Training Camp 2013 – Day #1, Live from the MasterCard Center of Excellence (and journalistic mediocrity)

Training Camp 2013 – Day #1, Live from the MasterCard Center of Excellence (and journalistic mediocrity)

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It was fun to be back at the arena again to see all of the familiar faces and some of the new ones. The Leafs were split into two teams/practice squads (Team A and Team B, very creative) that took over the ice on the Leafs rink and the Marlies rink.

Maple Leafs Training Camp Roster 2013

Latest Cuts: Stuart Percy, Andrew MacWilliam reassigned to Marlies.
#
Player
Pos.
#
Player
Pos.
* Indicates rookie tournament attendee
31Garret Sparks*G35Drew MacIntyreG
34James ReimerG45Jonathan BernierG
72Antoine Bibeau*G82Christopher Gibson* G
2Mark FraserD8Petter Granberg*D
3Dion PhaneufD12Mason RaymondF
11Jay McClementF21James van RiemsdykF
15Paul RangerD22Joe ColborneF
26John-Michael LilesD23Trevor SmithF
32Josh Leivo*F25T.J. BrennanD
37Carter AshtonF29Jerry D'AmigoF
38Frazer McLarenF36Carl GunnarssonD
39Greg McKegg*F44Morgan Rielly*D
40Troy BodieF47Tyler Biggs*F
41Nikolai KuleminF51Jake GardinerD
42Tyler BozakF52Sam CarrickF
43Nazem KadriF55Korbinian HolzerD
46David Broll*F56Spencer AbbottF
48Brad Ross*F57Andrew MacWilliam*D
49Jesse BlackerD58Andrew CrescenziF
50Stuart Percy*D59Jamie Devane*F
54Frederik Gauthier*F61Dylan YeoD
60Kevin MarshallD63David BollandF
68Zachary YuenD67Kevin Raine*D
69Trevor Murphy* D78Connor Brown*F
71David ClarksonF79Ryan Rupert*F
81Phil KesselF86Matt RupertF
92Carter Verhaeghe* F94Fabrice HerzogF

It is a big task to try and watch any given player due to the sheer number (59 individuals at camp) of skaters, but I tried my best. I wanted to focus on the newest additions and the ones who were trying to make the team.

The practice started with drills and then progressed to an organized scrimmage that stopped the shift every 20 seconds (dictated by the irritating horn on the score clock). While I was trying to watch the new guys, it was very evident that Phil Kessel is absolutely flying. His puck skills (undressed Bozak at one point) were incredible and skating is second to very few in the NHL.

I am sure most of you want to know about Jonathan Bernier, Mason Raymond, and Paul Ranger. So without further rambling, here we go. Bernier was solid. His movements are incredibly poised and under control. During the second scrimmage, I am not sure he let in a goal the entire time he was on the ice. Up/Downs are so very quick, he makes it all look very effortless. Mason Raymond is a roadrunner on the ice. Absolutely one of the fastest guys on an already quick team (caveat: I said similar about Lombardi last camp). Onto Paul Ranger, who was simple and effective in what I saw, but certainly didn’t stand out in any real regard. That is a good thing in an NHL defenceman, and I cannot wait to see more from him tomorrow.

Team B, as they are known, didn’t have the same intensity and pace that Team A did. I’m not sure why; maybe they are less talented as a group or just young, but there was a noticeable drop off in play from rink to rink.

While the hockey was fast paced, it had a few solid hits today. The first one was Mark Fraser stepping into Bradley Ross just inside the blue line. Ross got up looking pissed but realized it was Fraser, and skated to the bench with a smile on his face. Good choice. Next up was a solid battle between David Clarkson and Kevin Marshall. It was behind the net along the boards, and I thought it just may escalate to a fight; sadly, it wasn’t to be. Finally, at the end of scrimmage, Carter Ashton stepped into Dion Phaneuf in the middle of the ice. Dion wasn’t pleased but just hopped back up and continued his shift.

I had a great chat with Paul Hendrick again today, who is always engaging. We got to talk hockey for a solid 20 minutes during one of the scrimmages. He has excellent insight to the team personnel and genuinely loves hockey. New favourite media members are Jonas Siegel and Caroline Cameron from SportsNet. I think even Big Daddy smiled in my general direction today. The security lady told me where the muffins and coffee were and to “help myself,” but I prefer the Dallas Eakins style with veggies and fruits.

Sorry if this has been a huge rambling run-on sentence. My mind is spinning at this point from all of that action crammed into three hours of fun.

Thanks for reading, and see you all tomorrow.

592 comments
Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

Siegel is saying that if Franson signs a 2 year deal and the plays better than expected the parties can just tear up the contract and renegotiate a longer term deal.  Can they do that?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

If no one offer sheeted Subban, the Leafs hav e no reason to worry about Franson.  Especially with the salary cap crunch.  And now Carolina is off the table as a possible offer sheeter.

.Kong.
.Kong.

@-Keon- It's irrelevant.  Leafs will match no matter what.  Nonis has shown in the past that he's willing to bury contracts.  Franson was a straight up stud in the playoffs down the stretch.  I'm not convinced he'll never be better than a 3-4.  He looked like Pronger-Lite in the playoffs.  The kid is huge, has great offensive instinct, a great shot, and is learning to use his body more and more.  The kid's a solid 3D right now, but he still has room to grow.

Mitch92
Mitch92

@-Keon- I don't get why people categorize Franson as a "middle of the pack" type player.  He lead Leaf defensmen is points in both the regular season and play-offs(second on team for playoff points with 6 in 7 games) and was a plus player doing so while playing mostly second pairing minutes.  He has great size and reach, a great point shot with a sick release that often requires no wind-up.  He simply plays the game right!  Get real Nonis.  Get this figured out.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@-Keon- 

If a team offer sheeted for a 1 year contract, of say $3.25M wouldn't that team only give up a 2nd.

If the offer sheet was accepted by Franson, then 3 things could happen:

1)  TO doesn't match and gets a 2nd

2)  TO matches and is pissed off

3)  TO and offering team work out a better trade for Toronto in the time TO has to decide.

For a guy like Franson, this seems like a low risk to the offering team.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@-Keon- Like I said, if soupcan wasn't shown an offer sheet, i cna't see how, particuarly in today's cap climate, anyone sends one to Franson

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@MaxwellHowe 

I am willing to bet Feaster Beaster has called NoNo to "discuss"

Leafs are in a jam should they offer in the mid/high threes

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@TheCanucksnaphook Nonis needs to take care of the here and now and work out a plan while the season progresses.  Anything can happen thru the year.  Keon's right - insisting on 2-3 years only makes sense if Nonis wants to trade Franson.  I say sign him to $3million for 1 year and, if he plays well, start working on an extension after the New Year.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Murph2417 @Knights2Leafs IF they sign him for one yr, they can talk extension in January.  2 years, then after this season they can sign him to an extension, but he still has to play out the second year before the extension kicks in.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Murph2417 @Knights2Leafs Yeah, after July 1 next summer, I think they could negotiate an extension, but they could not change the existing contract, if thats the question.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@MaxwellHowe 

Because every situation is different...

Franson more affordable at high threes,with much upside and and the Leafs will be in tough to match

Very tempting for many but the old boyz network has limited much of this to near zero.

I still say Calgary would have interest

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@CanuckUKinToronto 

All depends on the talking head(s)

Jeff Blair vs Steve Simmons?

Too close to call....but leave your window down ;)

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Murph2417

Since it's part of their profession I always assume those idiot reporters should know more than me.  Turns out I'm the idiot for giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Murph2417

Then he implied poorly, because he distinctly said "tear up" and the clear inference from that is the 2nd year is cancelled.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@-Keon- 

To see if they can force TO to go with option 3.  If they can't afford Franson at $3.25 this year and with him having more arbitration rights next  year, Nonis may feel he has to move Franson and keep Liles.  That's why.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Mind Bomb 

Burkie will be on the phone(2nd line) working his dumping magic

Franson's age,contract and upward development fits the Flames perfectly

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Uncle Otis @MaxwellHowe  Morning O, I am still wondering if Colorado makes a move, with 4  1 C's and a week Defense. And Calgary should Dump, not add bro. If I am Feaster I am dumping Camalady, Wideman, Glencross 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@MaxwellHowe

Agreed,but Soupcan would have got near  twice Franson's salary

That's the biggest difference.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@MaxwellHowe

Yeah, but that's why them offersheet him at $3.25M with a handshake deal to extend in January.  Another 4 years at $4.25M.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Uncle Otis @Burtonboy Their 1st pick has gotta be top 3, Franson ain't gonna change that.  I say if the Flames offer sheet over $3.3 million, let him go.  Those picks may be gold.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Burtonboy 

We're talking Feaster( and Burkie) here

I say they might gamble...look at the ROR debacle

(but with Burke..prefer to trade)

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Uncle Otis Is Calgary willing to give us a 1st in their situation ? I kinda doubt it.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Not if Calgary drops an offer sheet

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Mitch92

Give me your address and I'll come over and kiss you in addition to the like I've give you!!!!

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Burtonboy @CanuckUKinToronto @TheCanucksnaphook  2 yrs is a lot in hockey. .. Look at like Marc Savard.  What happens if he gets injured in year 2?  not big contract and no insurance to cover.. so just unemployed and no income.. I am sure that is also a consideration. He already did a 1 yr hedge deal.. he doesnt want 3 yr total to wait for real contract..

Loric76
Loric76

@CanuckUKinToronto @Burtonboy @TheCanucksnaphook not really...with so many contracts expiring next season and only so much cap to go around everyone that wants to stay is going to take some sort of a compromise, where the year after the cap could go up a large amount and all of that would be (potentially) up for grabs by just Franson and a couple others.


Sure, Franson would take a paycut this year and next, but he has a much higher chance at a big payday by waiting two years instead of just one...especially since he'll still be an RFA next year.