What Svi Mykhailiuk returning in 2022-23 means for Raptors

What Svi Mykhailiuk returning in 2022-23 means for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors saw their bench quality take a severe nosedive as the year went on, and the decline of Svi Mykhailiuk is one of the main reasons. Mykhailiuk went from a rotation fixture to someone that only saw time on the floor when the outcome was decided. While Mykhailiuk earned some spot starts during […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors must bring Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to Toronto

Raptors must bring Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors struggled to get quality bench scoring from their backcourt last season. It got so bad that expected contributors like Svi Mykhailiuk and Malachi Flynn were axed from the rotation. If they want to improve via the trade market, Nickeil Alexander-Walker makes almost too much sense. Alexander-Walker averaged 9.9 points per game while […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Laurence Gilman is a leading candidate for the Canucks GM position

Part of the challenge of having the money to spend on a quality front office is that when good opportunities open up around the league, someone from the Leafs could very well get tapped for them. Presently that person is Laurence Gilman. Gilman is probably going to get a lot of calls from NHL teams in the next few months and the Leafs have probably prepared themselves for that reality. The fact that Toronto elevated Gilman’s role this offseason and handed much of his previous responsibilities over to Ryan Hardy puts Gilman’s time in Toronto into the context of enjoy what we can get from him while he’s still here.
That brings us to Tuesday’s Insider Trading on TSN:
Darren Dreger: Gilman, who is currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies, is definitely in the mix with the Vancouver Canucks. His name won’t be unfamiliar to Canucks fans as he spent several years in Canucks’ management and 20-plus years in the National Hockey League. He has a good relationship with ownership and knows that market well.
But because of his experience, there’s also reason to connect him with the Chicago Blackhawks.


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The “Unqualified” Free Agents could provide the solution the Leafs salary cap woes

I don’t think this is my worst quality, in fact I know I have much worse ones, but I’ve noticed I have a character flaw. I am overly attached to formerly can’t miss prospects who have most definitely missed. It’s because of that I spent yesterday closely watching as team after team released the names of the restricted free agents that they would not be submitting qualifying offers to. You can find the full list of them on PuckPedia.
There are a few reasons that teams don’t qualify their free agents. The one that has popped up most recently is the realization that arbitration rights are a difficult thing to deal with, especially since it’s pretty binding in most cases, especially for players that end up at the bottom of the roster.
12.10 Walk-Away Rights for Player-Elected Salary Arbitration.
(a) If a Club has elected to arbitrate a one-year SPC, and the award issued is for
$3,500,000 or more per annum, then the Club may, within forty-eight (48) hours after the award
of the Salary Arbitrator is issued (or, if a Club has any other Player still eligible for salary
arbitration at that time and for whom …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation