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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. Contact him at [email protected]
225 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.

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...

Gilbey93
Gilbey93

@The_Irv He looked good I thought. I thought all our D looked decent other then Gunnar

Gilbey93
Gilbey93

@Wilbur Bolland isnt better then Kadri but he is a Hybrid of Kadri and JMC in the fact that he can create and play good defence

Gilbey93
Gilbey93

@Wilbur to me it seems that with a shortened line up. Carlyle is trying to shelteer his minutes to get him out there against weaker oppoents

dlb meh
dlb meh

@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.

wiski
wiski

@Wilbur Kadri looked like he was trying out the Speedo last night ,Refs weren't biting 

.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 meh
dlb meh

@Gilbey93 

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

dlb meh
dlb meh

@wiski

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

.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 meh
dlb meh

@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.