The Leafs have moved Frazer McLaren to the long-term injury reserve with a broken finger, availing $700,000 in cap space, and recalled Troy Bodie after passing him through waivers yesterday. Bodie can be sent down again without passing through waivers provided he doesn’t stick longer than 10 games or 30 days.
The #leafs have recalled Troy Bodie, sent John-Michael Liles to the AHL and placed Frazer McLaren on LTIR. Let the season begin.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 30, 2013
The Leafs have opted for Bodie and his 100+ games in NHL experience to replace McLaren on the 4th line. Bodie’s skating stride may be offensive to the eyes, but he’s a big man who can deceptively cover ground once he reaches his top gear. He put in a solid effort in camp, went hard to the net and found some opportunities, and he flashed some modest puck skills in the preseason finale vs. Detroit. He looked like a man possessed in that game, and while he was largely competing against AHL defencemen, he looked hungry and he’s got the size and pugilistic qualities Carlyle expects of at least two members of his 4th line. Expect him to play with McClement and Orr on line 4 tomorrow.
How Randy Carlyle manages Rielly in the group of 7 will be interesting. Does he play tomorrow over one of the other six regulars? Will Carlyle wait for a Fraser, Ranger or (based on some of Carlyle’s recent interviews) Gardiner to struggle before giving Rielly his first regular season game? The Leafs have 9 games to sort out where he stands.
What follows is the Leafs’ 22-man roster for opening night vs. the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow:
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.25m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.2m) / Phil Kessel ($5.4m)
Joffrey Lupul ($5.25m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.9m) / Carter Ashton ($1.04m)
Mason Raymond ($1.0m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($2.8m)
Troy Bodie ($0.6m) / Jay McClement ($1.5m) / Colton Orr ($0.925m)
David Clarkson ($5.25m) [suspended]
Dion Phaneuf ($6.5m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.15m)
Cody Franson ($2.0m) / Jake Gardiner ($1.117m)
Mark Fraser ($1.275m) / Paul Ranger ($1.0m)
Morgan Rielly ($1.744m)
James Reimer ($1.8m)
Jonathan Bernier ($2.9m)
Buyout: Darcy Tucker ($1.0m)
Buyout: Colby Armstrong ($1.0m)
Buried: John-Michael Liles ($2.950m)
CAP SPACE: $165,833
If we resign Kessel to a Max deal then we will have Kessel, Lupul, Clarkson, JVR, Bozak all signed until at least 2018-19
Assuming we give Naz a long term contact next time around we would have a our top 6 locked up for a long time.
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René Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Daniel Brière - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty
Brendan Gallagher - Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyuk
George Parros - Brandon Prust - Travis Moen
P.K. Subban - Andrei Markov
Josh Gorges - Jarred Tinordi
Francis Bouillon - Raphaël Diaz
Soft top 9 and very soft defence. We will crush them into the ground
Its a good roster, I do not have much worry our team will fail. Even with Clarkson out, we can roll 4 lines with more confidence than previous years.
so what happens now?
i think Nonis packages Liles with a prospect or pick to get rid of him and free up some cap space.. he tried getting him off the books for free by placing him on waivers but since no one bit, time to get this guy back in the NHL
hes not a komi or finger type player, Liles deserves better than to ride the bus.
Maple Leaf haters are gonna hate. Same SHIT different season! Tune out these assholes or you'll end up like me;) When the maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup , you'll here whining and crying about how bad it is for hockey, blah...blah. Fuck em, Fuck em all. I know who dominates mainstream media in canada and their favorite team is NOT the leafs even though we have the most fans. But I'm not going to open up fucking pandora's box.
@leafsbuzztap bodie had a strong camp deserves the injury replacement spot
Question. If Kulemin seems like hes not going to resign, and Bernier or Reimer plays well, would anyone trade Reimer/Bernier + Kulemin for something? Sean Couturier? Am I dreaming?
@Loric76 Good decision if true
@Loric76 There is justice...
@TheCanucksnaphook Plekanec and Bourque are on their first line. Cheer up
@Jay_Berg Fast capable and skilled. Never underestimate your enemy.
I am not sure if another team picked up Liles off waivers from us that we would have gotten his entire salary off of our books. Isn't it that both teams would have to split his salary meaning Leafs would be on the hook for half his salary if another team picked him up?
Then I'm just happy that nobody picked Liles up nonetheless
@whalz Nothing happens, our team plays, the Marlies get ready. And we see how the season starts playing out for us and other teams. Opportunity arrives as fast as disaster in the NHL.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan lol we will see
@-Keon- available on line? If so what's the link?
@-Keon- Be sweet when the loathsome Habs cheering relative drop over for brunch
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I don't think that line up is correct . Ashton was 3 rd line today and Kulie was with Kadri and Lupul
@Jordan29 I would prefer Simmonds.
@Jordan29 No I want two high end goalies.
@Jordan29 Couturier? No way. I wouldn't do Bernier straight up for him.
lol....might need to send a 2nd rd pick? we didnt have much leverage as Colborne didnt exactly have the greatest camp and therefore we got a 4th rd pick instead of nothing for him.
@Jay_Berg We certainly shouldn't be giving away any more forwards.
Seems like the most likely option unless Nonis gets a deal where we don't retain any salary. That'll be up to him to decide. ie is the cap space more important then say McKegg or someone along that line
@whalz Yes yes, I know. Some other people outplayed him in a 10 day pre-season. Not interested in the debate about Colborne specifically - I wasn't a huge fan either. The point is, were our cap better managed, we would have had the option of keeping him as the 4th forward AND the guys who outplayed him.
im sure we could of kept him, but it was obvious the wingers and centres we had signed made him expendable..Hell mason raymond and Carter Ashton stole that job away from Colborne.
@Jay_Berg Then just buy him out at the end of the season. Not worth it.
@Jay_Berg He was only worth a 4th in a very specific situation - where our cap was maxed out and we were going to lose him for nothing.
@Jordan29 @Cameron19 @-Keon- Yea, but as usual, people have misinterpreted me on this. I'm not saying we can't afford to keep everyone - I agree, we probably can. We may have to accept a downgrade on Kulemin, and we MAY have to move a goalie, but generally speaking, we should be okay. All I've said that is "negative", is that we will not have the cap to add to what we already have. If someone could show me how it is possible, I will gladly change my mind.