Josh Leivo, T.J. Brennan, David Broll recalled; Devane & Smith sent to Marlies

Josh Leivo, T.J. Brennan, David Broll recalled; Devane & Smith sent to Marlies

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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.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
186 comments
mr_hanie
mr_hanie

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.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Dam how did lupul get hurt again

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

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.

sniperstar
sniperstar

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.

Wilbur
Wilbur

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...

Wilbur
Wilbur

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.

The_Irv
The_Irv

Missed last nights game due to work :(. How did Rielly look and who was he paired with??

Wilbur
Wilbur

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.

The_Irv
The_Irv

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.

vji67
vji67

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). 

2minutes
2minutes

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.

Dan39
Dan39

@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.   


GreekGod
GreekGod

@LeafsForLife 

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 

Dan39
Dan39

@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. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Jmessih 

nobody is scared of Ashton and Devane needs more time to develop. McClaren was great last year. No reason is changing that.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@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.

Dan39
Dan39

@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...

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Wilbur 

assuming JVR-Bozak-Kessel remains together, would you play Kadri or Bolland between (your choice of wingers) to play against the other team's top lines?  to me, Bolland is the easy choice for this matchup.

Dan39
Dan39

@The_Irv He looked awesome in the opener and then less awesome in the game on Sunday. 

The_Irv
The_Irv

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.

Matty
Matty

@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.

Dan39
Dan39

@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. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@2minutes 

i'm curious to know why you think Carlyle is treating him the way he is.

do you think Carlyle has a problem with him personally?  is Kadri is playing well and playing how Carlyle wants?  do you think the coach just likes other players more?

.JVR.
.JVR.

@GreekGod

Colorado should have gotten an instigator for that.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@GreekGod @Jmessih Ashton Devane and Bodie are not going to stop that big brontosaurus in Buffalo from going after our stars. But put Orr and McLaren in the line-up and the mood changes quickly.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Gilbey93 @Wilbur 

I think what Carlyle doesn't like in Kadri's game at the moment is his turnovers. Kid has the second most turnovers on the team going into last night's game. 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@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 :)

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93 

and i think he's doign that for reasons....Fenton...suggested it might be (below some where)

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@wiski

i'm torn between liking that and wanting a call once in a while lol

2minutes
2minutes

@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.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Airfreshener 

Carlyle has played JVR, Kessel and Lupul regularily.  Bozak has been given a regular shift.  Bolland in some games, regular shift.  McClemment, lot of key shifts.

which offensive players are left?  Raymond.  Ashton.

if you put Raymond with Naz, who plays with Bolland in the matchup role?

if Kadri plays with one or two of the top wingers they need to come out a plus at the end of the night or all their goals aren't going to satisfy the coach.

i find it tough putting Kadri in an important role until he A) starts winning faceoffs and B) starts proving he's reliable all over the ice.  until then, he's still capable of bringing energy minutes and hopefully chipping in some bonus scoring.

i think he played more as the clock ticked down last night, when we needed a goal, didn't he?

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@dlb eh @2minutes I think, or would at least hope, Carlyle is more of a pro then to not play him because of a personal reason. 

He probably just doesn't like something Kadri is doing, isn't doing, doesn't feel he is can handle more time or responsibility, or isn't playing as well as the other centers. 

2minutes
2minutes

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!

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Dan39

I didn't mean Bordeleau.

I was talking about McLeod.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@.JVR. @GreekGod The refs should have sent that colorado player off for 2 min or 10 min for chasing after Devane in the first place. I think Devane should have went with him. It was his job and moving him away makes the situation that Bodie, not in a fighters role, has to fight.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@.JVR. @GreekGod 

Seems like the refs don't want to call the instigator. Media was all over B Schenn for going after Lupul in the Philly game. Kinda sucks for us because we are a physical team and like to get under our opponents skin which causes them to lash out like that. 

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@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.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Jmessih @LeafsForLife @GreekGod 

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. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93 

depends.  it doesn't help Kadri get points.  it might serve as a usful energy line while the other lines are leaned on for the offense and shutdown roles respectively.

Kadri was able to get points with almost everyone last year, so maybe that was part of the hope.

and if Bozak and Bolland are simply doing more to the effect of what Carlyle thinks will win games...then Kadri will have to convince his coach he's a better choice.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Airfreshener 

yikes.  that's awful.  i didn't catch half the game, missed the 2nd and start of the 3rd.  in the 3rd, though, Bozak was one of the most noticeable forwards i thought, in a good way i mean haha

Airfreshener
Airfreshener

@dlb eh @Airfreshener Bozak was 37% on the face off last night and looked useless (as the hole line pretty much did) I would have tried Naz there.

Dan39
Dan39

@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. 

Dan39
Dan39

@wendelsway1 @Dan39 @2minutes Our buddy announced he got his wife pregnant last night and he said it took him less hugging to get it done than Bodie did in that fight lol.

2minutes
2minutes

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.

Airfreshener
Airfreshener

@-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.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Airfreshener 

i thought he was skating well actually.  maybe to ruffle a few feathers on a forecheck and give another player a chance to catch his breath.  one shift like that amongst the other 10 where he played only two lines isn't a big deal really.

Dan39
Dan39

@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
2minutes

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.

Airfreshener
Airfreshener

@2minutes I want to know why the hell Orr was on the ice with 3 minutes left and we're down by 1.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@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.

2minutes
2minutes

@wendelsway1 @dlb eh @Dan39 In the playoffs last year, he was looking great.  He plays well when he's confident, so why suck out all the confidence?  Do we want him to hit rock bottom?  We've seen what he can do, so we need to push that, not hold it back.  

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@wendelsway1

i agree.  i think it's only a matter of time.  not so much a punishment as a means for the coach to get the team off to as many wins as possible to start the season.  if Naz grabs his attention he'll get in sooner, but i don't think it's anything to worry about.

maybe they're keeping him healthy for a Gardiner + Kadri for Tavares trade....jk, had to go with JT cause that's a no brainer lol

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@2minutes 

i see what you're saying, but Kadri can still check hard and bring energy between those types of players, and when he is rolling the coach can use him in other situations.  he does have to earn it, though.

i thought Kadri was one of the 6 or 7 Carlyle shortened his bench to last night...i thought it was Bolland i didn't see a lot of in the last 10.  i'll have to rewatch because it feels like i'm wrong here.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@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.

2minutes
2minutes

In some ways, but when you are down 2-1, you need Kadri out there. If you are up 2-1, you want Bolland.

2minutes
2minutes

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.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Dan39

and i think Bozak is playing the way Carlyle likes.  but i want to know why Kadri deserves better.  is it simply because we want him to take on a bigger role so he should get more time to come around and be a force?

it's similar to the Gardiner situation except Gardiner's faults are being discussed constantly.  we haven't really determined if Kadri is playing well or not, have we?

so i wanted someone's perspective who obviously is not impartial