Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez playing well on international stage

Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez playing well on international stage

The Toronto Raptors decided to dip their toes far into the free agent pool to find one of their later roster additions. Juancho Hernangomez, fresh off his tour de force showing as Bo Cruz in Adam Sandler’s Hustle, signed a one-year deal with Toronto that gives him some guaranteed money. Even though he had a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

5 times a change of scenery revived a goalie’s career and how the Maple Leafs can learn from it

As it stands, the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided to enter the 2021-2022 NHL season with a couple of reclamation projects in net. It’s understandable that much of the fanbase would be upset about this, as goaltending is easily the sport’s most important position and can largely be blamed for many of Toronto’s failures over the past few seasons.
That said, the two goalies that will be battling for the job of Maple Leafs starters going into the season are ones with high upside and a proven track record of success before their recent struggles. Matt Murray had the unique distinction of winning two Stanley Cups as a rookie, stealing the net from Marc-André Fleury during the 2016 playoffs with only 13 NHL games under his belt, allowing him to remain a rookie for next season when the Penguins went back-to-back.
Meanwhile, Ilya Samsonov comes to Toronto after failing to meet expectations in Washington. The former first round put up stunning numbers in three KHL seasons after being selected by the Capitals in the first round, followed by a great rookie season in 2019-2020. Since then however, Samsonov has struggled to replicate those numbers and ultimately Washington let him explore free agency despite a strong performance in the 2022 playoffs.
The Maple Leafs are putting a lot of fa …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation