Raptors: Scottie Barnes injury update sounds slightly concerning

Raptors: Scottie Barnes injury update sounds slightly concerning

Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors never got out of neutral in the first half against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. Following a nice win against Cleveland and a close loss against Brooklyn, Nick Nurse and Toronto had no answers for the Heat early on. As if one of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Jarrett Culver signs with Hawks amid connections to Raptors

Jarrett Culver signs with Hawks amid connections to Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have never been above scouring the free agent market for underperforming assets that could hit their stride with just the right amount of seasoning and coaching. If anyone is in need of such a boost from Nick Nurse, it’s former No. 6 overall pick Jarrett Culver. After leading Texas Tech to one […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays win in controversial fashion, earn series split with 3-2 win

Never in doubt, eh?

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in a game that seemingly lasted all day. It had a little bit of everything, including a controversial call in the top of the 10th inning that will be talked about for the next few days. It’ll be a great time for Twitter umps to get their opinions out there. Let’s go ahead and break this down:
With Whit Merrifield as the ghost runner on second base, Santiago Espinal moved him to third with a fly out to right center. The next batter, Cavan Biggio, aggressively swung at the first pitch, lifting the ball to shallow left field. Merrifield tagged up and ran, but Tim Beckham’s throw gunned down Merrifield at the plate. It was close, but Merrifield’s lead foot ran straight into Twins catcher Gary Sanchez before he was able to touch home plate. While the call on the field was “out”, it was evident that Sanchez did not allow a sliding lane for Merrifield. The umpires reviewed it upon John Schneider’s request, and they ruled that Merrifield was safe.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was infuriated, as was the rest of the Twins crowd. It ruined an opportunity for his team to win the game, and as Dan …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Ilya Samsonov is heading for free agency and could be the best option for the Maple Leafs

Qualifying offer day never disappoints and as the deadline passed we began getting some interesting names materialize on the list. The most interesting, at least from a Leafs perspective has to be Ilya Samsonov.

#Caps have extended qualifying offers to forward Damien Riat and defenseman Tobias Geisser. Both players are expected to play in Europe during the 2022-23 season. #Caps elect not to issue a qualifying offer to goaltender Ilya Samsonov.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) July 11, 2022

Considering that just last week, the Capitals fully intended to qualify Samsonov this comes as a pretty big surprise, especially when they’ve already unloaded a goaltender on New Jersey this week. Obviously this is a pretty good sign that the rumoured Darcy Kuemper deal with Washington is essentially done and we’re just waiting until 12 on Wednesday to make it official.

The decision not to qualify Samsonov was a financial decision. As an RFA (with arbitration rights), the #Caps projected that he’d come in at $3-$3.5 million per, which, in their view, was too much for a backup and not justified based on his performance to date.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) July 11, 2022

For the record, if that is what his arbitration case is projected as, some team (read: The Toronto Maple Leafs) should have considered acquiring Samsonov to get him on a good short term bargain deal for a year or two before negotiating. It seems far more likely (and maybe to Samsonov’s benefit) that he can negotiate on the open market. As for the Capitals, we have to assume that they will aggressively be competing with the Leafs in the backup goaltender market. The fun never ends.

I still believe the Caps are front-runners for Darcy Kuemper but obviously Toronto equally on the lookout for goalie help if Jack Campbell lands …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation