East contender trading for Jae Crowder would be awful for Raptors

East contender trading for Jae Crowder would be awful for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors should be perusing the trade market right now, as it is never too early for Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster to be looking at every potential avenue with which they can improve this team. A Jae Crowder trade appears imminent, and Toronto would be wise to ask around about his availability. Crowder […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Drake fuels Raptors’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rumors with IG post

Drake fuels Raptors’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rumors with IG post

The Toronto Raptors missed out on big trade names like Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell during the 2022-23 offseason, but there is still one big name left on the market that Masai Ujiri could chase. The Raptors haven’t given up on adding Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. While the Thunder are allegedly trying to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Even though the prospect of a Kevin Durant trade is looking less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors are keeping their feelers extended. The sticking point in trade negotiations may end up being reigning Rookie of the Year and Raptors fan favorite Scottie Barnes, who has long been considered an immovable piece of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Even though a Kevin Durant trade remains fantastical given the mountain of picks and players needed, the Toronto Raptors are one of just a handful of teams with the requisite pieces needed to jigsaw together a respectable offer. However, another contender in the division appears to have joined the fray. The Boston Celtics are fresh […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Here’s why a Raptors-Bojan Bogdanovic trade shouldn’t happen

Here’s why a Raptors-Bojan Bogdanovic trade shouldn’t happen

As the Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell trade rumors continue to swirl, the Toronto Raptors would not be viewed unusually if they decided to go for a slightly less bombastic trade package. Utah Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic has popped up in the rumor mill in recent weeks. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon mentioned that he thinks Toronto […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What the Matt Murray trade is and isn’t

The Matt Murray trade was doomed to poor reviews from the very beginning. For starters, Matt Murray has been injury prone and struggled since his final year in Pittsburgh leading to some truly unfortunate time in Ottawa, especially if you primarily looking at his save percentage as the best measure of success for him. Until word of Murray to Toronto became a thing and there was a need to justify his numbers, there probably weren’t too many Leafs fans that viewed Matt as their first choice for manning the net this season. It gets more complicated when the return and retention offered to Buffalo at the draft exceeds what Toronto received. The Leafs don’t have a bargain goaltender, no matter who your guy was, Murray isn’t it, and it all feels very reactionary to a goaltending market that has caved in over the past couple of days. You don’t need to like it, but the good news is that if healthy, Matt Murray seemingly offers a lot more than Jack Campbell did.
About a month ago I compared some numbers of rumoured Leafs targets to their incumbent goaltenders. Matt Murray fared pretty well…

GOALS SAVED ABOVE EXPECTED/60
ERIC COMRIE
0.603
2ND
DARCY KUEMPER
0.387
7TH
VILLE HUSSO
0.346
8TH
MATT MURRAY
0.163
18TH
SCOTT WEDGEWOOD
0.046
27TH
BRADEN HOLTBY
0.032
29TH
JACK …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation