MLHS Morning Mashup: Playing for Pride

MLHS Morning Mashup: Playing for Pride

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Photo Credit: The Canadian Press via Marlies.ca

It was a relatively uneventful off day for the Leafs, with the only noteworthy news being the report from AM640 that J.S. Giguere will undergo a sports hernia surgery this summer. The team is back on the ice today to prepare for tomorrow’s game when they play host to the Montreal Canadiens. Just like the Leafs final game one year ago, they will be playing for pride and would like nothing more than to finish off their season series with Montreal by defeating their original six rivals in front of the hometown fans at the Air Canada Centre.

There are only ten returning Leaf players from the team that defeated Montreal 4-3 in overtime on April 10th of last year. Among those players includes a strong trio of defenseman in Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and Mike Komisarek. Up front, Tyler Bozak, Tim Brent, Mikhail Grabovski, Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Fredrik Sjostrom were all members of last year’s team. One key player in last season’s finale against the Canadiens was Christian Hanson, who scored two goals and added an assist in the win. Fellow Marlies teammate and recently acquired centre Joe Colborne is expected to be recalled by the Leafs prior to the game, so he can get a taste of NHL action before heading into the off season.

Colborne has had an impressive stint since joining the Marlies, exhibiting a real scoring touch with eight goals, seven assists and 15 points in 19 games. If Leafs brass decides to bring him up, he could be sampled in various spots in the lineup, perhaps spending some time centering Kessel or Marlie teammate Nazem Kadri. It should be a nice taste of NHL action at the very least and at most his first step in making the case for full-time NHL duty as early as this fall.

Quotables:

“For me, if I want to be attractive to anybody I’ve got to get myself fixed, there’s no doubt about that. You can’t really go through a season like this where you’re no good to yourself and you’re no good to your team. It’s been challenging that way. I personally don’t want to have to go through another season like that so I’ve got to get myself fixed. And once that’s fixed hopefully I can have a strong season next year.”

- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, courtesy of AM 640′s Jonas Siegel

Leafs Links:

AM640 Exclusive: Giguere To Undergo Offseason Surgery

Jonas Siegel breaks the news of Giguere having to undergo a sports hernia surgery this summer after reaggravating his groin several times this season.

Colourful time with Whalers ‘great experience’ for young Giguere

The Star’s Mark Zwolinski looks at Giguere’s experience as a young NHLer with the Hartford Whalers.

Here’s why the Leafs fall down

Story from the Toronto Sun about the Leafs‘ pretty obvious need to start the season strong and avoid digging a hole for themselves a hole early on in the season.

Former Leaf prospect wins sex-abuse case

An unnamed Leaf prospect was awarded $605,000 after being sexually assault by his B.C. coach, which prevented him from fulfilling his NHL dream.

THN.com Blog: Re-visiting pre-season predictions

The Leafs have overachieved based on Adam Proteau’s early season predictions by one spot in the standings. Proteau thinks the team is in great shape and will be much better with full seasons from James Reimer and Joffrey Lupul.

Toronto Sports Media Radio Lineups

TSM reveals that AM640 personality and host of The Bill Watters show, Bryan Hayes, is the latest addition to TSN Radio and will host the 10-1pm time slot as of next Wednesday.

Let Down in Lake Erie

Kyle Cicerella at AM640 recaps the Marlies 3-2 loss to Lake Erie on Wednesday.

Other hockey links:

McGuire, VP of NHL’s Central Scouting, dies of cancer at 58

The hockey world lost a great man yesterday to an awful disease that already claimed the life of Mandi Schwartz earlier this week. McGuire was a hard working, passionate man who was described by his friends and colleagues as simply a ‘very nice guy’ who always made time to talk to people. My thoughts and prayers go out to EJ McGuire’s family and friends.

University of Michigan, University of Minnesota-Duluth to square off for NCAA title

George Malik at Kukla’s Korner offers his thoughts on Saturday’s NCAA final. Matt Frattin’s North Dakota team were eliminated by Michigan last night.

Mourning The End Of Your Team’s Season

Rick Moldovanyi at Houses of the Hockey has a few suggestions for coping with the realization of your team not making the playoffs.

The last Nordique dreams of NHL’s return to Quebec City

Longtime member of the Colorado Avalanche Adam Foote hangs up the skates after 19 seasons.

Shawinigan awarded 2012 Memorial Cup

The Shawinigan Cataractes earned the right to host host the 2012 Memorial Cup after beating out bids from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Halifax Mooseheads and Saint John Sea Dogs.

Case for Daniel Sedin against the Corey Perry MVP movement

Greg Wyshysnki from Puck Daddy makes a case for Sedin to win the Hart Trophy over Perry.

Video: Fan throws salmon at Canucks game, creeps out ref

Canucks fans might be starting a new playoff tradition similar to Hockeytown’s octopi.

Fantasy Hockey: Western Conference dark horse players

Dobber Hockey looks at some underrated players who could make noise in the post season.

Last Night in Leafs Prospects:

Defenceman Jesse Blacker scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to lift the Owen Sound to a 4-3 victory in the first game of their second round series with the Plymouth Whalers. Game two gets underway on Saturday night in Plymouth.

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