Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Pacific Division free agents to chase

Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Pacific Division free agents to chase

The Toronto Raptors need to keep their eyes peeled for free agents that could plug up some holes on this roster, as the process of getting back to the postseason starts with knocking it out of the mark in August. Raptors free agency is about to kick off in earnest in the coming weeks. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays sign high school pitcher Irv Carter with a $850,000 signing bonus

The Blue Jays have signed another one of their top picks from the 2021 draft.

A few days after reaching a deal with first-round pick Gunnar Hoglund, the Blue Jays have come to terms with fifth-round pick Irv Carter on a deal with a signing bonus of $850k.

5th-rder Irv Carter signs w/@BlueJays for $850k (slot 152 value = $350,300). Thinking that will be their 2nd-highest bonus. Florida HS RHP, projectable 6-ft-4, already up to 94 mph with more to come, promising slider. Miami recruit. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 19, 2021

Unsurprisingly, Carter earned a much higher signing bonus than his recommended slot value of $350,300. He was one of the top pitching recruits out of high school in Florida and had committed to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
But, based on his reaction to being selected by the Blue Jays, it isn’t all that surprising he signed…

Calvary Christian pitcher Irv Carter and his draft party react to being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. @Irvcarter42 @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/Ml87c32uaY
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) July 12, 2021

Here’s what MLB Pipeline says about him…
Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Promising second-round target dominates in workout

Toronto Raptors: Promising second-round target dominates in workout

The Toronto Raptors will spend most of their time deciding if a player like Jalen Suggs or Evan Mobley should be the team’s selection at No. 4 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they also need to iron out a plan for the No. 46 and No. 47 overall picks. After a strong workout, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays sign first-round draft pick Gunnar Hoglund for $3,247,500 ($111,500 under slot value)

The Blue Jays have signed their first-round pick from the 2021 draft.

Right-handed pitcher Gunnar Hoglund out of Ole Miss has inked a deal with a $3,247,500 signing bonus, which is $111,500 under the recommended slot value for the No. 19 overall pick.
Given the Blue Jays didn’t have a second-round pick in this year’s draft, it isn’t surprising to see that they drafted a guy with their first pick that would sign a deal at under slot value. Doing so in the first round gives Toronto more cash to spend on later draft picks, such as high school pitcher Irv Carter.
He had the talent to be a top-10 pick, but Hoglund suffered an elbow injury in May and has since had Tommy John surgery. He won’t be healthy until next spring at the earliest, but this doesn’t appear to be much of a concern given Hoglund is considered to be one of the most polished pitchers in the draft.
Hoglund posted a 2.87 ERA over 11 starts and 62 2/3 innings for Ole Miss in 2021, striking out 96 batters while walking 17. His repertoire includes a 92-to-95 MPH fastball, an 84-to-86 MPH slider, and a changeup that he didn’t often use while …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 No. 46 and 47 overall picks in NBA Draft history

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 No. 46 and 47 overall picks in NBA Draft history

The Toronto Raptors are still in the middle of celebrating their stroke of good fortune, as the team with the seventh-best odds to earn the top selection in the 2021 NBA Draft managed to secure the No. 4 pick in this class. However, that isn’t the only piece of draft capital the team will have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2022 Stanley Cup odds: Maple Leafs among contenders

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In spite of their early playoff exit, the Toronto Maple Leafs possess decent value on the 2022 Stanley Cup futures board.
The Maple Leafs have opened at +1400 odds to win the Stanley Cup next season at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto is the top Canadian-based team on the board. The Colorado Avalanche (+500), Vegas Golden Knights (+600), two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning (+700), Carolina Hurricanes (+1100) and Boston Bruins (+1400) are also high up on the board. The Florida Panthers (+1800), Montreal Canadiens (+2000) and New York Islanders (+2000) have been given an outside chance at online sports betting sites.
The Maple Leafs, of course, squandered a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens in May, extending their playoff-series win drought to 16 seasons. That narrative will likely keep some bettors away, but they still have their core four of forwards Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares and may have the salary cap room to add a viable goaltending partner alongside Jack Campbell. First-pair defenseman Morgan Rielly will also be in a contract year.
The Avalanche, led by forward Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Cale Makar, were one of the NHL’s most dominant teams …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays select RHP Irv Carter with fifth-round pick

The Blue Jays have now used their first four draft picks on pitchers.

With their first-round selection, the team selected Irv Carter, a high-school righty out of the Calvary Christian Academy in Florida. You might recognize the school’s name because Roy Halladay used to coach there.
The team used their fourth-round pick on Chad Dallas, who was ranked No. 210 in the draft by MLB Pipeline. Carter, meanwhile, is ranked No. 93 by Keith Law and No. 118 by Pipeline. It would seem the Blue Jays are going to go under-slot on Dallas in order to spend a little extra on Carter.
Here’s what Pipeline says about him…

Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if they didn’t have to face the school’s ace and potential top 10 pick, Andrew Painter. They’d be wrong, as the school’s No. 2 starter, Carter, would be the top guy in most other high school programs and is a legitimate Draft prospect in his own right.
There are a lot of things to like with Carter, particularly his size, physicality and arm strength. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a fastball that is currently up to 94 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays select RHP Chad Dallas with fourth-round pick

Another pick, another arm.

With their fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, the Blue Jays have drafted another pitcher in righty Chad Dallas from the Tennessee Volunteers.
MLB Pipeline had him ranked No. 210 in the draft. Here’s what they have to say…

After Dallas came out of the bullpen to strike out 71 in 39 innings as a freshman at Panola (Texas) JC in 2019, Tennessee recruited him as a reliever. Instead, he became the Volunteers’ No. 1 starter in his first year in Knoxville and helped pitched them to their first College World Series since 2005 this spring. He won eight of his 11 Southeastern Conference starts and beat Louisiana State with a career-high 12 strikeouts in the super regionals.
Dallas added a mid-80s cutter in 2021 and it has become his best weapon, a plus offering that destroys right-handers both in the strike zone and as a chase pitch. His low-80s curveball has depth and grades as solid at its best. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph and can reach 98, though it features only modest armside life and doesn’t miss many bats.
While his 5-foot-11, 206-pound build isn’t ideal for a starter, Dallas makes up for it with his ability to pound …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs sign Travis Dermott to a two year, $1.5 million AAV contract extension

The Leafs keep chipping away at some of their smaller pending free agents, as Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs have re-signed defenseman Travis Dermott to a two year contract extension with a $1.5 million annual average.

Travis Dermott signs a two-year extension with the #leafs carrying a $1.5M AAV.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 8, 2021

The contract comes after another solid season for Dermott. Offensively he didn’t generate as much, with only two goals and six points, he still provided very steady minutes in a bottom pair role, although the promise that he’d get an opportunity in the top four last offseason seemed to have not been fulfilled.
Dermott was third among Leafs defensemen in both even strength shot attempt share and expected goals with 52.41% and 56.03% in those regards, which was 48th and 18th in the league. He also lead all Leafs defensemen in shot attempts against and expected goals against per sixty minutes, which was 21st and 23rd in the league.

He may be doing it in a third pairing role, but he’s provided a lot of value for the Leafs there for the last few years, and has even still done well when he’s had to …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Denis Malgin is cheap, good depth that the Leafs could surely use

As the Leafs prepare their roster for the upcoming season, they have an option for very cheap and pretty good forward depth, and that is Denis Malgin.
We haven’t seen Malgin play a game for any Toronto club, Leafs or Marlies, since before the pandemic. During the bubble play-ins/playoffs, he was added to the Leafs’ taxi squad, but he didn’t get into any of the games. They were relatively healthy throughout the play-in series, which meant Malgin wasn’t needed then.
This season, since the AHL wasn’t starting right away, the Leafs did what many teams did with their European fringe players and loaned him back to Europe to keep playing hockey. Malgin spent his time in the National League of Switzerland, his home country, both before the play-in series and during the 2021 NHL regular season and playoffs, and both counting towards the 2020-21 season in the Swiss league.
During that season, Malgin played 45 games for the Lausanne Hockey Club, scoring 42 points in those games and finished 13th in points per game (very slightly ahead of Joe Thornton) of players who played at least 12 games, per QuantHockey (there’s some fun former NHLers in here, including …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation