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.

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  • Burtonboy

    Site format is gone all wonky for me again . Everything lined up on the right side and page size is full screen

  • Pent_House

    I like these moves. Broll deserves a shot.

  • Burtonboy

    So do I . Not enough skill guys for all 3 lines

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy I wish they sent Bodie down and put D’amigo in as well. D’amigo can at least go out there and play some PK minutes.

  • PEIleafnation

    was anyone sent down ? brennan in for ranger ?

  • Burtonboy

    PEIleafnation Smith and Devane sent down

  • Pent_House

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl. Fuck what a goal. Slav it up baby.

  • Pent_House

    PEIleafnation Brennan at least gives us the option of putting Ranger in the pressbox.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House PEIleafnation 
    i would just as soon put Gunnar in the pressbox.  Ranger is coming around IMO.  Gunnar is regressing.

  • lieffan

    The Leafs are really throwing shit at the wall here and hoping something sticks. So many different faces in and out of the lineup. Would like to see some consistency on forward lines 2-4.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House Burtonboy 
    i agree, he would be a better replacement for Kulimen – but I wonder if D’Amigo is waiver proof or not?

  • Dan39

    Thank God Broll is called up – Bodie was downright embarrassing last night! Makes me sick to see a guy in a Leaf uniform hugging and hanging on like he had just jumped out of a plane with no chute and against McLeod – goodness gracious, get him out of the lineup!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy 
    yeah, its gone to shit.

  • Pent_House

    MaxwellHowe Pent_House Burtonboy yea he’s good for waivers. There’s no re-entry waivers any more any way. You can’t get claimed on the way up.

  • MaxwellHowe

    @lieffan 
    Its early – best time to experiment

  • Dan39

    Pent_House PEIleafnation Brennan was outstanding for the Marlies opener. but that was more for his offense. I’m not sure he’s the defensive solution we need.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House MaxwellHowe Burtonboy 
    I’m thinking about when he gets sent back down

  • Dan39

    MaxwellHowe Pent_House PEIleafnation Ranger looked a hell of a lot better last game than in game 3, but we gotta see him keep getting better. I want last year’s Ranger.

  • Pent_House

    Dan39 I was just saying the same thing earlier down. Bodie is looking terrible out there. But I think this still keeps him in the line-up. Broll takes over for Devane. I was hoping they’d send Bodie down and call-up D’amigo in his place.

  • Pent_House

    MaxwellHowe Pent_House Burtonboy Well he doesn’t have any NHL GP and last I checked he was still waiver exempt so he should be fine.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Carlyle keeping everyone honest

  • Dan39

    Pent_House Dan39 Devane – I mean, I wasn’t even going to say anything about Devane given what Bodie did – but what on Earth, how does a kid play his way into the lineup running away from the other team’s enforcer? What was going on there? I don’t care if it is Patrick Bordeleau – you gotta go, son.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House MaxwellHowe Burtonboy 
    Right on – he’s the guy to go with.  I say get them in the lineup, give them a shot – at some point someone has to take the reins and make a difference on the ice.

  • Pent_House

    4th goal of the night. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-a-XPZqYIw

    SLAV IT UP!!!!

  • Pent_House

    Dan39 Pent_House Definitely not the same kid who showed up in the pre-season that’s for sure.

  • Dan39

    Pent_House Dan39 One thing I guarantee you: Broll will not duck a fight. He hasn’t looked as good as I wanted him to look in the rookie tourney and pre-season, nothing like the form we saw from him with last season’s Marlies, but he will at least answer the bell. You can count on that! Didn’t expect to have an issue there this season, but he will solve that problem.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Dan39 Pent_House PEIleafnation 
    Well the Leafs only allowed 2 goals last nite – some more offence would have been appreciated.

  • dlb eh

    Is there something Carlyle doesn’t like about Smith?  I haven’t seen enough flaw in his game to not give him more of a chance to play.  Is he lacking in those puck battles on the boards or is it something else?  Anyone watching enough to know?

  • Pent_House

    dlb eh McClement’s back so there’s no need for a centre right now.

  • dlb eh

    Pent_House
    but 5 minutes last night?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    dlb eh our 4 centers are set and healthy, he was just filling in for McClement.  Must return to the Marlies team he captains

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House 
    Unbeleivable goal – but with a 7-2 lead might not have been the classiest move.

  • Dan39

    @lieffan Well what can you do? Carlyle has an enforcer running away from a fight. What is supposed to do, ignore that? Devane goes down and he needs to stay down until he demonstrates an acceptable level of commitment to his team.

  • dlb eh

    Pent_House 
    hot dog.  if Kadri did that i would probably have said “WOW.  punk.”

  • Dan39

    Alec Brownscombe dlb eh Yeah, we need Smith for Saturday. He was our best player last game.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Pent_House Pretty gutty with a 7-2 scoreline, lol

  • Pent_House

    MaxwellHowe Pent_House He’s only 19 years old, he’s trying to show what he’s got sticking on that top-line. Plus his mom and GF were in the stands from Europe.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Pent_House MaxwellHowe 
    Yeah, I’d probably do the same under those circumstances.

  • dlb eh

    Pent_House 
    those are reasons it’s ok?

  • MaxwellHowe

    dlb eh Pent_House 
    we were 19 once.  We all did worse

  • Alec Brownscombe

    dlb eh Pent_House he needed to get laid and his hat trick + a normal breakaway move wasn’t enough… come on dlb

  • Pent_House

    dlb eh Pent_House I guess. I mean I don’t see why you need a reason to score a ridiculous highlight reel goal. I don’t believe in the mercy rule lol. Play hard for all 60 minutes.

  • dlb eh

    @max
    why?  i’d feel compelled to be more classy rather than more fancy if i was trying to impress someone.  to each their own, but if someone remembers that and didn’t like it i won’t blame them for a late hit in the future.
    it’s not the worst thing in the world.  but it’s an example of what the game is turning into.

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe
    but you said yourself.  5 minutes last night.  that’s the part i’m curious about, not being sent to the Marlies

  • MaxwellHowe

    dlb eh 
    Maybe – with 30 teams in the league you can show an out of conference team up and not worry about repercussions.  In the 60s Hertl might be placed in witness protection

  • .JVR.

    Lupul   –   Kadri   –   Kessel
    JVR   –   Bozak  –   Lievo 
    Raymond   –   Bolland   –   Ashton
    Broll   –   McClement   –   Orr

    Rielly   –   Phaneuf
    Gardiner   –   Franson
    Gunnarsson   –   Brennan  

    Get it done Randy!!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Murph2417 .JVR. I’d switch Lievo with Leivo

  • Marlies Man

    Pent_House Dan39 Avs scored right after that fight. No one should have dropped their gloves at that point in the game anyway.

  • dlb eh

    MaxwellHowe
    haha.  put it this way, if i was having a great game and like that and was on that breakaway i’d fire the puck at a corner and act like i’d been there before.  and if i was on the other team watching that kid do that from the bench i’d be muttering under my breath, promising myself i’d introduce myself first chance i had.  that’s all.  just not my style, even if it was a skilled play.  i just wish hockey was better than that.

  • Pent_House

    MaxwellHowe dlb eh I honestly don’t think the kid was going in thinking I’m going to embarrass this team, he’s just playing freely out there. He doesn’t even speak english. Plus he probably naturally went with that move. His only other option on that angle would have been to fake the fore-hand drag and roof-daddy the back-hand.