Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch should start over Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch should start over Chris Boucher

The Toronto Raptors finally made an addition to their frontcourt, as they managed to bring in former Orlando Magic center Khem Birch, as the native Canadian was exiled after the Wendell Carter acquisition. Looking for more playing time, Birch joined up with Toronto, joining a frontcourt led by Chris Boucher. In his first game against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Why this was the Leafs best trade deadline in a long, long time

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Kyle Dubas made a few moves in the last 24 hours. They acquired Nick Foligno, David Rittich, and today, Ben Hutton. All in all — a solid trade deadline.
But why was this one of their best deadlines in the past? In my latest video, I try to explain that, plus, my thoughts on the Leafs trade deadline as a whole. I hope you enjoy it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs make two late deadline trades, bring in Ben Hutton

The Leafs made a couple of small trades in the final minutes of the deadline to move some pieces around for the Leafs.
The first one, and more important one, was the Leafs acquiring Ben Hutton from the Anaheim Ducks. Hutton joins the Leafs with a goal and five points in 34 games.

Ben Hutton to #Leafs for a 5th round pick
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 12, 2021

Hutton is a decent depth defenseman that doesn’t really move the needle, but won’t hurt the team either. He basically comes as some depth for the Leafs outside of their usual top six if someone gets hurt and they don’t want to rely on Martin Marincin, or one of the young guys in Sandin and Liljegren. For a fifth round pick, not a bad acquisition.
The other trade was a smaller one, but sees the Leafs send Alexander Barabanov to the Sharks for Antti Suomela.

#Leafs trade Barabanov to SJ for Antti Suomela
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 12, 2021

Suomela has no points in just 4 games this season, and has 15 points in 51 career games, but is more than likely just a part of this deal to move a contract. More likely, we’ …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs trade for Riley Nash for LTIR purposes, more shenanigans likely to ensue

Kyle Dubas has made his first move at the deadline.

TRADE: We’ve acquired forward Riley Nash from Columbus in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/IMZ9IimxhL pic.twitter.com/vEFKLdGn4x
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 9, 2021

The Leafs announced that they had acquired Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7th round pick. Nash comes with a cap hit of $2.75 million and is a UFA at the end of the year.
Now, you may be wondering how Dubas will make the money work in order to make other moves at the deadline. That’s because the Blue Jackets just put Nash on LTIR due to a lower body injury, and he’ll be out for 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll come back right around playoff time.
The Leafs also just announced Frederik Andersen was put on LTIR retroactive to when he stopped playing to make room for Nash, and then Nash will go on after Andersen is off. The LTIR moves also will give the Leafs some extra cap space going forward, although I’m not even going to try and do the math on that.
Of course, Nash is …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet and DeAndre’ Bembry suspended for role in Lakers brawl

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet and DeAndre’ Bembry suspended for role in Lakers brawl

The Toronto Raptors might have made some fun, interesting moves over the last few days given the signing of Freddie Gillespie and expected addition of former Magic big man Khem Birch, but Fred VanVleet, DeAndre’ Bembry, and the rest of the squad will only have a handful of players active for their game against the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Newly acquired guard Gary Trent Jr. has made quite the impression through his first handful of games with the Toronto Raptors. Trent was the main piece coming back to Toronto in the Norman Powell trade, wherein he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers on trade deadline day almost two weeks ago. This deal showed […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Could Dennis Schroder be a free agency target after latest contract news?

Toronto Raptors: Could Dennis Schroder be a free agency target after latest contract news?

The Toronto Raptors made some moves at the trade deadline, but they held onto Kyle Lowry despite a hefty dose of interest from teams like the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was skeptical of the depth of LA’s interest, but there were rumors swirling that Toronto turned down a package headlined by point guard […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 4 players Toronto can add post-deadline

Toronto Raptors: 4 players Toronto can add post-deadline

Believe it or not, the three trades made by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday constitute the busiest deadline day in franchise history. Still, while the Norman Powell trade certainly moves the needle, the real news coming out of the day was the team’s inability to find a workable trade involving Kyle Lowry, keeping the birthday […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors trade Terence Davis and Matt Thomas: Reaction and Analysis

Toronto Raptors trade Terence Davis and Matt Thomas: Reaction and Analysis

The Toronto Raptors made one of the more show-stopping moves at the NBA Trade Deadline, trading away Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a package headlined by Gary Trent Jr. While most of the conversation surrounded Kyle Lowry, that didn’t stop Terence Davis and Matt Thomas from getting tossed in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to build on Thursday’s win tonight vs. Jets

To say this series hasn’t made Leafs Nation collectively age several decades this week would be an understatement. After falling short on Tuesday, it looked like the Winnipeg Hellebuyck’s… er, I mean Jets, had the Leafs on the ropes again until goals from William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyev got the Leafs ahead before the Jets tied it late, and Auston Matthews got the Leafs the win in overtime.
Despite the fact that the Jets have three of a possible four points in this series, the Leafs have been the better team in this series by far. Through the first two games, they’ve had 60.95% of the shot attempts, and 62.4% of the expected goals at even strength, clearly dictating the play. They just struggled to beat Connor Hellebuyck until that final 15 minutes of the third and overtime.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Leafs are doing this good in these games. Not only have the Leafs cemented themselves as the best team in this division, the Jets are also one of the worst despite their record. They have the second worst 5v5 CF% in the division (only 0.2% better than the Canucks), and they have the worst xGF% …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation