Toronto Raptors: Heat have offered Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic in Kyle Lowry trade

Toronto Raptors: Heat have offered Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic in Kyle Lowry trade

The Toronto Raptors rumors centered around Kyle Lowry simply will not go away, as even the fact that the veteran point guard shut down some rumors on Instagram has done little to put off teams like the Miami Heat. The Heat remain interested in Lowry, and names like Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn have been […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

WoHo: What’s what in the women’s hockey world

WoHo: What’s what in the women’s hockey world

Welcome to our new weekly column, focusing on the happenings in and around the Women’s Hockey (WoHo) World! We were so excited to launch our Toronto Six/NWHL coverage in the fall, that we decided to expand that and take a weekly look at the entire women’s hockey landscape. Growing the game and making women’s hockey a hit is a lofty goal, and we hope to contribute by shining a spotlight on all of the things going on.
While the NWHL season sadly ended early due to COVID concerns, WoHo is still happening, with PWHPA games!

NBC’s Kenny Albert and the PWHPA’s Blake Bolden will be in the booth, with MSG Network’s Michelle Gingras doing rinkside. Sportsnet is airing the NHL Network broadcast, so the crew will be the same.
— Anne Tokarski (@annetokarski) February 23, 2021

These games are part of the Secret Dream Gap Tour 2021, with this upcoming weekend’s games hosted by the NY Rangers, and games the following weekend hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s awesome that they’re being televised by major sports networks in both the USA and Canada.
New partner, the Toronto Maple Leafs, will hopefully host some games …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Top 5 point guards in franchise history

Raptors: Top 5 point guards in franchise history

The Toronto Raptors have only been around for 25 years, yet they remain one of the best organizations in the league in terms of identifying, acquiring, and developing talent at the point guard position. Their 25-year history has frequently been led by some of the best floor generals in the game, including current Raptors like […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Could Trevor Ariza end up in Toronto if he gets bought out?

Raptors: Could Trevor Ariza end up in Toronto if he gets bought out?

The Toronto Raptors, still hanging around in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, will likely be in the hunt for some veteran additions when it comes time to beef up the depth and make a postseason run. Even though this roster needs a true superstar, one or two little tweaks here and there might be enough […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Masai Ujiri needs to chase Victor Oladipo this offseason

Raptors rumors: Masai Ujiri needs to chase Victor Oladipo this offseason

The Toronto Raptors might’ve turned things around after a comically unlucky start, but the release of Alex Len, a tacit acknowledgement by Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse that they underperformed in the offseason, shows that the Raptors need to make some major adjustments in the summer to return to the NBA’s elite tier. Given the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs place Aaron Dell and Jason Spezza on waivers

It raised eyebrows around the league when the Leafs decided to keep Aaron Dell on their opening night roster as their third goaltender, mostly because the Leafs were only able to carry one extra player on their active roster due to salary cap limitations. Keeping a third goaltender left the Leafs with next to no roster flexibility, as Alexander Barabanov (aside from Ilya Mikheyev) was the only player that could be sent to the taxi squad without having to clear waivers.
The Leafs made that move prior to their game against Ottawa on Saturday night, recalling rookie forward Nick Robertson for his NHL regular season debut. Unfortunately for Robertson and the Leafs, he suffered a knee injury in the first period and is expected to miss some time pending the results of an MRI scheduled for Sunday.
In order to receive an emergency recall exemption for a player with a cap hit of $1 million or less, the Leafs would have first had to play a game with just 17 skaters. As a result, the Leafs were forced to create the flexibility to recall reinforcements from the taxi squad by placing Aaron Dell and Jason Spezza on Sunday’s waiver wire.

Aaron …

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Author: Nick Richard / 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

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Leafs shining at WJC, Kral catches fire, Kara on the move

The NHL season is finally just around the corner and the World Juniors have been a great primer as the hockey world begins to look a little brighter. Leafs fans have been treated to some impressive performances by a few of the team’s newest prospects, and all of Toronto’s participants will have a chance to compete for medals as both Russia and Finland have looked strong through the preliminary round.
Rodion Amirov – LW/RW – Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
For many Leafs’ fans, these first few games at the World Juniors have been the first real look they have gotten at the organization’s most recent first round pick. Despite a bit of a slow start, Amirov has been impressive and leads the Russian squad in scoring through the preliminary round with two goals and four assists in four games. On top of his offensive exploits, Amirov has been a strong defensive presence and a difference maker on the penalty kill for Igor Larionov’s team as well. His best game of the tournament so far came in Russia’s final preliminary round matchup against Sweden where he scored a goal and added two assists, including the primary assist …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Zach Bogosian

Around this time last year, you probably wondered why Zach Bogosian managed to remain part of an NHL roster in spite of a lack of playing time and a decline in play. Regardless of what was the root cause of the regression, it appeared all but certain that he would see his hockey dreams end as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
Following a lengthy dispute with the team that was capped off by a refusal to report to the Rochester Americans, the Sabres decided to release him and make Bogosian a free agent around the trade deadline. As if the stars aligned, he ended up signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning and found new life in his career. He even made his first appearance in the playoffs and helped his new team capture the Stanley Cup.
That’s why Bogosian’s number is 20.
It’s how many playoff games he appeared in for Lightning inside the bubble. To say he made the most of those games would be a massive understatement. You could even suggest that these contests are a big part of why he is paid $1 million to play for the Leafs.
In those 20 games, he recorded four …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Travis Dermott

It feels like Travis Dermott has been around for a long time. After all, the Leafs drafted him way back in the second round of the 2015 draft and a lot has changed for this organization since then. The fact is Dermott has still only scratched the surface of what he is capable of in the NHL, having turned 24 years old yesterday but still with just 157 regular season games of NHL experience due to various health and pandemic related issues.
Entering the 2021 campaign, the number to focus on for Travis Dermott is 4. This will be his fourth NHL season and I believe it will also be the season in which he firmly establishes himself as an effective top four defenseman, despite the multitude of options the Leafs have on their blue line. With Dermott signing a one-year, prove it contract and the Seattle expansion draft looming, Kyle Dubas and his staff will be eager to find out if they can rely on the young, homegrown blue liner as a core piece of their future.
Many believe, and rightfully so, that Justin Holl will get the first crack alongside Jake Muzzin on Toronto’s shutdown pairing to begin the season after they …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation