Leafs sign Travis Dermott to a two year, $1.5 million AAV contract extension

The Leafs keep chipping away at some of their smaller pending free agents, as Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs have re-signed defenseman Travis Dermott to a two year contract extension with a $1.5 million annual average.

Travis Dermott signs a two-year extension with the #leafs carrying a $1.5M AAV.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 8, 2021

The contract comes after another solid season for Dermott. Offensively he didn’t generate as much, with only two goals and six points, he still provided very steady minutes in a bottom pair role, although the promise that he’d get an opportunity in the top four last offseason seemed to have not been fulfilled.
Dermott was third among Leafs defensemen in both even strength shot attempt share and expected goals with 52.41% and 56.03% in those regards, which was 48th and 18th in the league. He also lead all Leafs defensemen in shot attempts against and expected goals against per sixty minutes, which was 21st and 23rd in the league.

He may be doing it in a third pairing role, but he’s provided a lot of value for the Leafs there for the last few years, and has even still done well when he’s had to …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Apparently the Leafs and Simmonds are working on an extension

The Leafs are chipping away at another pending free agent, as it appears they’re working on a contract extension with Wayne Simmonds.
Elliotte Freidman first tweeted about it earlier today, but it also lead off his 31 Thoughts column today as well.
1. Nothing is done until it is done, but it sounds like Wayne Simmonds will be back in Toronto.
Simmonds came into the 2020-21 season with a bit of hesitancy from some fans, as there were concerns about his declining play and how that would impact the team, depending on his role. But, there was also a lot to say about the impact he would have on the other players in the room, as well as his physicality.
What then happened was a surprisingly solid season from Simmonds. He had seven goals and nine points in 38 games, with five of those goals coming in his first 12 games before his wrist injury that saw him miss 18 games. After that, he wasn’t quite as noticeable on the ice, especially going into the playoffs, where he managed just one assist in seven games.
The bigger surprise was his turn around defensively. Whether or not it was just his own play, his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Raptors would be the ideal landing spot for Cade Cunningham

The Toronto Raptors would be the ideal landing spot for Cade Cunningham

The Toronto Raptors are just a day away from finding out just how merciful the basketball Gods will be, as they have the seventh-best odds at landing the top selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. The draft will essentially start at pick No. 2 this year, as it is almost a certainty that the top […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors free agency: 6 best free agents to target at center

Toronto Raptors free agency: 6 best free agents to target at center

NBA free agency is just over a month away, and the Toronto Raptors are going to have a busy offseason. Besides drafting a player in the lottery and their hopes to re-sign Kyle Lowry and Gary Trent Jr., One of their most important priorities is to get a center. The center position was the main […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

If the Toronto Raptors can take anything positive away from the 2020-21 season, it’s the fact that OG Anunoby has continued his upward ascension and has become one of the game’s premier two-way forwards. After coming into the league as a defensive stopper out of Indiana that needed to work on becoming a consistent threat […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors dodged a bullet by not trading for Tyler Herro

The Toronto Raptors dodged a bullet by not trading for Tyler Herro

The Toronto Raptors were two seconds away from moving Kyle Lowry at the trade deadline, and the package they had their hearts set on involved a trade to the Miami Heat with Tyler Herro leading the return haul for Toronto. Considering the fact he appeared to be one of the best young guards in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Off to The House of Horrors we go!

For the first time since getting swept away in the wild-card round of last fall’s playoffs, the Blue Jays will head to the abandoned warehouse in the middle of Central Florida that we know as The House of Horrors to take on those pesky Rays.

How they’re doing…
The Rays, much like they’re expected-to-compete-for-the-playoffs AL East counterparts from New York and Dunedin, got off to a slow start this year, but, unlike the Blue Jays and Yanks, Tampa Bay has started to break out of it. They had a 5-8 record one week after dropping three of four games to the Texas Rangers. But, after sweeping the Yanks in a three-game series and taking three of four from the Royals, the Rays are now sitting at a respectable 10-9.
The key for the Rays heating up is that their bats are finally starting to come around. They scored just 50 runs in their first 13 games, but, over the aforementioned series against New York and Kansas City they’ve exploded for 44 runs in their last six. Tampa now sits fifth in baseball with 4.95 runs per game, right around the 4.82 runs per game they had last year.
One thing that …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Expectations for the Leafs at the trade deadline

Expectations for the Leafs at the trade deadline

At the time of posting this we are 33 hours away from the trade deadline, and as fun as the Riley Nash trade was, it would certainly be nice to see the Leafs make another move. That’s the low bar of what I want out of the trade deadline, but I put the question out to the TLN crew, “what do you want out of the trade deadline for the Leafs?”
Michael Mazzei:
This season represents the Leafs’ best shot at making a deep playoff run for the first time in nearly two decades. So they should be looking at any possible method to improve the team because despite their solid record to this point, they could surely be even better That’s what their focus should be at the deadline, add another piece to make the existing team even better.
Mark Norman:
Taylor Hall.
I don’t think the Leafs need to do anything with their defence, but adding a gamebreaking top-6 forward at a discount into the mix to compliment Matthews-Marner or Tavares-Nylander is the stuff dreams are made of. Acquiring Hall has a dual purpose: acquiring him for our own needs AND keeping him from going to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Can Rodney Hood rediscover himself with the Raptors?

Toronto Raptors: Can Rodney Hood rediscover himself with the Raptors?

With the Toronto Raptors officially trading away Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers for a package headlined by 22-year-old guard Gary Trent Jr., it’s easy to forget that veteran forward Rodney Hood was also included in the deal. Hood, a former first-round pick out of Duke, has seen his stock take a complete nosedive […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Masai Ujiri should consider signing Canadian native Mfiondu Kabengele

Raptors: Masai Ujiri should consider signing Canadian native Mfiondu Kabengele

The Toronto Raptors might’ve traded away Norman Powell as they gear up for what will likely be the first part of a rebuilding process, but that doesn’t mean that they should stop adding pieces. If they keep up that aggressive mindset, they could potentially swoop up former Los Angeles Clippers prospect Mfiondu Kabengele, a native of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ