Morning Mashup: Liles recalled

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Good morning Leafs fans, another week is upon us and it sees the Blue & White heading west to take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Bozak has been placed on the Injured Reserve, which – regardless of what you think about the de-facto first line centre – is a blow to this Leafs team. I would expect Kadri to continue to fill in at his position for the time being, but I’m also hoping that a little more ice time combined with a higher quality set of linemates leads Kadri to get in a bit of a groove. Kadri is the team’s most-skilled centerman, and he needs to produce if this banged-up team is to continue to build on their strong start.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic division, the Buffalo Sabres traded Tomas Vanek to the Islanders in what is likely the first of many trades as the Sabres dismantle their team and aim low for a good draft pick this season.

Breaking News: The Leafs have just recalled John-Michael Liles from the Marlies – an extra defenseman for the Western road trip and a nice opportunity to get back among the team for Liles, who took the whole demotion thing pretty well. Likely means Kulemin will remain on LTIR for the time being.

Some links on this sunny Monday morning:

Mirtle’s piece on the opportunity Kadri has with Bozak out of the lineup
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/leafs-injuries-open-hole-for-kadri-to-shine/article15113075/

Shoalts’ post-game article on Saturday’s win over the Penguins
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/shoalts-leafs-get-shutdown-effort-from-bolland-and-phaneuf/article15103105/

TSN with a quick injury update on the Leafs
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435154

Ulmer’s blog on MapleLeafs.com about often under-appreciated Carl Gunnarsson
http://blog.mapleleafs.com/the-invisible-man-the-carl-gunnarsson-story/

TSN’s story on the Vanek trade
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435220

 

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Heh…maybe they are showcasing Liles to both Edmonton and Calgary. <crosses fingers>

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Murph2417 ShotgunCharlie Cant really argue with that. Having him play well is a good problem to have

  • Burtonboy

    Seems like the Leafs aren’t practicing today .

  • Mcost61

    Showcasing him perhaps?

  • Dan39

    ShotgunCharlie If we have to waive him again then he goes down and we retain $2.95M of his cap hit? So presumably, we would be indifferent between waiving him and trading him while retaining that amount of salary.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590/status/394857013894971393
    Stamkos, Kessel and Kesler named NHL 3 stars of the week

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mcost61 
    Must be.  Nonis is desperate to shed some of his salary – particularly now that it seems it will take a pile o cash to sign Phaneuf, Bolland, Gardiner, Reimer, Fraser, Franson, Raymond – and maybe still have room for a free agent or two.

  • ProfessorRance

    Burtonboy Good on ya Phil. All three guys had amazing weeks.

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy Finally getting some respect?

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy They practice later today according to Mirtle

  • Burtonboy

    Jmessih Burtonboy Oh is that right . I don’t follow Mirtle anymore

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy Jmessih https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/394805477231435777
    Leafs getting on plane to Edmonton this morning. Won’t practice until late afternoon so don’t expect many updates early on.

  • Burtonboy

    Jmessih Burtonboy Thanks .

  • mike_84

    Liles was recalled cause we need 7D for the road trip not to be showcased. He will be sent back down when the team is done the road trip and will pass through waivers.

  • mlclearwater

    Liles eh? I think it is cool he is getting a shot, he played some good games for us once upon a time. Hopefully we can trade him at some point though.
    I would love to see Nonis start signing some guys (McClement, Bolland, Franson, etc) cause if we win a playoff round this year, it is going to be expensive to sign everyone.

  • Jmessih

    Good Steve Spott interview and Marlies highlights from their win on Sunday for those who are interested. Spott sounds pretty knowledgable here, starting to really like the guy. Drew MacIntyre also with a good interview. 
    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/

  • Roenick72

    mike_84 He won’t have to pass through waivers in the new CBA.

  • mike_84

    To go back down he will

  • Burtonboy

    mike_84 Yep thats correct

  • Jmessih

    Considering Moulson does not suck and will most likely just become a rental and they got a first and a second. Moulson will prob get them a 1st and something at the deadline, is Vanek does not sign in New York this will be HUGE for Buffalo…unfortunately, good thing they suck tho.

  • Roenick72

    mike_84  A player may be loaned to a club of another league if (a) he’s already been through waivers during the current waiver period and (b) the Player has not played in 10 or more NHL Games since the last time he went through waivers, and (c) more than 30 days have not passed since the last time he went through waivers.

  • djamon

    Dan39 He doesn’t have to be waived again.

  • vinoa

    Jmessih Burtonboy He was the 1st star for the month of October in 11-12 as well. Kessel gets love from the league, just not so much from TO.

  • mike_84

    Liles was placed on waivers on Sept 29 so by the time the road trip is over it will be more then 30 days. So he would have to pass through waivers.

  • wendelsfist

    Liles in place of Ranger – will they actually consider that?

  • B_Leaf

    Jmessih 
    Did the Marlies come back?

  • djamon

    wendelsfist Ranger’s been awful…and he’s killing Gardiner. They should.

  • Burtonboy

    djamon wendelsfist and JML has played a lot with Grads

  • Optimustic

    I think this move is a win – win for both the Liles and the team.   If he plays well and earns a spot, or if he plays well and gets claimed.  Someone in Calgary may even offer us something for him, because he wouldn’t want Liles to feel like he has no value.  ( not mentioning names)

  • MaxwellHowe

    djamon Dan39 The Leafs would be happy if he was permanently on the waiver wire.  Nothing personal against JML, but his contract is something of an ablbatross for a team hat has big bills to pay next summer

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I’d consider putting in Liles over Ranger against Edmonton. Not expecting much of a physical challenge there.

  • Uncle Otis

    Thy are ripping into Ranger on TSN 1050 right now fyi

  • Optimustic

    No, we had a 2 – 0 lead.   The Bulldogs scored in the third, then D’Amigo hade an empty netter, then Hamilton scored with 18 seconds left. We won 3 – 2 but I didn’t feel the game was that close until late in the game.

  • B_Leaf

    Look guys, I hope Liles does well and returns to form from 2 years ago. However I think you guys really need to let up a little on the Ranger hate. First of all Ranger hasn’t been nearly as bad as some have made him out to be. Second of all he has added a legit physical factor to our back end…taking out the Malkins and Getzlafs of the NHL world. When the playoffs come its a different game and we will need all of what Phaneuf, Franson, Fraser, and Ranger bring in a physical way. So lets watch Ranger find his grove.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Alec Brownscombe and quickness may be more important than size and brute force

  • Burtonboy

    B_Leaf There is no Ranger hate not from me anyway . Bottom line is 2 points and if he’s not cutting the mustard then he should sit

  • GreekGod

    If it wasn’t for Reimer, Bernier, or his partner Gardiner… quite a few of his mistakes would of ended up in the back of the net. He’s terrible and needs to go back to the AHL.

  • Jmessih

    djamon wendelsfist They may like is physicality with Gards, with Liles and Gards is a physically weak pairing.

  • Jmessih

    B_Leaf Jmessih Believe they went up 3-0 or maybe 2-1 then 3-1 then 3-2.

  • djamon

    B_Leaf Substitute “Komisarek” for “Ranger” in that paragraph and it could be 2009 all over again.
    Bottom line…his decision making has been terrible. I have serious doubts this guy can ever get back to being a functional NHL defenseman.

  • Jmessih

    vinoa Jmessih Burtonboy Ya I do remember him getting that

  • GreekGod

    TheCanucksnaphook B_Leaf 
    Exactly and what’s wrong with sitting Ranger while someone else steps in and plays better? Ranger much like every one else should be earning his ice time. He’s hasn’t at this point… Time for him to sit.

  • B_Leaf

    TheCanucksnaphook B_Leaf 
    Well I haven’t seen Ranger play that poorly. Yes I have seen some mistakes but it hasn’t been that bad. Most of the early mistakes were largely on the forwards.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Pretty good little chirp session with Phil and Naz here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8JwmPUyfko

  • The_Irv

    B_Leaf Too many defensive miscues IMO. I don’t mind him for now, but when Fraser is healthy it’s an immediate swap if you ask me. 
    To be honest, although Liles can be fairly soft at times, I think he can play more defensively sound than Ranger. Fact is, if Liles had a decent contract I fully believe Ranger would be sitting right now and Liles would be playing.
    Although I agree with the physicality. Until Fraser returns it doesn’t hurt to play Ranger. It’s nice to have issues with too much depth 😀

  • Dan39

    GreekGod TheCanucksnaphook B_Leaf Well how is he supposed to get back his NHL form if you don’t play him in the NHL. He was already awesome in the AHL last season. This season he’s been pretty poor but getting better. I think they need to reassess at his 20 game mark. Maybe he even gets a longer look. Huge boost to the team if he gets back to form.

  • djamon

    The_Irv Liles contract has nothing to do with him being in the AHL.

  • Optimustic

    On Saturday, the Rochester Americans were up 3 – 0 and we lost 4 – 1 or 4 – 2.  On Sunday we never trailled the Hamilton Bulldogs.

  • B_Leaf

    The_Irv B_Leaf 
    We need at very least four strong physical Dmen.

  • Leafs rule

    DeclanK She wants him but hes not a boy anymore ,boytoy nope so sawry honey lol