Leafs kick off California road trip with rematch against the Kings

The Leafs have been doing a lot of winning lately – 11 of their last 13 to be exact – but one of those two losses came in a lackluster showing against the Los Angeles Kings just over two weeks ago. It was an off night for the Leafs but it wasn’t as lopsided as the 5-1 score indicated and the Leafs were able to shake it off and get back on track to win their next five games. They will be looking to avenge a loss against a Kings team that has struggled to score goals during a stretch that has seen them go 2-2-2 since their last meeting with the Leafs.
Wednesday night’s matchup will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Jack Campbell, Jake Muzzin, and Kyle Clifford who was recently reacquired and subsequently recalled to the Leafs’ roster. Though it feels like they have been with the club for a long time, Wednesday will be the first time that Campbell and Muzzin take the ice at Staples Center as members of the Maple Leafs. The Leafs were last in California right before the pandemic shut down the NHL season – and everything else – and Campbell sat on the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Ranking best free agent destinations for Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors: Ranking best free agent destinations for Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors are still doing everything in their power to retain Kyle Lowry, as the franchise legend appears ready to test the free agent market after several playoff teams missed out on the opportunity to trade for him. Lowry, who averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists per game this year, has already laid out […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, May 26th: Deep in playoff mode

How we doing drama fans? Enjoying the playoffs? Did you hear the Jets swept the Oilers and Connor McDavid is big mad? Oh you didn’t? Well, we’ll talk about that and more today. We are deep into the playoffs now, with some teams having already secured their round 2 spot, and many others knocking on the door. For the teams whose seasons have ended, we’re getting a glimpse at some of the drama to come.
Let’s dive in.
Leafs land
We start, as always, with our Buds. This time last week they had not yet started their playoff run, but they are now four games in and lead the series 3-1. Obviously we all know what happened during the first game, and we won’t share any images or video of the injury here. We will share the following:

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— John Tavares (@91Tavares) May 21, 2021

An update on @MapleLeafs captain John Tavares. pic.twitter.com/sV0dlfpdI8
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 21, 2021

The Leafs have been without captain John Tavares since 10 minutes into game 1, but they’ve certainly taken “win it for Johnny” to heart:

For Johnny.
The Leaf: Blueprint Moment presented by @Molson_Canadian. #LeafsForever …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Freddie Gillespie pays Toronto Raptors fans the ultimate compliment

Freddie Gillespie pays Toronto Raptors fans the ultimate compliment

The Toronto Raptors have been doing their best to remain in good spirits, as they are trying everything they can to make it to the postseason despite playing the season in Tampa amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the bright spots over the last few seasons has been center Freddie Gillespie, who was recently signed […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Insane price for potential Cavs trade target should rule out acquisition

Raptors: Insane price for potential Cavs trade target should rule out acquisition

The Toronto Raptors might end up doing some deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers around the trade deadline, as Toronto interest in the mighty Andre Drummond could be a quick way to improve their rebounding. If they don’t get Drummond, Larry Nance Jr. might end up as a raptor by the end of the deadline. Nance […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Mock Draft: Toronto could add Stanford star in 2021

Raptors Mock Draft: Toronto could add Stanford star in 2021

The Toronto Raptors are doing everything in their power to stay alive in what has become a very challenging season, but Nick Nurse’s squad remains outside of the playoff picture and speeding towards a lottery pick. In what has started to become a very deep class behind stars like Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, USC’s Evan […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors should do all it takes to get Aron Baynes

Toronto Raptors should do all it takes to get Aron Baynes

The Toronto Raptors are doing the literal opposite of what the Pistons are doing, and although most of that is a good thing. They might want to consider signing a Center sooner rather than later. Serge Ibaka has now followed Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles, and Toronto Raptors fan couldn’t have been more hurt. Especially […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

2021 free agent targets for the Toronto Raptors if Giannis re-signs with the Bucks

2021 free agent targets for the Toronto Raptors if Giannis re-signs with the Bucks

With the Milwaukee Bucks doing all they can to get Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign the super-max this offseason, the Toronto Raptors should start looking at other potential targets from the 2021 free-agent class. The Milwaukee Bucks are breaking the bank and mortgaging the future to bring in Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s requested reinforcements. After their moves for […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Marlies bring back Hudson Elynuik

The Marlies are doing their best to keep busy in their extended offseason, and today announced that they are bringing back one of their strong bottom six performers…

News: The Marlies have signed forward Hudson Elynuik to a one-year AHL contact.
Details >> https://t.co/f0gyWgbukW#ForeverStartsHere pic.twitter.com/9mhYcXa1PQ
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 18, 2020
The 22 year old is a 6’5 center that was a solid offensive player at the junior hockey level who is transitioning into a strong bottom six forward in the pro ranks. In many ways he’s similar to Freddie Gauthier, but there is more of a physical upside that could be tapped into that could make him worthy of a SPC in a year or two.
I’ve always liked Elynuik, maybe not as much as the Canes when they reached to draft him 74th overall in 2016, but as a big player in the WHL he was dominant. Additionally I was a fan of his Dad, Pat, who played on the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 and owned a sports card shop within biking distance of my house growing up. Keeping Elynuik in the Leafs organization allows me to continue …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Sean Reid-Foley and Anthony Kay got optioned to Triple-A so we can have something to talk about

Was this just Ross Atkins doing us all a solid, or what?

Maybe there was an actual reason for this or maybe it was because the front office was bored and it was Transaction Friday, but the Blue Jays have optioned Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley to Triple-A Buffalo. So, they’re going from one team that isn’t playing games to another team that isn’t playing games. Exciting stuff!
Eight players have been optioned thus far (Kay, Reid-Foley, T.J. Zeuch, Julian Merryweather, Thomas Hatch, Hector Perez, Elvis Luciano, and Patrick Murphy, while Yennsy Diaz went on the 60-day Injured List) meaning the Jays have 32 players on their active roster.
Opening Day was supposed to be on this upcoming Thursday, but, as we know, that isn’t going to be the case due to COVID-19, so it isn’t like the Jays are in any rush to get down to the 26-player limit. Regardless, Kay and Reid-Foley aren’t going to crack the roster when baseball resumes, which isn’t much of surprise anyway.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation