Raptors trade rumors: Is OG Anunoby unhappy with Toronto?

Raptors trade rumors: Is OG Anunoby unhappy with Toronto?

The Toronto Raptors are looking anywhere and everywhere in their quest to find a potential trade suitor that can help turn this team into a contender. Masai Ujiri may even do something as drastic as trading away OG Anunoby. Anunoby, along with Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet, has been identified as a player that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

The Toronto Raptors are starting to kick their trade pursuits into high gear, as Gary Trent Jr. is being shopped all around the league. While he could be traded away to avoid having to pay him a gigantic contract in free agency, Trent is arguably having the best season of his career. Trent has averaged […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Why Chris Boucher could be Raptors’ most tradable asset in 2023

Why Chris Boucher could be Raptors’ most tradable asset in 2023

The Toronto Raptors need to give their roster quite the system shock in the next few weeks, as they have to pivot away from their “Vision 6-9” identity and set themselves up for success in the modern NBA. Such a move could lead to Chris Boucher getting tossed to the wayside. Boucher started the season […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NBA Twitter roasts Raptors after pathetic shooting start vs. Bucks

NBA Twitter roasts Raptors after pathetic shooting start vs. Bucks

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors had an opportunity to get their season back on track in a nationally televised game against the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks. Instead of jumping at that opportunity, the Raptors embarrassed themselves in one of the most pathetic performances anyone will ever see. The Raptors missed their first 15 shots and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs set to visit Arizona Coyotes in 5,000-seat Mullett Arena for the first time

Toronto Maple Leafs set to visit Arizona Coyotes in 5,000-seat Mullett Arena for the first time

The Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice for their first game at the 5,000-seat Mullett Arena in Tempe, AZ when they take on the streaking Arizona Coyotes on Thursday evening.

The Coyotes (12–16–5) toppled the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 6–3 on Tuesday. They’ve been one of the National Hockey League’s best teams at home this season, posting a 6–3–2 record through their first stretch of games at the brand-new arena.
The Maple Leafs are used to playing in front of big crowds at Scotiabank Arena, but the Coyotes have one thing going for them that the Leafs don’t: a sellout streak. Arizona has sold out each of its first 11 home games at Mullett Arena this season, with attendance capped at 4,600 in its NHL configuration; as of midnight on December 29, the cheapest seats for Thursday’s Toronto/Arizona game were listed at $190 USD, with standing room passes also available for $150.
Mullett Arena, the NHL’s newest and smallest rink, has drawn rave reviews from players for the quality of its ice surface. Construction also recently finished on brand-new home and visitor NHL dressing rooms, the latter of which ranks among the largest in the league — a far cry from the temporary hodgepodge put together for the Coyotes’ first homestand.
The new rooms are firmly big-league quality.

👀#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Iqm3JMa5XK
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 19, 2022

The Coyotes are preparing for their arena and entertainment district proposal to go before Tempe citizens in a referendum this coming May. Until then, they’re firmly in rebuilding mode, albeit with the likes of Clayton Keller, …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Some love for Pat Tabler after three decades in the Blue Jays’ broadcast booth

Sometimes when sports fans watch their favourite team play every game, listening to the same announcers can get taken for granted easily. I grew up listening to some of the all-time greats: Brent Musberger, Jim Nantz, Al Michaels, and so many more. Our Canadian viewers, you guys may have favourites of your own. Regardless, there are memorable plays we can associate with that one broadcaster’s voice.

For the Toronto Blue Jays, the last decade-plus some change of baseball has been narrated by Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler, with a recent sprinkle of Dan Shulman.
It was announced earlier in the week that Tabler, longtime colour announcer of Blue Jays baseball on Sportsnet, has done his final game in the booth. Tabler had been working with TSN and Sportsnet since 1993.
Whatever your feelings are about Tabler and his commentary, he was an integral part of the Toronto Blue Jays media. The “swing and a drive” calls from Martinez were always followed up by some instant analysis from Tabby, as he was nicknamed.
Tabler, who has as many home runs as a Blue Jay as Munenori Kawasaki, spent two seasons with Toronto as a player. He was a part of the 1992 World Series club, serving as a utility man. One of the more unique assets of Tabl …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays fill part of their outfield puzzle by signing Kevin Kiermaier

Well, the Jays have added their 4th outfielder!

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have agreed to terms with centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

Damn autocorrect. Blue Jays in agreement with Kevin Kiermaier pending physical, per industry source. https://t.co/XzRWiuhxUP
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) December 10, 2022

First things first, Kevin Kiermaier will more than likely be Raimel Tapia’s replacement, and NOT Teoscar Hernández’s replacement. My assumption is that they’ll end up signing a corner outfielder such as Andrew Benintendi or Michael Conforto or something.
But what about Kiermaier? What drove the Jays to sign the 32-year-old outfielder? To put it bluntly, his defence is really good.
Last season he finished with a 2 Defensive Runs Saved and 1 Outs Above Average in 482.1 innings played in centre field, which is just slightly above average. However, Kiermaier was dealing with a hip injury. The season before, he had a 13 DRS and 11 OAA in 894.2 innings.
Of course, Kiemaier isn’t in his defensive prime anymore, as he once finished with a 38 DRS (which is fucking nuts) in 2015. His best Outs Above Average season came in 2019 with an 18 OAA.
Still, Kiermaier has a strong arm, and when healthy, he has excellent range and speed in the outfield. He’s a definite upgrade over Raimel Tapia.
Regarding the bat, it’s not unfair to say he’s slightly below average. In 221 plate appearances in 2022, he slashed .228/.281/.369 with seven homers and a 27.6 K% for a 90 wRC+. Kiermaier’s best season came in 2017, where he slashed .276/.338/.450 with 15 homers for a 113 wRC+. Last season, he had a 101 wRC+, so there is positivity with the bat when he’s healthy.
Speaking of which, the big key to Kiermaier’s success is staying healthy. If he is, Kiermaier will easily pro …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Celtics gush over O.G. Anunoby after another All-Star-type game

Raptors: Celtics gush over O.G. Anunoby after another All-Star-type game

The Toronto Raptors have lost three of their last four games, with their only win coming against arguably the NBA’s worst team in the Magic. While the defense has been suspect of late, as evidenced by the beat-up Boston Celtics scoring 116 points during their third game in four nights, O.G. Anunoby remains consistently excellent. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

SDA on the way, Knies heating up, Voit finding twine: Leafs Prospect Roundup

SDA on the way, Knies heating up, Voit finding twine: Leafs Prospect Roundup

The Leafs have failed to supplement their roster with cheap, homegrown talent in recent years after some mostly fruitless drafts during the Lou Lamoriello era, but we may be starting to see the beginnings of the Leafs’ next youth movement. Building through the draft is paramount for any organization looking to sustain success, and the Leafs are hoping this next wave of young players will eventually aid them in doing just that.
Kyle Dubas’ first draft at the helm of the Leafs was in 2018, when they landed Rasmus Sandin with the 29th pick after trading down from the 25th spot. Sandin took the fast track to the NHL and appears to be growing into a player capable of handling top-four minutes, but he isn’t the only player from that draft class who has factored in for the Leafs so far in 2022-23.
Mac Hollowell, who recently earned his first call to the NHL and has registered a pair of assists through six games, was chosen in the fourth round as an overaged prospect. Filip Král was drafted in the fifth round and got his first taste of NHL …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Raptors are right for not changing stance on Kevin Durant trade

Raptors are right for not changing stance on Kevin Durant trade

Considering their healthy collection of tradeable assets and desire to start competing for a championship in the near future, the Toronto Raptors were often considered a prime landing spot for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant after he requested a trade in the summer. The main sticking point that Masai Ujiri was hung up on in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ