John Tavares looks good to go

Not sure if you missed the 635 replays that Sportsnet showed of John Tavares getting almost decapitated in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens, but it was a shocking thing to watch. The incident, which resulted in Tavares being knocked unconscious and stretchered off the ice, left many fans questioning in the immediate aftermath if the injury could be career-altering.
Tavares miraculously escaped serious injury to his head, neck and spine, coming away with a concussion and a knee injury. He astoundingly returned to the ice before the series against Montreal ended, and could have possibly returned to the playoffs had the Leafs progressed.
The great news, as shared by Kyle Dubas on TSN’s Overdrive radio show, is that Tavares seems to be fully out of the woods and should be 100% in time for the start of next season, which is a huge relief to hear:

Kyle Dubas said on @OverDrive1050 that John Tavares has been cleared for all on-ice activities and all signs point to him being good to go next season. But given nature of the injury, #Leafs will be cautious as he gets back up to his former speed.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 31: Maybe they aren’t the Fraud Sox after all?

That was ugly!

The Blue Jays got smashed on Monday, rained out on Tuesday, and then they lost an incredibly frustrating game on Wednesday against a struggling starter with their ace on the mound. Oof.
With Tyler on vacation, me and BK talked about the Red Sox series, why they might not actually be frauds, especially with Chris Sale nearing a return and killing it early on in his rehab assignment.
We also talked about a whole bunch of different stuff from this week, like the T.J. Zeuch era coming to an end, Nate Pearson going to the bullpen, and what we can expect from the trade deadline given Ross Atkins’ comments about how the starting pitching market is thin right now.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors free agency: Toronto competing with two rivals for Nerlens Noel

Raptors free agency: Toronto competing with two rivals for Nerlens Noel

Despite the fact that Masai Ujiri remains unsigned the Toronto Raptors offseason is starting to properly kick off in the coming days, with the annual Raptors free agency blitz slated to really get started in August. One target that has been linked to Toronto frequently given their lack of quality at the center spot is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors shouldn’t draft Scottie Barnes

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors shouldn’t draft Scottie Barnes

It’s long been an assumption that with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors will select one of either G League guard Jalen Green, USC center Evan Mobley, or Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, who looks like the favorite. However, Florida State standout Scottie Barnes has slowly been gaining […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 nightmare scenarios that could ruin free agency

Toronto Raptors: 3 nightmare scenarios that could ruin free agency

The Toronto Raptors are embarking upon an offseason that will be one of the most pivotal in the history of the franchise, as their poor record last year has them staring at a fork in the road, with one path leading towards a rebuild and one towards a retooling in pursuit of a championship. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

The good news for the Toronto Raptors is that they ended up with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The bad news is that with Detroit, Houston, and Cleveland picking ahead of them, they will likely be forced to take whichever player in the consensus top four falls to them. However, the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Player Valuation and bargain hunting in the offseason

It’s probably no secret at this point that the Leafs don’t have a lot of cap space. I mean, they have the cap space to bring in maybe one significant player, but after that it’s going to be about bargain hunting some of the better, cheaper options in free agency. While the lesser known signings certainly aren’t as fun as big game hunting players like Dougie Hamilton or Taylor Hall, teams like Tampa Bay and Montreal certainly point to the importance of having a depth that contribute beyond their contract.
To some extent the Leafs did have that though. Jason Spezza and Joe Thornton certainly provided value beyond their contracts, it just may come down to utilization, miscasting of roles, or you could argue in Thornton’s case, that his opportunity to play a significant part of the year within the top six forward group propped up his numbers beyond his personal contributions, which is both a fair criticism, but also ignores the fact that a capable top six complimentary player at that price isn’t anything to scoff at and the Leafs failing to consider style of play into the roster construction isn’t his …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nerlens Noel vs Khem Birch: Who should the Toronto Raptors sign?

Nerlens Noel vs Khem Birch: Who should the Toronto Raptors sign?

The Toronto Raptors will hope that USC center Evan Mobley falls to them in the 2021 NBA Draft in order to fix their issues at center, but they have to get a contingency plan lined up. Re-signing native Canadian Khem Birch makes a ton of sense, while making a play for New York Knicks big […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Dreger reporting that Zach Hyman has permission to speak to other teams

Before the crack of 9am Darren Dreger had new news that many Leafs fans didn’t want to hear…

Sources say the Maple Leafs have granted Zach Hyman’s agent, Todd Reynolds permission to speak with other NHL clubs to investigate trading his rights.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 15, 2021

This isn’t surprising given that yesterday Pierre LeBrun was reporting a significant gap between the Leafs and Zach Hyman in their negotiations, and that it was almost certain he would be testing the waters of free agency.
This decision by the Leafs to allow the discussions allows for two things. The first being the slight possibility, as Dreger mentions, that the Leafs will be able to trade his rights. In that case the Leafs would likely be adding a mid to late round pick in a draft where any draft pick helps them.
The other thing is that when the Hyman camp explores their options they might not find a deal significantly better from what they will receive from the Leafs, and the preference might still be towards staying in Toronto. This is also unlikely, but hey, who am I to completely takeaway your hope?
The reality of this is this …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 shooters to select in 2021 NBA Draft second round

Toronto Raptors: 3 shooters to select in 2021 NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors can take comfort in the fact that they have plenty of players on this roster who can stroke it from deep, but in the modern NBA, there is no such thing as having too much in the way of 3-point shooting. The Raptors could take a game-changer with their first pick in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ