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Jon Abbott / Paul Henrick

Live streaming video from MapleLeafs.com

Some of the interviews in case you missed them during the live stream:

Bernier:

Fraser:

McLaren:

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Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Found some chatter about Ranger on a hockey board today. A Tampa fan had this to say about when Ranger last played:

"He played #2 minutes. He was an anchor on the PK and logged 3:30+ a game (in 08-09 he was clocking over 4 minutes a game), 2nd unit PP time. Played 25+ minutes a game.

Was probably slightly overmatched in that role. Ideally at that stage he was the anchor on the 2nd unit as opposed to playing top pairing minutes game in game out. (bear in mind he was only 24-25 at this point, with less than 200GP)

When Boyle went down in 08-09 he was the Lightnings #1 dman.

Mobility was excellent, outside of that he wasn't outstanding at anything, he was just good at everything. Two way dman with a decent first pass, positionally sound defensively, didn't jump into the play enough (could have come from playing with Boyle).

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

From last year:

"Ranger, a 2002 sixth-round pick by Tampa Bay, was so highly regarded, then-coach John Tortorella said in 2005-06 of the rookie that he already had one of the league's best first passes out of the defensive zone.

"There's no doubt in my mind," Lightning wing Marty St. Louis said when asked if Ranger will be able to play. "When he was with us he was so good. he had so much potential, I don't think it will be too hard for him. I'm happy for him that he's coming back."

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Okokok.

Winter classic purchase.

Lupul jersey? Or ________?

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

The new voice of the Marlies Todd Crocker is irritating me already....his interview with Ranger was bordering on ridiculous.  Ask some real freakin questions man.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

And all I can say is I’m going to be the best that I can, and I know that I have greatness within me, and I’m going to do everything I can to prove it to myself, first and foremost - Beauty!

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

$4.25M cap for Hodgson. Probably works out good for Buffalo long term.  

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Xxxxxnew hope he can get back to that, hes a big big boy and i spoke to him once at a marlies game. Nice guy

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Burtonboy 

So, Nonis is insisting on a 2 year deal?
Besides the fact we have a bunch of pending free agents to lock up next summer, why in the world would he wan't Franson to be an UFA when his deal expires?

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Loric76 I still have "red flags" about the way he talks.  I wish him the very best however...Hope he actually does feel great and becomes a Star in the NHL.

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

I count 6 shots from that paragraph alone. Damn mcloki's media day bingo. (Hic)

JMAC17
JMAC17

@Dangle_My_Berries man that was some great stuff there.

This team is full of guys proud to wear the jersey now...but Ranger tops them all....this could be a yell of a story!


Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I still have trouble gauging how good he is. Not that he isn't good. Just haven't seen him shine in any of the games I've watched him.

ingy56
ingy56

@Bobsyouruncle Nypreos is having some trouble multiplying that x 6. Stay in school you kids.

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Burtonboy 

great article.

seems we have a lot of players on the team, and in the wings ... who feel like Ranger does.  pride in wearing that Maple Leafs sweater.  they're not just giving us lip service when they say it.  heart is going to win it.  we're going to win it all.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Burtonboy Love that he said privileged, when asked what he thought about being a part of all this (playing in TO)......Jesus, I`m cheering for this guy and hope he has a tremendous camp.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I'm glad I found an assessment from a non leaf fan who saw him before he left. Also, on that fan site there a couple of fans who are still pissed at him that he left.

The Toronto Maple Leaf
The Toronto Maple Leaf

@.JVR. @Burtonboy Maybe because the term is too low for those two years. He would 28 coming out of a 2 year deal. He probably wants to take advantage of these prime years.

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

I've got a Kadri white jersey from last year. Bought in a fit of ecstasy after that first hat trick

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@TheCanucksnaphook @Loric76 I know what your talking about in the sense that when he talks to the media it seems as if hes got unresolved issues. That being said, we really dont know the guy, so lets watch him play and let it speak for himself

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

I suspect he lost the ability for figuring multiples of 6 from that time when he was in a coma on the ice choking on a growing pool of his own blood.

Loric76
Loric76

@.JVR. @The Toronto Maple Leaf cause Nonis knows Franson won't make the same mistake twice, and will opt for arbitration next year.  The arbritor will give him a big cheque, making it harder to sign all the other free agents, and then Franson will walk the year after.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@The Toronto Maple Leaf

Yea, but if he signs a one year deal, he'll be in the same position next summer.  A RFA with no leverage.


If he signs a two year deal, he'll be an UFA when the deal expires and he'll have a ton of leverage to cash in on a big payday.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@wiski

haha, and the Liles ones with the #24 on them too

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Xxxxxnew ya for sure, i imagine this kind of thing happens to a bunch of young players. Anyone who's ever gone away for university or college has probably gone through a similar experience.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Loiselle was saying last summer that this sort of situation pops up with young players a lot more than fans realize, but Ranger just went one step further and got away from the game for a while. His agent was saying he got the bug again while coaching kids teams back in Ontario.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@TheCanucksnaphook @Dangle_My_Berries in addition, you really never know how a young hockey player is gonna adapt to change. Some of them can make the adjustment easy, move from home at a young age, deal with expectations, live on their own, be away from their families for extended periods of time, deal with the media pressure, deal with fan scrutiny and expectations. I think there are times in everyones life where they aren't at their strongest, and sometimes its best to take time to reconfigure and revisit priorities. I don't hold any of this over Paul's head cause hes just showing us that hes a human being like everyone else and imperfect. It's his willingness to reinvent himself that is the most important thing here

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@TheCanucksnaphook @Dangle_My_Berries same, and who knows where this goes for him. He wouldn't have made this progressive return to the NHL had he not put alot of thought into it. Not to mention management would have done their homework on Ranger prior to signing him, his old team mates in Tampa had nothing but glowing praise for the guy and if he gets the support he needs, I see him being a good player for us 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Loric76 @Dangle_My_Berries @TheCanucksnaphook I know what you mean Phook, something seems off about the guy. I hope he plays great and I'm glad we have another passionate leaf player but aside from that he seems off lol thats the only way I can describe it "off"

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Dangle_My_Berries Agreed.  I want him to succeed and prove to himself that he CAN do it.  And he actually does ENJOY playing the game at a high level.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Dangle_My_Berries Exactly.  Like he is trying to convince himself with words or phrases he has been taught by a therapist.  I could be wrong but I do have a knack of reading people well.  

newkb
newkb

@ConnorCrisp He finished a distant second in that fight.  I think if you watch the fight very carefully, you can actually pinpoint the very moment that you knew that simple math would no longer be possible for him...

dlb meh
dlb meh

@-Keon- 

yep.  and with that CAP hit he won't have to be perfect, so others might catch on too

Loric76
Loric76

@-Keon- I bet CBC does one of their pre-game spotlight video's on him

Loric76
Loric76

@Burtonboy @rustynail @-Keon-“It was a lot of needed challenges, both on and off the ice, and it went well. And here I am. Look at what I’m wearing.”

He taps the Maple Leaf on his chest. His eyes are bright, shining.

“Right? So I’m proud. I can’t wait to get started.”

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@rustynail @-Keon-And all I can say is I’m going to be the best that I can, and I know that I have greatness within me, and I’m going to do everything I can to prove it to myself, first and foremost