The Leafs have moved Nikolai Kulemin onto long term injury reserve, freeing up $2.8 million in cap space which they’ve used to call up some extra personnel in Josh Leivo, David Broll and TJ Brennan.
While I’m still a little peeved about Kadri’s 13 minutes of usage last night, calling up an inexperienced but skilled enough top 9 option like Josh Leivo is a good call given the options at the Leafs disposal. With wingers Kulemin and Clarkson out of action for a significant number of games still, Carlyle has been playing one of Orr or Bodie next to Kadri or Bolland consistently, and Leivo might give either Kadri or Bolland a little more to work with.
We’ll have to see if TJ Brennan gets a game or not, or if this is more of a symbolic reward for his bright start with the Marlies. Brennan has 4 goals and 6 points in 2 games with the Marlies, including a hat trick in the season opener. Brennan played the majority of last season in the NHL with either Buffalo or Florida, so the Leafs do kind of have to keep this guy interested. Who would come out of the rotation for Brennan, is the question.
Michael Stephens wondered on yesterday’s hangout if someone like Brennan may be the defenceman Bob McKenzie could have been referring to when he told TSN Radio of the Leafs’ interest in flipping a blueliner for some forward help. The Leafs have plenty of defensive depth options, but are relying on a rotation of inexperienced guys on entry level contracts, outside of Bodie, to fill the gaps up front. That we’re already in this position four games into the season thanks to injuries and suspension speaks to a need for perhaps another depth forward with some experience in the NHL.
David Broll, who has two assists in two games with the Marlies, seems to be a substitute option for Devane on the 4th line as the Leafs continue to await the return of Frazer McLaren. Devane has been sent down to the Marlies along with Trevor Smith, who was up to fill in (for 5 minutes, anyway) for Jay McClement at 4th line center while McClement took the night off of killing penalties to witness the birth of his new baby boy.
I watched the Colorado game at the ACC. Anybody here, who says Kadri is a better hockey player than Matt Dushene, needs their eyes examined. Dushene is a special player.
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Gratz to Jay McClement and his wife on their new baby. Wish them happiness. Now get back to playing hockey. lol.
I dont get what happened last night. Maybe someone can clear it up for me. The colorado player was looking for a fight. He moved beside Devane, who i thought was a fighter, and they moved devane to the other side. The colorado player moved to him and they moved devane again. Then he fights bodie instead. What was up with that? Devane isnt allowed to fight? I dont get it.
I've been watching the games and I'm not particularly noticing Gunnar much aside from a couple of bad give aways but I thought he's been quiet and effective.
Of course, this could also be an issue: Leafs lead the league in give-aways with 66 while the next closest team (Winnipeg) has 40. Nothing like making life hard on yourselves...
The real issue is the injuries/suspension. When you lose Clarkson and Kulemin you are losing 2 top 9 forwards and arguably top 6 forwards. So, last night RC took his best 4 wingers and through them on the top 2 lines with Bozak and Bolland between them. Nothing wrong with that. Of course, that leaves Kadri to play with any of Orr, Bodie, Ashton and Devane. Not exactly the magnificent four :) Calling up Leivo at this point is the right thing to do.
I keep reading posts about Bolland being much better than Kadri and that's why Kadri is getting less time. They've both played 4 games, they both have 3 points, Kadri has a better face-off percentage. The only area Bolland is leading him in is plus/minus. Bolland is plus 2 and Kadri is minus 2. Plus/minus is often team related. Oh, and Bolland is leading him in better line mates.
Has TJ Brennan seriously put up 4 goals and 6 points in 2 games as a defenceman... This guy is tearing it up.
He looked good in preseason too... Although it is not always wise to take advice from Bob McKenzie, he did say in the off season and in the preseason he thinks that Brennan should get a good look and is capable of 2nd/3rd pairing minutes.
Idk if you guys saw this, but Dreger posted this on the Insider Trading article:
I'm told about a month ago, four or five teams called asking about a defenceman. They were asking about Franson and then the conversation shifted to Gardiner. Dave Nonis told all those teams, “I am not trying to move a defenceman. If you have an interest in Franson or Gardiner, make an offer, but also know that it's going to take an elite forward for me to even consider.”
Not much more than what we already know about the situation, but interesting to hear. Encouraging position Nonis is taking if the final outcome is Gardiner being moved (which I don't want to happen at all).
Carlyle better watch how he handles Nazzy. He had better start playing top 6 minutes. He should be given more of a Leash to go out with good players and be creative, not burried on the 3rd line with fucking Bodie. It was painful watching him be stuck with Orr all night.
@DeclanK Ack I am at work, after 4 bro lol :)
....wont be long before HNIC has MLHS on their backdrop!
@Burtonboy That sounds like fun.
@LeafsForLife It was a goddamned disgrace is what it was!
There is no way that Devane should be running away from Bordeleau no matter what. Even if he didn't want to go with Bords for whatever reason, it's an embarrassment to the team to see a tough guy chased around like that. It basically does the opposite of intimidating the opponents and providing confidence to team mates.
Carlyle made the right move in sending him down and bringing up Broll. Broll's got himself all nervous (did you see him blink like a million times in his last NHL bout?) and hasn't performed the way he should have in his rookie tourney and preseason bouts, nowhere near the form he had in the AHL last year, but at least we know with him he's not going to back down.
Don't think Devane wanted to give Colorado any momentum. Leafs were up 1-0 at that point. No point in Devane fighting. Guess Bodie saw otherwise
@Jmessih Holy crap pls no and thank god Randy doesn't see it that way. When McLaren comes back, he's in and Bodie is out. I don't want to see anymore of huggy bear Bodie and I don't know whether to be disgusted with Devane or just disappointed with another rookie mistake - no idea what was going through his mind.
nobody is scared of Ashton and Devane needs more time to develop. McClaren was great last year. No reason is changing that.
@Wilbur Ashton doesn't generally shy away from the opposition.....really hoping he can create some room for Kadri and Leivo to work some magic.
@The_Irv Franson - his best game yet. I can't believe how good he has gotten. Going to be very hard (impossible?) to send him down now...
@The_Irv He looked awesome in the opener and then less awesome in the game on Sunday.
I hope Carlyle doesn't start giving Kadri a Graboesque type treatment this year... In todays NHL one player is not going to create much on his own(save for the elites...Crosby etc...) Kadri needs to play with skilled line mates who can help him produce offensively. Kadri is talented, and has the skillset to produce consistently if given the chance.
However the main problem here is the depth on wing depleting due to suspensions and injuries. If Kulemin and Clarkson were back in the lineup both Kadri and Bolland have legitimate line mates.
They will each have two of either Kulemin, Clarkson, Raymond, or Lupul who are all producing wingers. Just need another 6-10 games to get them back in the lineup. I'm a fan of Leivo and think he could help out.
@2minutes I think they need to give him a game or two on the top line to show they confidence in him. If theres no chemistry move him back down.
@2minutes Put him on a line with some offence.. jesus
@2minutes Yeah, much as I love Orr - that is true. But, Bolland is better right now. Tough spot for Carlyle. Maybe he can move him to the wing? He can't win faceoffs anyway...
And fucking Bodei is right. What a joke of a tough guy he is.
Colorado should have gotten an instigator for that.
@Gilbey93 @Wilbur That sounds like a reasonable argument. Of course, he's also out there with weaker wingers. Let's at least give him someone who knows what the back of the net looks like. Hey Kadri, we'd like to put you out against some weaker opponents and have you work on your passing game. Here's a couple of pylons as line mates :)
@The_Irv Ya, it's tough when you have over a full line out. Kul-McClement- Clarkson (McLaren), but in about 2 weeks all 3 will be in the lineup again. Jay will be back tomorrow.
Apparently Kadri was benched toward the end of the Philly game. I don't know if it's just because we have better options late in the game or if he pissed off Randy. Bozak can take a backseat if it means Nazzy gets to play. Bolland is looking great, but Kadri has more offensive potential. He plays better with more ice time, so throw him in there when we need a goal. He's hands down our most offensive gifted C, so when we are down, get him out there! Especially when he's sat a lot of the game, you know he's just dying to get out there and make something happen!
I didn't mean Bordeleau.
I was talking about McLeod.
@Jmessih @LeafsForLife @GreekGod Its a matter of opinion, but they are effective at what role they play. In the playoffs, only 1 would play and is needed. I remember a couple years ago boston coming in and pushed us around all night and we lost 8-0. Dont like watching my team get pushed around and especially losing 8-0. Its embarassing. The enforcers make the team play bigger. Thats the bottom line.
Well, it worked pretty well for us last year... having both Orr and MacClaren in the line up that is. Players take notice when they are on the ice and are quick to move the puck which causes turnovers in fear of getting hit. Ashton doesn't cause the fear in his opponents. Devane still needs time in the AHL.
@2minutes Yeah, exactly, and that's exactly the opposite what the team needs. How are they supposed to get pumped up when their supposed tough guy embarrasses himself like that? I'm done with Bodie, he's dead and forgotten to me.
I find guys grab on tight when they don't really want to fight... Want to make it look like they do, but are clearly more concerned about getting tagged than throwing shots.
@-Keon- Bozak looked worse than Kadri in every aspect last night IMO
@-Keon- Didn't mind Ashton's game last night, but christ.. put Naz with Lupul... or throw him between Kessel and JVR FFS. Colton Orr scores like 2 goals a year.
@2minutes Yeah, going to be very tough to replace Brown's contribution. But remember, we're supposed to have Clarkson. Fraser is supposed to be there as well. Ashton should also contribute if he knows what's good for him. Bodie I've given up on - he's got to go.
@2minutes Clarkson will fill that role very well when he comes back
Don't know... It's also starting to feel like teams just don't want to fight Orr. I'm always a fan of having a Mike Brown type guy around who can spark up some emotion with a middleweight fight. McLaren does a good job at gettin in em for his size, but I sure do miss Mike Brown.
@2minutes I want to know why the hell Orr was on the ice with 3 minutes left and we're down by 1.
@2minutes @wendelsway1 @dlb eh @Dan39 That was last year and I'd say our whole team was playing well, for the most part. New season, new players, more veteran depth. He's gonna have to earn it, plain and simple....he's the rookie of the bunch. This is what happens on every team with depth....it's called paying your dues. He'll get his chances this season.
@dlb eh @Dan39 Okay....I'll bite. Because as much as we all want Kadri to succeed, he hasn't played significantly better than a vet....and that's what he's going to have to do in order to move up in the line up. Kadri's just like everyone else....has to earn his ice time. I'm not Carlyle, but seems to me he trusts the vets more that he does Kadri, at this point, to play a two way game. He'll get his chances.
In some ways, but when you are down 2-1, you need Kadri out there. If you are up 2-1, you want Bolland.
It's simply because Kadri has the potential to catch fire and break a game open offensively. He hasn't earned it yet, but for fucks sakes, give him a chance to do it. When a guy is struggling, putting him with Orr and Bodie sure as fuck isn't going to help him out of it. It just creates more frustration for him.