Leafs are not moving on from William Nylander later this summer. Just cut the bullshit already.
We don’t need to fully re-hash the whole Nylander contract situation from a few months back, but the short hand of it is that he settled on a deal worth $6.96-million AAV for six years (prorated in the first due to time missed). He then played 54 games, turning …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation